It’s astonishing to think it’s seven years today, August 30th since we lost Michael Jackson, ‘The Beer Hunter’ and accepted ‘father’ of the Beer Renaissance.
Nearly 25 years ago, in ‘The Beer Companion (1991)’, Michael wrote: “No one goes into a restaurant and requests ‘a plate of food, please’. People do not simply ask for ‘a glass of wine’, without specifying, at the very least, whether they fancy red or white, dry or sweet, perhaps sparkling or still … when their mood switches from the grape to the grain, these same discerning people folk often ask simply for ‘a beer’, or perhaps name a brand, without thinking of its suitability for the mood or the moment … beer is by far the more extensively consumed, but less adequately honoured. In a small way, I want to help put right that injustice.”
There are a few copies of his seminal ‘Beer Hunter’ TV series ‘out there’, and a few links here at The Brewclub (try this one) , if you’ve not experienced them, then you’re in for a treat.
Once again, it falls to me to ask Brewclub readers to raise their glasses and drink a toast to this most erudite and unassuming man, the man who more than anyone else started the revolution.
Oh… and check out his article on wine snobbery here: