Beer Birthday: Bob Townsend

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Today is also the birthday of Atlanta Journal-Constitution beer columnist Bob Townsend. Although he wouldn’t tell me how old he is when I met him in Boston a few years ago, I suspect it’s because he’s even older than me. Regardless, we hit it off immediately; kindred souls, to be sure. Join me in wishing Bob a very happy birthday.

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Judging the finals of the Longshot homebrew competition in 2009, with Tony Forder on the left, Bob in the middle and me at the far end.

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After judging the finals for the Longshot Homebrew Competition in Boston. From left: Jason Alstrom (from Beer Advocate), Tony Forder (from Ale Street News), Bob, Jim Koch (founder of the Boston Beer Co.), yours truly, Julie Johnson (from All About Beer magazine), and Todd Alstrom (also from Beer Advocate).

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Derek Buono (from Beer: The Magazine) and Bob during a press junket in Belgium last year.

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At Bosteels during the same Belgian trip. Bob is in the back mid-way on the right.

Beer Birthday: Melissa Myers

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Today is my good friend Melissa Myers’ birthday. Her most recent brewing gig was at Drake’s Brewing in San Leandro, California. She’s also brewed at Pyramid and Magnolia, among others, but she’s about her own beer bar in Oakland, The Good Hop. It should be opening very, very soon. My stool is waiting, and I can’t wait to take it out for a spin. Join me in wishing Melissa a very happy birthday.

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Arne Johnson, of Marin Brewing, and Melissa at last year’s Boonville Beer Festival.

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Former roommates Jen Garris and Melissa at the Anchor Christmas Party.

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Melissa and former Drake’s brewer Rodger Davis at GABF three years ago.

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Melissa and me at GABF.

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Melissa with her adopted Daddy, Big Daddy Dave Keene.

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Melissa in high school, believe it or not. At a Super Bowl party she threw, Melissa made the mistake of showing me this photo while I had my camera in my hand. I snapped a quick picture of it in the photo album, which is why is looks out of proportion and a little fuzzy. I had to seriously crop it and straighten it out and generally fix it up. But I think the effort was worth it, don’t you?