By now, every beer enthusiast around the world (and probably most everyone else, too, for that matter) knows about the August 30th passing of famed Beer Hunter Michael Jackson (no, not that Michael Jackson), so I won’t take the time to reiterate on this tragic loss. But instead, pass along the news that Friends of Michael Jackson have begun to plan a national toast to Jackson later this month; a fundraiser for the National Parkinson Foundation, tentatively set for Sept. 30.

If you know a brewpub, bar, tavern, ale house, (or even your best friend’s kegerator…), etc. that might want to participate, urge them to do so. Information will be posted at the Beer Hunter website when plans are finalized. Participants will be able to register their site and download a poster, and drinkers will find a list of toast sites.

Lastly, there are also plans being made for a Michael Jackson Tribute Dinner in Philadelphia in March 2008–as part of Philly Beer Week–at the Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. Jackson hosted tutored tastings there for the past 18 years. 


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