I went to Henry Clay School and WFB High School. I remember Mr. Brand very fondly. I learned a lot from him on and off the court. He was a great man.
Bill and I were friends and classmates in Scottsbluff. We had lost touch after graduation but when my husband recently passed away, Bill was one of the first to extend sympathy and encouraging words to me. I now extend my sympathy and prayers to his family. I am so sorry to hear of Bill's death. He will be missed.
I was a classmate of Bill's and am sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you in his family. Nancy (Chapman) Hoagland
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Bill and I worked together at the Contra Costa Times in the early 80's with Jack Winning, Nancy Ward and the rest of the crew. It was an exciting time. We were in pursuit of excellence and we won many awards. Bill ran the copy desk with an iron hand in a velvet glove and was an island of sanity for me as the new real estate editor. He was a great newsman and he'll be greatly missed. Please convey my regards to his family.
Bill: Many thanks for letting me take photos for your Great American Beer Festival columns (2004-2008). I appreciated being a part of your team. I’m going to miss your wit and banter. I’m glad we had the chance to celebrate together. Farewell, my friend.
I have only been in the Bay Area a couple of years, but I really enjoyed Bill's column! As a beer connoisseur, I read Bill's column to get information on places to buy great beer! I will miss him dearly.....Rest In Peace, Bill!
I met Bill Brand and his brother Dick back in 1940's, after WWII ended. We attended Victory Hill School together, and I knew his dad too.
I attended Scottsbluff High School and Scottsbluff Jr College with Bill Brand. I last saw him in the spring of 1957.
I also knew his first wife, Janice Ann Johnson, and her family. I would like to send my condolences to that family as well.
He was a very nice person. A friend of mine, just notified me of Bill's demise, and I am very sad for the family.
I want to send my best wishes and condolences to his entire family.
Jerry D. Kaufman, Colo Springs, CO
We knew Bill from the craftbrewing industry and always enjoyed both his company and regular beer articles. Many brewers and beer appreciators will be saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. From a personal perspective, Bill made a huge difference in my life and career. Bill was one of the judges of our first nationally award-winning beer, Poor Richard’s Ale. Bill provided me invaluable feedback and support. Since then, we’d stayed in contact mostly by email and we were hoping to catch-up at the next beer festival. Wishing his family and friends our sincerest condolences on the loss.
And, we raise our glasses in honor of Bill.
Cheers from Pagosa Brewing!
We're going to miss you Bill. For the last 20 years you've been a great friend and supporter of the Craft beer scene.
The Staff of Pacific Coast Brewing Company always awaited the incite of your weekly beer column.
We will miss your smiling face and humor.
I guess I'll need to find a new web pen pal to exchange questionable beer adverts with.
My condolences to Bill's Family.
Bill was the consummate pro, and a funny, funny guy. He invariably saw the humor in everything that came across his path. I first met Bill in the spring of 1972 at the old San Leandro Morning News, and he became a lifelong friend as well as sage mentor and able manager. He will be missed. My sympathies to the Brand family.
Dearest Daryl and family,
I have fond memories of Bill bringing his children to the doctor's office for Well Baby checks and when they were ill as well. He was a very soft spoken caring father. I especially send my deepest condolences to Amanda and Zachary. I was the nurse that gave you many immunizations while you were growing up.
There has always been a special place within my fondest memories of your family. Especially your Father and of course your Mom, Daryl.
My deepest sympathy go out to the Brand family. May God Bless you.
A big hug to you Daryl. An exceptional woman with a wonderful smile. Take care.
Again, I am sorry to hear about Bill's passing.
My prayers and condolences go out to the Brand family. I did not personally know Bill but I have been working with his wife (Daryl) for the past five years and she is truly a warm beautiful person and because of that I am sure that Bill was the same. I wish I would have had the pleasure of knowing him. Again, I am sorry for your loss and God Bless you.
When I served on the Berkeley City Council in the 80s, I knew Bill was the one reporter who would get the story right,and not be interested in simply making everything seem ludicrous -- a true reporter.
