3.2 to the rescue

Considering that 3.2 beer remains the redheaded stepchild of the drinking world (even after playing savior to so many ill-planned Sunday parties in years past), it's ironic that craft brewers nationwide celebrate it around this time annually.

You'll hear that they're honoring the repeal of Prohibition. But the 21st Amendment wasn't passed until Dec. 5, 1933. So why the early partying?

As explained to me by Bristol Brewing Company's Laura Long: On March 23, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, effectively allowing the sale of 3.2 beer as of April 7. So that's the day, Long says, that "we would have quaffed our not-very-strong lagers with relish."

Visit Bristol (1647 S. Tejon St.) on April 11 to see it turn into a speakeasy from 6 to 9 p.m. Prohibition-era costumes earn 33-cent Edge City Pilsners. Call 633-2555 for more.

Saving the high seas

By now, you've surely used the handy Sustainable Sushi Guide we told you about in November. (Just lie to me for now, and revisit mbayaq.org.) Well, it's time to upgrade to the new Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time.

"Sustainability guru" and author Casson Trenor will sign the pocket-sized guide from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 10 at Poor Richard's Book Store (320 N. Tejon St.). Be warned: You may discover that your favorite raw treat is over-fished or high in toxins. Hey, there's always surimi (imitation crab) instead. (Can I get a "Yum!"?) Call 578-0012 for more.

Served bloody

Unless you order a blue steak, it's rare (pun intended) to actually see blood at a murder-mystery dinner. Guess that would ruin the whole gourmet ambiance ...

Anyhoo, Red Herring Productions offers two chances to find the murderer in your party this month. The first comes at the 6 p.m., April 7, four-course dinner at the Melting Pot (30-A E. Pikes Peak Ave.). Seats are $50 plus tax/tip; call 385-0300. The second comes at 6:30 p.m., April 16 at Giuseppe's Old Depot Restaurant (10 S. Sierra Madre St.), and is a bit more complicated: It's actually a meeting of the Apartment Association of Southern Colorado, but the association has opened it to the public for not only the murder-mystery dinner, but also a '70s-era costume contest. Seats are $35 including tax/tip; call 264-9195 to register by April 13.

Take note

Sample more than 40 wines to benefit the American Cancer Society between 5 and 7 p.m., April 15, and every third Wednesday of the month until further notice at Nosh (121 S. Tejon St.). Reserve a $30 seat at 635-6674.

Send sustainable, legal and mysterious food news to scene@csindy.com.


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