It turns out the key to taking yourself from sampled-out back to beer-ready is Denver’s array of Mexican food. Here, brewers tell us the Denver eateries where they refuel before and after Great American Beer Fest sessions.
Will Meyers, brewmaster at Cambridge Brewing
“Every successful session at the GABF begins with a base layer of a carnitas burrito from Illegal Pete’s! It’s a Cambridge Brewing Co. tradition.”
Bill Madden, CEO and head brewer at Mad Fox Brewing
“When I’m not judging, it is always Sam’s No. 3, my tradition on awards days. I will order a breakfast burrito with plenty of green chili: I crave that stuff and we just do not have that in Northern Virginia.”
Konrad Connor, head brewer at Redwood Brewing
“I eat before I go so I can drink! I do try to eat at The Buckhorn Exchange every year. I love the decorations and the food is most excellent. [In the morning,] Sam’s Joint No. 3. Huevos Rancheros.”
Victor Novak, brewmaster at TAPS Fish House & Brewery
“Denver Biscuit Company. The shrimp and grits are awesome!”
Marisa Selvy, co-owner and V.P. of marketing at Crazy Mountain Brewing
“The best breakfast spot for some great food and a little hair of the dog is Snooze. They offer pancake flights so you can try little bites of a variety of pancake flavors (like red velvet), as well as superb shrimp and grits and breakfast sandwiches on pretzel bread. The best part about Snooze is their massive list of breakfast cocktails, including gems like beermosas. Best hangover cure restaurant ever!”
Brian Ford, founder and brewmaster at Auburn Alehouse
“Snooze! The best!”
Chris Furbacher, Grand Teton
“Mona’s Restaurant on 15th and Platte. Mona’s Style Huevos Rancheros: It has eggs, beans, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and it’s served in a house-made tortilla bowl. Don’t forget the pork green chili. It’s amazing.”
This week, we’re bringing you tips from the experts on all things GABF. Still to come: How to score medal-winning beers. Previously: How to map out your GABF strategy, How to talk to brewers, How to beat a fest-size hangover and Where to drink after the fest.