Beer Birthday: Bob Townsend

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 several years ago, I suspect it’s because he’s even older than me. Regardless, we hit it off immediately; kindred souls, to be sure, and have since traveled together on numerous press junkets. Join me in wishing Bob a very happy birthday.

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.

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).

Derek Buono (from Beer: The Magazine) and Bob during a press junket in Belgium a couple of years ago.

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


  1. says

    I sure look old and cranky at the judging table. But that was early. Much better after a few beers and slap on the back from Jim. Thanks!

  2. says

    Hey Jay!

    Bob’s a marvelous resource here in Atlanta for his knowledge, writing skills and all-around-good-guy approach. Then again, haven’t spent many mornings around him!

    Glad to see he’s celebrating 39 again.

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