You know what's grand?
Dressing like a fool.
And there are acceptable days and events aside from Halloween to be eccentric. Like the Kentucky Derby.
When I visited Churchill Downs last fall, wandering through the museum portion, I realized the hats alone make this a superb tradition. I also realized that they probably also induce various neck wounds by their sheer size.
So grab a hat and hit the town this Saturday. The races are a-running, and folks like those at Fate Brewing (1600 38th Street) want you to strut your Southern best.
Saturday, get a Mint Julep Ale and low country food specials. And of course, get involved in their costume contest. Win and you'll get a 64-ounce growler fill. Beer as a prize? Never a bad thing.
(Oh, and PS: Trade out your ridiculous derby hat for a sombrero and hit up Fate again for Cinco de Mayo. They'll be releasing their Arta Tequila Barrel-Aged Gose and a Mexican Dark Lager, paired up with ole-worthy food specials. Yum.)
Or hey, slap some money down on derby day. The folks at The West End Tavern (926 Pearl Street) are taking bets on the hermit crab of your choice. Each year they hold hermit crab races an hour prior to the actual race in Kentucky and invite you Woodford Reserve Mint Julep-sipping lads and lasses to bet.
(PS: Yes, I sampled a mint julep at the Downs, and no, I never want to do so again. Ever.)
And now, a way to earn a pint the great way.
Our pals at Avery Brewing (5763 Arapahoe Ave.) are asking, "Do you believe in Karma?" Because they're hosting a food drive that has a grand reward system.
This Friday, from 5 to 11 p.m., head over to the taproom with three or more items from their high-needs list (find that on their Facebook page). Give those three and receive a pint of Instant Karma, a fruity ale inspired by farmhouse and pale ales from Belgium.
Donated items will go to the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry, which is dedicated to getting supplemental food to Boulder's residents in need.
Meanwhile, more beer.
Wild Woods Brewing (5460 Conestoga Court) is growing up! They've amped up production to a seven-barrel system, and they want to celebrate it with you by serving up their Class 2 Summit IPA. It's all earthy and tangerine-y, and great to enjoy this warm weekend.
For those of you who would prefer a different kind of happy hour, starting Thursday and running through May 10, Starbucks (1433 Pearl St.) is hosting its Frappuccino Happy Hour. You know, the drinks that won't cause you to jitter right out of your skin. (Sorry, I have a very low caffeine tolerance. Just ask my pals who were stuck in the car with me whilst I chugged a Red Bull on the way to a Rockies game.) From 3 to 6 p.m. every day, all frappuccinos will be half off.
For some indie-film entertainment this weekend, the Boedecker Theater at The Dairy Center for the Arts (2590 Walnut St.) is showing "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden." They describe it as Darwin meets Hitchcock, telling the tale of "idealistic dreams gone awry." Voice-overs in this feature-length documentary are by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger and Sebastian Koch. Anyway, it sounds like an island murder mystery from the early 1900s, and I vote you see it. It's showing Thursday through Saturday. Head to thedairy.org for showtimes and tickets.
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