Bay Area Beer Writer Dies

William Brand, a beer writer and tireless advocate of good beer, died early today as a result of injuries suffered in a Muni train accident in San Francisco Feb. 8. He was 70.

Brand died at San Francisco General Hospital, surrounded by family and friends, according to a friend of the family.

Brand, a longtime reporter for the Oakland Tribune continued to write an occasional beer column and was a profuse blogger even after his retirement from the Tribune. His blog, “What’s on Tap” had daily musings about all things beer in and around the Bay area and beyond. Brand was a frequent attendee at many beer events, taking notes and steeping himself into the good beer culture. He was a serious and prudent student of good beer, and will deeply be missed by all of us in the industry.

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