We drowned our sorrows by partaking of several of the beers the Platter has on tap (which came in those convenient foot-high glasses) and also decided to risk the cheesecake ($3.50). It was amazingly good: fluffy and rich, with the kind of texture that made us want to hold every bite in our mouths to savor the smooth creaminess. Of course, the Mad Platter doesn't make the cheesecake it serves; I'm trying to track down the artist who does.
Calling all beer nuts: If you're in Boulder on April 10, stop by the Microbreweries for the Environment event--any excuse to drink beer, huh?--at the Boulder Theatre, 2034 14th Street, from 7 p.m. until midnight. Seventeen microbreweries will offer their wares at a buck a pint to patrons who've already anted up the $12 admission fee, which will support various recycling and environmentally related projects. Among the micros will be new offerings from Broadway Brewing, which has just put out Light Rail Ale for the Wynkoop Brewing Company, and Great Divide's Denver Pale Ale, an American-style pale that has less bitterness than most.
There won't be anyone from Irons Brewing Co. at the fundraiser, but that's because employees of the five-year-old Lakewood brewery are busy at their new Ironworks Brewery & Pub, which opened last week at 12354 West Alameda Parkway, right next to the brewery's production facility. The menu involves a lot of New Mexican fare with a few South American and Spanish influences; it should go well with Irons's excellent Long Iron Pilsner and Dark Iron Brown Ale.
Drink and be merry: Wine, not beer, will be the drink of choice at an April 13 fundraiser at Bistro Adde Brewster, 250 Steele Street. Proceeds from the $50 ticket benefit the Simone Institute for Women, which helps women who are single parents become self-sufficient.
If you just want to drink for the hell of it, try one of the wild-and-crazy flavored martinis at Bourbon Street Pizzabar & Grill, 5117 South Yosemite, where the so-called "Sexy Dozen" include an After-Dinner Mint martini, along with watermelon and espresso flavors. They taste much better than they sound.