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Mug Shots: Meet Greg Nelson

Take a peek beyond the beer you love to drink with our blog series titled, "Mug Shots." There are a lot of folks here at Boulder Beer who play a huge role in our day to day success. This is our way of introducing you to the team that makes it all happen. It's time for you to meet Brewer, Greg Nelson!

A native to Colorado, Greg attended CU and graduated with his degree in Humanities. As an avid homebrewer, Greg had been experimenting with brewing beer for the last five years. Wanting to get into the beer business, Greg started his career at Boulder Beer in packaging just over two years ago. Then a spot opened up on the brewing team. Greg jumped at the opportunity and started as a Brewer about nine months ago. “I like working at Boulder Beer because there is always something new happening,” says Greg. “No two days are the same, I am always learning and every day brings a new challenge.”

When asked about what he is looking forward to in 2017, Greg is excited to be able to explore different beer recipes and experiment with new techniques. “With the addition of another 12 draft lines inside the pub, I can’t wait to explore more pilot brews,” says “Greg. “I got a taste of this when brewing beers for our 37th Anniversary Celebration. I’m a BJCP nerd when it comes to style guidelines but it’s fun to brew beers we normally don’t."

As a Brewer, Greg spends more time than most with the Boulder Beer lineup. When asked what brew was his favorite, Greg couldn’t pick just one! “My go to beer we make is Mojo IPA, but I also really enjoy the Dude’s Series and I can’t wait for the release of Dragonhosen Imperial Oktoberfest and Killer Penguin Barleywine this year.” When it comes to his favorite food item on the pub menu, Greg, who has been a vegetarian since around the age of 16, says his favorite menu item is a Barley Burger made Bastille-style (topped with Cajun spices, fresh jalapenos & Jack cheese).  

When he is not brewing beer, you can find Greg playing pinball, reading comics and hiking around Colorado and afar. “I recently got back from a hiking trip in the Finger Lakes region of NY,” says Greg. “It was fun but very different than hiking in Colorado. The elevation gains are not as drastic as some trails in Colorado and it’s much more humid in NY compared to Colorado,” exclaims Greg.  

Greg’s family also has a unique set of interests. His younger sister by seven years recently graduated from Harvard and plans to start her own theatre company called The Wormwood Theatre Company. Greg’s mom is headed out on a two-year adventure to Costa Rica with the Peace Corp (fun fact: this is actually his mother’s second trip with them!) and his father recently retired from working in Environmental Studies.

Thanks Greg, for all you do! We appreciate you!