That’s Nate Gefvert, winner of last night’s raucous Philly Beer Geek contest at the Manayunk Brewery. Sponsored by the Spinnerstown Hotel, Nate is a walking beer encyclopedia. He aced his exam and correctly identified the names of all three beers he sampled during a blind tasting - very impressive.
As a member of the judging panel, I gotta say I was blown away by the beer knowledge of all 5 finalists. It’s kinda scary knowing that this town is crawling with so many beer geeks (no wonder I get all those emails correcting my mistakes).
While Gefvert took home the title (and about $1000 worth of beer schwag), the most impressive performance may have belonged to runner-up Steve “The Human Growler” Hawk of the Grey Lodge Pub, who somehow convinced his girlfriend to dress up like a beer bottle so that he could propose to her on bended knee.
Yet another great, fun event during Philly Beer Week. More details here.