N.C. woman Beerdrinker of Year

'I don't drink like a girl,' Cornelia Corey tells judges

Jan 22, 2001 - Cornelia Corey from Clemmons, N.C., was chosen the 2001 Beerdrinker of the Year, becoming the first woman to capture the award in the five-year history of the competition.


Corey told the judges at the finals -- held Jan. 20 at Wynkoop Brewing Co. in Denver -- that her motto was: "I don't drink beer like a girl."

Corey, an information processing consultant, had a busy beer year in 2000, visiting 39 new brewpubs, including ten in Australia and New Zealand. She has been to 207 breweries and brewpubs in 24 states and five foreign countries.

The national search for the Beerdrinker of the Year is conducted by the Wynkoop Brewing Co. Wynkoop flew the three finalists to Denver to compete for the championship. The other finalists were Gary Steinel, a high school math teacher from White Plains, N.Y., and Tom Ciccateri of Shawnee Mission, Kan., who maintain the New Mexico Virtual Brewpub at the Real Beer Page.

As winner, Corey wins $100 worth of beer at her home brewpub-Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery, High Point, NC-and free beer for life at the Wynkoop Brewing Company.

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