Do you know what's wonderful?
The beauty and glory that is nature.
Well, and beer. That's a given.
But seriously, who doesn't like getting lost up those Flatirons of ours, enjoying the views and having inappropriate conversations with your friends? (And then, inevitably walking up on a family while tossing around ... less than G-rated stories ... it's great.)
Well, the folks at Fjallraven (777 Pearl St.) want you join up for an evening hike. Though I'd probably keep a filter on the stories from last weekend.
Each Thursday through the end of September, you can head to the store, grab some snacks and hit the trails. And you know, hiking people? They're good people.
On to the beer. I vote you have one with the fine people at the West End Tavern (926 Pearl St.) It's time for the second annual Jul-IPA Festival this Saturday. From 1 to 5 p.m., 30-something breweries will all be bringing their IP-A game to the party.
Add in the West End Tavern's Wing King challenge and some live music, and you've got a great start to your weekend. Head over to jul-ipa.com for tickets, and know that all those proceeds are going to benefit the Safehouse Progressive Aliance for Nonviolence.
Or hey, go celebrate with the folks at Twisted Pine Brewing (3201 Walnut St.) It's a big day for the brewery this Saturday. 19 years! Two away from legally drinking their own delicious brews.
So this Saturday, from 2 to 7 p.m., there will be 30 beers on tap, food from Chile Billy's food cart and live music by The Congress, Groundscore and the North Boulder Underground. (P.S.: Some of that food will even be marinated in their Billy's Chilies brews.)
Now, this is only for the 21-and-up crowd, and you can get drink tickets the day of: Brewers over at Upslope Brewing (1501 Lee Hill Dr.) have a treat for you on Thursday. The Volume 1, Barrel-Aged Brown Ale is being dished out in a 19.2-ounce can. (Go big or go home, folks. I'm sure you can handle the size just fine.)
It's been aged for four months in Maryland Rye Whiskey barrels, with a caramel and toffee sweetness that'll go well with your own barbecue goodness.
And Wild Woods Brewing (5460 Conestoga Ct.) will be tapping a new small batch of Blackberry Midnight Wheat today. Yum! Plus, I like to believe any beer with fruit in it counts as a serving of fruit. I enjoy my delusional world, OK?
Finally, I'm here to remind you of this little thing called the Boulder Outdoor Cinema (1750 13th St.), which is going all out with "The Royal Tenenbaums" on Saturday. It all opens up at 7:30 p.m., then there's sweet live music and well, of course, the big show.
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