So here we are. The last post of the 2010 Good Beer Blog Yuletide Photo Contest and Marital Patience Examination. The entries have been swell and the prize givers have been even sweller - if that is possible. We have had photo entered from across North American and Europe and maybe a few points farther than that. We've had sixteen prize packages so far and are about to give out the last six. Plus, I did not write "shutterbug once" and we have all been the better off because of it.
The next four generally all equal runner up prizes before the announcement of Grand Loser and the Grand Winner are:
|Peter B. Collins, brewer assistant at Grand River Brewing in Cambridge, Ontario for capturing the last day at the cottage||A hardcover first edition of Ambitious Brew direct from the author Maureen Ogle.|
|Gary Melenhorst the millwright and maintenance guy and John Stephenson the electrician and IT guy from Ontario's Creemore Springs Brewery because they can share it at the brewery and come up with a new wheat beer.||The upcoming brand spanking new book on wheat beers also direct from Stan Hieronymus.|
|Thomas Cizauskas of Yours for Good Fermentables because I want to be right there and I want to know that guy and be there with him... even if TOM CAN"T COUNT!!!||Swag from Creemore Springs including a hockey jersey|
|Rob Symes of Toronto, Ontario because - even though that hand pump is unfortunately located - the image of a Japanese salaryman at Popeye's in Tokyo hitting the cask beer after an insanely long work day is both sad and appealing.||unsigned copy of Hops and Glory by Pete Brown from me|
Some great entries there with a heavy slant towards Ontario. My bias will not continue as next up is the 2009 Grand Loser as it is such a gloriously bad photo. The winner wrote:
There's a brewpub under construction in my neighborhood (Migration Brewing), and the do-it-yourself owners have a kegerator in their tunneled-out future pub, to make sure everyone is nourished enough to work. I hope I haven't moved the picture out of last place by putting it into context.
No worries about that. It is not only in last place but I made up a new award for it and bought the prize myself. Click on what we have below. It is a documentary moment. A dirt pile but an important one.
|Bill Night of Portland Oregon and It's Pub Night because that is the ugliest picture I have ever posted on my blog.||Unsigned copy of Man walks into a Pub by Pete Brown from me. This is the ugliest cover of a very good book and so is a perfect match for the dirt pile portrait.|
So even though it is the Grand Loser, I hope that the prize is appreciated and received with the thanks with which it is given. Which leaves us the top beer photo submitted for 2009.
And the Grand Winner of A Good Beer Blog's 2009 Yuletide Photo Contest Is...