Thank You, Bill. We’ll Miss You


Come join the Bay Area craft beer community as we hoist a pint to celebrate the life of our friend, William Brand.  We’ll gather at one of Bill’s favorite beer venues.

The Trappist, 460 8th St., Oakland

(510 238-8900),

SUNDAY, MARCH 1st, 1:00 PM

As Bill would have noted, The Trappist is easily accessible by transit, just 4 blocks from the Downtown Oakland 12th St. BART station

Click here for directions

As many of you have heard by now, Bill Brand died in the early morning on February 20th, from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a MUNI light rail vehicle 12 days prior.  (Read the Tribune’s article here).  Bill did so much for so many people.  We know him through the craft beer world, but posts all around the web beautifully show us how many people he touched in his personal and professional life.

We first met Bill several years ago at a beer festival at The Bistro in Hayward. Subsequent to that meeting we saw each other at other craft beer events and venues.  As we got to know him better, we talked often of the importance of encouraging people to drink responsibly and most importantly to pay attention to transportation issues after a round of drinks. These conversations helped lead us to conceptualize then develop this website, and he was the first mainstream media person to announce its launch in March, 2007.

As sad as we are and as badly as we will miss him, we will be inspired by his good spirit, desire to help and include others and his genuine love of the people who have built the craft beer industry.  He was a big part of creating the camaraderie many of us love about being craft beer appreciators.  It is with Bill’s kind spirit that we will continue to support those who create the beer we all love and the people like us who appreciate the art and skill involved.  Cheers, Bill.  You will always ride with us!

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