Those who have been interested in craft beer for a while are probably familiar with Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter, author of several influential books on beer and the host of the popular show, The Beer Hunter, on Discovery. Mr. Jackson’s contribution to beer culture starting in the 1970s continues to have an impact on the craft beer revolution.

Mr. Jackson was born on March 27, 1942 and passed away from Parkinson’s Disease on August 30, 2007. In his honor, the J. Clyde is hosting a celebration this month. In order to participate, you must buy an advance ticket for $20. Only 100 tickets will be sold and the money will be donated to the National Parkinson Foundation in recognition of Mr. Jackson.

The ticket will give you the opportunity to purchase each of the following four featured, rare beers:

  • Avery Hog Heaven – 12 oz. snifter
  • Bell’s Batch 9000 – 1/2 imperial pint
  • Good People BlackHefe – 0.5l weizen glass
  • Yazoo Rye Saison – 12 oz. snifter

The cost per beer is $6. The J. Clyde donates $3 per beer sold on March 27 to Free the Hops. And it’s worth a special mention that Bell’s Batch 9000 was a “one-off” release — a beer only brewed one time, never to be brewed again.   Only one keg was shipped to Alabama.   This event is your only chance to taste Batch 9000 on draft, ever.

You can purchase tickets at the J. Clyde (cash or credit) or via PayPal to

Remembering the Beer Hunter [pdf]