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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Virginia College Professor Crowned 2007 Beerdrinker of the Year

Diane Catanzaro, of Norfolk, Va., has been named the 2007 Beerdrinker of the Year in the 11th annual edition of the competition held at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver.

Catanzaro, 48, is a homebrewer, beer judge and a professor of industrial/organizational psychology at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. She is the second woman to win the competition.

Catanzaro was a finalist in last year's Beerdrinker contest and beat out Logan Perkins of Denver and Phil Farrell of Cumming, Ga., to take the crown this year.

The finalists weathered two hours of difficult questions from the judges. The queries stretched from questions about beer chemistry, styles and history, to the finalists' abilities to sing old beer-advertising jingles and recall esoteric beer trivia.

Catanzaro's 2006 beer resume included tasting beer at numerous breweries, bars and festivals in the U.S. and Belgium. She also led students on a tour of Belgium that included education on the country's beer culture. On her beer resume, she outlined her philosophy about beer drinking: "People who say they don't like beer just haven't met the right beer! I'll be happy to arrange an introduction... I can be a positive role model for more women to discover the joy of beer and break stereotypes."

As the 2007 Beerdrinker of the Year, Catanzaro wins free beer for life at Wynkoop Brewing and a $250 beer tab at the Biergarden, her favorite bar back in Virginia. She also wins clothing proclaiming her the 2007 Beerdrinker of the Year and has her name etched on Wynkoop's Beerdrinker of the Year Trophy.

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