Sorry to hear of Bill's death. Read his column every week. Missed not seeing it last week. Enjoyed giving his weekly recommendations a try.Prost to you Bill.
I worked with Bill at the business desk of the Oakland Tribune in the 1980s. He taught me how to edit stories, write headlines, really jazz up a story. He had a nose for news, knew what information to get and how to package it. He was loaded with energy. I learned so much from him. My heart goes out to his family and friends. He was a great teacher, a great journalist, and an all-around great guy.
Thanks Bill for your fine columns and the advice for beers on tap. When I lift a Pliny the Elder, it is a salute you...thanks much for the recommendation...you will be missed ..my condolences to your family....a fan
Bill was a wonderful, knowledgeable person, a fine journalist, and I'd like to believe, a friend. I'll miss him and send my love and thoughts to his family.
I am saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Thank you Bill for the years of excellent reporting and for helping me find new and exciting beers to try.
Bill was truly a beer maven. His weekly reports were greatly anticipated each and every Weds. The fact that he was killed while reporting on a beer event just showed the dedication of the man. My condolances go out to his family and friends of which there are many. Faire thee well Bill and thank you for all of the fine reporting over the years. You will be missed.
To The Brand Family, I believe in the power of prayer and in comfort of friendship. Right now, I offer you both. I'll miss Bill's kindness. You Have My Deepest Sympathy.
Never met the man but followed his passionate blog after my visits to the SF area led me to it just to keep up with the bay area's beery happenings. And his "Who the hell is Struise to be the #1 brewery in the world!?!?" stories started up a nice geek firestorm for sure.
Condolences to his family and close friends.
Bill, it was a pleasure to meet you at the Dry-Hopping Festival in SF in 2006. CAMRA Brussels was proud to include your beer column in our newsletters.
I worked with Bill at the Contra Costa Times when I was just getting started, back in the 70s. He had little patience for stupidity but a capacity to laugh and help someone new understand how to get a paper out. He was my copy desk chief. I had exchanged emails with him a few months ago and we were going to meet in Marin for a beer at Moylans. My heart breaks at this news and my sympathies go out to his wife and family.
How sad that one of the best beer writers of all time met such a tragic end on the way home from a gig. My deepest condolences to his family and to the beer world.
From all of us at Manneken-Brussel Imports we are saddened to learn of the passing of William Brand, a great writer about the world of beer and more. We extend our sincere condolences to Bill's family and friends.
I did not personally know Mr. Brand, I'm just a regular reader of the Hayward Daily Review, and so enjoyed What's On Tap...My sincere condolences to Mr. Brand's family at his sudden passing.
I share everyone's sadness as I write this note to Daryl and Bill's family. Bill made working at the Oakland Tribune joyful. His positive energy, friendly openness and zeal for quality reporting and excellent writing inspired everyone. He brightened up the newsroom everytime he walked in and he will be greatly missed. All of us who know him are better for it.
When Bill began writing his beer column for the San Jose Mercury News, I was fortunate to be his editor. His care and his pleasure in his subject came through in every column. Bill worked hard for his readers and he taught me so much about beer. When I left the paper for the American Heart Assocciation, I stayed on the Beer of the Week mailing list as a way to keep in touch with a kind and gentle man.
What a beautiful article that was! It breaks my heart that such a wonderful life was cut short. Sending big hugs and thoughts of love and warmth to Daryl and the rest of the family.
I had the honor and great fun of working with Bill, and he was game to do anything to get the story. On the night of the firestorm that killed 25 people and destroyed 3,000 homes. Bill and I drove around the Oakland and Berkeley hills, reporting. We tried nine times to get past firefighters and finally wound up on Route 24, which had walls of flames on both sides. He was mesmerized and worked the details into his piece. Bill was a true newsman and a great pal, looking out for those around him. My thoughts are with his family.
-- Jacqueline Cutler, Millburn, New Jersey
My and all my friends in Sweden asking to get in front of our sympathy.
I have never felt so bad about someone's passing as I did at the news of Bill's. When I read he was 70 years old I was floored. I so looked forward to his columns every week and his blog was full of energy and passion that you might expect from a twenty year old. The world's loss is heavens' gain! I'm raising one in honor of Bill.
