Brooke Gwinner

Beer 🍻
Eternal Hoptimist

I never met a beer I didn’t like. Ok, ok…. that’s not completely true! But I’m a hoptomist and I see the good in every beer, especially a good craft beer!

My name is Brooke and my journey with beer began back in my teens. Let me explain. My mother and father who went out every so often for some good food and brew would take me along when they went to the infamous Victory Brewery back in its beginnings. I would sit there eating my wings and drinking my water amazed at the concept of how the love of a drink could create one of the coolest atmospheres I had been in and brought so many people together.

Fast forward to when I was legal to drink and I slowly made my transition from liquor to beer after tasting craft beer. Before I knew it, my blood type was IPA and I was instantly hooked on the art and taste of a good brew. It became less about the drink (even though that is very important!) and more about the passion of the art and getting to experience and understand what my parents knew back in the day and still know: the community. That is and will always be my favorite part.

In my free time, you can find me playing in the great outdoors with camera in-hand skiing, paddling, biking, or hiking. And you better believe that I am cracking a nice cold one after these activities or enjoying a brew with my summit view.


Brooke's Top Spots

What you need to know:

Victory was the first brewery I ever stepped foot in as a teenager and a place that has grown dear to my heart. I take every out-of-towner here for the fantastic beer selection (it never disappoints), good atmosphere, and the tasty food. If you are a wing enthusiast , you will love their super meaty and flavorful wings! I get them every single time.

What you need to know:

It’s usually my parents who introduce me to the best breweries and this one is up there on my list of favorite breweries ever. The first time I stepped foot in Tired Hands, I didn’t want to leave. Seriously. Besides having some of the best bar food and ridiculously (riiiiidiciously good beer), the staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable and the atmosphere is extremely laid back and cozy.

What you need to know:

Ah! Don’t you love those small, intimate microbreweries where you can actually have quality conversation while drinking quality beer? That’s why I love most about Levante, as well as the warmth and simplicity of the atmosphere/ staff. And did I mention the rotation of food trucks that come through? Every single experience- beer, food, and service has been wonderful!

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