Friday, January 21, 2011

Birthday in Beer: Tom Bedell

Today's Birthday in Beer belongs to Tom Bedell. He writes about beer, and I read what he writes. He writes about golf; I don't read that ... but that's just me! In his own words:

As far as he knows, award-winning writer Tom Bedell is the only member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the North American Guild of Beer Writers. And he’ll drink to that, as he is wont to do regarding most things.
Tom Bedell

Tom has written about golf and golf travel for American Airlines’ luxury magazine Celebrated Living since 1999, and has contributed to Travel & Leisure Golf, Golf Connoisseur, Virtuoso Life, Lexus Magazine, Acura Style, Tee It Up, American Way, The Met Golfer and many others. He was a contributing editor for America’s Top Golf Courses, Sixth Edition (Zagat, 2010), and writes a regular column for the daily Brattleboro Reformer newspaper in southern Vermont, where he lives and plays out of the Brattleboro Country Club as mid-handicapper.

But before he began writing about golf, Tom had established his chops as a beer expert. A certified beer judge, Tom won two first place Quill and Tankard awards for his writing from the North American Guild of Beer Writers, and was a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Beer (Owl Books, 1997; Henry Holt, 1995). He continues to preside over beer tastings, formal and informal, at the merest request.

Tom began his writing life as a generalist, writing on anything and just about everything. Now closing in on the 1,000 mark in total articles, interviews, essays and reviews in over 100 different publications

I haven't met Tom, but hope to share a couple of pints with him, when he covers the U.S. Open, in June, in Bethesda, Maryland.

U.S. Open | June 16-19 | Congressional | Bethesda, Maryland
Former brewer, now wine and beer salesman, Tom Cizauskas gives the nod to the Scottish-tinged Royal Mile Pub in Wheaton, seven miles from Congressional. There are ample Scottish ales available, but don’t miss the Heavy Seas Loose Cannon on tap, also called Hop³ for its exponential aroma.

Fairway + Greens Magazine
Tom Bedell
January 2011

His website is; his Faceboook page is here; his Twitter feed is

  • The North American Guild of Beer Writers, unfortunately, is no longer active. It should be.
  • More of my short list of Birthdays in Beer: here.

  • Follow the Brookston Beer Bulletin's more comprehensive calendar of beer birthdays. It's a marvelous resource for learning more about the folk who brew beer, deliver it, serve it, drink it, and write and talk about it.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Tom. I wish I were covering the U.S. Open this year, but I tend to doubt it. But we will have that beer together some day...!


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