Finnish bars honor Jackson

Beer writer receives first Beer Ambassador award

June 8, 2001 - Michael JacksonBritish beer and whisky writer Michael Jackson received the first Beer Ambassador award recently in Helsinki, Finland. The annual award is given for excellent work done on behalf of beer culture. It is given the by The Leading Beer Bars of Finland association.


In making the award, the association noted that Jackson has spread more information about international and Finnish beer culture than any other living person. On the basis of his writing sahti - the ancient Finnish beer - has even been brewed in the U.S. and U.K.

The actual award is a large wooden sculpture designed by internationally awarded Belgian artist Jozef Locquet. Locquet, who has received several awards in Belgium and France, works in his study in Waregem, Belgium.

The Leading Beer Bars of Finland association was founded in 1995 to advance Finnish beer culture. The association has 22 members under different ownership all over Finland, including some brewpubs. They all serve a different monthly beer of the month on tap. Earlier this year these have included Brooklyn Brown Ale and Anchor Steam Beer. Over the years more than 70 different beers of the month from numerous countries have been featured.

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