All hail the “Beer Hunter” documentary

Michael Jackson beer hunter

Here’s an event I’m excited about: There will be a showing of a new documentary about beer aficionado/evangelist Michael Jackson, whose television show “The Beer Hunter” helped turn the world on to craft beer. The author died in 2007, but his legacy as a beer writer continues to inspire people like… well, me.

On Oct. 3, at the Spotlight Theatres (39 Front St., Hartford, Conn.), not only can you see the film at 6 p.m., but you can stay for a beer tasting starting at 7. There will be local beers from Back East and Two Roads, as well as Brooklyn and Blue Point.

For information about the film, go to the Beer Hunter website.

Beer Hunter movie

Here’s an “unofficial” early trailer for the film:

Here’s an interview with the director by Chad of Chad’z Beer Reviews:

Beer’s Debt to Jackson, 1976-1977: “The Audacity of Hops” review (part 3)
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So much of what I know about beer writing comes from two authors: Garrett Oliver and Michael Jackson.

Oliver, the head brewer at Brooklyn Brewery and author of “The Brewmaster’s Table,” changed my professional life. It was after poring through that book on beer history, style, and pairing  that nudged me in the direction of spreading the gospel of craft.

Jackson, however, was the godfather of modern beer writing. Indeed, as Tom Acitelli posits in his profile of Jackson in “The Audacity of Hops” (Chicago Review Press), Jackson was “perhaps the most influential food writer on any one subject of the twentieth century.” Jackson surely deserves his own biography, but Acitelli’s all-too-brief chapter on whom he calls “The Bard of Beer” serves as a welcome British diversion in a craft beer history book about the most influential American players. Continue reading “Beer’s Debt to Jackson, 1976-1977: “The Audacity of Hops” review (part 3)”