Garrett Oliver

 

Best-Selling Author Garrett Oliver is the brew-master of The Brooklyn Brewery, the Editor-in-Chief of “The Oxford Companion to Beer“, and the author of the award-winning book “The Brewmaster’s Table.” He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on beer and brewing and has spoken at more than 800 events in 14 countries. After years of amateur brewing inspired by beers he had encountered during a year in England, Garrett began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989 as an apprentice. He was appointed brewmaster there in 1993. He soon became widely known both here and abroad for his flavorful interpretations of traditional brewing styles and as an avid and entertaining lecturer and writer on the subject of fine beer. Garrett has hosted hundreds of beer tastings and dinners, writes regularly for beer and food-related periodicals, and is internationally recognized as an expert on traditional beer styles and their affinity with good food.

Garrett explains how beer is like bread – there’s a big difference between the real and the fake – and how it’s possible to create a great product while growing a responsible, sustainable business.

 

PROGRAM TITLES:

•  An evening with Garrett Oliver

•  Beer, The Universe and Everything

•  Portrait of the Artist as a Young Brewer

•  Beer, the Avatar of the Emerging Food Movement

Full Biography

Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and one of the foremost authorities in the world on the subject of beer. Garrett Oliver began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989 as an apprentice. He was appointed brewmaster there in 1993. He soon became widely known both here and abroad for his flavorful interpretations of traditional brewing styles and as an avid and entertaining lecturer and writer on the subject of beer. Garrett has hosted more than 800 beer tastings, dinners, and cooking demonstrations in fourteen countries, writes regularly for beer and food-related periodicals, and is internationally recognized as an expert on traditional beer styles and their affinity with good food.

In late 1994, Garrett joined The Brooklyn Brewery as brewmaster. Many of his beers have won national and international awards. He has served as a judge for the competition of the Great American Beer Festival for twenty years, and has been a perennial judge for the prestigious Great British Beer Festival competition and The Brewing Industry International Awards. He has hosted tastings and talks for many cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian, MassMOCA, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Geographic Society and The Jewish Museum. In the United States, Garrett has made numerous radio and television appearances as a spokesman for craft brewing.

Garrett has hosted beer tastings and dinners at many fine restaurants, cooking schools, and food events including several dinners at James Beard House, Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, Craft NYC, Oceana, The Waldorf-Astoria, Gramercy Tavern, Aubergine (London), Noma (Copenhagen), the Slow Food Cheese Festival and Salone del Gusto in Piemonte, Italy, Restaurant Roberta Sudbrack (Rio Di Janiero), Restaurant Julia (São Paulo), Anthony’s (Leeds), Cape Wine 2006 (South Africa), The Association of Westchester Country Club Chefs, The American Institute of Wine and Food, The Culinary Institute of America, the Sommelier Society of America, The French Culinary Institute, The Institute for Culinary Education, Johnson & Wales University and the 2008 GEL Conference. Garrett was a founding Board member of Slow Food USA and then later served for five years on the Board of Counselors of Slow Food International. He was also a 2009 and 2010 finalist for the James Beard Award as “Outstanding Wine or Spirits Professional.”

Garrett’s first book, The Good Beer Book, co-written with Timothy Harper, was published in 1997 by Putnam/Berkley Books. In 2003 he authored The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food. The Brewmaster’s Table was the winner of a 2004 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Award and was a finalist for the 2004 James Beard Foundation Book Awards. The Brewmaster’s Table was released in a paperback edition in May of 2005 and remains in print.

His book The Oxford Companion to Beer (OCB) was published in October, 2011 by Oxford University Press. Compiling the vast knowledge of 166 experts in 24 countries, covering 1,120 subjects, The Oxford Companion to Beer is the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject. Only nine weeks after its publication date, the OCB had risen to #8 on the Amazon list of overall books, had sold out four printings and headed into a fifth. Amazon.com named the OCB one of the “Best Books of 2011”. Calling the OCB “a treasure trove”, the New York Times said “The Oxford Companion to Beer is a definitive resource not just for beer enthusiasts but for amateur brewers, professional brewers and the thousands of restaurants that serve great beers but are staffed by people who may know little about them.”

Garrett is a graduate of Boston University, and holds a degree in Broadcasting and Film. He is the recipient of the 1998 Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation and Excellence in Brewing, granted by the Institute for Brewing Studies. It is the highest award given within the United States brewing profession. He is also the recipient of the 2003 Semper Ardens Award for Beer Culture (Denmark) and Cheers Beverage Media’s “Beverage Innovator of the Year” Award for 2006. In 2007, Forbes named him one of the top ten tastemakers in the country for wine, beer and spirits.

 

 

 

 

 

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Anthony will help your audience understand how to create a plan, market, promote, and turn their company’s staff into a well-oiled machine. He has an unmatched ability to break down problems and find solutions that generate profits.

PROGRAM TOPICS:

Your brand is your calling card & the reason your customers choose you!
Anthony focuses on the following key issues to ensure that they all blend into your mission statement and the vision you have for your company.
He will help you answer critical questions about:

  • Your Identify: Who are you and why do you exist?
  • Collateral: If a customer touches it, they are touching your business.
  • Design Management: We create from the inside out and build designs that reflect your business, not a trend or a copy of a competitor.
  • Web Sites: They are tools that never tire or sleep and have the potential to expand your brand while you reach and exceed you dreams.

