One of my favorite things eh var about being involved with beer writing and thinking was getting to be friends over the internets with Jeff Bell. The lad onest known as Stonch. In the good old days of the beer blog boom around 2007 or so, he and I colluded on getting ads on our websites, set up editors of publications and otherwise tested the lengths to which our the new found reputations for, as it turns out, not all that much could get us. Samples. Gigs. Articles. He ended up moving into the world of beer capitalism whiIe I started to hunt down paths of long writing.
It is Jeff's birthday today as well as the opening of his new pub in London, the Finborough Arms. It's located in the Finsborough Theatre about a three wood and two iron from Chelsea FC. That photo up there is from this 13 second video of Jeff on opening night a few hours ago. Looking forward to hopefully meeting him maybe this summer if we pull of that UK trip.