Kai Casey / Staff Photographer
Amazing what you’ll learn when you’re friends with bartenders.
Here’s what I learned last night:
•That guy at the bar, who keeps turning to stare awkwardly at other patrons in the area, just wants to look at you. Yea, that’s his thing.
•That girl, chatting with her non-boyfriend guy, is known to talk loudly about the many things she’s stolen. Hence her “Gypsy Girl” nickname.
•That guy in the red? Yea, he drank too much a few months ago, stripped to his knickers and started yelling racial slurs in the parking lot.
To celebrate absolutely nothing, my friend and I had gone to our usual Old Chicago restaurant to start up the Cinco de Mayo Mini Tour. Seasoned pros at these things, we knew this tour would be a cinch: light, low ABV beers that were easy to swallow. Wait … I mean … they’re tasty?
I dare you to say a Corona with lime isn’t effing refreshing.
Now, we jumped the gun a bit. The tour started on Wednesday, and we have until May 10. But this just means y’all have plenty of time to catch up.
The Boulder Old Chicago is nestled at 1102 Pearl St., with some grand waiters ready to get you started. We’ll be knocking back our next four up in Longmont, where our bartender will bicker with us over jukebox song choices and make crude gestures behind the bar, and our waiter will fill us in on our fellow beer enthusiasts.
For a far craftier pint, you’ll want to hit up Wild Woods Brewery (5460 Conestoga Ct.). The brewery tapped into the Nelson Sauvin Kiwi Blonde on Thursday, and may have some deliciousness left to enjoy. Those Nelson Sauvin hops traveled all the way from New Zealand to make taste buds happy, so don’t be an asshat by standing them up.
Our pals at Avery Brewing (4910 Nautilus Ct.) must have heard my friend repeatedly whining for more sour beer choices, because it’s in the midst of a Sour Spring right now. Sunday, say hello to the Insula multos Collibus, a barrel-aged sour ale with cherries. Avery said it was trying to make a strong sour — “almost the strength of a Manhattan.” And well, at 9.7 percent ABV, they may have done it. Head over, pucker up and sip.
Elsewhere in Boulder:
Gypsy jazz is taking over the Bohemian Biergarten (2017 13th St.) Friday, from 10 p.m. to midnight. David Williams and friends, like Bill Pontarelli, are bringing the tunes to their stage for a very movement-filled night, (a clothed and PG-rated one, anyway).
On Sunday, Sara Schaefer will be taking over the Boulder Comedy Show on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Bohemian Biergarten. Laugh your cares away instead of studying for that final exam.
The Absinthe House (1109 Walnut St.) has opened up its rooftop Tuesdays through Saturdays. “Yea, I got outside today, mom.” Aka: I drank craft beer and and played giant Jenga during 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour on a rooftop downtown. Nice choice.
Chain Station, a four-piece string band from good ol’ Colorado, is hitting the stage at Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery (1535 Pearl St.) at 10 p.m. Sunday. The band boasts high energy and stage antics that’ll give you a grand night out with your pals. Not too shabby for a Sunday.