Michael Jackson

Posted: September 01, 2007

Beer master, 65

Michael Jackson, 65, a leading world beer critic who praised the brews of Belgium and acknowledged he would never be as famous as "that Michael Jackson," has died.

Mr. Jackson, known as "the beer hunter," died Thursday of a heart attack at his home in London.

"He was simply the best beer writer we've ever known," said Tim Hampson, chairman of the British Guild of Beer Writers. "He told wonderful stories about beer, breweries and faraway places. He told the story of beer through people, and he was humorous and erudite at the same time."

Mr. Jackson especially loved Belgian brews. His books The Great Beers of Belgium and World Guide to Beer introduced them to many export markets, including the United States.

By identifying beers by their flavors and styles, and by pairing them with particular foods and dishes, Mr. Jackson helped give birth to a renaissance of interest in beer and breweries worldwide that began in the 1970s, including the North American microbrewery movement (see more at his Web site via http://go.philly.com/beerhunter).

His TV documentary series, The Beer Hunter - which popularized his nickname - was filmed around the world and shown in 15 countries. - AP

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