What started as girlish gossip between Ashley Routson, a California-based beer blogger better known as the Beer Wench, and Jess Hunter, a Denver Off the Wagon booze blogger and beer aficionado, quickly became a discussion among female beer geeks nationwide focused on answering this burning question: Who is the most eligible bachelor in all of craft beer?
That discussion, full of such weighty subjects as beard analysis, beer smarts and brettanomyces, gave way to a vote, with a top twenty -- and six Colorado residents made the cut.
To qualify, the men had to work for a craft brewery in some capacity and be devoid of a spouse (though other relationship statuses were accepted). Each dude who made that cut was evaluated for industry talent, personality and appearance, as scored by each participating woman in a democratic, blind vote.
So if you're a single lady in Colorado looking to land a craft-brewing professional as a mate, here's the list (and the Beer Wench's photos) of our homestate heroes:
Chad Melis, the marketing director at Oskar Blues
Eric Salazar, a brewer at New Belgium Brewery
Colin Ferguson, a beer jockey at Great Divide
Jason Yester, president and brewmaster at Trinity Brewing
Adam Avery, founder and brewmaster at Avery Brewing Company
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Joe Mohrfeld, a brewer at Odell Brewery
See the rest of the top twenty on Routson's website, Drink With The Wench.