Bill Brand passed away early Friday morning, 20 February 2009.
William Brand, past longtime reporter for the Oakland Tribune, and current beer columnist/blogger at Bottoms Up, lies in a coma today after being struck by a train.
Since last week, he has been reporting on San Francisco Beer Week, his local pride evident, including breaking this news from Anchor Brewery:
Anchor unveiled a new beer and it’s a stunner.
Meet Anchor Our Barrel Beer. It’s 8.02 percent, aged six months in charred oak barrels that had been used to age Anchor Old Potrero Straight Rye Whisky. They only have about 100 cases of magnum –50. 7 ounce - bottles 12 bottles to the case. No kegs; no 12 ouncers.
Blogger Jay Brooks at Brookston Beer Bulletin has asked for a nationwide toast to Bill tonight at 7pm (PST) for a speedy and full recovery.
We’ll be drinking a beer for you tonight, Bill. All of us would rather be drinking one with you. Recover soon.
UPDATE 2009.02.10 from Brookston Beer Bulletin:
Brand had surgery to relieve brain pressure, broken bone in his neck but no others. Lungs struggling; still critical, but stable.