Ultimate beer lovers from Denver, Georgia and Alaska to compete for 14th Beerdrinker of the Year title on February 27 at Wynkoop
(Denver, Colorado) – Wynkoop Brewing Company’s judging panel has picked its three finalists for the brewpub’s 2010 Beerdrinker of the Year award.
These finalists will compete in the Beerdrinker of the Year finals on February 27, at 2 PM, at Wynkoop Brewing Company. The event is open to the public and admission is free. The three top vote getters from this year’s resume pool are:
- Phil Farrell, a Cumming, Georgia commercial pilot, homebrewer, beer judge and 2007 Beerdrinker finalist. He has tasted beer in every country in Europe, 1000 of the world’s pubs and 400 brewpubs. His basement beer pub features six taps, two refrigerators, and a 15-gallon brewing system.
His philosophy about beer: “Beer is first and foremost a social drink. It is the most flexible and universally affordable fine beverage there is. Every social gathering and every food item is enhanced with beer. Beer is the greatest gift ever given to the human race and meant to be shared with others.”
His home beer bar: Five Seasons North in Alpharetta, GA.
- William Howell, a Sterling, Alaska college administrator, retired Navy officer, homebrewer, and beer educator. In 2007 he created a new course for Kenai Peninsula College entitled The Art and History of Brewing, and has traveled extensively across Alaska and the West in pursuit of great beer. He also serves as an ally for various beer retailers and journalists, and blogs about his state’s rich beer culture.
His beer philosophy: “I have been a lover of craft beers since 1984 and a homebrewer since 1989. Since my retirement from active duty I’ve been really been able to “get serious” about beer. I decided it was time to start giving something back to the world of craft beer that had given me so much.”
His home beer bar: Elias Brewing Company in Soldotna, AK
- Logan Perkins, a Denver, Colorado beer enthusiast who has tried nearly 5000 beers in 45 states, 21 European countries and 5 Asian nations. He has conducted extensive travels across then US since 2008, visiting America’s breweries and beer towns. Perkins was a 2007 Beerdrinker of the Year finalist and 2009 semifinalist.
His philosophy of beer drinking: “Drinking beer is about enhancing the quality of life through flavors, feelings and friends. I love beer alone, but especially enjoy sharing it with others. I believe in handling, collecting and tasting beers with the same respect as a wine lover. I try to keep everything in moderation, including moderation itself.”
His home beer bar: Falling Rock Taphouse, Denver, Colorado
On February 27 these finalists will be grilled by a panel of previous Beerdrinker of the Year winners and national beer experts. The judges (in traditional jurist wigs and robes) will challenge the finalists with difficult beer questions, and then choose the 2010 Beerdrinker of the Year.
The 2010 Beerdrinker of the Year will win 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 2010 Beerdrinker of the Year.
They will also have their name engraved on Wynkoop’s Beerdrinker of the Year trophy. The winner also wins the beer-blessed glory of being recognized as America’s greatest beer lover.
Cody Christman of Golden, Colorado is the reigning Beerdrinker of the Year and will be a judge at this year’s Finals. For the Finals event, Wynkoop will serve a mollasses-enhanced brown ale brewed by Christman and Wynkoop head brewer Andy Brown.
The resume review panel for the 2010 Beerdrinker of the Year search was comprised of the nation’s top beer writers and beer experts, and previous Beerdrinker of the Year winners.
For interviews with this year’s Beerdrinker of the Year finalists, copies of their beer resumes and more information contact Marty Jones here or call 303-860-7448.