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2012 Beerdrinker of the Year Search is Underway
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 2012 Beerdrinker of the Year
contest. The 16th 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
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. Best of all, the winner also
enjoys the unmatched glory that comes from being named the nation’s greatest
beer nut. “I was pinching myself for about a week,” says Phil Farrell, the 2012
Beerdinker of the Year.
With his year as reigning Beerdrinker of the Year running down, Farrell (a
Cumming, Georgia commercial pilot, homebrewer, beer judge and four-time
Beerdrinker of the Year finalist) is still pinching himself.
At this year’s American Homebrewers Association convention in San Diego, Farrell
reports, "I had groups of complete strangers come up to me and take my picture
and ask for autographs.” Farrell’s home beer bar is Five Seasons North in
The biggest highlight of Phil’s year? “Rogue Brewery’s John Maier shook my
hand,” Farrell says, "and told me he thought it was fantastic and a big
accomplishment to win the title. This from the man who took the very first BJCP
exam, won the Homebrewer of the Year title as an amateur, and is now a legendary
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 25, 2012 at 2 PM at Wynkoop Brewing.
The event is open to the public and draws a standing-room-only crowd each year.
At the event a panel of wigged & robed beer experts and previous Beerdrinker
winners will grill the finalists with tough beery questions. They then pick the
This year’s three finalists will stay in Denver’s famed Brown Palace Hotel while
in town for the finals. The iconic hotel is one of several new allies for the
2012 Beerdrinker of the Year title.
To enter the contest applicants must submit beer resumes that include the
entrant’s beer philosophy and details on their passion for beer and 2011 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
Resumes must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and be received by
Wynkoop by no later than December 31, 2011. 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.