It's hard to imagine a story that captures the life of Bill Brand since he was always the one doing the writing with such a quick eye for what mattered. As a newsman, a husband father, and a friend, Bill was one of those people who always had time for everyone. He was a hard worker but he also seemed to enjoy the challenges that sent everyone else into a frenzy. Bill and his family were always there for us and our family and we remember all the good times and great kindness. Thanks Bill for all you did for all of us.
Bill Brand was a sweetheart! He and his family were so generous with my children when we lived at Northgate. They even shared Ringo, Amanda's fiesty Welsh Mountain pony with my daughter, Brianna.
It wasn't until we "petsat" the equine menagerie that I truly appreciated the energy and multitasking skills of this couple.
I remember how giddy and obviously in love Daryl and Bill were. And he so clearly adored Amanda. I can't even imagine how tough this sudden loss must be for them.
I know Bill will be missed by all those he touched:(
I was proud to call Bill a friend as well as a colleague. He was my first boss in California when I arrived at the Contra Costa Times in 1979. Over those decades we've worked together in a variety of newsrooms. He was a true professional, dedicated to journalism. I feel privileged to have known him. And I will miss him greatly. My sympathies to Daryl and your family.
Jim and I were extremely saddened by Bill's passing. Our condolences to Daryl and Amanda and Zach. I was looking through this guest book and I see how many lives Bill touched--east to west, north to south. Beer lovers, horse lovers, food lovers, and news lovers. How many of us have such a positive influence on so many people? Bill, we will miss you. Love, Sharon and Jim
The beer community has lost one of its best advocates. All the great memories and comments people are sharing about Bill are a fitting tribute to a man who will be greatly missed. Godspeed, Bill!
I will remember Bill, my neighbor, a gentle man whose loving soul showed through the kindness of his words.
We crossed paths, often in the dark of the night, while making the rounds with our pets.
Bill's memory will stay in the neighborhood and with me.
Our thoughts are with Bill's family.
I mostly knew Bill via e-mail ... only met him a handful of times at beer events. His enthusiasm rubbed off on me and he did some great work to help Bay Area craft brewers as well as journalists like me. Bill will be greatly missed.
Bill, I will miss You.
Your insights to beer and food pairing were a great help to me.
My deepest sympathy to the Brand family
I was saddened to hear of Bill's accident and even more distraught to hear of his passing. His work forever changed my life for the better and his family has my condolences.
I am so sad to hear about this! Bill was like a father and mentor in the news room--he was a great reporter and so much fun to work with. I was always amazed at how much reporting he had done by 9:30 a.m.--it seemed like he already had put in a full day in only two hours. He was such an inspiration and I always admired his work ethic. My condolences to his family. He--and his work--will be greatly missed.
Our family met Bill when the girls were at Beth El preschoool. As their daughter Amanda and my daughter Jordan bonded immediately, we saw a lot of Bill and Daryl, living through many firsts together as the girls explored the adventures of being best friends. Bill was a warm, gentle and loving father, friend, and a devoted husband to Daryl. His smile lit up a room. Our loving condolences to Daryl, Amanda and the family. Chris Sorensen, Jordan & Corey Scher
I am very sad to hear about Bill's passing. I'm still in shock. I had the privilege of working with Bill at the Tribune. We collaborated on retrospective story about the Oakland hills fire, and he drove me around pointing out every detail about what happened. He brought such energy to the newsroom. As an editor, he pushed me to rewrite and rewrite, sometimes to my exasperation, but I truly appreciate that he cared. I will miss him. Condolences to his family.
Good-bye Bill. I will miss reading about your adventures and insights into fine beer tremendously. My sympathy and condolences to your family.
Bill will be greatly missed. Brewery Ommegang and I send our condolences to his family, his friends and his professional associates.
My sincerest and deepest sympathy to the Brand family.
My deepest condolences to Bill's family and friends. I was privileged to have worked with Bill over the years. He was an inspiration as a journalist and a genuinely great human being. He was such a big part of the Tribune family and words can't even begin to express how much he'll be missed. I'll always remember the Belgian beer pub tour story we did together. I'll be in New Orleans this week hoisting an Abita Turbo Dog to Bill.
