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A toast for beer author Michael Jackson, looking for beer calorie info, beer label info

By William Brand
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 at 2:32 pm in Uncategorized.

Oddbits…. Did you toast Michael Jackson on the first anniversary of his deaht, Saturday?  No, I forgot too. The great British beer writer died Aug. 30, 2007 from  a heart attack. He had long had Parkinson’s disease.  He was 65.  I’m gonna’ toast him tonight, believe it will be a glass of Fantome Saison. Michael’s first Great Beers of Belgium book led me to discover the eccentric, unusual world of Belgian beer and Fantome is about as unusual as they come.  All my best Michael…

…If you’re a commercial brewer or know a brewer well… ask him or her to supply author Bob Skilnik with nutritional info on the brewery’s leading beers.  Bob’s a beer historian whose latest book is Beer & Food: An American History,  also is the  author of The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet and The Low-Carb Bartender, among others.  Here’s what he needs:

I’m in the process of compiling a new book with nutritional values of as many worldwide beers as possible. The front material will also give the definitive historical tale of why the FDA does not handle booze/beer/wine and how this all started. But I need your help.

While I’m sending out a ton of e-mails to U.S. breweries,  I need as many breweries as possible to contact me ( ) with either the nutritional values of their beers or the O.G. and F.G. or even degrees Plato (beginning and end) so I can make the appropriate nutritional calculations. While some brewers have been extremly nice and cooperative with my current efforts, others have told me to do things with myself sexually that are just impossible! I think that the market demands are more important than brewers refusing to see the eventual reality of changes in beer labeling. Imbibers want the same sort of nutritional info on booze/beer/wine labels as on their kids’ boxes of Count Chocula cereal.

Bob points out that the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau continues to gather comments about new labels for beer containers that would include calories and ingredients. Fight it, if you wish, but the global economy is dictating the changes, Skilnik says.

Change is coming and it has the tailwinds of consumer support and NAFTA pressured conformity to a standardized world market of required label regulations behind it. Without acceptance, it’s conceivable that the important import/export markets of beers, wines and spirits would come to a halt.

Events ahead…Beerunch…MateVeza & The Flavor Architects,  Saturday Sept. 13, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 pm., Beerunch, Bambuddha Lounge, 601 Eddy St., San Francisco: Beers:  Mateveza Yerba Mate Ale, Kona Coffee Porter,  Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout,  Marin Bluebeery Ale,  He’brew Lenny’s Bittersweet Rye IPA, North Coast Pranqster Belgian Golden Ale,  Anderson Valley Brother David’s Double… all expertly paired with traditional brunch dishes. $35. Benefit for the Pachamama Alliance, a group trying to save tropical rainforests. Tickets:

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  • anon

    I think Craig and Beth went to a wedding in France, but I am pretty sure it was not theirs.

  • William Brand

    OH hell, you may be right. Oops. Well, will check.