For this girl, loving beer took a while.
Bud Light was the only one I'd drink, for God's sake, and only because my friends wanted to see how many bottles it'd take to line our coffee table.
Oh how the times have changed. Not the binge drinking, clearly.
Now it's, "craft beer this," and "brewery tours" that, and "I'm not worthy." (Sorry, knowing the Boulder Outdoor Cinema is showing "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" this Saturday at dusk -- AKA: one of the best movies -- I'm channeling the beauty that is the quest for the grail. Check it out at 1750 13th St., with Boulder '80s cover band, The Goonies, performing beforehand at 7:30 p.m.)
But cigars? Those intrigued us.
"Now that's the way to up our obviously struggling cool factor," we drunkenly agreed.
Easier slurred than done.
First, we couldn't find the damn store. Once parked, we just stared at it. We didn't belong here. And then we went in.
"Mother of God," I muttered. "We don't know anything about anything."
Luckily confused, but pretty, girls can almost always get help.
Since then, we've puffed away at a cigar or seven. And we've sat on the curb smoking their far lesser step-cousins -- you know, the flavored cigarillos that ladies enjoy with a Coors? P.S.: Grape kind's the best.
But for you smoke ring-blowing geniuses out there -- seriously, how the hell do you do that? I just end up looking like an idiot that's performing an inappropriate act and may or may not choke on her own tongue -- the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is in town this Saturday at the Millennium Harvest House (1345 28th St.)
From 1 to 7 p.m., attendees will enjoy food and company with prominent manufacturers/celebrities. The goody bag alone has 20 premium cigar samples, a cutter, lighter, festival glass, T-shirt, drink tickets and more.
There's also a number of beer, wine and spirit providers all set to fill those cups once you get there -- including local favs like Boulder Beer, Asher Brewing and Walnut Brewery.
Hop over to rmcigarfestival.com for tickets, info, etc.
And once you're fully saturated in cigar smell, you'll be ready to enjoy the beer parties happening around town.
Like at Asher Brewing (4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 104) this Friday.
They've finally got ABC Green Bullet Organic IPA on shelves, and they've invited you to the party. Not the pants party. That's later.
At 6:30 p.m. The Zimmermans will hit the stage, and with a food truck nearby and rockin' tunage, it's bound to be a fun celebration. Head over, for the love of ... beer!
Or at Avery Brewing (5757 Arapahoe Ave.), where they're unveiling Thensaurum Sunday at 5 p.m.
This is a rum barrel-aged pucker-up sour that'll get you with its 10.89 percent ABV. They boast pineapple and tropical fruit mixed in with an acidic punch right in the taste buds. My sour beer-loving friends are PUMPED.
And now for a few quickies. Oh ... yes.
On Thursday at 8:30 p.m., the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St.) is showing "Stop Making Sense," a film that follows musician David Byrne. It's rife with performances, onstage action and talks with the musicians themselves.
At Shine Restaurant (2027 13th St.), celebrate the release of Meagan Chandler's new album "Sensual" at 7:30 p.m. It'll be a $15 cover, or a $5 admittance charge with the album purchase.
And because I apparently care about fitness now (who am I??) I'll throw in the trail run happening Saturday at 9:30 a.m. GoLite (6325 Gunpark Dr. #102) wants you out at the Wonderland Lake trailhead on Broadway in north Boulder for a run through the great outdoors. Or something like that.
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