Beer Hunter dies 

Michael Jackson remembered

You may have missed it, but Michael Jackson passed away last week. “How could I have missed that?” you must be thinking. Well, it wasn’t Michael Jackson the Prepubescent Hunter, but Michael Jackson the Beer Hunter. Most of you have probably never heard of him, but beer lovers the world over know him as the foremost authority on beer in the world. Through his books, newspaper and magazine columns, and TV appearances, he turned generations of beer enthusiasts into beer connoisseurs. To any brewer, his approval was like a blessing from the Pope. He traveled all over the world in search of great beer, and his avuncular demeanor and non-elitist attitude made him well-loved wherever he went.

Jackson did not die from cirrhosis, but suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, which had been taking a steady toll on his health. He was 65. Beer websites and blogs are filled with tributes to this chronicler and champion of the worthiness of beer. Check out Jackson’s own website for links to many of these. Interestingly, his column for All About Beer magazine that was being prepared for publication is eerily foreshadowing. A nationwide toast is being planned that would be a fundraiser for the National Parkinson’s Foundation.

Next week is a busy one for beer lovers. Take time to mark these events on your calendar:

Summits Wayside Taverns: Monday, Sept. 10 (Cumming), and Tuesday, Sept. 11 (Snellville), Summits University beer tasting; $15.99 for non-Passport Club members, or sign up for the club and pay just $10.99. Dinner is included. The fun continues at Summits Saturday, Sept. 15, when both locations serve the monthly special offering from Rogue, this month featuring Rogue Imperial Porter.

LIT Kitchen on the Westside will host a tasting of five brews from New York’s Ommegang Brewery, along with an assortment of appropriate noshes. Check the website for all the details.

Be on the lookout for Terrapin Beer Company’s fall seasonal Big Hoppy Monster, which is due to hit shelves and taps in the metro Atlanta area next week. Last year’s version of this “Imperial Red Ale” was well-received, and actually drinks more like an American strong ale than the over-hopped double IPA style implied by the name. Get several packs and tuck some away for next year, as this one improves with age.

Food 101 in Morningside has an upcoming beer dinner Tuesday, Sept. 18, featuring Terrapin beers, although the Big Hoppy Monster is not among them. Stay tuned for information on Terrapin Beer Company’s planned monthly beer dinners in conjunction with their friends in the brewing business, including Atlanta Brewing Company and Oskar Blues in Colorado. Peace, love and beer!

Talking Head columnist Jeff Holland can be reached at 


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