The weekend kicks off with National Beer Day today, and nothing goes with a pint like...yoga? Or perhaps cats, wine and cat wine. How about coffee and doughnuts? Luckily, everything goes with beer, so pour yourself a cold one and choose from one of these six events this weekend. If these aren't enough fun for you, today is also the Colorado Rockies home opener; see our list of ten downtown crowd-pleasers to help celebrate the arrival of America's favorite pastime.
Friday, April 7
If you like both yoga and beer, chances are you insist on doing something healthy before you have that beer. While we think that's misguided (life's too short — just have the beer), Great Divide Brewing Company has your back with Hoppy Yogis. Join the folks at Great Divide Barrel Bar, 1812 35th Street, for a free yoga class taught by instructors from CorePower Yoga, then stick around for beer (sadly, not free) and DJs. The class runs from 6 to 7 p.m., but plan to arrive early to beat the crowds; doors open at 5:30 p.m. See the Facebook event page for details.
The Post Chicken & Beer has a more sanguine approach to National Beer Day: Stop in, order an Achtertuin Seizoen Farmhouse ale, and be entered into a drawing to win a year of free beer. You don't even have to try out a downward dog pose to get your suds — in fact, we're pretty sure your fellow customers would rather you didn't. The Post at the 2200 South Broadway location opens for lunch at 11 a.m., and happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Extra points (at least with your Flemish friends) if you can pronounce the beer name properly.
Animals lovers know there's nothing better than pouring a drink and snuggling with their pet on the couch. And tonight's the perfect night to stay in with your furry friend and tune in to Shark Tank at 8 p.m. on ABC, when local company Apollo Peak will pitch its line of cat and dog wines. While you uncork a bottle of Bordeaux, treat your fuzzy family member to his or her own bowl of Catbernet or Malbark. Check out Apollo Peak's website for more information about the non-alcoholic pet beverages — and many, many more puns.
Saturday, April 8
Need a wake-up call this morning? Or perhaps some hair of the dog? Either way, Hotbox Roasters will get the job done. Head over to the brand-new roasting facility at 1800 Pike Road in Longmont for a taste of nitro cold-brew coffee, as well as Oskar Blues Coffee IPA, chocolate-covered espresso beans, doughnuts and the chance to get your hands on some of the small-batch Ethiopian coffee used in brewing the Coffee IPA. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., with roasting demos kicking off at noon. The event is free; find more details and RSVP at the event Facebook page.
Backyard on Blake, a RiNo hot spot at 3040 Blake Street, has been filling up fast, and from 3 to 6 p.m. today, it will host a grand opening, with cupcakes, champagne, giveaways and music by the Decaf Muchachos. Find out more on the Backyard on Blake Facebook page.
The Denver Art Museum is staying up late tonight, thanks to Uncorked Afterglo. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. on the seventh floor of the fortress-like North Building at 100 West 14th Avenue. Enjoy spectacular views of the city while experiencing live art creation, music, cocktails and late-night bites from Kevin Taylor until midnight. Tickets run $80 if purchased online by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 7, or $90 if at the door. See the museum's website for more information and to nab your tickets.
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Sunday, April 9
Today marks the last day for Glazed & Confuzed Donuts at 5301 Leetsdale Drive; owner Josh Schwab is closing up shop at the current location and aiming to reopen in the Stanley Marketplace on, naturally, April 20. But if you can't bear the uncertainty of when you'll get your next Confuzed Samoa, Strawberry Shortcake or the bacon-laden Breakfast of Champz doughnut, be sure to head over early today (doors open at a disgustingly early 6 a.m.) and get just one last fix before the closing.