Once again, Wynkoop Brewing Company is seeking beer resumes from the nation’s
most beer-minded men and women for its 2013 Beerdrinker of the Year contest. The
17th annual contest seeks and honors America’s most passionate, knowledgeable
beer lovers and ambassadors. The Beerdrinker of the Year wins free beer for life
at Wynkoop Brewing Company, a $250 tab at their local brewpub or beer bar, and
has their name engraved on the Beerdrinker of the Year trophy at Wynkoop.
2012 Beerdrinker of the Year
Wynkoop's Beerdrinker of the Year
They also design and brew a
special batch of beer at Wynkoop Brewing (with head brewer Andy Brown) as part
of their winnings. The winner also enjoys the unmatched glory that comes from
being named the nation’s greatest beer fiend.
J. Wilson, a Prescott, Iowa writer, homebrewer, beer judge and beer blogger, is
the reigning Beerdrinker of the Year. Wilson’s astute beer knowledge, beer
ambassadorship (from a town of just 283 people) and a 2011 beer & water fast
helped him win the 2012 contest.
In 2011 Wilson fasted for 46 days on just water and a dopplebock he brewed with
a Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant in West Des Moines. His experience became a
book, Diary of a Part-Time Monk, and landed him national attention.
Wilson is the first Beerdrinker winner to hail from the nation’s heartland, and
he lives in a rural area far removed from a rich beer culture. “I don’t live
near any beer mecca and I’m a 90-minute drive from a city with a brewery,” he
says. “But you can win this contest by doing things in your own community.”
At the finals, Wilson discussed his philosophy for a life rich with beer.
”Having a balance is all important,” he said. “I love beer. But I also truly
love my family, and in the grand scheme of things that’s far more important.”
Wilson has a 3-tap, 8-foot home bar supplied by a 10-gallon brewing system in
his basement. An advocate for beer for 15 years, he organized numerous beer
events in his home state in 2011. (Read his beer blog at www.brewvana.net .)
The three Beerdrinker of the Year finalists are flown to Denver at Wynkoop’s
expense for an action-packed weekend that culminates with the Beerdrinker of the
Year National Finals on February 23, 2013 at 2 PM at Wynkoop Brewing.
The event is open to the public and draws a standing-room-only crowd. At the
event a panel of wigged & robed beer experts and previous Beerdrinker winners
grills the finalists with tough beery questions. They then pick the 2013 winner.
This year’s three finalists will stay in Denver’s famed Brown Palace Hotel while
in town for the finals.
To enter the contest, applicants must submit beer resumes that include the
entrant’s beer philosophy and details on their passion for beer and 2012 beer
Resumes should also detail the entrant’s understanding of beer and its history
and importance to civilization, along with the entrant’s efforts to educate
others to the joys of great beer.
Resumes for the Beerdrinker of the Year are reviewed by the nation’s beer
experts and previous Beerdrinker of the Year winners.
Resumes must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and be received by
Wynkoop by no later than December 31, 2012. Each entrant will receive an email
confirmation that their resume was received.
A few more rules:
• Resumes cannot exceed three 8 1⁄2" x 11" pages and must be written in 12-point
or larger font, in Word format.
• Resumes must include the entrant’s home brewpub/beer bar and T-shirt size.
• Do not enter if you are currently employed in the beer-making trade.
Entrants must read the complete contest details at www.wynkoop.com .
Members of the media seeking more information, photos, and interviews with
previous Beerdrinker of the Year winners can contact Marty Jones at 303-860-7448
(home office), 720-289-9345 (cell), email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
2012 Beerdrinker of the Year J. Wilson
2011 Beerdrinker of the Year
2010 Beerdrinker of the Year
2009 Beerdrinker of the Year Cody Christman Golden, Colorado
2008 Beerdrinker of the Year Matt Venzke Yorktown, Virginia
Beerdrinker of the Year Diane Catanzaro
2006 Beerdrinker of the Year Tom Schmidlin Seattle, Washington Home Brewpub: Big Time Brewery & Alehouse in Seattle, Washington
2005 Beerdrinker of the Year Tom Ciccateri Alexandria, Virginia Home brewpub: Founders Restaurant & Brewing Company in Alexandria, Virginia.
2004 Beerdrinker of the Year John Marioni Seattle, Washington Home Brewpub: McMenamins in Mill Creek, Washingtson.
2003 Beerdrinker of the Year Ray McCoy Clemmons, North Carolina Home Brewpub: Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery, High Point, NC
2002 Beerdrinker of the Year Gary Steinel White Plains, New York Home Brewpub: Southampton Publick House, Southampton, NY
2001 Beerdrinker of the Year Cornelia Corey Clemmons, North Carolina Home Brewpub: Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery, High Point, NC
2000 Beerdrinker of the Year Steve Pawlowski Roselle Park, New Jersey Home Brewpub: J.J. Bitting Brewing Company, Woodbridge, NJ
1999 Beerdrinker of the Year James Robertson Pomona, California Home Brewpub: Westwood Brewing Company, Westwood, CA
1998 Beerdrinker of the Year Bobby Bush, Jr. Hickory, North Carolina Home Brewpub: Olde Hickory Brewery, Hickory, NC
1997 Beerdrinker of the Year Jack McDougall Cranford, NJ Home Brewpub: J.J. Bitting Brewing Company, Woodbridge, NJ