Michael Jackson and Real Beer collaborated to create this site in 1998 and continued to update it until Jackson died in 2007. It incorporated articles from Jackson's archives as well as newly written ones.
Although Jackson was well known for writing about whisky as well as about beer, the focus here is on beer. His books sold more than three million copies. They included The World Guide
to Whisky, The World Guide to Beer, and Michael Jackson's
His documentary film series, The Beer Hunter, was shown
on television in ten countries, and his articles appeared in
newspapers and periodicals worldwide, including The Washington Post,
Playboy, and Geo.
In the United States, he was the first winner of the achievement
award of the Institute for Brewing Studies. He was elected the first
chairman of the guild of Beer Writers in Britain, and was also been
honored in France, Belgium, and Germany.
He lectured widely, from Cornell University to the Suntory
Food Business School in Tokyo.
His legacy is bigger still. The executors of his estate donated the contents of his office to Oxford Brookes University Library, and The Michael Jackson Collection includes 1,500 books from his personal library on beer and whisky and 300 copies of his own books. There is also considerable research material, including the contents of 29 filing cabinets and 26 linear feet of archival material, available to visiting scholars.