Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Michael Jackson has died

No, not that Michael Jackson, the other one:

Mr. Jackson especially loved Belgian brews, which his books “The Great Beers of Belgium” and “The World Guide to Beer” introduced to many export markets, including the United States.
By identifying beers by their flavors and styles, and by pairing them with particular foods and dishes, he also gave impetus to the North American microbrewery movement.
His television documentary series, “The Beer Hunter,” a title that popularized his nickname, was filmed around the world and shown in 15 countries.
Mr. Jackson was a beer critic for more than 30 years, writing in newspapers and gastronomic magazines, holding seminars, giving speeches and appearing on talk shows. His many books about beer and whiskeys were published in 18 languages.

We have his book Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch, and it has always been a useful reference for us. His work in promoting and writing about good beer and whiskies was a strong voice for quality. He will be missed.

(cross-posted at sfoodblog)


Rob S. said...

I'm sorry to hear that.

You might be interested in reading some of Jack Curtin's bloggings and links of Mr. Jackson. Jack used to write for me, way back when I was editing the newspaper.


KaliTa said...

The world is a sadder place.

Fortunately, we still have beer!

Sharon GR said...

Beer is proof god loves us, and wants us to be happy, isn't it?

Janet said...

I never knew there was another Michael Jackson. Correction. I anticipated that there would be many, but I didn't know there was another well known one.

Learn something new every day.

Launchpad said...

Bummer. I liked the beer and single-malt commentaries of his that I had read over the years. I didn't know he'd died until I saw this blog posting (a month later).

And yes, we fortunately do still have beer and Scotch to enjoy. I'll drink to that!