‘Tis the season for angry badgers, beer and love

Posted 2/6/19

It’s February and we have already seen that the famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, was dragged out of his den by some guy in a top hat and didn’t see his shadow this year. That’s supposed to …

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‘Tis the season for angry badgers, beer and love

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It’s February and we have already seen that the famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, was dragged out of his den by some guy in a top hat and didn’t see his shadow this year. That’s supposed to mean an early Spring. Of course the cuddly creature lives in Pennsylvania so they may be seeing something the rest of us will be missing. But maybe not. It turns out that poor Phil has only been correct about 40 percent of the time.

We don’t actually have groundhogs or woodchucks in Colorado. We have their close cousins, marmots. It also turns out that Groundhog Day comes from a German tradition but they don’t have groundhogs either. They actually use a badger as the forecasting animal. I’m guessing that they probably switched it to a groundhog here in America once they figured out that they were easier to drag out of a den that an angry badger with sharper teeth and really nasty claws. But on the flip side, maybe the badgers were a little more accurate in their weather forecasts.

So that brings us to the upcoming February weekend and there are some fun things happening that you might enjoy.

First off we once again have to differentiate between a bike and a bike for this one. Today I’m talking about bicycles, not a motorcycles. Pedal Pushers Cyclery is asking everyone two questions. Do you like bikes? Do you like beer? If you answered yes to both of those questions then you are going to love their inaugural Community Beer Night, this Saturday, Feb. 9. They are holding it at their shop which is located at 710 Golden Ridge Road here in Golden. The fun starts at 6 p.m. I guess it goes until they run out of beer.

Basically it’s a party to celebrate their new beer tap/fridge remodel while enjoying the company of fellow craft lovers. Just bring something to share and chat about. By “something” I mean interesting crawlers, home brew, bombers, rare and limited release stuff. You know what I mean. The kind of thing that beer fans get all excited about. Some of the neighborhood brewers from Green Mountain Brewery, Coda Brewing, New Terrain Brewing, and Alpine Dog Brewing will be there with a lot of fun stuff of their own.

If you are looking for something to do on Feb. 10, then the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Concert may be just the right thing. It’s going to be held at 4 p.m. at the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, located at 7530 W. 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge.

The program will be featuring a terrific guest artist, Masakazu Ito on Guitar and he will be performing one of the greatest classical guitar compositions ever written. Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo. It’s a beautiful piece of music.

They will also be performing Verdi’s La Forza de Destino Overture by Verdi and the Brahms Symphony No. 3. The concert will be conducted by Dr. William Morse.

Tickets run Adults $25, Seniors $20 with discounts for students and children. You can order them at www.jeffersonsymphonyorchestra.org or by calling the box office at (303) 278-4237.

Meanwhile, back to the beer … and Valentine’s Day! Yup, that’s right. I’ve got another beer related event and it’s happening on Feb. 14.

This one is the 3rd Annual Valentine’s Day Truffle and Beer Pairing at the New Terrain Brewing Company, 16401 Table Mountain Parkway here in Golden. They will be joining up with the Master Chocolatiers from Pierce, Love & Chocolate to match up five of their favorite beers with delicious chocolate truffles.

You need to get tickets in advance for this one, so go to www.newterrainbrewing021419.brownpapertickets.com. They run $13 for just the truffles and $25 to pair them with the beers. Where else are you going to find a Shadowland Russian Imperial Stout paired with a Stranahan’s Whiskey Truffle? I know … Now you want to be there, right?

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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