Best Wishes to S.F. Beer Writer Bill Brand

February 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment · California Beer, General Beer News

Sad news from S.F. beer week. William Brand, who covers the S.F. beer scene and beyond in his What’s On Tap blog, was struck by a train, supposedly after leaving a beer dinner at 21st Amendment last night. Here is the news from the Contra Costa Times:

A former longtime reporter for the Oakland Tribune was critically injured when he was hit by a Muni train Sunday night in San Francisco’s Financial District, authorities said.

Bill Brand was in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital after he was hit about 9:10 p.m. Sunday, family members said.

He was was walking near Second and King streets when an N-Judah train struck him, according to the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

In his career with the Tribune, Brand covered a host of topics for the newspaper, including crime and science. After leaving the paper in July, he continued to write a regular beer column titled “What’s on Tap” and contribute to the Bottoms Up blog.

I’ve been a fan of Bill’s writing over the past year, and here’s wishing him a speedy recovery…Looks like you may be able to show support by taking part in a toast and saying a few kind words for Bill at 7pm PT on

An update from Brookston Beer Bulletin can be found here. Bill’s condition sounds very serious, and Jay will likely get speedy updates when they become available, if you’re interested.

He suggests that you head over to Bill’s website and leave a comment for he and his family.

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  • blackhook

    yeah, I was going to pass on the news but you beat me to it. Bill is a great beer chronicler.

    Here’s hoping he pulls through.

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