I've just heard this morning that Bay Area beer writer William Brand was critically injured when struck by a Muni Train in San Francisco last night. Below is the report submitted to his blog at http://www.ibabuzz.com/bottomsup/

 

A former longtime reporter for the Oakland Tribune was critically injured when he was hit by a Muni train Sunday night in San Francisco’s Financial District, authorities said.

Bill Brand was in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital after he was hit about 9:10 p.m. Sunday, family members said.

He was was walking near Second and King streets when an N-Judah train struck him, according to the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

In his career with the Tribune, Brand covered a host of topics for the newspaper, including crime and science. After leaving the paper in July, he continued to write a regular beer column titled “What’s on Tap” and contribute to the Bottoms Up blog.

 

Bill has been an inspiration to The BN as writer and beer aficionado. Tasty, Shat and myself were lucky enough to have shared a BART ride and nice conversation with him about bay area beer just this Saturday as we all headed to The Bistro IIPA festival. Our hearts and prayers are with him.

Friend and beer writer/blogger Jay Brooks has suggested stopping for a moment tonight at 7pm and drinking a toast to Bill. I will certainly be doing that.

 Get well Bill!!!

UPDATE 2-10-09: From Jay Brooks @  brookstonebeerbulletin.com

I got a brief note from Daryl Brand, Bill’s wife, who let me know this morning that the doctors have told her that Bill is in stable condition, which is very good news. She’s promised to post updates on Bill’s Facebook page as she learns more.

UPDATE 2-11-09: From Jay Brooks @  brookstonbeerbulletin.com

Found out the following from a reporter friend (thanks again, Brent) who heard back from a colleague at the Contra Costa Times. Bill has apparently had surgery to relieve pressure in his brain. He has a broken bone in his neck but no others were broken. His lungs are struggling, still somewhat critical I’m afraid, but he’s stable all the same.

UPDATE 2-12-09: From Jay Brooks @ brookstonbeerbulletin.com

Bill’s Facebook page was updated this morning with the following message. “William is still in the ICU and his family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers.” Bill’s wife, Daryl updated her own Facebook page last night that she is “sad to report that Bill is not getting better,” which is truly disheartening news.

Let’s all continue to send our best wishes and prayers for Bill’s recovery. For the last three nights out at SF Beer Week events, we’ve been conducting toasts at 7:00 p.m. I’d like to suggest that we continue that practice each night until Bill can join us in toasting his own health.

Also, as of this morning, there are 133 comments wishing Bill a speedy recovery on his Bottom’s Up blog. If you haven’t already done so, head over there and let him know he’s in your thoughts and prayers. It may not be much, but it’s all we can really do for now.

Brewcaster J is the founder of The Brewing Network and host of The Sunday Session.