2010 Beerdrinker Of The Year Finals This Saturday
Olympics, schlympics: We’re heading down the stretch to the 2010 Beerdrinker of the Year finals this Saturday at 2 PM in Wynkoop’s Mercantile Room.
This is the 14th year of our contest and the the first time we’ve had a reigning local winner and another local in the upcoming finals.
Our current champ/gold medalist Cody Christman of Golden, CO is the first local to win the title. For the past year he has been reaping the bennies of free beer for life at his favorite brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing Company.
His basement beer bar is a beer nut’s dream, too. Read about Cody here
Our local 2010 Finalist, Logan Perkins, is a very serious beer hunter who lives in Denver. His impressive resume is attached for your perusal.
Our esteemed panel of judges for this year’s event is now in place. The panel includes three previous winners (Christman, Gary Steinel and Tom Ciccaterri), Jill Redding (the Brewers Association’s editor of Zymurgy and New Brewer), Brewing News publisher Jamie Magee, Visit Denver tourism king and beer nut Rich Grant, and Wynkoop head brewer Andy Brown.
You can see video from last year’s event here: http://beertaptv.com/BeerBuzz/2009/02/ .
This Years Finalists
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.
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