Sales and Marketing
Sales and Marketing are key to keeping your company flexible and moving forward. Develop strategies that will direct a larger market share of your targeted business to you, a critical function of your sales and marketing team. Most companies have reasonably effective sales and marketing departments but few have the creativity to set the standard for how to break down each market segment and work out a strategy to achieve the most desired results.
Your audience will learn the following:

  • How to assess your team and your plan
  • Ensure creation of short term corrective actions while working on long term solutions
  • Evaluate other sales offices, including your competition
  • Break down market segmentation and enact a plan for each segment
  • Review and evaluate your standing within your compset and devise a plan to take full advantage of all your opportunities

Hospitality Operations:
Anthony’s years of experience working with clients has enabled him to identify problems common to both fledgling as well as established companies. This has also given him the insight to help solve them – it’s not as easy as you might think! He will teach you how to develop effective company policies, train your staff, and manage your employees. Learning how to recognize sources of trouble before they have a chance to become crippling issues is vital to building a firm foundation for your company so that it can reach its full potential.
Anthony also teaches:

  • Develop Strategic Short and Long Term Planning. It may be a cliché, but it’s nevertheless true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  • Enhance Your Customer Service and Create Esprit de Corps. He will help you and your staff strive for ever greater customer satisfaction and teach you how to instill professional pride and team spirit in your employees. Anthony strongly believes that a hallmark of the service industry is recognizing the needs and desires of customers and doing your best to exceed their expectations. As the head of any company there is a responsibility to pass that knowledge and understanding along to every member of the staff.
  • Keep the Bottom-Line in Mind. He will assist you to develop the skills to create realistic budgets, cash flow analysis, and capital investment plans
  • Learn How Best to Deal with Contractors, Vendors and Purchasing Agents. Get your venture off the ground and keep it operating profitably before, during, and after opening
  • Improve Your Aesthetic and Design Concepts. Following the cardinal rule that form follows function
  • Manage and Instruct. Managing the relationships between the corporate offices and the brands can be difficult and challenging requiring skill and finesse

Public Relations:
KEEPING A CLEAR HEAD
Your company’s image is the public face that you present to the world. How you are perceived is far too important to be left to chance. An effective public relations campaign has to be designed to let others know who you are, what you stand for, and how the unique services you provide can benefit them.
Learn how to:

  • Develop press kits and releases
  • Ensure your PR needs are met
  • Provide advice on how best to integrate your business into the social media
  • Set up crisis communication procedures
  • Train you and your staff about how best to deal with the media
  • Help you develop the “Big Idea” that can launch, reinvent or expand your business success

The Public Perception of your Brand is the Single most important Identifier of your Company.

Full Biography

In the 20 years Anthony Melchiorri has been in the hospitality business, he has a proven track record of understanding a company’s vision, its individual parts, and how to make those parts work together to complete the whole picture. Knowing that attention to detail and making each part of the operation functional and strong are key to profitability, Melchiorri has developed and repositioned some of the finest and most high profile properties in the United States including the first Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort and the landmark Algonquin Hotel. He takes on clients in need of development or immediate re-positioning, applies his experience and ability to assemble teams specialized in hotel management, and adds value for the owners and developers to ultimately increase their bottom line.

This April, Melchiorri brings his expertise as the “hotel fixer” to Travel Channel’s new original series “Hotel Impossible.” In this weekly one-hour program, he helps turn around the business of a struggling hotel fighting to survive.

Melchiorri was put on the fast track to success early on at the landmark Plaza Hotel as director of front office operations. This led to several operation positions at such hotels as the Embassy Suites and Millennium Hotels. By the age of 29, Melchiorri became a seasoned professional and was selected to be general manager of the Lucerne Hotel in 1997. Under Melchiorri’s management, the Lucerne was developed into one of the top ranking hotels in New York City, and selected as the New York Times Travel Guide’s Best Service Hotel.

After seven years at the Lucerne, Melchiorri was appointed general manager of the world famous Algonquin Hotel. At the time, the Algonquin had seen better days. Melchiorri and his team closed the hotel for a month and oversaw a basement-to-roof renovation, including all the restaurants and back-of-house areas. Not only did Melchiorri complete the project on schedule and on budget, but he and his team re-positioned The Algonquin to become a highly-rated Michelin Guide Hotel. Further, the hotel’s public relations campaign won a Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International “Best of Show Award” for marketing.

After the Algonquin was re-positioned by Melchiorri and his team, the hotel owner sold it for a significant return and asked Melchiorri to be senior vice president of the first Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort. There, he oversaw the 25 acre, 800 room resort helping it to become one of the most sought-after travel destinations in Orlando, Florida. Melchiorri successfully made the transition into the asset management side of the business, becoming the first vice president of Tishman Hotels and the asset manager of the Westin Hotel in Times Square.

As senior vice president of New York Hotel Management Company, Melchiorri helped develop a 310 all-suite hotel in Times Square overseeing construction, design, pre-opening, opening and post-opening operations. When Melchiorri’s work was complete, the TripAdvisor guest satisfaction score for the hotel had reached 96%, putting the hotel in the top-two percentile of all hotels in New York City.

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Melchiorri served for five years as a protocol officer in the U.S Air Force. He currently resides in New York with his wife and three children.

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