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2013 Beerdrinker of the Year from Wynkoop Brewing

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

Beerdrinker of the Year - 2012


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 .)

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 experiences.

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 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 .

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), or .


2012 Beerdrinker of the Year
J. Wilson
Prescott, Iowa

2011 Beerdrinker of the Year

Phil Farrell
Cumming, GA

2010 Beerdrinker of the Year

Bill Howell
Sterling, Alaska


2009 Beerdrinker of the Year
Cody Christman
Golden, Colorado

2008 Beerdrinker of the Year

Matt Venzke
Yorktown, Virginia

2007 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



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