As Boulder Beer turns 35 this year, Denver's Great Divide Brewery turns 20. Maybe Boulder will rob the cradle and they can make baby beer mutts.

Great Divide is throwing an anniversary party at the future site of its new spot, 3403 Brighton Blvd., Denver — in the River North (RiNo) district — on Saturday at 2 p.m. There will be live tunes, food trucks and plenty of delicious beer.

Take the BX bus (free with your BuffOne ID) down to Union Station and pedal to the party, as there will be bike valet parking from B-cycle. Tickets are $30-35 (includes a food ticket) and the summertime party always sells out, so snag one soon.

Denver bands on stage: '90s cover band Gin Doctors, boisterous rock the Dirty Few, experimental indie group Varlet and math-rock crew Confluence; Food trucks: Burger Radio, Basic Kneads, Pink Tank and 5280 Street Eats.

Try experimental beers, special sours and have a sneak peak of an upcoming rye IPA. Tickets:

Nerd alerts

Even though "Big Bang Theory" fails at life (sorry, I know it's popular, I'm just not a fan), nerd culture is hot right now. (Like that Hansel.)

Everybody wants to be superheroes.


This weekend is Denver's Comic Con 2014, held at the Convention Center, 700 14th St., Friday through Sunday. The event, in its third year, is blowing up with attendees, guests of honor, vendors and more. Dress as your favorite (fill in the blank) and join the expected 75,000 reigning upon Denver this weekend.

Noted guests include Adam West (BATMAN!), Lou Ferrigno (Hulk), a partial cast reunion of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" TV series (with host William Shatner), Stephen Amell ("Arrow"), Bruce Campbell ("Army of Darkness"), Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who") and many more. There will be a cosplay shindig, an after-hours lounge, gaming sessions, costume contests and more. Plus, the fest doesn't discriminate, as it boasts all things nerd, sci-fi and fantasy. Tickets: $30-$40 daily pass;

And since you're already all dolled up, head to the Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th St., Denver, on Saturday night at 9 for Cosplay After Dark, an all-out costume festival. There will be DJs, aerialists, fire spinners and more. Tickets: $10-20; ages 18+;

Also check out: Acme Comics Redux, a group of local comic enthusiasts and artists who have been in the Denver scene since the '80s and will be displaying their old and new material at Coffee at the Point, 710 E. 26th Ave. Denver, through July 26. Admission is free.

Pool party

Oh it's so nice out. Who has the pool?

We could swing by Colorado Daily columnist Jeanine Fritz's backyard inflatable pool, but she has strict rules. We could try out the new Buff-shaped pool on the CU-Boulder campus, but some of us aren't students.

Instead, let's head to the Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th St., Denver, on Sunday from 1-7 p.m. (where you'll still be passed out in the alley from the cosplay party the night before with "geek" all over your face...)

The venue is bringing the beach to Colorado by dragging in tons of sand, an above-ground pool, lawn games, a dunk tank and a Slip N' Slide, for Ink Monstr's

Poolside Summer Series (which happens six times this summer).

There will be DJs, live tattooing and a photo booth. And booze, obviously. Tickets: $10;

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