My pal and I, we're obsessed with deals and/or getting things for free-sies. Coupons, apps that'll get you money off, happy hours — all things we pray for in our post-grad, cheap-ass existence.
Scoff now. You'll get there.
'Course, we also love contests. Being entered to win things we definitely can't afford through a Groupon or app check-in. We never win, but boy do we like to think we will. Like the other night, we were sipping on our third pint of the Old Chicago mini tour (still happening, B-T-dubs), and we realize we're entered to win a trip to Ireland.
By the end of the beer, we're already planning what to pack and what else we'll go see when we're drunkenly traipsing around the Emerald Isle. Yes, that escalated quickly.
At Upslope Brewing, you can enter on Facebook to win prizes in the Winter Ain't Over Yet sweepstakes. You could win their Winter Prize Package with stuff from FlyLow Gear and RockyMounts, or their Upslope Merch Pack.
Keep those eyeballs peeled for Upslope's new brewskies coming out soon (or already on tap). Like the Extra Special Bitter or the Dunkelweizen, available at the Flatiron Park taproom (1898 S. Flatiron Ct.), where various food trucks will fill the lot through Sunday and The Strangebyrds will be rocking out Friday night from 6-8. Dining and ambiance right there.
And now, to bum you fellow Broncos fans out.
Remember that Super Bowl a few weeks ago that single handedly killed most of our livers? Well, if you'll remember, the folks at West Flanders Brewing (1125 Pearl St.) bet Seattle's Elysian Brewing's brewers that we'd win. And we ... did not. And so their head brewer came out and concocted their Boom! IPA for Boulder.
The tapping party is at 5 p.m. on Thursday, where the glasses will pour with our shame and sadness, and a damn good beer from what I hear. Brewed with experimental hops, it lands at a healthy 7 percent ABV and is with us for two weeks (or until we finish it), with a Seahawks flag flying right outside.
Plus, Friday night at West Flanders, Policulture will bring you some reggae to drink along with from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
And well, I figure let's just make this a brew-soaked column. (You know, right after you gave up alcohol for lent like good kids ... right?) Fate Brewing (1600 38th St.) brought back the Gose for our delight. A German sour wheat beer, it's spiced with salt and coriander and ready to refresh you. Go enjoy a pint.
I have all kinds of pre-21 activities, and even more beer at coloradodaily.com. I'd go check it out if I were you. #Biased.
Avery Brewing (5757 Arapahoe Ave.) is still hosting its Sunday brunch series, from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. They're serving up tropical fruit salad, salmon benedict and breakfast enchiladas. Oh, and of course, White Rascal Beermosas.
This Saturday at Twisted Pine Brewing (3201 Walnut St.), Reina del Cid will be performing at 7 p.m. The band's got a unique sound, and one that will go splendidly with the brewery's already wonderful beers.
Over at Press Play Bar (1005 Pearl St.), The Deems will hit the stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday. A "laser-infused jam/rock/reggae/psychedelic/improvisational band," as they're described, The Deems sound like they'll give you a night to remember. Plus, every Sunday at Press Play, you'll nab drink specials if you've got a Colorado ID.
This Friday, CU's Program Council is screening "Frozen" at 9 p.m. in CHEM140. I REALLY want to see this, and am jealous of those of you going. It's first-come, first-served, with complimentary popcorn.
The Boulder Jewish Film Festival is happening this weekend at The Dairy Center for the Arts (2590 Walnut St.), from Thursday through Sunday. A few shows are already sold out, but it's definitely worth heading to thedairy.org for show times and tickets. Some showings will even involve herring for your dining pleasure.
The Dairy will also play host to the Boulder Ballet, with their C'est La Vie performances running Friday through Sunday. Same deal, just go online for info. Sounds like a fun way to get some good storybook lovin' into your weekend.
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