Ray Deter succumbs to injuries suffered in bike accident
Ray Deter, 53 the longtime owner of d.b.a., the groundbreaking New York beer bar, died Sunday after being critically injured in a bicycle accident on June 27. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Lepp and two teenage sons.
The East Village bar has been a long time and well-known purveyor of exceptional beers. The bar also anticipated the renewed American interest in whiskies and spirits, with an excellent selection of single malts, bourbons, tequilas and ports. Eventually, Mr. Deter opened branches of d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and in New Orleans.
Deter is credited with pioneered the serving of cask-conditioned ales in New York.
Deter was a host of Beer Sessions Radio in recent years, an Internet program on Heritage Radio Network, which focused on beer history, culture and lore. He was also involved with the Good Beer Seal, an organization that granted seals of approval to bars in the New York City area that were committed to properly presenting great beers.