Today is the 50th birthday of Joe Tucker, the “Boss” — a.k.a. Executive Director — at Rate Beer. He used to run the website from his Vineyard bunker in Sonoma, California, although last year he relocated to the Rose city of Portland. Because I’m in the Bay Area, I used to run into Joe from time to time, and usually at the annual hop picking day at Moonlight Brewing, though we flew to San Diego together a few Decembers ago to visit Stone Brewing, too. More recently, he asked me to be the Emcee for the Rate Beer Best awards held in late January in Santa Rosa, which was great fun. Join me in wishing Joe a very happy birthday.