Book honours Jackson’s memory

11 March, 2009

The memory of beer and whisky writer Michael Jackson is being honoured with a compilation of new drinks essays from leading writers.

The book – Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser – will raise money for the Parkinson’s Disease Society of the UK. Jackson had suffered from the illness for 10 years until his death in August 2007, aged 65.

The contributors are Stephen Beaumont, Dave Broom, Ian Buxton, John Hansell, Julie Johnson, Charles MacLean, Hans Offringa, F Paul Pacult, Roger Protz, Lucy Saunders, Conrad Seidl, Carolyn Smagalski and Gavin D Smith.

All have offered their work without fee for the book, which will be published by Perthshire publisher Classic Expressions on March 27 to mark Jackson’s birth date.

Editor Ian Buxton, who conceived the project, said “Michael Jackson dominated the world of both beer and whisky writing for two decades and was hugely influential in both real ale and single malt whisky.

“A complete generation of writers has cause to be grateful to him, not to mention countless brewers and distillers. This new book honours that legacy.”

He concludes: “We have sought to honour Michael with words, fresh and new writing on beer and whisky that he would have enjoyed reading; that he would have respected; that he might even have wished to have written himself.”




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