West Flanders Brewing Company.
West Flanders Brewing Company. (Jonathan Castner)

I spent my 22nd birthday at a friend's house I'd commandeered because my apartment was too small and too filled with the litter boxes of my roommate's cats.

And with all that extra room, my newsroom pals and I agreed a keg would be good. More room, more people, more beer.

Of course, once word swept through my (surprisingly) well-attended party that I'd never been to a party with a keg, it was decided: Keg stand.

So up I went to a half-mast, push-up angle (I, as many intoxicated men, couldn't get fully upright), laughing and praying my weight didn't snap backs.

Alexandra Sieh
Alexandra Sieh

I should have been focusing. Because leave it to my pal in charge of getting the beer to my mouth to miss and shower us all in beer. (Poor guy who followed got it even worse, as beer doesn't go well with eyeballs or nice shirts.) But hey, a successful few gulps later and I was back on the ground, feeling satisfied with my accomplishment.

Why do you care? Well, you probably don't. But you'll care about what the folks at West Flanders Brewing (1125 Pearl St.) have come up with.

Their Single Keg Series. (See? Kegs. It works ...) Every Thursday at 5 p.m., the fine folks there will put a single keg beer on tap.


Meant to inspire some creativity on the brewing side, it should also inspire you to get off your ass and get down there. These beers promise to be packed with flavors you just won't find elsewhere.

And right before that, the Boulder Beer (2880 Wilderness Pl.) crew will be unleashing its double IPA Mojo Risin' at 4 p.m. Thursday. This more extreme Mojo will slap you in the taste buds with grapefruit-y flavors and twice the amounts of hops and a 10 percent ABV.

Absinthe House (1109 Walnut St.) has set up a series of craft beers on tap (that should help all you men dragged there by your dancing-loving women to cope). Things like O'Dells Cut Throat Porter, Avery's White Rascal, Upslope's Craft Lager, etc.

No set the beer glasses down. It's OK. It'll all be OK ...

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (1750 13th St.) has a pretty cool film screening happening Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with "Drop City," a documentary about the artist community near Trinidad. It'll be followed by a forum with professors and art curators, all ready to drop some knowledge on you. Info: www. bmoca.org

And finally, The Dairy Center (2590 Walnut St.). Don't worry! It's not another morbid documentary. It's a Coen brothers' film.


Man, what a classic. On Sunday at 4:30 p.m., you can watch it at the Boedecker Theater, and then stick around for a talkback afterward with Jim Palmer.

With family up in the Dakota region, I've delighted my friends with the incidental accent slipping through (especially when drinking, oddly enough). You should've heard my dad and I after watching this. Oh no.


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