Bob Townsend

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Bob Townsend has been writing about beer and food for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for well over a decade. His Beer Town column appears in the paper's Thursday Food section and his weekly First Look restaurant feature runs in the Wednesday Living section. He frequently writes on a number of topics ranging from cooking, dining and drinking to music, film and travel. Currently the editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer paper distributed throughout the Southeast, and an associate editor of Beer Connoisseur, he's contributed to All About Beer, Draft, Downbeat, Paste, No Depression, Stomp & Stammer,, the Village Voice and the All Music Guide to Jazz. Townsend grew up on a small family farm, with five siblings, a mother who was an imaginative home cook, and a father who was a basement home brewer.


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My articles

Ralph Steadman
Suddenly, it feels like a seance. I’m staring at the ink-spattered, bug-eyed image of a snarling dog that seems poised to fly out of my computer...
Fado Midtown Atlanta
When Kieran McGill opened his first Irish pub in 1996 in the Buckhead Village community of Atlanta, the Summer Olympics hordes were descending on the...
The Porter - Atlanta, GA
When Nick Rutherford and Molly Gunn opened The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta’s hip Little Five Points neighborhood in 2008, craft beer wasn’t quite...
The Brick Store Pub
On a balmy Saturday afternoon in early October, a convivial throng of beer connoisseurs stood three-deep at the bar at the Brick Store Pub. Many had...
Tony Magee, the founder of the Lagunitas Brewing Company, has become something of a legend for his unorthodox approach to the beer business.
He formulates the brewery’s recipes, which tend toward the strong and hoppy, gives his beers names like Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale and...