Jeremy Papasso
From left, Chris Cottingham, Erick Mueller and Lindsay Brust make a toast with their beers at The Pub inside the Boulder Beer Co. The brewer is celebrating its 31st anniversary this weekend.

Beer is just better in Boulder.

So in preparation for the Great American Beer Fest, I bring you all the best beer-centered events in Boulder this week.

Hooray beer!

I love birthdays! Mostly when they’re mine, but I don’t mind celebrating the birthdays of Boulder Beer and the Boulder Drafthouse, because I can reap the benefits.

Boulder Beer, 2800 Wilderness Place, is turning 31 and they’re making merry all week long.

Join them Friday to enter their raffle for one of two 15.5-gallon (half of 31, get it?) kegs. Or stop by Saturday between 2 and 6 p.m. for their 31st Anniversary Beer Rave. Twenty-five bucks will get you unlimited tastings of their hard-to-find, experimental, and small batch brews. Proceeds go to the Miracle On Walnut Street, so everyone wins.

Buy tickets online at

Hair of the dog

Boulder Drafthouse’s special brown ale, Big Bella Brown, is also observing a special day.

The Drafthouse, 2027 13th St., is celebrating its brew (named after a lovable Bernese mountain dog) by offering up $2 Bella pints from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. Stick around for Boom Chicken, a bluegrass group, playing from 10 p.m. to close.

Full schedule available at

Drinking and donating

Upslope Brewery, 1501 Lee Hill Road, combines beer drinking with a good cause. Every Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., the men in charge donate a buck from each pint poured to a charity of their choice.

When was the last time you got to throw back an alcoholic beverage and know it was benefiting other people?

Check out the brewery’s Pints for the People — because there’s a first time for everything.

Information at

Limited edition

Left Hand Brewery is offering a preview of its Starksky and Scotch Ale at the West End Tavern, 929 Pearl St., before GABF.

At 6 p.m. Monday, the brewers will drop the mallet on a cask of the specialty award-winning ale. The keg only has about 74 servings, so if you don’t make it to the West End in time, make reservations to head back there at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a beer dinner: five courses specially paired with Widmer Bros. Brews, at $50 per person.

More details at and

5 o’clock somewhere

The boys over at BeerAdvocate Magazine obviously know what’s up. Founders Jason and Todd Alstrom are organizing a pub crawl around Boulder as a “warm-up” for GABF.

Grab your friends and catch them at one of their six stops on 2 p.m. and midnight Wednesday, and let the Alstrom brothers amaze and entertain you with their extreme beer knowledge.

Plan your crawl at

Stacy Parkinson’s “Boulder at Night” appears in the Colorado Daily every Thursday.

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