IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART THAT I report that Pierre Celis - the "King of Belgian White Beer" and the founder of Hoegaarden and one of the first craft breweries in the early 1990s, the Celis Brewery in Austin, (which Miller Brewing Co. purchased and shuttered a few years afterward), passed away over the weekend in Hoegaarden of natural causes. He had been in declining health over the past years and his health declined quite rapidly over the past year. Pierre was 86. He'll be buried later this week in Hoegaarden. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you simply enjoy a beer with a moment of reflection for all that the beer business provides those of us who have a passion for it. His daughter Christine sent an email that said, in part: He was the best father everybody can wish for, great mentor and definitely he had an enormous amount of passion for beer." He will be sorely missed.
Locally no official events have been planned, but those interested in buying a pitcher of cold Hoegaarden draft at Mellow Mushroom (fresh pizza, made with spring water) for me to share, let me know. On a side note, perhaps this sad news will motivate the buyer at Dunwoody Tavern to step up and buy a keg of Hoegaarden.
Hopefully the PubKing noted over at TheOtherDunwoody will live to drink beer until age 86