Baltimore, Maryland's beer curmudgeon, Alexander D. Mitchell IV, is in a local hospital recovering from an attack of pancreatitis.
UPDATE: 18 February 2009. Mitchell reports that he is out of the hospital and recuperating.
Mitchell is sanguine about his prognosis, but obviously, and unfortunately, he will miss this year's 72 Hours of Belgium at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore. Last year he attempted the Sisyphean task of blogging live from this Belgian beer festival.
Mitchell is the author of several books, a correspondent for the Mid-Atlantic Brewing News, and a blogger at Beer in Baltimore.