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Dan Garfinkel wipes down the bar over the summer at the Finkel and Garf Craft Brewing Company in Boulder County.
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Dan Garfinkel wipes down the bar over the summer at the Finkel and Garf Craft Brewing Company in Boulder County.

Finkel and Garf Brewing Company

Where: 5455 Spine Rd., Unit A

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 3-10 p.m.; Sunday, 3-7 p.m.

Stalk them online: finkelandgarf.com

Note: When she’s not saving the weekend one odd column at a time, our Beer Girl frequents local breweries in search of the next delish beer. Here’s a tale of her most recent adventure.

Brew house: Finkel and Garf Brewing Company, 5455 Spine Rd., Unit A), Boulder.

True to craft-brewery trends, the owners of Finkel and Garf concoct their craft in a location you’d never expect great beer to be brewed. Many local craft brewers seem to tuck their genius into strip malls or industrial areas, like Wild Woods Brewing or Avery Brewing, respectively, making the hunt for good craft beer seem like an epic Easter egg hunt… for beer…

Once I walked in, I knew I’d found a happy place.

Suds, snacks and decor: There’s nothing subtle about the giant beer menu, nor the snack wall that offers up spicy pork rinds and Twinkies, among others. With LEGOs at every table and games on the wall near the entrance, there’s no way to not smile. And that’s just the reaction they’re going for, handing out stickers with their “Play Often” motto, big and bold.

(I had them walk me through their logo, actually, a family crest of sorts, and found fun is all part of the philosophy. Each toy on the logo means something: Go places, stay curious, let it go, surprise yourself, play often. Words to live by, I say.)

The spot: This father-son team, well, they don’t take themselves too seriously, but they’re damn serious about beer. Walking through Eric and Dan Garfinkel’s facility, you can tell they had to get creative in fitting a 15-barrel brew house in its location. The duo has managed to make a name for themselves in the short time they’ve been around. The beer can be found in about 15 area liquor stores, and a couple of restaurants to boot. Just look for the snazzy labels on a liquor-store shelf near you.

Cool note about the cans: Unlike other breweries that have cans pre-painted and labeled, Finkel and Garf has a label machine that slaps on custom designs in-house. This makes it more streamlined to can the beers that are ready — in amounts they decide — rather than filling pre-labelled cans. Smart thinking.

Unique twists: Ask for a pairing menu and receive recommendations like Ritz Bits or pork rinds with Nitro Cream Ale, or a Twinkie in the Oatmeal Milk Stout. (I tried both, and can attest to the brilliance of these suggestions.)

Try this: Circus Afro. No, this isn’t some freaky act you’ll hate me for tricking you into. At Finkel and Garf, the bartenders pour their creative juices into a mixed-beer menu full of clever combos of different beers on tap. Tried a few myself, and was quite partial to the Ginger Snap.

Simple and fun: At the end of the day, the Garfinkels said they are all about keeping beer simple, and keeping the experience of drinking beer fun. Get chatty with the bartenders and owners — they love to talk great beer as well as life philosophies. No better way to spend a weekday than geeking out on craft brews.

Alex Sieh: bouldernightlife@coloradodaily.com or twitter.com/ansieh

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