Bob Townsend has been writing about beer and food for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than 15 years. 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 topics ranging from cooking, dining and drinking to music, film and travel. Currently the editor of Southern Brew News, a bi-monthly beer paper distributed throughout the Southeast, and the beer columnist for The Bitter Southerner, he’s contributed to All About Beer, Draft, Downbeat, Paste, No Depression, Stomp & Stammer, Playboy.com, 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. He appreciates all kinds of food and drink, but has a particular fondness for barbecue joints, seafood shacks, fancy French restaurants, historic bars, Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey and American craft beer.