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Business and a Beer: An Entrepreneur Roundtable Food, brew and wisdom: We assembled a diverse group of entrepreneurs to talk about recipes for success.

By Jason Meyers

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Two bankers, the creator of an electric airplane and a granola-maker walk into a bar … No, it's not a joke. These innovators and financiers were all part of the brain trust that gathered for Entrepreneur's first Business & a Beer event, held March 10 at the bustling Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen in downtown Denver.

We put a diverse group of entrepreneurs around a table, gave them good food and great beer and asked them to tell their stories, share their challenges and offer their advice. What transpired was a rich montage of insight from all levels of the entrepreneurial field: people who are just beginning to find their ways, seasoned veterans who have been there and done that and financial backers who have seen it all--and who know what's going to fly and what's going to fail.

The setting was also a character: Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, in Denver's LoDo district, is the brainchild of Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch, two successful restaurant entrepreneurs who also own local hot spots Rioja and Bistro Vendôme. The establishment offered up a wide range of local fare for the business-hungry minds around our table, including brûléed bone marrow in a sherry reduction, and mussels steamed in Trippel Belgian Style Ale from the New Belgium Brewery in nearby Fort Collins. The entrepreneurs washed down each other's input with brews ranging from a Hoss Rye Lager from Denver's Great Divide Brewing Company to a Left Hand Milk Stout crafted by Longmont's Left Hand Brewing Company.

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