I've always have loved this quote and use it again this year: Be still sad heart and cease repining; Behind the clouds the sun is shining, Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life a little rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary. ~ Longfellow
Each year at this time, I take a moment to reflect back upon the year and notable men and ladies of the industry that were lost in the course of the year. Naturally, I wish for the list to be as short as possible, but the inevitability of life and death means that will not always be true. Capturing and helping to remember the lives and significant contributions of these individuals to the beer industry actually turns out to be one of my favorite things of the year that I share with you all.
In 2014, I've only found one name on my running list of those dearly departed to share with you and he was a giant in the industry.
Jack Joyce, founder of Rogue Brewery in Oregon all the way back in 1988, passed away in May 2014 from a heart attack at the age of 71. Here is some of what you should know about him from Jay Brooks, Portland Business Journal, Oregon Live, Statesman Journal, Jeff Alworth, and Washington Beer Blog.
From past years: