Best known for his role in Craft Beer Radio, Jeff Bearer and I were born a mere six days apart in December, 1976. I've had the pleasure of drinking with Jeff on at least two occasions the last couple years and consider the guy a friend - even if he sounds like a Muppet. In fact, I was fortunate enough to become an official beer taster at the Budweiser facility with him and it turns out we both sucked at tasting Bud. Somewhere I even have the certificate to prove this happened, perhaps it's still be hanging on my fridge. If only Vinnie gave us a matching certificate while downing beers at Russian River.
Here's a fine picture of Jeff at this year's media tour of the Anheuser-Busch barley malting facility, in a super-top-secret location in the northwestern United States. Jeff and his co-host Greg have been on these tours for the last couple of years, a well-deserved nod for the world's most popular craft beer podcasters.
Happy 31st birthday, Mr. Jeff Bearer!