London Grill To Host Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver
Philadelphia, PA – On Wednesday, December 7 from 7-9 p.m., London Grill will host renowned author and beer expert Garrett Oliver for a special Book Signing and Meet-and-Greet to promote his new book The Oxford Companion to Beer (Oxford University Press, September 2011). Co-owners Chef Michael McNally and Terry Berch McNally have long been at the forefront of Philadelphia’s craft beer scene, and recently celebrated a milestone anniversary, 20 years in business.
“We have always been beer lovers at London Grill, and having Garrett visit is a real treat,” says Berch McNally. “We wish him the best as he celebrates his new book, and look forward to raising a glass with him in his honor.”
For the Book Signing and Meet-and-Greet, Oliver will be on hand at the bar and in honor of his visit London will be pouring The Companion, a Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Reserve which is brewed in an old style called “wheat wine”, a wheat-based equivalent to barley wine. They will also dig deep into their library of rare and exotic beers, offering such treats as Oliver’s own Brooklyn Black Ops, a famed stout that is aged in bourbon barrels and highly coveted by aficionados. Signed copies of The Oxford Companion to Beer will be available at a special price of $35 each (normally $65).
Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, NY and is considered the foremost authority in the United States on the subject of traditional beer. After years of amateur brewing, inspired by beers he had encountered during a year in England, Oliver began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989 as an apprentice and was appointed brewmaster there in 1993. He soon became well known, both domestically and abroad, for his flavorful interpretations of traditional brewing styles and as an avid, entertaining lecturer and writer on the subject of fine beer. He joined Brooklyn Brewery in 1994 and since then, their beers have earned a wealth of national and international awards. Oliver has hosted hundreds of beer tastings and dinners across the country and around the world, and is a regular contributor to several beer- and food-related publications.
Located in the historic Fairmount neighborhood, a short walk from the Franklin Institute and its neighboring museums, London Grill has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Style, the Wall Street Journal and US Airways Magazine. In his review, Philadelphia Inquirer critic Craig LaBan wrote, “You can’t get this kind of cooking in most neighborhood restaurants, but the London Grill pulls it off with a blend of laid-back ambience and quality food that sits just right.”