Art Beall Jr., who was once named the best homebrewer in the country and co-founded the Society of Akron Area Zymurgists homebrewing club, has died. He was 62.

He died April 25 after suffering a stroke.

"Art was a devout Christian and loved the Lord Jesus with all his heart," friend Matt Huber said in an email to fellow club members. "He was one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of calling my friend. He would drop everything at any time to provide his assistance anyone that ever needed his help, brewing related or otherwise."

Mr. Beall, who lived in Hudson, won the American Homebrewers Association's Ninkasi Award in 1998 for being the best homebrewer in the United States. He also had co-founded the SAAZ homebrewing club in 1995, and designed and constructed the club's brewing system.

"Art was a close friend and the guiding mentor in my long journey of brewing beer," said Jack Kephart, the award-winning brewer at The Brew Kettle in Strongsville. "... I humbly believe that I owe my brewing career in part to Art's influence and friendship."

Mr. Beall was a 1974 graduate of Ellet High School in Akron. He graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in engineering and worked as a contracted computer programmer for the Timken Co.

He is survived by his wife Cindy and other family.

A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday (April 30) at Anthony Funeral Home Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, 1990 S. Main St., Akron. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron. To read his full obituary that appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal, click here.