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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Virginia Man Crowned 2008 Beer Drinker of the Year

If you run across Matt Venzke of Yorktown, Va., at some point during the next 12 months you may want to bow, you will certainly wish to shake his hand and I'd suggest you buy him a beer. Venzke is the 2008 Beerdrinker of the Year, having won Wynkoop Brewing Company’s 12th annual contest.

Venzke earned the honor on Saturday at Wynkoop in Denver. As proof that persistence pays off, this was his fourth time at entering the contest. He was a semifinalist last year. Venzke finished ahead of J. Mark Angelus of Oregon and Richard Pedretti-Allen of Texas.

Venzke is well qualified to carry the title during the next year. He has visited 454 breweries in 16 countries and 39 states. Over the past five years, he has recorded tasting notes on over 3,200 different beers in 69 different styles.

As the 2008 Beerdrinker of the Year, Venzke wins free beer for life at Wynkoop Brewing and a $250 beer tab at the Taphouse on Queensway, his home bar in Virginia. It is the second year in a row that the Beer Drinker of the Year has come from Virginia.

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