Friends of Michael Jackson have begun to plan a national toast to Jackson later this month.
Organizers first hoped to hold the toast at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, but realized it would be hard to pull everything together by then. A toast is now tentatively set for Sept. 30.
Industry members are encouraged to let bar owners or similar establishments that might participate to join in. Information will be posted at the Beer Hunter website when plans are finalized. Participants will be able to register their site and download a poster, and drinkers will find a list of toast sites.
There are also plans for a Michael Jackson Tribute Dinner in Philadelphia in March 2008 at the Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. Jackson hosted tutored tastings there for the past 18 years. That dinner would be part of Philly Beer Week.