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W inter's here, folks.

Well, ok, it showed up for a quickie on Monday, but still, snow is snow.

It was enough for this clumsy, "more of a spring person" girl. Icy conditions only result in injury. Ironically, my first fall of the year came not from the slick parking lot at my apartment, but the gravelly stuff they toss out to melt it. I'm nothing if not talented.

And while I'm sure you snow fanatics are desperate for more -- I know my friends are -- I'm sorry to say the weather report is calling for 40s or higher this weekend. Of course, with this temperamental state of ours, that could mean 20s with a foot of the white stuff. Best do your snow dances.

I've donned my weather-girl cap because I've got another winter-y themed list of suggestions. Go figure.

First up, a brew release us light beer lovers will be thankful for. Because while darker beers seem to be the key to warming our innards up for the next few months, I'm just not a porter girl.

Boulder Beer unleashed its Honey of a Saison on Thursday, and lemme tell you, it sounds like the perfect alternative to those darker drafts.

A mouthful at 11.5 percent ABV -- a selling point in itself if you're anything like my friends -- this beer's got a soft honey hue and a lower hoppy feel filled with a sweeter, fruitier flavor.

An "alternative to your typical winter warmer," folks at Boulder Beer say. I'm all for that.


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Info: The release of "A Honey of a Saison" at Boulder Beer, 2880 Wilderness Place.

Stout it out

But for you dark-beer-for-winter purists, never fear. Asher Brewing's keeping things traditional with their Superfly Organic Oatmeal Stout.

The picture on the site alone looks thick and rich with all that stout flavor y'all love. And with darts, pinball and foosball in the game room, the visit could turn into quite a Saturday afternoon.

Info: Superfly Organic Oatmeal Stout at Asher Brewing Company, 4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 104.

Let the moon shine

But enough about beer. Let's not forget the many shenanigans we've all had, thanks to a stiff ... mixed drink. Vodka and I were pals before beer even entered the picture.

The Moonshine Music Festival -- a two-night music bonanza in Blackhawk each summer -- is already on folks' 2013 calendars, and the Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill is hosting a free show as a festive pre-party Saturday night.

The Simplemen open for Lula Granji, bringing tunes to keep the beats going with dancers, live video and drink specials all night. Head over, rock out and get your tickets for next August.

It's getting cold out there. Thank god for alcohol jackets.

Info: Moonshine Music Festival Pre-Party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill, 1346 Pearl Street.

Follow Alex on Twitter: @ansieh.