Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Face Your Beers at the Bird of Paradise

Like the scary movies? I don't watch them anymore. Pet Sematary was enough to make me swear off horror until I could afford to keep all the lights on 24 hours a day. But I know there are a ton of you horror buffs out there. So here's something that might interest you, straight from an organizer of the fest, "On Saturday, Dark Matters Film Festival celebrates the Solstice by presenting another annual installment of Horror Bites! This all-day collection of short films features shadowy selection of hand-picked horror, science fiction and dark fantasy from around the globe. Shorts are organized into several themed programming blocks, so you can choose your favorite form of darkness. Horror Bites will take place starting at 2 p.m. at the Guild."

Sounds like a good time for those of you who don't piss themselves when you hear the John Carpenter music from "Halloween", but there's a nice beer event the night before for those of you who do. And I'll bring an extra diaper to the beer event in case you are afraid that someone there will have the "Halloween" theme as their ringtone. Bird of Paradise (5409 Gibson Blvd. SE) will be hosting their first Dark Beer Festival on Friday, December 21st (the "darkest" day of the year...BOO!) at 6 pm. A really nice list of drafts has been compiled as a complementary event to the Film Festival. Check out the list of flights available at an $8 per flight price (max. two flights per person):

Flight 1: Enamel Tripel*, Petrus Winter No. 9, Troubadour Imperial Stout*

Flight 2: Sierra Nevada Dunkelweizen, Köstritzer*, Odell Fernet Porter

Flight 3: Alaskan Smoked Porter, Widmer Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout 2013, Rogue XS Imperial Stout

Flight 4: Sierra Nevada Narwahl, Alaskan Stout*, Old Rasputin

The * denotes kegs that will be tapped for the very first time in New Mexico! So, the problem here is not deciding whether or not to go, but which two flights to pick. Those choices not enough? There will also be specialty cocktails and Bronco Winery selections, and...oh. This: 6 oz. pours of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Goose Island Bourbon Coffee Stout bottles (2 pours for $10.) You can get into the bar and warm your taste buds up a but at 5 pm, but the real fun starts at 6. Check out for any updates to the event.

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