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You could be Beer Drinker of the Year!

The Deets

The Beer Drinker of the Year is not only someone who truly enjoys, appreciates, and drinks beer, but knows a great deal about how beer is made, it’s legend and lore, and can demonstrate the range and depth of their beeriness.

We’re looking for passionate home brewers, local head brewers, or even someone who just really loves a good stout: AKA – you! We’re looking for contestants both near and far (e.g. local and national), to pass on the title of Beer Drinker of the Year.

To become a contestant and win a bunch of dope prizes, take our quiz to qualify.  Submission deadline is January 13, 2019.  The top contestants who can prove both their beer knowledge and showcase their unique personality will make it to the next round.

Our top three finalists will come to Denver where we will praise and pry their glorious beer brains! Travel and accommodations will be provided for the National Finals event on February 9th, 2019, where your beeriness will be tested by our panel of big-headed judges from 12:00 – 2:00pm.

Want to watch it all go down?

Our National Finals event is FREE to the public!
Saturday, February 9th, 2019 12-2pm

What do you win?

Beer fanatics can enter today to vie for prizes like free beer for life at Wynkoop Brewing Co., the chance to have their beer recipe brewed at Wynkoop, tickets to next year's GABF, and the serious bragging rights that accompany the “Beer Drinker of the Year 2019” title.

MMM, Beer!

Win free beer for life! Limited to service at The Wynkoop Brewing Co. restaurant in Denver, CO.

Brew Your Own Beer

Work with Wynkoop's Head Brewer to have your own beer recipe brewed at Colorado’s oldest brewpub.

Tickets to GABF 2019

Receive two tickets to next year's Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.
Photo © Brewers Association

BDOY Past Winners

Sally Hill


“After repeatedly reassuring my friends and family that the Wynkoop’s BDOY competition isn’t a beer-chugging relay measured in speed and volume, the past year has been tremendous fun. Along with the bragging rights (and free beer!), having the opportunity to brew one of my recipes with John Sims was a real dream come true for this homebrewer, and an experience I will never forget. Also, any competition that considers a dramatic reading from Star Trek to be a “talent” is well worth the entry!” - Sally

Shawna Cormier


"Winning Wynkoop's BDOY solidified my passion for beer, my passion for knowledge, and my passion for air timpani. Oh, and the free beer for life—that was a nice addition. #gueuzeisgood" - Shawna

Cody Christman


"Not only was winning the Beer Drinker of the Year a tremendous honor, but it has opened up numerous opportunities that have allowed me to expand my beer adventures. Whether hosting craft-beer-movement-creator Charlie Papazian in my basement for a private tasting, or getting VIP tours of some of my favorite world-class breweries, being the Beer Drinker of the Year has enabled these truly unique experiences." - Cody

Highlights of BDOY 2017

Cheers to last year's finalists, judges, host, and attendees. 19 years and stronger than ever.