My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Bill Brand's family. I knew Bill professionally and as a friend for twenty five years. His writing always displayed his keen wit, an inquisitive mind, and his generous and jovial nature. Bill was the first - and only - regular news columnist to write about our mutual love of the art of brewing. I will miss him, but never forget him.
I worked with Bill in the Tribune Berkeley bureau in early 1992. He was a great guy, a class act and a very thoughtful, talented journalist. He was one of the reporters who typified the "can-do" attitude of the Trib in those days. We were short on resources but rich talent. And Bill was a key part of that. I'm glad I had the opportunity to work with him and get to know him.
My condolences go out to his family.
I walk by that crossing every day. It smells like BBQ some days. some times the roar that follows a home run is deafening. but from here on the train bell that rings before it crossing the street will never be loud enough.
I offer my heartfelt sympathy to Bill's family...he was a warm, authentic man who made himself available and was deeply caring when we discussed his daughter's selection of the right college for her.
I am thinking of Bill with much sadness at his sudden passing.
My condolences to his family. Bill was a great colleague who never let anything faze him.
The Longshot, the GABF, Sam Adams Utopias, What's on Tap...everywhere I turned in the beer world, I would bump into Bill - his opinions and style of reporting opened my eyes to see things in ways I may not have considered, taught me how to turn ideas over in my mind, displayed his individualism and experience. We will miss you, Bill.
I had the honor of working with Bill since 2000 when I started my job at the Samuel Adams Brewery. I have the honor of working with some great journalists and some true advocates of beer. He brought the two together in a unique way. He had a zest for every new product or beer tasting as if it were his first. I will miss him at the GABF, the next time we choose a Longshot winner and most of all when we are in SF to get opinions on our new offerings. His input and prose will be sorely missed in the beer world.
To the Brand family, I share with you my prayers and condolonces.
Bill was an inspiration to me and a catalyst to start my own career in beer coverage. He was great, and sweet, and truly awesome. Craft beer is better having had Bill on its side, and won't be the same without him. I'm deeply sorry for this loss.
Bill was a heckuva journalist -- and a better person. He is going to be missed by a lot of people in his profession and in his community. And a lot of people in his profession and in his community are better because of his time with us. I'm sure he's at Heaven's best beer bar, with an abbey ale in hand, saving us a spot.
This breaks my heart to hear the news about Bill's passing. He was a great friend to all of us at Bobby G's Pizzeria and we will miss him greatly. My heart goes out to his family.
ALL my love, thoughts and prayers are with Bill's wife and family. I happened to have the honor of dining with him the night of the accident and will be toasting him eternally...
My thoughts are with Bills Family at this difficult time. He was briefly part of the Crossroads Pony Club family when his daughter was riding with Crossroads. (youth Equestian club part of the United States Pony Clubs) He was a wonderful genuine guy. Very Sad to hear.
Crushing blow. Beer geeks will always remember his enthusiasm and his dedication to the craft beer movement.
My good comrade Bill will be missed terribly. We became good frieds about 8 years ago talking about beer. He would call me to ask questions and share "news" about the industry. We have had many a great time talking beer and horses. I will miss his smile. My deepest sorrows to the family he was very well loved by his beer brethen.
He was extremely gracious, very generous with his time, and infectiously enthusiastic in all correspondence I had with him.
A very sad day, and he will be truly missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with Bill's family. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Denver last year as I shared my table with him at the Samuel Adams Brunch. We'll miss him in our Brewing News family.
Our condolences go out to all of Bill's family and friends. He will be missed.
this is a sad moment for the bay's beer aficionados... Condolences to the Brand family and friends. I never had the privilege of meeting him, but read "What's on Tap" nigh religiously...
Thank you Bill, you will be missed!
A high toast of Pliny to you Bill...
This truly is sad news. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
What a wonderful guy who was so generous with his time and knowledge.
Although our correspondance was brief, I appreciate everything you have done.
