Gelf Magazine interviewed Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery. Two of Brooklyn's beers were in my 2008 Top 10: The Local 1, a sophisticated 9% ABV Belgian Blonde with a sweet, dry finish and earthy, spicy German hops; and the Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse, a collaboration with Germany's Schneider brewery that birthed a signature Schneider weizenbock with the American-hops twist of Brooklyn's India Pale Ale.
Oliver has become something of a Statesman for the sophistication of the American Craft Beer movement. While he sometimes comes off as stiff and snooty, it's good to see the wine-snob stereotype play out in the beer industry and let people know that a nice hoppy weizenbock can be equally refined as a California pinot noir.
So, check out the article.
Garrett Oliver: ... The more people are exposed to good beer, the more they come to like it. It's becoming a new affordable luxury. It might cost a dollar for a bottle of Budweiser and $1.50 for a Brooklyn Lager, and it's a completely different experience. In the same way that people are willing to pay more for better coffee and better chocolate, we're starting to see that people are willing to pay a little bit more for better beer as well. We're up about 20 percent this year to date, which isn't bad for a 20-year-old company. There is a movement for quality food and beverage in this country, and we're a part of it.