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Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser
New writing on beer and whisky in honour of Michael Jackson

6" x 9 1/4" • 176 pages
ISBN 9781906000042 • hardback • $18.99

Leading international writers on beer and whisky have joined together in a unique project to celebrate the enduring legacy of celebrated drinks writer Michael Jackson (65), who died in August 2007 having suffered from Parkinson’s disease for over a decade. They have each donated a piece of new writing to Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser, launched on March 27, 2009 to mark Jackson’s birth date. All proceeds from the publication, which was supported by leading single malt whisky The Glenlivet, will be donated to the Parkinson’s Disease Society of the UK.

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: “If variety is what you celebrate in your choice of whisky or beer, then this is truly a joyous and eclectic celebration of a life well-lived. 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.”

The collaborators represent a roll of honor from drinks writing: (in alphabetical order) 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. 

Carolyn Smagalski is the award-winning editor of Beer and Brewing at BellaOnline, the Voice of Women on the Internet. As the ‘Beer Fox,’ she has penned over 500 articles and newsletters focused on the craft and on gluten-free beer communities. She contributes to various drinks publications and websites, including Hop Talk, Celebrator, Duvel Moortgat, and de Struise Brouwers. She is the recipient of the Brewers Association 2006 Beer Journalism Award in Electronic Media for her work at BellaOnline. She co-founded the Annual Philly Beer Geek Competition, is a Certified Beer Judge through the Beer Judge Certification Program, a Certified Beer Server in the Cicerone Certification Program, and is Beer Advisor for the International Gluten-Free Beer Festival. She contributes regularly to the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, serving as official host and beer-chef at the Beer & Food Pavilion, radio show host on the main stage, and judge in the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

Stephen Beaumont, inspired by Michael Jackson’s example, and later strengthened by his friendship, set out on the path towards becoming a beer writer more than two decades ago. Since then, he has established himself as one of the most authoritative voices on beer today, as well as a widely recognised writer on spirits, food, cocktails and travel. He is the author or co-author of six books and innumerable articles and columns for publications ranging from Playboy to the Malt Advocate, to Wine Enthusiast, and the International Herald Tribune to Nation’s Restaurant News. Once described as "beerdom’s Brillat-Savarin," Stephen is nothing if not prolific, vocal and seemingly tireless in his pursuit and endorsement of life’s simple liquid pleasures.

Dave Broom is a Glaswegian writer who gets paid to drink.

Ian Buxton is a former Marketing Director of one of Scotland’s most famous single malts. He began work in the Scotch whisky industry in 1987; was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1991, and holds the Freedom and Livery of the Worshipful Company of Distillers. He is a member of the international tasting panel for the World Whisky Awards and the Scottish Field Merchants’ Challenge and is Conference Director of the annual World Whiskies Conference. He consults widely in the whisky industry; writes regularly for Whisky Magazine, the leading UK consumer title, and contributes to a wide variety of other publications. He recently launched, a social networking site for whisky enthusiasts. Ian has written or co-authored three whisky books and recently completed a new edition of Aeneas MacDonald’s 1930 classic Whisky. He is currently working on a history of John Dewar & Sons and an account of the reopening of Glenglassaugh Distillery. Ian lives in Perthshire on the site of a former Victorian distillery, Tomdachoille.

John Hansell is an entrepreneur in the whisky industry. He is the founder, publisher and editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast. He also created Whisky Fest, America’s largest series of independent festivals honoring the world’s finest whiskies. He is a leading American drinks writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal and other national media. He lectures and consults regularly on both whisky and beer. He was the first American journalist to be inducted as a Keeper of the Quaich and was also inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame for his contributions to the bourbon industry.

Julie Johnson is the editor of All About Beer Magazine, the oldest American publication for people who love beer. Johnson won the 2007 Beer Journalism Award (Trade and Specialty) – later named the Michael Jackson Beer Journalism Award – from the Brewers’ Association. She has had a regular column in the News and Observer, and now in the Independent Weekly, both based in North Carolina. Johnson has also written for Cheers, Beverage Dynamics, The Brewers Guardian, and Smoke. Michael Jackson wrote a regular column for All About Beer for 23 years, his longest association with a magazine.

Charles MacLean has been researching, writing and lecturing about whisky since 1981. He is the author of ten books on the subject (the most recent is Whiskypedia, February 2009), writes regularly about Scotch in several magazines around the world, and hosts a TV channel dedicated to world whiskies at www.singlemalt.TV.

Hans Offringa is a Dutch author, media expert and whisky connoisseur. He is bilingual and writes in both Dutch and English. His has written three novels, a historical book and a DVD about the raising of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk; a series of comical drawing books and 10 books on whisky, including The Road to Craigellachie, The Legend of Laphroaig, A Taste of Whisky and Whisky & Jazz. Hans translated Michael Jackson’s Whisky: The Definitive Guide and The Malt Whisky Companion into Dutch. He regularly contributes to various whisky magazines and whisky websites and has been producing mini-documentaries for since its inception. Together with his American wife Becky he gives whisky presentations in Europe and the USA under the name The Whisky Couple. Their website can be found at:

F Paul Pacult is the founding editor and publisher of F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal – The Quarterly Independent Guide to Distilled Spirits, Beers, and Wines newsletter now in its 18th year of publication. He is the author of five other critically acclaimed books on beer and spirits. He contributes widely to a wide range of national journals and the broadcast media in North America. He is the judging director at the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a founding member of Beverage Alcohol Resource LLC (BAR). He has won many awards for his writing and is a not only a Master of the Quaich, but is also enrolled in The Bourbon Hall of Fame as well as being a member of the Armagnac Company of Musketeers. Paul lives in New York State’s Hudson Valley with his wife and partner Sue Woodley.

Roger Protz is one of the world’s leading beer writers. He is the author of 17 books and has edited 18 editions of the annual Good Beer Guide. He travels extensively, a fact underscored by his forthcoming memoirs, Life on the Hop. He has twice been named Glenfiddich Drink Writer of the Year and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Guild of Beer Writers. His book 300 Beers To Try Before You Die is one of the best-selling books on the subject. He lives in St Albans in Hertfordshire. His only known leisure pursuits are walking the dog (to the pub) and supporting West Ham United FC. His website is

Lucy Saunders is the author of The Best of American Beer and Food and editor of She thinks of beer as food. Michael Jackson encouraged her to start writing about beer, and so she has championed the presence of craft beer at the American table for over 20 years. She now lectures and conducts tasting classes at cooking schools, retailers and non-profit groups, including the Smithsonian. She has worked with the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Fancy Food Shows, the American Culinary Federation, and other food trade groups to conduct beer and food pairings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Conrad Seidl was born in Vienna in 1958 and is known as "der Bierpapst" (the pope of beer). He has worked for daily newspapers and culinary magazines for the past 25 years. He is the editor of the Austrian Beer Guide and has authored more than a dozen other books on beer. He has won several awards including that of best beer writer in the German language in 1993.

Gavin D Smith is one of Scotland’s leading drinks writers and contributing editor to He is the author of some 20 books, a dozen of which are on the subject of whisky. He is also author of The Scottish Beer Bible (Mercat Press, 2001), British Brewing in Old Photographs (Sutton Publishing, 2004) and has contributed to What’s Brewing and Beers of the World. He lives on the Fife coast in Scotland.

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