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As the old saying goes, beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. A few tall cold ones grease the social wheels and facilitate a temporary break from the workday grind.

click to enlarge Troy Miller-Perry
  • Troy Miller-Perry

Troy Miller-Perry of Denver is a barista.

What occasioned your first drink? It was in Germany at someone's birthday party.

Have you tried home-brewed beer? I have a couple friends who make mead. It's a little sweet for my taste.

,b>Describe your all-time favorite bar. This super cool, weird bar in Tucson, Arizona, called R Bar. It's entirely in red — the furniture, the walls, the floors, the lights. Going there is a surreal experience.

Relate your most memorable drinking experience. I was meeting this girl for the first time in New York. All the local bars were overrun with people having a high school reunion, but we managed to find an underground basement bar that was having its opening night and we spent the night there.

click to enlarge Lindsay Carara
  • Lindsay Carara

Lindsay Carara of Briargate is a patient service representative.

What's your favorite beer? Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy.

Have you ever tried homemade beer? I have. It was so hoppy that I practically had to chew it. It definitely needed a few adjustments.

What's your favorite bar? Bar Louie. It has a classy vibe, lots of space, it's not too loud and you can sit inside or outside.

Describe your most memorable drinking experience. My 21st birthday in Las Vegas. It was fun, but I won't go into it. As they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

As you get older, do you drink more or drink less? I definitely drink more, but mostly at home, to relax at the end of the day.

click to enlarge Zach Wychulis
  • Zach Wychulis

Zach Wychulis of Briargate is a firefighter.

What occasioned your first drink? Shortly after graduating from high school my best friend threw a party while his parents were out of town. I have almost no memory of that night.

What's your favorite beer? Anything bitter. I'm an India Pale Ale fan.

What's your favorite local bar? Gasoline Alley. It's a good place to meet people. You can play games. And it has a bit of night life, which I enjoy.

Relate your most unforgettable drinking experience. I have a friend whose birthday is right around Saint Patrick's Day. We went to Denver to celebrate his 21st and watch the St. Patrick's parade. We began drinking at 9:30 in the morning. At one point I lost him and finally found him back in the hotel room wearing only his boxers. We never did find his clothes.

As you get older, do you drink more or less? I drink more frequently, but in smaller quantities.

  • As the old saying goes, beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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