Creativity and Beer: A Brewmaster's Guide to Flavor Emulation

Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster, The Brooklyn Brewery

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8 Videos (41m)
    • Introduction

    • Brewing Basics and Emulation Beers

    • Learning About Mole at La Palapa

    • Selecting and Working with Ingredients

    • The Hot Side: Creating the Wort

    • The Cold Side: Infusing Flavors

    • Welcome to Brooklyn Brewery

    • Hungry for More?


About This Class

Create a unique beer recipe inspired by a favorite food. In this 40-minute class, The Brooklyn Brewery's award-winning brewmaster Garrett Oliver reveals his creative process for developing new beer recipes. Watch Garrett create an emulation beer of his own based on Mexican mole sauce, and learn his process for selecting a base beer, researching the food he is emulating, finding ingredients, and determining when those ingredients should be added to the brew. You'll then apply his lessons to your own work as you create an emulation beer recipe of your own. Whether you are simply a fan of beer or an avid home brewer, this class will challenge your creativity and provide access to Garrett's world-renowned expertise. The results should taste pretty good, too!

Please note that this is NOT a Brewing 101 class. Garrett goes through the process of creating a beer recipe, but he does not guide you through every detail of actually brewing beer.


Class Launch Contest: Win a signed copy of Garrett's acclaimed book, The Brewmaster's Table, a compendium of real beer and real food. Garrett will select his favorite student project uploaded by Saturday, November 8 as the winner.

53 of 56 students recommendSee All

Give me anything featuring Garrett Oliver and I'm hooked. He has an amazing capacity to convey information in a clear and interesting way and has an amazing storehouse of knowledge.
Mary Reagan

Beer, Wine, Photography, and 2 cats - what a life!

Pretty cool to learn how to make your own mole and to see some of the operations at Brooklyn Brewery. I felt pretty good about getting a general idea of how to brew stouts from this class.
Michael Barton

Little Bit of Everything

very informative class will be watching again





Garrett Oliver

Brewmaster, The Brooklyn Brewery

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 in the States 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.