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If it wasn't before, Colorado is quickly becoming a beer drinker's paradise, with more and more craft breweries bubbling up all the time.

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Daniel Cerna from California is in the military.

Do you like beer? Yes, ma'am.

What's your favorite local brewery? In California, I like the Coronado Brewing Company, but here in town I like Colorado Mountain Brewery and Phantom Canyon.

Describe the most unusual craft beer you've ever had. I like stouts. I had a horchata stout that was good; it had a coffee and cinnamon flavor, and it was kind of milky.

Do you think there'll come a time when people cycle back to mainstream beer? No. Mainstream beers are good, but when you go out you like to try something different.

What's your favorite drinking song? Maybe "Chug-a-Lug" by Roger Miller.

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Ed Griggs of Florissant works for Veterans Affairs.

Are you familiar with the term "craft beer"? Yes, and Colorado is known for having some of the best.

What's your favorite local brewery? There are a lot of good ones, but I tend to go to Rock Bottom or Colorado Mountain.

Describe the most unusual craft beer you've ever had. I had a Czechoslovakian beer that was really good. It's spelled like Budweiser, but it's pronounced differently.

Do you think eventually people will cycle back to mainstream beer? Yes, probably because it's cheaper. A lot of people like Bud Light, especially college kids.

What's the most money you'd spend for one bottle of beer? I paid $14 for a bottle of beer at Ute Pass Brewing Company in Woodland Park, but it was a big bottle.

What's your favorite beer-themed song? "99 Bottles of Beer," because it's easy to remember if you've been drinking.

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Gretchen Foster of the central area is a brewer and gardener.

So you're familiar with the term "craft beer"? Very much so. To me it means local beer made in small batches by people you usually know.

What's your favorite local brewery? I'd have to say Great Storm Brewing, because it's a one-barrel brew house making lots of different, interesting beers; I admire the creativity. And also because I work there.

Describe the most unusual craft beer you've ever had. I've tasted some really weird beers; there isn't just one that comes to mind. Some breweries really push the envelope with different herbs and spices, and it's fun to try different ones.

Do you think there'll come a time when people cycle back to mainstream beer? No, I think the local neighborhood brewery is finally coming back, like it was before Prohibition. They were everywhere.

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