Do you think you drink a lot of beer? Do you think you know a lot about malt, hops and yeast? Do you think it's a lifestyle? You might be right, but you've got a ways to go if you want to catch up with J. Wilson, who won Beerdrinker of the Year honors for the year from theWynkoop Brewing Company
, which sponsors the annual contest.
You may remember Wilson, from the national stories about him last spring. He's the guy who lived for 46 days on nothing but water and dopplebock (a German style of beer) that a local brewery in Iowa, where he lives, brewed just for his fast.
His goal (aside from landing a book deal) was to copy what German monks from the 1700s used to do. He chronicled his adventure in a blog called Diary of a Part-Time Monk.
Wilson drank four beers a day and five on weekends.
But living on beer and water is just the beginning of his beer resume. A homebrewer from Prescott, Iowa, Wilson keeps a three-tap bar in his basement that is supplied by a ten-gallon brewing system (he brewed 35 times in 2011 alone).
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He also created the blog, brewvana.net and worked for a time for the Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery in North Carolina. Wilson has also helped to organized beer events in his hometown and has been a BJCP Certified Judge since 2007.
And those are just some of the highlights. So, if you're looking to elevate your status, one good place to start would be with Wilson's philosophy on 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."