About us


Founder/Head Brewer/Research & Development

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".


Founder/Assistant Brewer/Event Planning

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!


Graphic Designer

Sarah grew up in Rockford, Illinois, and also attended Bradley University (where she met Jerome, and soon after, Shari). Sarah's beer journey started similar to most; imbibing in the standard American lager that was friendly on a college student's wallet. But after she had a Gumballhead at Paul's Club in Madison, Wisconsin, her beer life was forever changed. She quickly escalated from pale ales to barrel-aged stouts, and the rest is history. Her dream job has always been to design beer labels for a brewery, and look! Here we are!

Beefy aka Duane B. Chapman


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.


5th Foster Bulldog/ 1st Foster Fail

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.


6th Foster Bulldog/ 2nd Foster Fail

Young Vincent aka Vinnie aka Brown Dog joined our family in May 2017. He was surrendered from his previous owner and we took him in as a short term foster but quickly feel in love. He's very lucky he is cute because he is not very smart.

Previous Foster Bulldogs