Colorado, which hosts the annual Beerdrinker of the Year contest at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, could finally boast a home-state winner. Cody Christman, a Denver software engineer, is one of three finalists in the thirteenth installment of this prestigious contest. He is also the first Wynkoop regular to make it this far.
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An avid homebrewer, Christman (pictured) has been tasting in nineteen countries and teaches a Beer 101 course to hops-loving friends and family members in his basement, according to contest spokesman Marty Jones. And it's not just any basement. It features a fifteen-foot bar, seven taps and three refrigerators.
Christman's beer philosophy: "Everything I do and every decision I make revolves around beer. I am a tireless advocate of beer culture and the brewing industry. Beer is my passion. It is the most diverse and complex drink known to man."
Sounds like he's a winner already.
The Beerdrinker of the Year finals will take place February 21 at 2 p.m. when Christman, J. Mark Angelus, of Nehalem, Oregon, and Phil Farrell, of Cummings, Georgia, will face questions from a robe- and wig-wearing panel that includes previous winners and national beer experts. The winner gets free beer for life at the Wynkoop, $250 worth of beer at their hangout, and clothing identifying that person's lofty status.