Ray Deter was tragically struck by a car while riding his bike in Manhattan earlier this week. The owner of the d.b.a. bars in the East Village, Brooklyn and New Orleans was also a host of Beer Sessions Radio and a great friend to those who knew him. If you’re in the city, hit up one of the d.b.a. bars and share a drink with his spirit. This is the best way I know to celebrate his memory.

Rest in Peace Ray. I’ll always remember your stories, the laughs you bring out in people, your passion for good drink and that diacetyl isn’t always a bad thing in beer.

Jimmy Carbone and Ray Deter in 2009, with the Mayor’s Proclamation of July as Good Beer Month