Beer Birthday: Tom Nickel

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Today is Tom Nickel’s birthday, who turns the big 4-0 this year. Tom was a brewer at Oggi’s in San Diego and now owns O’Brien’s, one of the best beer bars in San Diego. Join me in wishing Tom a very happy birthday.

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Tom (third from the left) at OBF with John Harris from Full Sail to his left and Tom’s former girlfriend Becky on his arm. I don’t recall who the fellow is on the far left.

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Tom in the dunk tank to raise money for the brewer’s guild the night before OBF at the brewer’s dinner.

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Tom with Wil Turner, from Goose Island, at a GABF brewer’s reception a few years ago.

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Tom and me at GABF in 2005.

Comments

  1. Kim & Paul Allison says

    Add: during and then after leaving Ballast Point/ HBM….Tom spent many a’hour brewing up some yummy recipes on Paul Allison’s backyard system. It was no wonder that the brews the Allison’s tasted at Oggie’s tasted a wee bit familiar…and especially tasty. They remarked to the server, who brewed this beer and then spied Tom’s name atop the brew menu.

    Happy B-day old friend!!!

    The Allison’s

  2. Dave Suurballe says

    The mystery guy might be Dwayne or Duane or whatever from Stumptown coffee roastery in SW Portland. Nice guy.

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