Hemingway helps Virginia beer lover

Contest winner praises beer's socializing qualities

June 12, 2000 - Jennifer Barker will be crowned Virginia Beer Lover of the Year on Friday. Barker, a recent University of Virginia graduate majoring in Psychology, called upon Ernest Hemingway to help her win the first-ever award.


In her short answer essay, she wrote: "'Beer is good for you.' - Hemingway. I agree whole heartedly with Hemingway, a well-reknowned author and alcohol lover too. I love beer -- it's a cross cultural, interracial, class-undifferentiated medium, fostering social interaction. If only such social cohesion were accepted by our political leaders, the world might be a happier place."

The contest was part of "May is Virginia Beer Month" festivities, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Craft Brewers (MACB) and designed to raise awareness of the quality and diversity of Virginia beers.

Barker teaches special needs children and is assistant manager at an ice cream shop. She has also just started working as a hostess one night a week at a Charlottesville brewpub, South Street Brewing Co.

Barker receives a prize package valued at $400 that includes brew gear, beer dinners and plenty of Virginia beer. She will be crowned Virginia Beer Lover of the Year in an official inauguration ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday at Sweetwater Tavern in Falls Church, Va. All Virginia beer lovers are invited to attend.

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