Michael Jackson wins top writing award

Famed Beer Hunter capture honor that usually goes to wine writers

June 3, 1999 - Beer writer Michael Jackson has been named Drinks Journalist of the Year in The Glenfiddich Awards, for his writing in The Independent newspaper of London. His submissions included articles on beer and single malt Scotches and stories based on visits to sake breweries in Japan and cachaŤa distilleries in Brazil.


The awards, which were televised, were presented at a gala dinner at the Natural History Museum in London. Star presenter was actor Richard Dreyfuss. Judges included novelist Julian Barnes, food and wine writers and editors, and chefs. The Drinks Journalist award is most often given to a writer on wine. The other nominees were all wine writers. The Glenfiddich Awards typically attract about 750 entrants for ten categories.

Jackson received his award on film, because he was in Washington, D.C. He has in previous years won Glenfiddich Awards for best book ("The Beer Companion"), best television ("The Beer Hunter") and best writing on whisky (twice: for The World Guide to Whisky; and for articles in The Independent. In 1994, he won the overall Glenfiddich Trophy.

In May, Jackson was made a lifetime member of the Institute for Brewing Studies. He is currently on a lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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