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Michael Jackson became famous in beer circles in 1977 when his book The World Guide To Beer was published. This was later translated into more than ten languages and is still considered to be one of the most fundamental books on the subject. The modern theory of beer style isbeercompanion.gif largely based on the work done by Michael Jackson in his 1977 book The World Guide To Beer in which Jackson categorised a variety of beers from around the world in local style groups suggested by local customs and names. He introduced for instance the terms “top yeast” for ales and “bottom yeast” for lagers. His work had a special influence on the popularization on the brewing culture in North America, and he would later host a popular show entitled The Beer Hunter, which was seen on the Discovery Channel. During his 30 year career as a critic, he wrote columns for a large number of newspapers and magazines.

Jackson considered beer as a component of culture and described beers in their cultural context. Although he traveled around the world and discovered different beer cultures, he was especially fond of the Belgian beers. He was appointed to an honorary officer of the Ridderschap van de Roerstok in 1997 for his important contribution to the international success of the Belgian beers. This honor had previously only been given to brewers. In 1998, Jackson brought forth his own line of beer glassware. It was revealed in December 2006 that Michael Jackson “is and has been suffering for at least a decade from Parkinson’s Disease.” [1] He also suffered from diabetes. Michael Jackson died of a heart attack in hiswaistland.jpg home the morning of August 30, 2007 at the age of 65.[2][via WIKIPEDIA]

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