Thursday, August 30, 2007

Michael Jackson has left This Mortal Coil

Michael Jackson, the "Beer Hunter," was a legend. He recently left this mortal coil and our worldly existence.

Michael had so much energy for beer, malt beverages, and people, and was a genuinely nice person. He was a true gentleman.

I got to meet him personally in 1994. It was at Big Time Brewery in Seattle, at 7 a.m., and he was leaving for the airport to go back to the U.K., but he still wanted to check out our beers for a possible new book project. This, after a whirlwind weekend tour of Seattle and the Northwest's breweries and brewpubs. He gave us an honest assessment of our beers, had some coffee and chit-chat, and then left. He didn't have to do this for us (at an un-godly time in the morning), but the man had said that he would, and he did. I still cherish the photo of all of us on that day.

In the photo was Mark Irvin from Spokane's Northern Lights Brewing, Dick Cantwell (currently of Elysian Brewing in Seattle), Brian Johnson (formerly of Fort Spokane Brewing, Spokane, Washington), and me.

Michael, whatever dimension you're in, I know that you are enjoying yourself thoroughly!

Happy trails and cheers,

Bad Ben

Thursday, August 09, 2007

OBF 2007


Well, it's been a couple of weeks since I attended the Oregon Brewer's Festival.

We flew up to Oregon for a family vacation again, which included a lot of walking, beer tasting, fine food eating and a good, long run.

The high points of the trip were:
  1. Bumping into old friends Dave Buhler and Dick Cantwell (from Elysian Brewing), and attending their little party at Stumptown Coffee...the Avatar Jasmine IPA was exquisite.
  2. Tasting more than a few really good beers. One of my favorites was this year's version of Pliny the Elder.
  3. Spending some quality time with my wife, son, nephew, and friends.
  4. Being a complete lush for a couple of days.
  5. Breaking my nose and still having fun.
I wrote a more in depth report of some of our fun on my other blog.
Here are some photos from the trip:

Thurday Afternoon at OBF
2007Oregon Laurelwood
Laurelwood visit
You've got to stop at Powells, when in Portland.
Recycling can be a drag!
Street signs
The Trail Nerd pour at OBF
Bridgeport...(I still miss the old Bridgport).
Afternoon beers at Laurelwood.
Nice shirt!
Matt, my son.
My trip up the mountain.