By William Brand
Monday, September 24th, 2007 at 8:35 pm in Uncategorized.
If you’re reading this blog, you no doubt know I’m talking about Michael Jackson, the great English beer critic and author who died Aug. 30 at his home in London. There’s going to be a toast around the world on Sunday, Sept. 30 AT 6 p.m. PDT.A number of Bay Area pubs will host toasts, including the Bistro, Hayward, Pyramid Ale Houses in Berkeley, Walnut Creek and Sacramento, CA., Rogue Ales Public House, San Francisco and the Toronado, San Francisco.
The note below from beer author Stephen Beaumont explains it all:
“By now, word has spread fairly far and wide of the sad and sudden death of a
true giant of beer and spirits writing, Michael Jackson. Like many who appreciate good beer, I owe much inspiration to Michael and his many books and articles, and I am further honoured to have been able to call him a friend. So it is with all the enthusiasm I can muster that I encourage you to participate in a coming event designed to celebrate his life and many, many achievements.
“At 6 p.m.(Pacific Daylight Time) this Sunday, Sept. 30, a continent-wide toast will be held in tribute to Michael and to raise money to fight the illness that afflicted him for the final decade of his life, Parkinson Disease. What happens that night is being left to the participating establishments some will celebrate Michaels life all night long and donate all or a portion of their revenue, while others will simply contribute from a specially-designated Michaels Memory keg or pass the hat to solicit donations but at 6 p.m., glasses shall be raised across Canada and the United States, and indeed in many other parts of the world, in honour of a great and passionate individual.
“Details on how to participate and the official promotional poster are available at www.thebeerhunter.com. If you are a beer drinker, encourage your local bar or restaurants to become involved; if youre a licensee, organize an event of your own for the 30th; and if you brew or own or work at a brewery, try to get as many of your accounts as possible on board.
“If you can’t make it to an official Toast, raise your glass anyway! And then write a check and mail it to the National Parkinson Foundation, Attn: Kay Houghton, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida, USA 33136-1494. So long as you write “Tribute to Michael Jackson” in the memo line, your donation will be attributed to this event. (Canadian participants are advised that the NPF also operates 5 Centers of Excellence in Canada and does issue tax receipts for all contributions, including those from Canada.)