Mike Nelson

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What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?

I am the northern Colorado sales representative for City Star Brewing [in Berthoud, Colo.]. When I was 22, I got a part-time job at my local liquor store in Wisconsin and became the manager in six months. I started seeing more variety of beer on our shelves, which certainly caught my interest. I started trying them out and developing my palate and love for craft beer.

What’s new at City Star Brewing?

We are currently in the middle of a large taproom expansion that will add more seating and a much-needed beer garden. Included in the expansion is a barrel room as we expand our barrel-aging program as well.

What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?

Camaraderie, collaborations, and an all-around shared passion and love for the craft beer industry.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

Mexican food and IPAs. All day, any day.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

Being an amazing husband and father.

What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?

Depends on the season, but I always enjoy a good Scotch ale such as Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing.

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?

I traveled to Costa Rica with my wife for my 30th birthday and drank Imperial, the local brew. We enjoyed that beer throughout the trip, from our daily adventures to meeting new people and seeing new things.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?

I enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, and pretty much anything I’m able to do with my wife and daughter. Oh, and I like to drink beer and watch the Packers.

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