Calling all Eligible Beer Bachelors

Most likely, you’ve heard my dating rants on place to find and places to hide from men in Denver.  You may have also heard of this very Eligible Beer Bachelor list last year in the Westword and 5280, when Ashley Routson (The Beer Wench) and myself were working diligently to scout the many eligible beer bachelors in this fine industry.
Well, this year we’re ramping it up.  We’re asking for your tips, pictures, and anything noteworthy of an eligible beer bachelor in your neighborhood.  Now for the criteria:

The basic, bare minimum qualifications are as follows:

  1. Must work for a craft brewery (all positions considered)
  2. Must NOT be married (all other relationship statuses accepted)

Appearance, although a factor, is not the most important measure in this competition. Even Miss America is required to have a talent and prove that she contributes value to the greater good of the world (World Peace FTW!).  All men being considered will be individually judged (and ultimately, scored) on the following three measures:

1. Industry Talent: Although many of the men excel at other hobbies, this measure strictly speaks to the “industry impact” that these individuals have made. This can be evidenced by number of medals won, books written, movements started etc… The main question is: are they important and relevant in the craft beer industry? And how important and relevant are they?

2. Personality: Let’s face it, brewers (although adorable in their awkwardness) are not known for being social butterflies. In fact, most are extremely socially awkward and truthfully, some are complete pricks. However, a select few stand out from the crowd. These are the speakers that can steal a room, the men that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, the men that draw you like a moth to the flame.

3. Appearance: Being in the beer industry is less than glamorous, and those who make it look glamorous deserve a little bit of credit. Drinking beer for a living can adversely affect one’s health and physical fitness. But there are some men who have gone above and beyond to ensure that they keep their beach-ready physique. And well, then there are those that are just adorable in their own awkwardly geeky ways.

We are also in the process of assembling the executive board of judges, chaired by The Beer Wench and yours truly.  If interested you can contact us at routson@gmail.com or jess@denveroffthewagon.com.  Bring on the gents, my friends!

About Jess Hunter


Jess is a lady and a scholar. If she's not mulling over the various names of famous mustaches and their respective bitter cocktails, she's nibbling on American Craft Singles and Cantillon. Connect with her by email at jesshunter@denveroffthewagon.com.

  • Ryan

    There has been a lot of buzz about this article on twitter with our readership, though there have clearly been no protests here;

    What I have heard so far:
    – how about a bachelorette of beer ?

    and

    – why do the bachelor/bachelorette of beer have to work at breweries?

  • http://drinkwiththewench.com The Beer Wench

    Ryan – To specifically answer your question regarding the boys working at breweries, it was the easiest parameter that I could place on the “pageant-like contest thing.” If it was to be “all beer bachelors” how does one define a “beer bachelor”? Anyone who loves beer and is a bachelor? Now, creating that list would be an awfully daunting task.

    It is important to note that the three measures the men are scored on includes: industry talent. This is more than a beauty pageant, it is also a showcase for some of the most talented (but single) men in the industry.

    At first, I was going to make it even more limited, by saying eligible brewers, but then, there are very few of those. Opening it up to the entire brewery makes the pool a little diverse. And, marketers and sales members are just as important to the success of a brand as the product.

    Now, there are definitely opportunities to do a “eligible beer bloggers” or “eligible beer service industry individuals”… but I think that the more general a category it is 1. the harder it is to develop criteria for judging and 2. it would make the pool of nominations way to big and overwhelming!!!

    Thoughts?

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