Beer Birthday: Jack Joyce

The original rogue, Jack Joyce, who founded Oregon Brewing — better known today as Rogue — would have celebrated his 73rd birthday today. Sadly, he passed away in late May of 2014. Join me in drinking a toast to Jack’s memory today.

Jack (on right) at the Oregon Brewers Festival with Fred Bowman, co-founder of Portland Brewing and Tom Dalldorf, Celebrator publisher.

At the OBF Parade in 2007, Jack Joyce with festival organizer Chris Crabb await the arrival of the mayor.

Brett and Jack Joyce from an interview by World Class Beverages in 2010.

One of the best photos of Jack I’ve seen. This was taken by Leah Nash for a New York Times article entitled Food and Fuel Compete for Land.


  1. says

    Happy Birthday Jack….

    What’s wiith the Oregon weather that you’ve brought us this week? It’s not going to help your tan lines. Wherever you are in Hawaii…enjoy a pint and toast yourself and everything you’ve done for the industry and beer drinkers alike.

    Andy Baker
    Keoki Brewing Company

  2. says

    Happy Birthday, Jack.
    Congratulations on the many great beers and good spirits you’ve raised over the years! Here’s to many more. (As for today, just put your feet up and say “And it was good.”)

    Cheers and Happy Holidays,
    Greg Warwick
    Fentimans North America, Inc.

  3. says

    Before they made Jack they broke the mold. Jack is one of a kind and it’s a good thing he’s on our side. He introduced me to a guy named Don Younger many years ago and I knew I had a future getting old.

    Many more, Jack.

  4. says

    Well Jack you are not getting older but better! It has been a pleasure and an experience working with you over the last 20 years. You are one of a kind. So happy birthday,
    Hope you are having fun in Hawaii.

    Jim Schembre
    World Class Beer
    Indianpolis, Indiana

  5. says

    Jack was a great friend when I was writing early books on craft brewing with RedBrick Press. He invited me to his home in Dundee one summer when I was on my way to the OBF. We stayed up late talking books, politics, travel — and beer! He was my host again at Rogue’s Newport Beach brewpub, again more spirited conversations and life stories. The last time we met in Lake Oswego around 2010 when he was testing retirement, not sure if he was ready to sit back and smell the hops. Miss you Jack.

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