Your friends in the beer community will miss you dearly.
I am sure we will all be raising a glass to you today.
I had only recently discovered his writing and was so excited to have such an asset in the Bay. I am very saddened and disappointed that this great figure's life was cut short. My condolences to his family. Tonight I shall hoist a beer in honor of this man.
This is very hard news to take and we extend thoughts and prayers to Bill's family. Bill was doing what he loved so that is some comfort, but the beer industry and the world has lost a dear and wonderful man. All of us here at the Brewers Association are very sad to hear this news.
What an energetic and enthusiastic journalist Bill was! It was always great to work on a story with him, because he came to every subject with a genuine curiosity that was contagious.
The last time I saw Bill, he was remarking that we needed to work together to update his portrait for the beer blog. Sorry we waited too long on that, my friend.
May you rest in peace, Bill.
You are a dear friend. From the first interview you gave me back in 1999 to having dinner with you on that fateful night. You have always given me inspiration and happiness in the brewing world as well as just being a good friend. You will not be forgotten. My heart goes out for your family.
We send our heartfelt condolences to Bill's family on this very sad day. He was a great friend to the craft beer community and a really wonderful man. We will miss seeing him and reading him. A toast to Bill from all of us at the 21st Amendment.
I am so so sorry that Bill Brand has gone to the great alehouse in the sky. His beer column was the truly greatest thing the Oakland Tribune has to offer. I met him once at the Bistro during its fresh hops festival last year (2008) and found him to be a delightful, elfen, sweet man. He did not know what to do when I complimented him highly on his work and how much I liked his column. He will be sorely sorely missed.....
Rest in Peace Bill. Thank you for being a pioneer in beer journalism and raising the status of a form of creativity which is just now starting to get the recognition it deserves. We have people like you to thank for your professional journalism and coverage of this topic for over 20 years. You are and will be very, very missed. I raise a glass in honor of your legacy. My condolences and best wishes to the family.
Wow. This sucks. My condolences to the Brand family for their loss. Having never taken the time to introduce myself to Bill is high on my list of regrets. I enjoyed his writing and will miss him.
Wow ... what a guy. Whether he was calling me, super excited about a breaking news story that had to be posted NOW or going above and beyond – like the time he bought us a six-pack of Melissa's favorite beer, which we couldn't find in the Bay. He was ever the enthusiastic journalist, dedicated staffer and thoughtful friend. I will miss, you Bill. I plan to toast you tonight with one of those remaining bottles of beer.
I'm so sad to hear the news. I feel like I've lost a close friend. The Bay Area beer community has lost a very special presence in Bill Brand. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.
Bill will be missed tremendously.
Wednesday will not be the same without Bill's column in the paper.
We are saddened at the news of Bill's passing. Our heartfelt and sincere condolences go out to his family. As beer people we are going to miss his humor and good beer information. Here is a tip of the pint to you Bill.....
I never had the opportunity to meet Bill but enjoyed reading his many articles on beer. He will be missed.
So very sad...Bill used to cover UC Berkeley and spent a great deal of time in our office, using the phone and filing stories. He became a member of our family here, always friendly and happy, occasionally bringing along Spencer the dog. He had the utmost integrity as a reporter and as a person. I will miss his voice on the phone so very much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Bill, you will be incredibly missed in our community. I think it's safe to say that without your support for craft beer, Northern California wouldn't be where it is today. Your spirit permeated through all of SF Beer Week and you will continue to be in our thoughts.
I met Bill for the first time just two weeks ago. He was every bit the interesting, friendly, and knowledgeable man he appears to be in his writings. My condolences to his family and to his "beer family" who will all miss him.
I am a big fan of Bill. He was a very kind man and always responded and listened to folks who wrote him. I feel horrible about this and I am thinking alot about his family and hope they will get through this as best as possible.
Cheers Bill. I hope there are many more like you in the world.
Very sad day. My Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Bill you will be missed.
Bill the beer community will miss you very much. My prayers and thoughts are with your family. Thanks for all you did in the beer community.
Sympathies for all. We'll miss weekly columns.
