I just heard the news that retired Oakland Tribune writer, beer enthusiast, and all around amazing guy Bill Brand was hit by an N Judah Muni train last night. I know we at Beer At Joe’s and the bay area beer community are praying for him. I have talked to Bill at a few events, but I mostly know him through his writing. Every Wednesday I would root through the newspaper bin and pick up a Contra Costa Times just to read his beer of the week column. And his What’s on Tap blog is my go-to beer blog – every day seeing what news he has heard about or what beers he is tasting.
There will be a communal toast tonight to Bill at 7:00 pm PST – wherever you are and whatever you are drinking lift it for this amazing writer and person. Bill – I can’t wait to see you at an event soon and share a beer with you.