From parts unknown...outside of Central Illinois. Jerome is from the small town of Kewanee, Il. He grew up there playing sportsball and usually drawing stuff. After his 18th year, he decided to go to Bradley University in Peoria, Il and that's where his life really started to change. His roommate Jake, started him down the craft beer path by showing him that a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat tastes a lot different than a Budweiser. It wasn't until he moved into Chicago in 2011 that his love for craft beer truly took off. Living 3 doors down from one of the highest rated bottle shops in the city. He was trying new beers just about every other day. He was inspired by the beers of some of the alumni of that illustrious bottle shop were making.
One day, he sat in on a brew day with some college friends and he was immediately hooked. Years later, after a lot of encouragement from friends and family, he and Shari (See below) decided to make Bold Dog Beer Company "a thing".
Shari grew up in Massachusetts, eating clam chowder, cheering on the sox and the Pats, saying things like “wicked” and “bubbler”. One time, she visited her sister at college and tried a Keystone Light, then didn’t drink beer again for a while. Then she tried another beer, and it tasted much better, and suddenly, she drank beer again. Her love for craft beer started when her Dad would show off his beer fridge in the basement, and realized those all tasted really good too. Now, instead of ordering a light American lager at bars, she would order any beer that she had never heard of before. She went to college in Northern Kentucky, drank their beer for a while, and then made her way to Chicago, where she met Jerome, who thankfully, also liked craft beer. I guess, as they say, the rest is history!
Jake is the guy that introduced Jerome to the wonderful world of craft beer. In college they drank a lot of beer, after college they drank a lot of beer. Occasionally they still drink a lot of beer.
Jeff is one of Jerome's childhood friends. You can usually find him at Cerno's telling who ever sits next to him to drink a K.I.S.S.
The inspiration behind all of this! Jerome used his first paycheck after graduation to adopt Beefy. They were best buds in good times and bad. Beefy was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his lung in March of 2015. He fought as hard as he could but wasn't able to win. He passed away on April 27, 2015.
Charlie aka Charles aka Chuck is our 5th foster bulldog. He was an owner surrender and was battling some health issues when we first got him. We decided as a Christmas gift to each other that we would bring Charlie into our home permanently. He was adopted right before Christmas 2016.