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Head to Twisted Pine Brewery this weekend for some bluegrass and brews.
Jeremy Papasso
Head to Twisted Pine Brewery this weekend for some bluegrass and brews.

Over the medium and through the snow,

To the automobile shop we go …

Oh wait, was that just me?

Yup. This classy Colorado girl still can’t stand icy road driving, and took a little trip to “near accident land.” Perfect time of year for extraneous money spending, I know.


Thankfully I had incredible family and friends — and traditional binge eating — to comfort me as I slept on the parents’ couch. I’m a very lucky lady, food baby and all.

But I can’t say I’m anxious to swipe my credit card this weekend. My liquor store of a fridge will have to suffice.

For those of you smart enough to avoid the mechanic or have been grubbing off the ‘rents all weekend, I’ve got a few holiday weekend suggestions.

The Dairy Center for the Arts (2590 Walnut St.) has arranged quite the lineup for the Boedecker Theater, like “Desert Runners,” showing Friday through Sunday. No, this isn’t “Dessert Runners,” the tale of fatties, like this girl, running after cookies and pie and all the chocolate her ass doesn’t need.

This one’s about non-professional runners attempting to tackle the hardest ultramarathon race series on Earth. No better way to get inspired to work off that fourth helping of turkey/potatoes than watch a bunch of people run across the planet.

Not ready for the guilt trip? There’s a chick-flick-esque film, “The Broken Circle Breakdown” showing all weekend too. A romance complete with a bluegrass soundtrack. Check out for tickets and showtimes.

Sick of the seemingly endless barrage of holiday tunes? Just me? Well OK, want more bluegrass? Then get over to Twisted Pine Brewing (3201 Walnut St.) this Saturday. The folks there are hosting Willie Bean and The Bluegrass Rangers from 7 to 9 p.m. Couple that with a brewskie from the taproom and you’ve got a great way to decompress post-family time.

And to make your holiday brewery hopping easier, check out the free app Hopify. I’m flipping through it right now. (Huh, thirsty …)

Essentially, it takes your location and finds all the breweries near you. As you swipe through, you’ll note each brewery’s photo is coupled with its menu and info for the shop (hours, location, etc.) So easy, even an inebriated tech-stupid lad or lass could decipher it. Just make sure your sober friend is getting you from place to place.

Apologies for the weak-ass list here, but I’m whatever the equivalent to being hungover is for eating my body weight in chili and sweets. You can go online, though, for a couple New Year’s Eve par-tays. Happy New Year’s in advance, you beautiful people.

The people at West End Tavern (926 Pearl St.) have a few goodies ready for you to indulge in on New Year’s Eve. Like Chili Orange Bison Back Ribs, Honey Bourbon Pickles and quality booze like “The Resolution,” cranberry, orange, St. Germain, bubbles and rosemary.

Or Absinthe House (1109 Walnut St.), where they always host a darn good night. Before 10 p.m. on the 31st, get free entry, including a midnight champers toast. It’ll be $15 after that. Or go the general admission route ($35) and get an open bar on everything until midnight. They’re gonna have DJs, fancy people dancing their asses off and all the drinks you could delight in.

You could stick to the breweries and head to BRU Handbuilt Ales (5290 Arapahoe Ave.) They’ll have a schmancy meal with things like Warm Red Pea Salad and Oven Roasted Seafood Sausage and a complimentary champagne toast. Head to for full details.

Or just do what my friends and I do: Get a bottle of cheap champagne each, toast and then spend the rest of the night playing the Dirty Alphabet Game and watching Super Troopers.

Be smart and rock it out.

Follow Alex on Twitter: @ansieh.

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