Food & Drink

The Ogden'll smell even more like beer than normal

This is as much a no-brainer as it is a brain-killer: go to the Mile High Beer Festival -- they're pouring unlimited samples of 70+ suds from the nation's best craft breweries, including many from this fine state. And while it'll be hard to miss local acts on the stage and the legendary meat casings of Biker Jim's, you ought to keep your eyes peeled for some of the more interesting breweries in the house, including

Boulevard: The Kansas City outfit's bringing their Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and their Unfiltered Wheat, the "best-selling craft beer in the Midwest". More of a hophead? Then guzzle their Double-Wide IPA, with a "high hop bitterness" not observed since white men watched Wesley Snipes dunk

Firestone Walker: Enjoy the Cali suds architects without waiting in the long lines that usually accompany them at The Great American Beer Festival, and pay extra attention to the 9.5% ABV Imperial IPA Double Jack, which won silver at that very festival, and probably only missed out on gold because the judge had to wait 20mins to get to the table

Grand Teton: The Idaho-based 30-barrel brewery sources water from a glacial run-off, and's stocking the Ogden with their gold-winning Sweetgrass APA ("damn you to hellll!" - Firestone), as well as a red ale called the Pursuit of Hoppiness, named a "Top 25 Beer of 2010" from Draft Magazine, the only publication that can get away with tons of grammatical and spelling mistakes

And lest these exotic rarities (...Idaho!) eventually make you yearn for a taste of home, CO will be well represented with the likes of Odell, Oskar Blues, Twisted Pine, Left Hand, Denver Beer Co., and Big Choice, though if you think attending this thing is one of those, maybe you're already a no-brainer.