About brewvana



J. Wilson is an award-winning homebrewer, BJCP Certified beer judge and pretty good dad. Blogging about an ideal condition of harmony, beer and joy at brewvana since 2007, Wilson is the author of the 2011 investigation into the origins of doppelbock, Diary of a Part-Time Monk and and 2014’s Iowa Pints: A Guide to Iowa Breweries.

Wilson and brewvana have instigated numerous classes, tastings and events over the years, and in 2012 he was named Beer Drinker of the Year at Wynkoop Brewing Company’s 16th annual competition. Currently, Wilson writes and works for the Iowa Brewers Guild.

Wilson lives in rural Adams County, Iowa with his wife and two sons.

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8 Responses to About brewvana

  1. Walter Haulenbeek says:

    Hi Jay!

    Looks like things are going your way out in Iowa. Some of the guys at Carboy have asked about you, so I posted your website on the Carboy forum.

  2. Dave Buning says:

    Hey, Jay….I really like the site. Just wanted to touch base with you and find out how you’re doing, how Iowa’s doing, how the beer is doing (though your blog may answer most of that one). We miss you in Raleigh, but looks like Iowa is fitting you well. I have relatives in Souix Center (just North of Souix City). Cheers!! Dave

  3. Wilson says:

    Hey, Dave–I can’t believe I left town without getting a bottle of Westy from you. Hectic and fast at that point. Email’s the same, and I definitely have yours…


  4. Wilson says:

    Walt–thanks for passing along the good word.

  5. Jay Ciccarone says:

    I’m curious…how much weight have you lost?

  6. Wilson says:

    Looks like about 18 pounds as of today (Day 29).

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