Ah, the glories of a smartphone, and more importantly, the sweet cameras attached to them.
My friends and I are hideous examples of the selfie movement gone wild.
Top of a mountain? Better take 14 photos of random poses. At the bars? Best to make sure you mark the steady decline of your sobriety in a series of silly faces and failed attempts to look sexy. Sitting by yourself waiting for an oil change? Yes your friends want to see a "bored face" via Snapchat.
Such is the sad state of the world.
But should you, too, have this addiction, the folks at Upslope Brewing have a contest for you.
They know we all love hiking, and we love beer, and Coloradans will tote a six-pack up a mountain more often than we'll remember snacks or extra water. And so when you're out exploring, bring an Upslope and get that can to strike a pose.
They want to see the beer in the wild. Creativity is a must. And if you win, they'll blow that image up, slap it on the wall of their Flatiron Park location and send you home with an Upslope prize pack. Other top pics will earn you Upslope merch and tap room gift cards (aka, more beer). Info: upslopebrewing.com; deadline is Sept. 15
For even more brewskies, check out the Avery Brewing taproom (5763 Arapahoe Ave., Unit E). Gored Pumpkin Ale is back on the tap wall. Over at the Wild Woods Brewery taproom (5460 Conestoga Ct.), Superflower Pale Ale was released on Thursday, and may still have some of this delicious nectar left. It's got the herbal, floral, sweet 'n' spicy style that'll surprise your mouth.
Looking for moderately more wholesome fun? The Boulder Creek Hometown Festival is happening this weekend, and could be worth a quick stop. I say this because the words "beer garden" were the first I saw on the homepage.
Down in Central Park near the Boulder Public Library, there will be live music, the Chili Inferno Cook-Off, a food court and a bunch of crafts you can ogle at as you sip your beer. It'll be up and running Saturday through Monday, with the kick-off concert at 7 tonight. Info: bceproductions.com/boulder-creek-hometown-festival.
Over at the ever-classy Walrus Saloon (1173 Walnut St.), folks are prepping for the end of summer with a Labor Day weekend bash. This Sunday, the bartenders will be dishing out $2 wells until midnight, and DJPetey will be bringing the "so you think you can dance"-ers to the floor to prove just how much they can't dance. At all. I can only hope my visits have inspired more to rock the shit out of the Shopping Cart or Bus Driver moves.
Let's say you love peasants who can talk a mile a minute about political regimes. You like to antagonize knights who omit common words from their vocabulary? Then make sure you don't miss the Boulder Outdoor Cinema's (1750 13th St.) final film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" this Saturday. Live music at 7:30 p.m., and a film at dusk. It's pretty much the best movie ever, so go watch.
Or just head over to Chem 140 on campus and check out "Edge of Tomorrow," hosted by CU's Program Council. The free film is at 9 tonight.
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