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Since I was out of commission last weekend, my friend and I decided Monday would be the perfect time to catch up on bad choices.
We heard Hazels was handing out cupcakes at 8:30 a.m., and if you were lucky (which, SPOILER, we were not), you'd win some earrings. OK, we said. We'll be there.
8:10 a.m.: We're sitting in the liquor store parking lot. No line, just two assholes trying to hide from employees heading into work. And then we see a scantily-clad lass carrying said cupcakes inside ... at 8:25 a.m.
We beat the cupcakes.
I still vote it a good way to start the week.
But to end the week, I've got beer in mind. But first:
Now I know all y'all fools are hopped up on college basketball, anxiously filling out brackets that'll crumble by day 2. Hey, to each their own. The folks at The West End Tavern (926 Pearl St.) caught that bug, too. And they've got five flat screens for you to stare at during the madness. From March 20 to April 7, head over for hoops and hoops-inspired drink specials that include $3.50 IPAs and pilsners of the day, $4 cherry picks (cherry-infused bourbon and gingers) and $5 alley-oops (shots of bourbon with a pilsner back).
You can also fill out a bracket with Old Chicago (1102 Pearl St.) and win prizes for each round you get correct. And since they've got tons of beers on tap and flat screens of their own ...
And for those of you into this sort of thing, the Second Annual High West Oyster Fest is Thursday. Oyster eating and shucking galore. You can get $25 general admission tickets, head over to Boulder Theater (2032 14th St.) and check out the live oyster eating contest, a cash bar with the Post Brewing Company's Oyster Stout, and Jax Fish House seafood concession stands.
I can't say it appeals to me, but I applaud all of you willing to work that hard for your food.
Now back to beer. At Boulder Beer (2880 Wilderness Pl.), brewers are tapping into their Spring Equinox pilsner on Thursday. Yum. Thank god for spring and the arrival of lighter beers.
Of course, folks at Avery Brewing (5763 Arapahoe Ave.) didn't get that message, and have their Samael back in the taproom. This Friday, head over at 5 p.m. for the release of this caramelly, oak-aged English-style strong ale. It'll knock you on your tuckus at 15 to 17 percent ABV.
I know all of you are focused in on basketball, but you've still got other Buffs who need some cheers too. Take the CU lacrosse team. They're taking on Brown this Saturday at 5 p.m. at Kittredge Field. You should get out there and get your school pride on.
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