The 20 Most ELIGIBLE Bachelors of Craft Beer 28

Ladies and gentlemen,

welcome to the main event.

After weeks of nominations and eliminations, the 20 Most Eligible Bachelors of Craft Beer (2011) have been determined.

The basic qualifications were as such:

  1. Must work for a craft brewery (all positions considered)
  2. Must NOT be married (other relationship statuses accepted)

Many men were evaluated, and only 20 made the final cut.

The judging criteria were as follows:

  1. Industry Talent
  2. Personality
  3. Appearance

20 men were scored and ranked — but only ONE man will take home the crown of “Mr. Craft Beer 2011.”

Without any further ado, let me present the winners of….



# 20 — Mr. James Watts

Founder, BrewDog

Photo Source:


# 19 — Mr. Dylan Lintern

Vice President, NOLA Brewing Company


#18 — Mr. Chad Melis

Marketing Director, Oskar Blues

Photo Source: Facebook


#17 — Mr. Jon Carpenter

Brewer, Dogfish Head

Photo Sourece: Discovery Channel


#16 — Mr. Eric Salazar

Brewer, New Belgium Brewing Company

Photo Source:


#15 — Mr. Colin Ferguson

Beer Jockey, Great Divide Brewing Company

Photo Source:


#14 — Mr. Tyler King

Brewmaster, The Bruery

Photo Source: CalHombrewers.Org


#13 — Mr. Jason Yester

President & Brewmaster, Trinity Brewing

Photo Source: Facebook


#12 — Mr. Jason Oliver

Brewmaster, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company

Photo Source: The Wench


#11 — Mr. Matt Dauffenbach

Sales Manager & Evangelist, Tallgrass Brewing Company

Photo Source: Facebook


And now for the top ten most eligible men in the craft beer industry … drum roll please….


#10 — Dr. Bill Sysak

FOH Beverage Supervisor, Stone Brewing Company

Photo Source: Stone Brewing


#9 — Mr. Adam Avery

Founder & Brewmaster, Avery Brewing Company

Photo Source:


#8 — Mr. Jamie Floyd

Co-founder & Brewmaster, Ninkasi Brewing Company

Photo Source: Facebook


#7 — Mr. Greg Koch

CEO & Co-founder, Stone Brewing Company

Photo Source: Facebook


#6 — Mr. Garrett Oliver

Founder & Brewmaster, Brooklyn Brewery

Photo Source: Facebook


#5 — Mr. Joe Mohrfeld

Brewer, Odell Brewing Company

Photo Source: Facebook


#4 — Mr. Shaun “Sully” O’ Sullivan

Brewmaster & Co-Founder, 21st Amendment

Photo Source: Facebook


#3 — Mr. Kelly Ryan

Brewer, EPIC Beer

Photo Source: Facebook


#2 — Mr. Matt Bryndilson

Brewmaster, Firestone Walker Brewery

Photo Source: Facebook





Head Brewer, Pizza Port Brewing Company

Photo Credit: Facebook


Well, there you have it. The most eligible bachelors of craft beer in 2011. But before all you ladies start bombarding these fine gentlemen with emails, facebook messages, text, tweets, etc… take heed because, unfortunately, many of them are in committed relationships.

BUT WAIT FOLKS. The fun DOES NOT stop here. As with the Miss America Pageant, we have decided to give some of these boys “special awards”… stay tuned for Mr. Congeniality, Mr. Best Dressed and more!

About The Beer Wench

Ashley is a self-proclaimed craft beer evangelist & social media maven on a mission to advance the craft beer industry through education, inspiration and advocacy. She is currently the “Director of Awesomeness” at Bison Brewing in Berkeley, CA — where her responsibilities include everything from marketing, sales, PR, social media & events. Ashley is also a freelance consultant and professional speaker on the subjects of social media, beer mixology, food & beverage pairings. She is the founder of & as well as a regular contributor to

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28 thoughts on “The 20 Most ELIGIBLE Bachelors of Craft Beer

  • Sarah Huska

    Love. This is amazing. Oh and…..hey fellas ;)

  • Ryan

    I’m too good-looking to be considered eligible… :p

  • Greig

    Pretty sure Kelly’s not a Bachelor!

  • Wenchie Post author

    Honorable mention, Ryan?

  • John

    Isn’t Matt Bryndilson engaged?

  • Ali Raye

    Oh, that #17 is a super hottie!

  • Mrs. Pringle

    I know how to make Noah blush!

  • urban beer hiker

    Wow. How old is that picture of Dr. Bill?

  • Shannon Mc

    Nice list, how about a calendar next

  • Brewgasm

    What fun! Nice work, Ashley.

    Though no SE beer bachelors (NOLA doesn’t really count). Guess I’ll have to come up with a SE list.

  • Chris

    Love Garrett’s photo. The man is suave.

  • Jennifer

    It is common nowadays to not get married or delay it. Perhaps these cute fellas are bachelors, but they are not necessarily ‘eligible’. Otherwise, cute article with cute fellas. Cheers!

  • crystal anson

    Number 15 or 5 look mighty fine to me…

  • Zac

    I love how this post is all about the eye-candy and not really about any other qualifications. Well done, Wenchie!

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  • Lena

    Is Stillwater’s Brian Strumke married? If not, he’d totally make my list.

  • Simon Johnson

    Wow. So long-term relationships mean squat and brewers are now eye-candy? Your attitude stinks.If I ran an article about UK brewsters in this way, I’d expect them to kick me in the goolies the next time they met me. What century are we living in again?

  • The Wench

    Ah…… that was refreshing! Nice! :-)

  • Wine Harlots

    Totally awesome!
    And the boys of San Diego represented well.

  • m-squared

    #18 takes the cake in my eyes! Hope he picks me up in an alley sometime.

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  • Mark

    Have you actually meet all of them in person?

  • BrewingBunny

    I would like this in calendar form please!

  • Wenchie Post author

    @Mark… Actually, I have met all of them in person! And almost all of them are friends with me on Facebook. The craft beer industry is a wonderful thing… everyone is touchable (in the sense that there aren’t divisional lines between “celebrities” and normal folks)

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