Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Michael Jackson Dead at Age 65

Famous beer writer Michael Jackson has passed away. BeerAdvocate has a good roundup of pertinent articles.

His impact on the craft-beer community has been large. Here is a good quote:
Jackson's books and countless newspaper and magazine articles explored the far-reaching world of beer, from classic styles to obscure recipes.

He is primarily credited with establishing the language and identification of beer styles. Before Jackson, all beer was essentially the same; today, beer authorities recognize more than 100 major styles, defined by their cultural and technical characteristics.

Many of those styles – especially obscure varieties from Belgium – would be extinct today if not for Jackson's writing. In 1994, as thanks for almost single-handedly reviving that nation's brewing tradition, Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium gave Jackson its Mercurius Award.


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