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Last time I was at New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins, I did what all booze lovers hope for: got drunk for very little money.
On a lark, we tried for a free tour without reserving spots ... and got in. Six samplers later, my friend took a ride down the slide (I refused, having been literally burned by it before) and we sat our fine asses at the bar.
Add on another two beers.
Soon, she's perusing the shirts while I'm chatting up whatever bartender would speak with me. Question after question, taster after taster, and I'm (tipsily) believing I'm now an expert not only on their beer, but on ALL beer.
It was that newfound brew expertise that talked me into my first growler. And a few fun-filled moments with their hula hoops outside. Worked the hips and kept it up real nice.
God that was a great day. Not so much the next morning when I went to work at 7 a.m. -- having never gone to sleep. Ah, to be a grown-up.
This time, New Belgium's coming to us with its New Belgium Clips Beer & Film Tour.
On Friday, they've got a "beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show" for us all (AKA. short films by New Belgium fans like us). Paired with 16 beer varieties -- new brews and classics alike -- and this could be mighty fun.
Plus, 100 percent of beer sales are off to Community Cycles, making this an all-around good time. Just head over to Twenty Ninth Street mall at 8 p.m. and enjoy. It's free to watch, should that sell you cheapskates.
Want another booze-flavored film? The Dairy Center for the Arts (2590 Walnut St.) has you covered.
From Thursday to Saturday and for $10 a ticket, they're showing "Hey Bartender," a film that follows those beautiful people that shake up all the intoxicating drinks we crave. The "rebirth of the bartender and the comeback of the cocktail," they say. Sounds like a good time to me.
Perhaps it will be like porn: You watch it and then find yourself all hot and bothered, anxiously looking for ... a drink. Ya nasties ...
Now, for you ladies out there, I've got an event just for you: A Fashion and Trunk Show, hosted by madelife (2000 21st St.). It's got clothing and accessories by Tatica, Vagabond Jewelry and Oh My Bag, and -- as it's in my column -- some tasty treats from the Attic Bar and Bistro. Oh, and live music to shop to.
They've dubbed it Ladies Night at madelife and from 6 to 9 p.m., it could be a great way to get that estrogen peaked. Plus, you may just find some new duds to strut around all skankily later. Who's to say ...
Now a quickie or two. ( ... Woah, distracted myself with that one.)
The International Dance Festival is out on Pearl Street Mall this weekend. Dance demonstrations and musical performances from around the world could make an afternoon far more exciting. Add some culture to your otherwise drunken lives.
Check out villageartscoalition.org/internationalFest.html for all the info.
And if you're looking for a way to work off the alcohol calories you intend to consume, join up with the GoLite team for a four-mile hike through the foothills. You'll be all high on natural history facts and endorphins, feeling far better about the grease-filled hangover food you'll be eating Sunday morning.
They're off at 10 a.m. Just meet them at the NCAR parking lot.
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