Gary Bredbenner (gbredben), RIP
Posted 24 July 2009 - 03:57 PM
In Philadelphia, and on much of the East Coast, if you went to a beer event, beer festival, or food festival, you saw Gary Bredbenner. He was ubiquitous. And his passion for food and drink was contagious.
He was a regular prescence on eGullet. org, Facebook, Twitter and a lot of other beer and food websites. He chimed in almost every week on our weekly Friday night beer chat, The No Bull Inn on http://www.starchat.net/. Beer writer Lew Bryson has this to say:"Gary always was the happy person in the room. I'll miss his smile and jolly eyes. Nice guy, loved beer, good to be with." Famed Philly bartendrix Katie Loeb, who works at the new Oyster House wrote me too: "I always looked forward to having Gary come visit me at wherever I was working at the time. He would make my day with his sense of humor, great stories and incredible joie de vivre. He was a ray of sunshine. I will miss him."
Gary loved barbecue, and was a regular practitioner of the art himself. He was an avid homebrewer and made some pretty tasty beers. And he loved those Philadelphia Eagles and went to their training camp at Lehigh every summer and to as many home games as he could. He loved the Phillies, too, but he bled Eagles green.
He is the only person to have participated in every one of my annual Golden Age of Beer in Philadelphia Tours across 11 years. That's always amazed me. But he loved them, and was always one of the first folk to sign up every year.
But aside from all that, Gary was a good soul. He was sweet to my kids. Ben and Sophie loved when we would have dinner with him, or meet him at my favorite watering hole, the Grey Lodge.
That is where I last saw him a week ago, celebrating Xmas in July, just as you'd expect him.
His funeral is Monday July 27th, 11am @
The Roat Kriner Funeral Home
1715 Bloom Rd
Danville, PA 17821
p: 570 275 0412
Posted 25 July 2009 - 06:46 AM
Katie M. Loeb
Booze Muse, Spiritual Advisor
Author: Shake, Stir, Pour:Fresh Homegrown Cocktails
Bartendrix,Intoxicologist, Beverage Consultant, Philadelphia, PA
Captain Liberty of the Good Varietals, Aphrodite of Alcohol
Posted 25 July 2009 - 09:36 AM
Matt you were probably at a lot of beer and food events where Gary was also in attendance, like Grey Lodge's Friday The Firkinteenth, or a slew of Philly Beer Week events, or The Book and the Cook, stuff like that. Gary always seemed to be everywhere. That's why he'll be sorely missed here and around Philly.
Sorry for your/our loss Rich. Sorry I never got to meet him. It sounds like you have a lot of great memories to keep with you.
Posted 26 July 2009 - 12:19 AM
ANyone wanting to attend the funeral on Monday, please PM me to discuss car pooling/ride sharing from the Philly area.
Posted 04 August 2009 - 12:17 AM
We hope to see you there.
Posted 12 August 2009 - 05:56 PM