Sunday, March 27, 2011

Birthday in Beer: Michael Jackson (1942-2007)

Happy birthday to the late Michael Jackson, born this day, in 1942.

Like me, Jackson was of Lithuanian descent. Like me, he was a beer drinker.

Unlike me, he was a great writer. Unlike me, he was an inveterate traveler. Jackson combined at least three of the four attributes as The Beer Hunter, bequeathing us a great body of written work on beer —and whisk(e)y and other things.

His influence upon the perception of beer styles lives on. In fact the very notion of categorizing beer within styles, so debased today, began with Jackson.

Michael Jackson's autograph

When Michael Jackson died in 2007, he had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease, as had my father. A film is in production honoring Jackson's legacy. Donating now to its completion will also help to fight Parkinson's Disease.

We need your help to make Beer Hunter: The Movie a reality. Your donation of ten dollars - about the same as a six pack of good beer - will provide much-needed funds to kick start production on the film and corresponding series, The Last Beer Hunt. Ten percent of your donation will go towards establishing Pints for Parkinson's, a non-profit foundation aimed at preserving Michael's legacy while raising money for Parkinson's research and various local charities. Ten percent of all proceeds from the film will be donated to the Parkinson's Foundation. As a sponsor, your name will appear in the credits of the film and DVD, and you will receive a free download of the movie after its release.

J.R. Richards

  • I was tipped to the film by Stan Hieronymous, at his blog, Appellation Beer.
  • More posts on Michael Jackson, here on YFGF.
  • More of my short list of Birthdays in Beer.
  • Follow the Brookston Beer Bulletin's comprehensive calendar of beer birthdays: a marvelous resource for learning more about the folk who brew beer, deliver it, serve it, drink it, and write and talk about it.

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