Congratulations, Dell! I'm sure there are many who are now adding the Championship event to their PBW calendar as we speak.
MASSEY WINS PRELIMINARY "BEER GEEK" ROUND AT SLY FOX PHOENIXVILLE, WILL COMPETE IN CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS AT JOHNNY BRENDA'S ON MARCH 13
Wardell Massey, a financial planner and self-described "Sourhead from the sparkling town of Spring City and warrior poet," won the right to participate in the First Annual Philly Beer Geek finals by winning a preliminary round at Sly Fox Phoenixville on Monday, March 3.
Massey, who is a Sly Fox regular and the defacto head of the infamous Monday Tasting Group, is also an award-winning homebrewer, taking second place at the 2008 War of the Worts for his Belgian Quad spiced with star anise. He will be pouring his Flemish Red ale Jose Pistolas on Monday March 10 for the Extreme Beer/Homebrew Philly Beer Week event with Dogfish Head.
The 2008 Philly Beer Geek will be selected in a championship round to be held at Johnny Brenda's on Thursday, March 13. The winner. "the individual who exhibits the greatest universal knowledge and passion for Philadelphia Beer," will receive a Grand Prize of more than $1,000 in gift certificates, cash and prizes, and will be chosen by a celebrity panel of judges consisting of Carol Stoudt of Stoudt's Brewing, Tom Dalldorf of Celebrator Beer News, Suzanne Woods of Philly's In Pursuit of Ale Women's Beer Club, Larry Horwitz of Iron Hill Brewery, North Wales, Dave Alexander of the Brickskeller in Washington DC, Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewing and local beer writer Jack Curtin.
Hosts for the event will be Jason Harris of Keystone Homebrew and Carolyn Smagalski, the "Beer Fox" of BellaOnline.