2012 Finalists for Wynkoop’s Beerdrinker of the Year

[Press Release]

Announcing the three finalists for Wynkoop’s BEERDRINKER OF THE YEAR. Finalists compete for 2012 title at Wynkoop Brewing Company, February 25, 2012 at 2PM. Free & open to the public.

DENVER (February 6, 2012)— The Wynkoop Brewing Company judges have reviewed the 2012 resumes. The three finalists for the 2012 Beerdrinker of the Year title:

Warren Monteiro, a New York City freelance writer, beer traveler, homebrewer, and BeerSensei columnist for Alestreet News. Monteiro has sampled beers in Europe, Central America, India, Sri Lanka, numerous other nations, and throughout the United States. In 2011 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. The beauty of beer hunting now as opposed to the early ‘80’s is that I’ll never catch up!

His home beer bar: Blind Tiger Ale House, New York City.


Greg Nowatzki, a Las Vegas accountant, home brewer, and beer judge. Nowatzki has tasted over 13,600 beers from 84 different

countries and all 50 states in the US. He has visited over 500 breweries in 32 different states and the District of Columbia, and attended over 150 beer festivals in 8 states. In 2011, he visited 16 beer festivals (including an 11th consecutive Great American Beer Festival) and 100+ different breweries in 7 states.

His beer philosophy: “Everyone likes beer. Some just haven’t tasted enough to find the ones they like yet.”

His home beer bar: Big Dog’s Draft House, Las Vegas, Nevada


J. Wilson, a Prescott, Iowa writer, home brewer, beer judge, and beer blogger. He has a 3-tap, 8-foot home bar supplied by a 10-gallon brewing system in his basement. A beer advocate for 15 years, he organized numerous beer events in his hometown in 2011. The past year was highlighted by a research project in which he fasted for 46 days on water and a dopplebock he brewed with a local brewery. It became a book: Diary of a Part-Time Monk.

His philosophy about beer: “Living life in search of brewvana (an ideal condition of harmony, beer, and joy), I seek to educate and advocate on behalf of craft beer, folding good beer into a good life.”

His home beer bar: El Bait Shop, Des Moines, Iowa


BE THERE: February 25, 2 PM, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver, CO. These finalists will be grilled by a panel of previous Beerdrinker of the Year winners and national beer experts. The public is invited to watch the wigged & robed panel of beer judges crown the nation’s 2012 premier beer geek. Big beery fun, free, and open to the public.

Wynkoop Brewing Company: 1634 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202. Phone: 303-297-2700

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