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    Head to Wild Woods this weekend for some live music and great craft beer.



So much for altitude training.

(Ha! No, dear reader. Not running. This is the BEER column.)

I’ve spent my entire post-21 life drinking all across Colorado. Touring breweries, bar-hopping, tackling friends in Round 5 of Beer Pong in my kitchen. And I’d like to think I know how to handle my booze. Ish.

And then my longtime friend and I flew out to San Diego. Sea level’s for sissies, right? We should be able to drink ALLTHEBEER here, we agreed, and made plans to do just that.

Wine on the 7:45 a.m. flight. Craft beers after lunch, another craft at the Padres game, a tall Budweiser. Solid work. But as we started in on our can and third cheese-covered food item, my friend turns to me: “Dude, I think I’m drunk.”

“What? We’ve had three beers in four hours …”

“YA I KNOW, but I’m still drunk.”

Shaking my head, I insisted she just needed more beer. We’d be fine.

Soon we were step-dancing with our eyes closed in the stands to the applause of locals enjoying the out-of-towner show. By the time my Cali-local friend led us to some nearby bars, we were ready to take our dancing citywide, shouting gibberish that would then send the two of us into fits of laughter.

Of course, as I write this, I just saw our Lyft driver — the one we asked to drive us through the Del Taco drive-thru for burritos my friend later described as “the best she’s ever had” — rated us five stars. So … there’s that.

Anyway, go make me prouder than I made myself when you’re out this weekend in Boulder.

The J Band is rocking out Wild Woods Brewing (5460 Conestoga Ct.) Friday at 6 p.m., rain or shine (thanks to ample tent coverage, etc.). You’ll enjoy good music alongside its new Sunflower Lager (also out Friday) and the Tropical Paradise IPA. The brewery will even bust out the Nelson Sauvin Kiwi Blonde again. Just hand over $10 and you’ll get live tunes and a free pint. Excellent.

Let us all celebrate the angel of death, shall we? Or more accurately, the delicious beer named after it. Avery Brewing (4910 Nautilus Ct.) is marking the 10th anniversary of Samael Friday, from 5-10 p.m. This second installation of the Demons of Ale series is definitely worth the visit.

In honor of Memorial Day weekend, the Walrus Saloon (1911 11th St.) is bringing a Sunday worth the Monday hangover. Nab $1 wells and $6 Coors Light pitchers all night, while dancing to DJ Pat Allen’s sweet beats.

The Boulder Creek Festival is back this weekend, running from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This event will bring Boulder some great live music, local food and beer, art walks, etc. See story Page 10.

Gangsterish is playing the Bohemian Biergarten (2017 13th St.) Saturday at 10 p.m. Anything described as “electro swing” must be good, right? Check ’em out.

Don’t forget the Bolder Boulder 10K on Monday. That’ll be shutting the town down so idiots like me can jog 6.2 miles, hating each choice that led us to that moment.

Not to say all 50,000 will be wheezing through. Some of you nuts love running. And what better place for you to all hang out than the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St.) Saturday. From 2-8:30 p.m., the Run Deep Film Festival will take over, showing films and hosting panels that’ll get you psyched about running. Info: or

And if you’re one of the runners, hit up Fate Brewing (1600 38th St.) after the race and show your race bib and you’ll get a free pint from Fate’s core line-up.

Alexandra Sieh:,