A mover and shaker force for cask ale in the US celebrates his birthday today. Alex Hall sells and cajoles and encourages and organizes and teaches cask ale. A transplant from the UK, his base is New York City, but through his website and advocacy, his influence has spread much further.
As I wrote on his Facebook page: "Happy Birthday Alex, and here's to another year of bringing the casks to the people." I've never met Mr. Hall, but I look forward to many more years of his fierce advocacy for real ale.
Follow him on Twitter at: @Imbiber
Jay Brooks, at Brookston Beer Bulletin, maintains a calendar of beer birthdays. It's a marvelous resource for learning more about the folk who make, bring, and talk about beer.