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2013 Beerdrinker of the Year - Top 3 Finalist
2013 Beerdrinker of the Year
Wynkoop Brewing Company’s judging panel has picked its three finalists for the
brewpub’s 2013 Beerdrinker of the Year award. The annual search celebrates
America’s most passionate beer lovers. Entrants must have a deep understanding
of how beer is made, its many styles and its importance in advancing
civilization. They must have a vast array of beer tasting experiences and be
good ambassadors for the culture of fine beer.
2012 Beerdrinker of the Year
Wynkoop's Beerdrinker of the Year
The 2013 finalists will compete in the Beerdrinker of the Year Finals on
February 23, at 2 PM, at Wynkoop Brewing Company. The event is open to the
public and admission is free. The top three entrants in this year’s resume pool
Kevin Cox - Muncie, Indiana Kevin Cox, a Muncie, Indiana beer hunter,
homebrewer and beer advocate. Cox has visited over 400 breweries, tasted over
6000 different beers and “stalked the perfect pint” on 4 continents and in 12
countries. In 2012 he drank beer at numerous beer festivals in the US, Belgium,
England and Germany. He’s been a member of the American Homebrewers Association
since 1983 and a member of
Britain’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) since 1985
His philosophy of beer drinking: “Beer is my passion, it’s a religion. I like to
think of it as my beer ministry, teaching the virtues of good beer and safe
His home beer bar: Broad Ripple Brewpub, Indianapolis, IN
Monteiro - New York, New York
Warren Monteiro, a New York City freelance writer, beer traveler, homebrewer and
beer columnist. Monteiro has sampled beers throughout the United States, Europe,
Central American, India, Sri Lanka and other nations. In 2012 he visited
breweries and beer festivals in England, Belgium, the Netherlands and the US. He
samples an average of 350 beers each year.
His philosophy of beer drinking: “It’s not a habit, it’s a lifestyle. This is
why I constantly travel – to get a taste of a new brew or one I’ve been missing,
and to find a way to share it whenever possible. I consider creative beer
drinking to be an essential part of the tapestry of art and fellowship
contributing to a full life.”
His home beer bar: Blind Tiger Ale House, New York City
-- Jen Schwertman - New York, New York
Jen Schwertman, a New York City bartender and beer evangelist who got her start
in beer in 1992 at Wynkoop Brewing Company. An NYC resident since 1999,
Schwertman has worked at the city’s famed Ginger Man and now works at the
equally famed Blind Tiger Ale House. She has a consulting business for beer
servers, co-hosts an Internet radio show about beer, and in 2012 drank and
brewed beer at festivals and breweries across the US and Belgium.
Her philosophy of beer drinking: “The volume of incredible beer I’ve been lucky
enough to consume is immeasurable. The number of people I’ve helped to educate
is significant. But the greatest gift of my beer career has been the phenomenal
people I’ve been able to meet, learn from and claim as friends. They hold an
infinitely valuable place in my heart.”
Her home beer bar: Blind Tiger Ale House, New York City
At the Beerdrinker of the Year finals, these finalists will be grilled by a
panel of previous Beerdrinker of the Year winners and beer experts. The judges
(in traditional jurist wigs and robes) will challenge the finalists with
difficult beer questions and then choose the 2013 winner.
The winner wins free beer for life at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, $250 worth of
beer at their local brewpub or beer bar, and clothing proclaiming them the 2013
Beerdrinker of the Year.
While in Denver (at Wynkoop’s expense), the finalists will stay at Denver’s
famed Brown Palace Hotel.
J. Wilson of Prescott, Iowa is the reigning Beerdrinker of the Year and will be
a judge at this year’s Finals.
For interviews with this year’s Beerdrinker of the Year finalists, copies of
their beer resumes and more information contact Marty Jones at 303-860-7448
(office), 720-289-9345 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more details on the Beerdrinker of the Year search and Wynkoop Brewing
Company visit www.wynkoop.com
2012 Beerdrinker of the Year
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