I don't mention it often and I am not sure if he even knows- but Nodding Head was an important place in my early years as I was trying to learn as much about beer as I could. I remember trading in the usual birthday activities for a woman of 25 years so I could steward the Homebrew competition at Nodding Head. I am not even sure what gave me the idea to do so-perhaps George Hummel. A couple years later- I left the birthday party of one of my best friends so I could go hob nob at the Sansom St. brewpub with brewers visiting for the 2005 Craft Brewers Conference.
A couple years after that I was staying with a gal that lived right by Curt. We would run into him walking his dog. I don't know if "intimidated" was the right word. But I had oodles of respect for him. I had seen him around for years- never really talked to him although I had many pints and memories in his bar. I knew that he was pretty sharp--always with a story or witty comment. A lot of people I knew were his good friends, but I barely knew him at all.
I ended up getting to know him pretty well over the last couple years. Most importantly he's soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much nicer than I could have ever imagined.
Wish him a happy day.