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Pulling for Bill Brand

By asoglin
Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 10:18 am in what's on tap.

This morning, we learned of our colleague Bill Brand’s accident. Contra Costa Times reporter Robert Salonga’s story “Former Tribune reporter injured in S.F. Muni accident” follows below:

A former longtime reporter for the Oakland Tribune was critically injured when he was hit by a Muni train Sunday night in San Francisco’s Financial District, authorities said.

Bill Brand was in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital after he was hit about 9:10 p.m. Sunday, family members said.

He was was walking near Second and King streets when an N-Judah train struck him, according to the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

In his career with the Tribune, Brand covered a host of topics for the newspaper, including crime and science. After leaving the paper in July, he continued to write a regular beer column titled “What’s on Tap” and contribute to the Bottoms Up blog.

Here’s a link to Tyche Hendricks’ late-Sunday story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

We’d love to hear from blogging buddies, commenters and community members in the comments below so that we can pass your best wishes as soon as we’re able to share them.

Thank you for reading.

Update, 3 p.m.: We’re making more calls to try to update Bill’s condition. Here are links to Henry K. Lee’s San Francisco Chronicle story, and stories by CBS5, KTVU, and Kimberlee Sakamoto’s KRON-4 story.

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  • Cyn and Vic

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a full recovery. We love you man.

  • Jake

    My wife and I are both praying for you to walk out of the hospital on your own as soon as possible.

  • Susan Little-Nell

    Our wishes and prayers for a full recovery. We’re thinking of you…

  • BadRock

    Get well soon, Bill!

  • David Turnipseed

    My thoughts and prayers are with you for a full and speedy recovery. Your articles are alway a bright spot in a time of daily bad news. It will be a great day when you’re back writing.

    Get Well Soon,

  • Georgia

    Thoughts of Bill and family.

  • Brian M


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family sending you on your way to a speedy and full recovery. We look forward to the return of What’s on Tap, always a bright spot in the middle of the week.

    Get well soon!!

    Brian and Jen

  • Mike Pierce


    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Please make it quick man -many of us depend on your column. It’s like living without air…

    There are a ton of people pulling for you. Hope to see you, pint in hand, pen in the other, very soon.

    Mike Pierce

  • Rocco Biale

    Wishing you a full & speedy recovery,from the staff at Rocco’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

  • Alec Moss

    Dear Bill,

    As one of your many longtime friends and fans, I wish you a speedy and full recovery. I’m missing your column and blog already. We’re all pulling for you, and wish you and your family the very best.


  • Cindy Jones

    The Brewers Association would like to let Bill know we are thinking of him and we hope to see him recovering soon and enjoying his favorite beer.

  • Paul Marshall

    My thoughts are with you and your family. The whole community is wishing for Bill’s recuperation. He was greatly missed this week, and was in everyone’s mind.


  • Beer Obsessed

    Man, so sorry to hear about this. Bill has been a huge influence for me and he is an all around great guy. Be strong and pull through this Bill.

  • Dean Biersch

    Ohhhh Bill –

    So sorry to get this news. Loved and appreciated our conversations this year – – if anyone deserves a hall pass it’s you. We’re all pulling for a speedy come back – and holding a table for you in the bier garden.

  • Mike Todd

    I didn’t really know Bill’s work as I’m in Philadelphia, but I got to feel his impact through the testimonies of others on the Brewing Network. It’s clear what a great part of the community he is. Hope to have him back soon. My prayers are with Bill and his family. God bless you all

  • adamca

    Lots of love to Bill and his family. I am holding out hope that you’ll get the miracle you need. You are in my thoughts!

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