Wednesday, 5 June 2013

To Simon

Today we raise our beers to Simon Johnson.

It doesn’t matter what beer we raise as long as we love drinking it. It doesn’t even matter if it’s not a beer – all that matters is that in your glass is a drink which makes you happy.

The beer world has lost a good friend. Someone who was unequivocally liked by all and never failed to put smiles on faces (sometimes quite literally if he had his face paints...). I never saw him without a smile and it was his light-hearted approach to beer which everyone enjoyed.

His was always the blog I went to first, always the one which was capable of being different and interesting and fun, and I loved it for that. It was simultaneously thoughtful yet not over-thought, intelligent yet playful and mischievous. And he was always quick to respond to questions or to give honest advice. I’m very glad to have known him and to have shared a few beers with him.

Today is Simon’s funeral, so this one’s for him (and later it'll be a real one).

1 comment:

  1. I felt I knew Simon through his blog, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Raising my coffee cup and wishing it was an Orval.