Here's what it takes to be the Wynkoop's Beerdrinker of the Year

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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 the Wynkoop 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).

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."

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Rehab
Rehab

I agree with the previous comment. What message are you giving your kids or kids in general? I understand and respect your fascination for the alcohol, but think about the long term effects of that to your health.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The exchange here is a delicious juxtaposition -- our puncturing of hypocrisy and pretence versus naive beer-aficionado's bewilderment and annoyance.  Those in the latter group should get a clue about the rationale behind the comments about alcoholism:  if they would acquire the wit to support individuals' right to choose to use cannabis, the somewhat tongue-in-cheek attacks on alcoholics likely wouldn't appear.  The overarching message is that the shoe is now on the other foot!

Chase Robert
Chase Robert

If we are so naive, then why bother trying to get us to rationalize?  The shoe is on the other foot?  I don't remember ever going on a cannabis forum and telling everyone they are naive druggies. If anything, you are turning us away from wanting to support your cause.

KaDargo
KaDargo

 What?  Dude, I'm not calling anyone anything.  I'm simply pointing out that alcohol consumers are causing most of the problems while alcohol continues to be glorified.  Yet, cannabis consumers are frowned upon while causing very few problems.  But, then, my view is based on what I read online from news outlets and see on TV from the news reports.

KaDargo
KaDargo

Yes, I thought the same thing.  If one chooses to grow weed in their basement and consume it daily, then they are treated negativity by most of society and called a loser pothead, but if instead they brew beer in their basement and consume it daily, then they are given an award and treated positively.

Yet, compare the two substances.  Which one is causing the most problems to the consumer and society as a whole.  I read daily about all the problems that drunks cause, rarely do I read about any problems that stoners cause.

SK
SK

IF you have a problem with drinking beer, what the hell are you reading this blog for in the first place?

Daniel
Daniel

"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."

Spoken like a raging alcoholic. Won't someone think of the children?

Anon
Anon

I drank one beer while watching USA-Italy yesterday. I enjoyed the beer, enjoyed the soccer and enjoyed the win most of all. I was in brewvana.

Does enjoying one beer make me an alcoholic? No. 

Brewvana is a mindset, not a problem.

Jim Rome
Jim Rome

God, you guys are fucking retards. Try reading his blog first before you call him a drunk or get concerned for "the children".  Guess what? Drunks don't write detailed blogs about their beer fasts.  Call the man an entrepreneur, a shameless self promoter, a beer enthusiast, but a drunk? Hardly.  Maybe take 5 minutes, learn a little bit about the subject at hand before you make an asinine statement. 

And to "Mom" trust me your kids will be way more fucked up than the kids who have parents who teach moderation and good decision making.

GetReal
GetReal

 "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)."

That doesn't suggest alcoholism?  Really?

Mantonat
Mantonat

Just a few things to point out before everyone decides to become recreational psychiatrists: - Drinking 4 beers a day, spaced several hours apart at regular meal times, would really not elevate BAC significantly.- Mr. Wilson's doing so was an exercise in understanding the history of brewing (and the history of Western religion), not a gateway to alcoholism.- Beer Drinker of the Year is an award given for knowledge of and passion for beer and brewing, not for volume of consumption. I'm sure Mr. Shikes did not imply otherwise.- Most of the commenters seem to equate any kind of drinking with too much drinking. It's entirely possible to enjoy beer regularly without overindulging. It's far safer (for everyone) to drink a beer a day every day than to drink all seven beers on a Friday night.  - Our current cultural attitude toward beer is much the same as every other Puritanical double-standard in this country. Most of us enjoy alcoholic beverages and abhor the idea of prohibition, but a person who drinks regularly in moderation is an alcoholic.

Daniel
Daniel

You said everything I wanted to say. 

These comments are overflowing with self-righteousness. This man's not a drunk or an alcoholic. In fact, this shows that he takes beer and brewing far more seriously than you all do. He sees the beauty in the craft, not in getting drunk -- and this is typical of most craft beer fanatics. We drink to appreciate beer in all its beauty and complexity, not to get drunk. I can assure you that he could do that without the knowledge required to win this award.  I have to think that we wouldn't see these comments if the title was about the wine connoisseur of the year. 

Julie
Julie

Rationalization to a great tool when it comes to substance abuse.  Alcoholics are masters at using that tool.

