A few days ago, a young man died.
Texting and driving victim? No.
He was a brewer.
Matt Courtright was driving a forklift at the Stone Brewing Company in southern California. Something went wrong and the machine rolled. He suffered massive crush injuries to his chest and later died at the hospital. He was 27 years old.
His loss is apparently being felt in two time zones as he started in Michigan before heading west. Obviously, all who knew him are shaken.
Accidents like this really make you think about how dangerous things can be in a brewery. Boiling water, electricity, moving parts (if you bottle), heavy machinery, and kettles (which can apparently explode) are just some of the things that could be hazardous if things go wrong.
I guess it is all something to think about when you crack open your next beer....