Scott over at the Brew Club has posted a remembrance of the beer hunter Michael Jackson on the third anniversary of his passing, and it made me realize that I’ve never really read any of his work. That’s right, I’ve built my entire craft beer education without reading the master.
That’s not to say that I don’t read – I do – books, magazines, websites, you name it. But I’m learning about beer from the generation that learned about beer from Michael Jackson. And while it exposes a gap in my knowledge (everyone should read the Beer Hunter’s work, right?) it’s also pretty cool.
It shows that Mr. Jackson was successful in his life’s work of promoting the creation and consumption of great beer. He was such a success that others have been inspired to take up the cause, and that’s his legacy – a robust and ever-expanding universe of craft brewers and enthusiastic beer nerds.
We brew for each other, teach each other and all evangelize for the consumption of better beer. And we all owe a debt of gratitude to Michael Jackson for dedicating his charms, talents and time to the cause of craft beer.
I think I need to pick up a book.