Mantonat
Mantonat

So I could accuse you of being addicted to the Internet and if you deny it or try to justify it in any way, I'll just say "denial and rationalization" are tools that addicts use. You, Julie, must be an addict. The first step on the road to recovery is admitting you have a problem.

Felon
Felon

I used to drink like that before I lost my job and house.  it was also before the felony conviction.  Hopefully this guy gets a grip before he too begins to lose it all...

Cerveza Steve
Cerveza Steve

What a bunch of funhaters that post here.  Just because the guy likes beer doesn't mean he's either a drunk or alcoholic.

Get a grip, losers.

GetReal
GetReal

 "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)."

That doesn't suggest alcoholism?  Really?

Jon S
Jon S

Guarantee this is just one loser pothead posting under different names. The same types of comments pop up every time anything about beer comes up.

Dave
Dave

 I agree.  Potheads are losers and drunks are winners!  You can find that out at any AA meeting.

Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew

 So, substance abuse is the best way to have fun?  I we abuse substances more often and in greater quantity does the fun increase?

Jake
Jake

 Denial is the first sign there is a problem.  Angry denial removes all doubt.

If one is consuming alcohol on a daily bases, there is a problem.  It seems to suggest that this man has difficulty with maintaining sobriety.

Cerveza Steve
Cerveza Steve

Where in any of the above posted, or in his blog, does it say this guy is overindulging?  Where does it say he gets drunk?  

Our friends in the world of medicine and science tell us that a glass of red wine or a beer everyday is beneficial.  I'm sure the view from your high horse is pretty good, though

Anon
Anon

Like making a mountain out of a molehill and using the internet to get attention.

Write up, dude. Enjoy this exposure! Happy Nerd Rage!

GetReal
GetReal

It's amazing what people will come up with in order to justify their desire to abuse the substance of their choice.  Drink up, dude.  Enjoy those toxins!  Happy hangover!

Cerveza Steve
Cerveza Steve

You seem to be in great need of reading comprehension help and might wanna get your judgemental issues handled by a professional.

I see no supporting evidence that this man has any substance abuse problem and anyone that does is reading btw the lines for something that just isn't there.

GetReal
GetReal

 You seem to in great need of supporting substance abuse.

Cerveza Steve
Cerveza Steve

Did you read his blog?  The guy essentially lived monastically and had the diet of a 17th century Belgian monk (beer and water) as a Lenten sacrifice.  He appears to be a devout Catholic.  Nothing like having zero grasp of the situation, understanding none of the facts, and going off half cocked with rash judgement.  Get Real is right - you might wanna take a hard look at yourself.

GetReal
GetReal

The dude lives on beer and water...water and his substance of choice.  That's not a problem?

Cerveza Steve
Cerveza Steve

Uh, still looking for the problem...still doesn't say anywhere that he every got drunk or drinks to excess.  I know plenty of homebrewers that share or give away a lot of their beer to friends, etc.  You people are nuts.

GetReal
GetReal

 "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)."

Mom
Mom

What kind of a message does this end to the children?

Jon S
Jon S

It send the message that monks are awesome.

WTF
WTF

I hope he isn't on the road.  Does this man drive?  If so, maybe you would be so kind as to give us a description of his vehicle and license plate number, Jonathan, so we can be on the lookout for him on the roads.  Oh, and do (please) inform the police!  I have not doubt that he is a threat in traffic!

Maray Jane
Maray Jane

Ha!  And if it were a dispensary and it was cannabis instead. how would this story go, I wonder?

Mike DeVault
Mike DeVault

I don't think he's doing it for medical reasons.... maybe it's just something that he enjoys.

Prost!

Deb
Deb

 I have no doubt you are correct.  He apparently does like to be under the influence and has even discovered that if he doesn't eat, the beer has an even greater impact!

Karl
Karl

yeah, just what I was thinking.  Since when is being a drunk something to smile and be proud of?  Anyone can drink beer everyday.  What's so special about that?  How long before the rest of use being to support his drunk ass through government handouts?  Find a meeting dude!

GetReal
GetReal

Beerdrinker of the year?  Aka..a drunk..an alcoholic.  That's something to be prod of?  

Jannie
Jannie

 True that!  Sounds like he needs to seek out an AA meeting and begin going multiple times a day!

Mike DeVault
Mike DeVault

Sounds like you have a God complex and need to come back down to Earth!

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