I am a home brewer because it satisfies so many of my sensibilities. I enjoy the creativity of crafting flavors, and I'm fascinated by the science of fermentation. But above all, I home-brew because it's a deal for $30, I can make two cases of beer in a month that results in a self-sufficiently spirited me. I have visions of going big, though, and if I could, I would be taking part in a Colorado tradition as old as I am. In 1979, two University of Colorado at Boulder professors applied for the 43rd brewing license issued in U.S. history and started up Boulder Beer Colorado's first microbrewery in an old goat shed near campus. Today, according to the Colorado Brewer's Association, there are 92 breweries in Colorado, and approximately seventeen of them will offer their beers for sampling tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue, during the second annual Winter Brew Fest. Tickets are $30 at the door, but it would be wiser to purchase them in advance for $22 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/25538, as the Brew Fest is likely to sell out. Included in the ticket price is a commemorative sampler glass (while supplies last), all the beer you can sample, live entertainment by Danny Vegas and a concert headlined by the Reals starting at 10 p.m. (concert-only tickets are available for $8). All proceeds benefit the Colorado Environmental Coalition. Call 303-445-2124.
Fri., Jan. 25, 7-10 p.m., 2008