Michael Jackson visits Philly

Yep, that’s the topic of an entire article online. Michael Jackson (the beer guy… not the singer) has been visiting Philadelphia for 15 years for an annual beer tasting event… okay, so it’s not big news unless you live in Philly. I bet it’s a fun deal anyway. And it’s a decent profile of The Beer Hunter.

On Friday [March 11], Jackson, 62, a British native who lives in London, hosts a three-course dinner at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

The dinner, in the Lower Egyptian Gallery, features a selection of Jackson’s favorite cask-conditioned ales. Several local brew masters also will offer their expertise.

Saturday, his visit continues with three beer tasting sessions featuring eight gold medal-winning micro brews from the Great American Beer Festival. About 375 people are expected at each tasting, which includes breweries that set up information booths along with samples.

This year’s event, called "Golden Treasures," is inspired by the museum’s Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur exhibit, on display through May, said Anna Bauer, spokeswoman for Museum Catering, Co., which is planning the event.