This is very sad news. I only met Bill once, when he visited our newsroom in San Jose, and I had a chance to talk with him a couple of times over the phone about his column, which I always enjoyed reading. Based on those encounters, and from reading the entries from friends here, Bill seemed liked a good person who will be missed by many. My sincere condolences to his family.
I first met Bill over 20 years ago when I started working with the founders of Celebrator Beer News. As a "real" journalist, Bill was an inspiration for his dedication to the beer scene and his discipline in getting the story out. To not see his always smiling face and "old school" rumpled visage again is heartbreaking. But the beer world's loss is diminished by the huge loss to his family. He will remain an inspiration to all those who champion good beer.
Wow my thoughts and prayers go out to the brand family. The writer of many great beer articles will be greatly missed. I learned of his talent from an up and coming great in his own right.
I worked around Bill at the Trib (ANG). He was easy and fun to talk to, a down to earth guy who loved life and writing about it. I thank his family for sharing him with us all.
Such a great loss for the brewing community. Our sincerest condolences to the family.
Very sad day. I'd met with Bill many times of over the years I've been in the brewing industry. He always had a keen interest in what I was doing and what I was up to. I always enjoyed talking with him about beer.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Thanks for everything Bill...
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
I'm so sad to hear that Bill has passed. Although I have known him online for some time, I feel lucky that I was able to meet him in person finally just 2 weeks ago. The spirit and joy that showed in his writing was just that much more engaging and entertaining in person. He was a sweet person that I wish I could have spent more time with.
We will miss you Bill. My thoughts and condolences to your family.
Bill, you will be sorely missed. I loved having the opportunity to work with you over the years and will miss you greatly. Your kindness, warmth and ethics were precious commodities in today's harsh reality. My sincerest condolences to your wonderful family & to your loyal steeds.
Bill and I worked Saturdays together at Trib. He was the go-to guy, that's for sure. He sat next to me when he came in during the week. He was one of my favorite people. I will miss him greatly.
Mr. Brand will be deeply missed my those who battled for better beer. My deepest condolences to his friends and family.
Bill Brand was a marvelous pioneering writer for the beer community. He was a better man than writer, and he was a wonderful scribe. I last clinked glasses with him 2 short weeks ago. I will remember that moment forever. He will be genuinely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his many friends and family. May he forever rest in peace.
I never really had a chance to know of him until I saw the unfortunate news of his accident. I am more saddened now knowing that his continued work will be no more, thus depriving generations to come of an educated voice. God speed you on your journey "Bill", you will be missed.
Bill will be missed by all and especially by the beer blogging community. May God give you peace Bill.
Bill, you will be missed by all of us... but you will never be forgotten.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Brand family.
Our deepest, heart felt condolences go out to the family of Bill Brand. Though we never met in person, Bill was a friend and fellow soldier in the battle for better beer. I will sorely miss his wisdom and insight. May you rest in blessed peace, my friend!
Goodbye Bill, I'll miss your warmth, your wit, and your fine tuned sense of irony! You were a big hearted man with room in your life for people and animals alike. Rest in Peace.
Bill was an oracle to Bay Area beer lovers, and an essential voice for its brewers. He will be dearly missed.
Sincere condolences and prayers for Daryl as well as the rest of Bill's family and extended network of close friends. Such a huge loss to the beer community as well.
Toast his life appropriately this evening, folks.
Bill was one of the most generous people I've ever met. Countless reporters and editors at the Oakland Tribune benefited from his experience and enthusiasm for journalism. He had a zest for life that came through whenever he talked about his family, blogging, a good story, politics -- the list goes on. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.
Daryl and family,
I'm so, so sorry for your loss. If there's anything that I can do, or indeed the beer community as a whole, please just ask. We really want to do whatever we can, just say the word. This is a great shock to everyone who knew and loved Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. My deepest sympathies.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
My heart goes out to his family at this time. Bill was a good man who loved his family and dogs. I groom one of his dogs so I know. He will be missed my myself and all who read his articles over the years.
I've never personally met Bill, but I felt I got to know him --and his love of good beer and food-- through his column. My thoughts and condolences to his family and friends.