Today is fellow beer writer and blogger extraordinaire Stan Hieronymus’ 74th birthday. Stan’s most recent book is Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer, followed closely by For the Love of Hops and Brewing with Wheat, among many others. He recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he continues to write the Real Beer blog, Beer Therapy, along with Appellation Beer, Beer Travelers, Postcards from a Barstool, and Brew Like a Monk, the blog. Stan is easily one of my favorite people in the industry. Stan does not like being reminded of his birthday, so be sure to join me in wishing Stan a very happy birthday.
Fearing I would run a ten-year old photo of him taken at the Seattle CBC, he sent me this one a couple of years ago. Here’s Stan at Cantillon in Brussels. Thanks, Stan, I like this one, too.
Stan and his family, Daria and Sierra, with their motorhome in our driveway during a brief visit during their trip.
Stan with CCBA director Tom McCormick at Great Divide during GABF week 2009.
Me and Stan at the grueling World Beer Award judging session in Chicago a number of years ago.
Daniel Bradford, Stan and me on a panel discussion at GABF several years ago.
Four out of Five, the Cilurzos and a Stan. From Left: Natalie Cilurzo, Stan, Vinnie’s mother and father, and Vinnie Cilurzo at the World Beer Cup gala dinner in 2008.
Stan Hieronymus says
Thanks, although you could have left out the age ;>)
Makes it more obvious why I spend time investigating what happens to our taste buds as we age. In theory you lose 20-60% by the time you are 60, though this is subject to some debate.
It matters to medical types because of the concern that as people age they may be inclined to eat sweeter foods (sugarey, not as good for you) as they look for more flavor.
I think the alternative is to seek out bigger and bolder – hoppier beers, spicier foods, etc.
So I spent the morning (home)brewing and this afternoon we roasted green chiles from the garden.
Must be time now for a beer. So your blog gets to be the official home of my birthday post because I’m not posting that way-too-long list above.
Prosit – Stan
Steve Altimari says
Happy Birthday Stan,
Many thanks for all the inspiration over the years via your written words. My latest expedition into the world of caramelizing sugar (inspiration from “Brew Like a Monk”) has got me in the middle of a 12% Abbey style Quad that is our 1000th batch and 12th anniversary beer all wrapped in one. Should be ready in a a couple months. Keep the faith, and here’s to bigger bolder beers.
Valley Brewing Company
Lisa Morrison says
Happy Birthday, Stan! It’s my Grannie’s birthday as well. Although I believe she has more than a few years on you, she’s pretty cool, too. 😉
Many happy returns,
Keep leading the way and fighting the good fight!
brewer a says
Happy birthday and safe travels!
Peter Hoey says
Happy Birthday Stan!
Jeff Alworth says
Happy birthday, Stan! I have a crop of friends whose birthdays all fall between now and the end of the month, and as such, I’ve always considered it a good time to have been born. Glad to know you’re in that august company.
I’ll raise a toast to your good health–and good writing–tonight.
Mike McGuigan says
Hoppy beerday, Stan!
Stan Hieronymus says
Thanks, Jay. You forgot that we moved again . . . to Atlanta. Always one step ahead of the revenuers.
Jay Brooks says
Damn, I did indeed. It’s fixed now. I just can’t keep up.