18 FEBRUARY 2008, PHILADELPHIA, PA—The 19th annual Beer Dinner and Beer Tastings at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology pay tribute to Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter®, who passed away in August 2007. Mr. Jackson, an internationally-renowned beer expert who is credited with fuelling the craft beer movement, presided over Penn Museum’s annual Beer Dinner and Tasting for almost 20 years. This year, Penn Museum honors Mr. Jackson’s life and work with a Gala Tribute and Tasting Friday, March 14th from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. and the day-long Beer Tastings, Saturday, March 15th, 1:00, 3:30 and 6:00 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Museum.
Internationally recognized as the leading writer on beers of the world, Michael Jackson authored numerous books, including The Great Beer Guide, and the Pocket Guide to Beer, which were published in 15 languages. His television series, "The Beer Hunter," took him on a worldwide tour of historic breweries. He was a Director at Large of the North American Guild of Beer Writers, and was founding Chairman of the similar Guild in Britain. Mr. Jackson was regarded as one of the fathers of the renaissance of interest in beer worldwide, and especially of the North American micro-brewery movement, which he covered from its beginnings in the mid-1970s up until his untimely death this past September.
Friday’s night’s event, titled “A Tribute to Michael Jackson,” celebrates his legacy through reminiscences, a cocktail buffet featuring many of his favorite foods, and of course, lots of great beer. In what promises to be a special measure of his preeminence, Penn Museum has invited brewers and distributors to either brew a beer inspired by Michael Jackson’s writing and encouragement, or to bring an existing product that bears the signs of his direct influence.
Tickets: $95 per person; $85 for Museum members. Tickets on sale at the Annenberg Center Box Office beginning February 1st: (215) 898-3900.
On Saturday the Museum's ever popular Tutored Beer Tastings takes on a new form from years past with the theme “Michael Jackson: The Man and His Legacy.” A panel of three experts, led by Philadelphia’s own Don Russell (beer columnist 'Joe Sixpack'), Tom Dalldorf, editor of Celebrator Beer News, and Charles Finkel, well known pioneer of the craft beer movement, taste a selection of beers brewed especially for this tribute weekend, reminisce about Michael Jackson’s life and times, and reflect on his influence in the Philadelphia craft beer world. Each session begins with a tutored tasting hosted by our panel of experts, followed by a two-hour open tasting of dozens more beers in the Chinese Rotunda, accompanied by beer-friendly foods by Museum Catering Company.
Participants can sign up for one of three separate seatings at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. Tickets, on sale at the Annenberg Center box office, are $45; $40 for Museum members. The number for reservations is (215) 898-3900. Advance reservations are required for both programs, and attendees must be at least 21 years old.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 3260 South Streets on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage. For general information, visitors may call (215) 898-4000, or visit the Museum’s award-winning website at http://www.penn.museum.