J. Wilson, a Prescott, Iowa writer, homebrewer, beer judge and beer blogger, is Wynkoop Brewing Company’s 2012 Beerdrinker of the Year.
Wilson won the title at our 16th annual Beerdrinker of the Year National Finals, Saturday, February 25, right here at Wynkoop Brewing Company. A raucous crowd was on hand to witness the event and see Wilson get the honor.
Wilson’s astute beer knowledge, beer ambassadorship (from a town of just 283 people) and a 2011 beer & water fast helped him win the big nod from our judges.
“He’s a person who really understands and promotes beer,” said Andy Brown, Wynkoop head brewer and one of five judges for the finals. “He also had a near-religious experience revolving around beer this year.”
Our recent Collective Hoppiness beer project involved a custom-made beer brewed especially for -- and with the help of -- local members of the American Homebrewers Association.
Our brewers created a special recipe and brewing process that we think set a record for the most people involved in brewing a batch of beer. About 220 local AHA members pitched hops into the brew kettle. That’s communal brewing!
The beer was a big hit, a hybrid creation somewhere between a black IPA and an imperial red. All elevated to special heights by an addition of rye and a 70-minute addition of human-added hops.
Want to make it at home? Grab 200+ friends, the recipe (link to recipe) and read the inside scoop below from our ace brewer, Brad Landman.