Michael Jackson (no, not the musician nor the fighter ace), the world renowned beer guru, has passed away at the age of 65, from heart attack due to grave Parkinson's disease. Michael Jackson has inspired myriads of people all around the world, and it is also his fault why the Ironmistress got enthusiasted on beer and ale.
Jackson was enthustiast of top-fermented beverages, especially real ale (unpasteurized cask or bottle conditioned top-fermented brew) and the original beers like Belgian lambic, Finnish sahti and Swedish gotlandsdricka. He was also enthusiast of whiskies, especially single malts.
Requesiat in pacem, Michael. It was your World Guide to Beer which inspired the Ironmistress on homebrewing and honing her skills. What would be a better relief after a day at the hot furnace than a cold tankard of brew?