A true brewing legend, who was treated like a rock star in Belgium where they care about their national beers, Pierre Celis would have been 88 today. Celis single-handedly revived the style witbier in the 1960s when he was a brewer at Hoegaarden. He later moved to Texas to start a microbrewery with his daughter Christine, which was sold to Miller in 1995. Most recently, he was making three cave-aged beers under the label Grottenbier at St. Bernardus in Belgium. Unfortunately, Pierre passed away almost two years ago in April. Pierre was a terrific person and his absence is still deeply felt. I’m told that his daughter Christine is working a great-sounding project that will honor her father’s memory and also produce some terrific beers, too. Join me in drinking a toast to the memory of Pierre Celis.