Let it be shouted from the rooftops: Diane Catanzaro from Norfolk, Virginia, is the 2007 Beerdrinker of the Year!
What’s that? You say you didn’t even know there was such a crown? Well, frankly, welcome to the crowd.
Although it’s hardly well celebrated, or even widely recognized, the Beerdrinker of the Year, or BDOY, contest has been run by the Denver, Colorado-based Wynkoop Brewing Company brewpub for eleven years. During that span, men and women from across the country have vied for the title, first by submitting “beer resumes,” which include their experience in beer travel and advocacy, and a statement of their personal “beer philosophy.” The entries are then vetted and three finalists invited to Denver for the final competition.
Although mostly done tongue in cheek – judges wear full wigs and gowns and competitions include such segments as “beer whispering” – the contest also places demands on the finalists’ understanding of beer style, complexity, chemistry and history. As Catanzaro stated after being crowned, “Beer is not just some fizzy yellow drink. It has a rich history, an incredible array of styles and flavors, and it’s part of a healthy life style.”
Sound sentiment from the new Beerdrinker of the Year.
Diana Catanzaro is flanked by (l to r) judges Tom Ciccateri (2005 winner), Tom Dalldorf (Celebrator Beer News), Gary Steinel (2003 winner) and Carolyn Smagalski (aka The Beer Fox at Bellaonline.com).