“Beerdrinker of the Year” Finals This Saturday in Denver, Colorado

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Finalists from New York, Washington and Virginia to compete for tenth Beerdrinker of the Year title on February 25.

Wynkoop Brewing Company’s judging panel has picked its three finalists for the brewpub’s annual Beerdrinker of the Year award.

The finalists in Wynkoop’s search for the nation’s most devout beer lover are being flown to Denver to compete in the Beerdrinker of the Year finals on February 25, at 2 PM, at Wynkoop Brewing Company.

The 2006 Beerdrinker of the Year will win free beer for life at the Wynkoop Brewing Company and $250 worth of beer at their local brewpub or beer bar.

The winner will also win the unmatched fame and glory that comes with the lofty title of Beerdrinker of the Year.

The three top vote getters from this year’s resume pool are:

  • Diane Catanzaro, a Norfolk, Virginia homebrewer, beer judge and professor of industrial/organizational psychology at Christopher Newport University (Newport News, VA). In 2005 she drank beer at numerous breweries, bars and festivals in the US and Belgium.

Her philosophy about beer drinking: “Everything I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through beer. Beer can be a foundation for learning about history, economics, art, psychology… because they all relate to beer.”

Her home pub: The Taphouse Grill, in Norfolk, Virginia.

  • Warren Monteiro, a New York City playwright, script writer and devout beer hunter. In 2005 Monteiro traveled to England (four times), Belgium (twice) Amsterdam, Czechoslovakia, and across the US to drink beer.

His philosophy about beer: “It’s not a habit, it’s a lifestyle. I consider creative beerdrinking to be an essential part of the tapestry of art and fellowship that contributes to a full life.”

His home pub: Blind Tiger Ale House, in New York City.

  • Tom Schmidlin, a Seattle, Washington graduate student, beer judge and advanced homebrewer. A former mechanical engineer and computer programmer, Schmidlin has returned to college to study yeast and pursue a doctorate degree in biochemistry.

His philosophy of beer drinking: “Beer is one of those substances that break down barriers…there is nothing like a brewery or beer festival for meeting great people.”

His home brewpub: Big Time Brewery & Alehouse, in Seattle, Washington.

On February 25, at 2 PM at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, the finalists will be grilled by a judging panel of previous Beerdrinker of the Year winners and national beer experts. The event is open to the public.

The judges (in traditional jurist wigs and robes) will pepper the finalists with difficult beer questions, and then choose the 2006 Beerdrinker of the Year.

In addition to the above prizes, the winner receives clothing proclaiming them the 2006 Beerdrinker of the Year, and has their name engraved on the Beerdrinker of the Year trophy on display at Wynkoop.

A plaque featuring the name of the 2006 Beerdrinker of the Year will be provided to the brewpub or beer bar of the winner.

Tom Ciccateri, a Kansas City project manager for weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation programs, is the 2005 Beerdrinker of the Year. Ciccateri has tried over 2500 beers in more than 30 countries, visited more than 325 of the planet’s breweries, and attended approximately 100 beer festivals.

The resume review panel for the 2006 Beerdrinker of the Year search was comprised of the nation’s top beer writers and beer experts, and previous Beerdrinker of the Year winners.

For interviews with this year’s Beerdrinker of the Year finalists, copies of their beer resumes and more information, contact Marty Jones at 303-860-7448.

For more details on the Beerdrinker of the Year search and the Wynkoop Brewing Company, visit http://www.wynkoop.com.

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