The New Mexico Brewers Guild booth at GABF was busy all night for executive director Leah Black, center, and board member Jess Griego, left, of Bosque.
After getting the chance to see the original Sierra Nevada brewhouse and meet founder Ken Grossman (more on that next week), I took the time before the opening session of the Great American Beer Festival began on Thursday night to try and track down New Mexico brewers and brewery owners for a quick quote.
The operative word there was tried, because most of them were wandering around, too, instead of being at their booths, awaiting the massive influx of humanity that was about to pour into the Colorado Convention Center. For those who I did manage to find, I asked them one simple question: What does the Great American Beer Festival mean to you, and what does it mean to your brewery?
Here are a few of their responses, plus photos from the wild first night.
Brewmaster Dave Chichura was back there somewhere at the Ex Novo booth.
Source: NM Dark Side Brew Crew
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