We have some shocking news: Michael Jackson is dead. Yes, it's true. No, not that Michael Jackson, the famous beer writer and critic Michael Jackson. Known as "the beer hunter," Jackson is credited for helping usher in the beer renaissance of the 70s, which helped kick-start the microbrew and craft brew movements in North America -- movements from which we have certainly benefitted.
Jackson came to prominence after releasing his 1977 book The World Guide To Beer, which remains one of the fundamental books on suds. He would later go on to host the popular TV documentary series "The Beer Hunter," making him something like the King Of Pop, Of Beer. The Beer Blog at Inside Bay Area tipped us off to the story, and wraps up their coverage with a great bibliography of Jackson's books.
Jackson, who suffered from Parkinson's Disease, died of a heart attack at his home in London on Aug. 30th. He was 65. In a fitting tribute, a national toast is being held Sept. 30th. So please remember to raise your glass.
For more, check out the fascinating last interview with Jackson, filmed weeks before his death.
-- Brian Bernbaum