Weekend off the Wagon – Thanksgiving Edition – November 24 – 27

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a special edition of Weekend off the Wagon. Hopefully you’re not working all week.

A few ideas on what to bring to Thanksgiving Dinner.

Track 1:

Thursday: Thanksgiving with friends, family, enemies, whatever.

Friday: Sausage Fest at Denver Beer Co.

Saturday: All the breweries! Dry Dock’s Ho Ho Ho Slapdown to Caution’s ThanksBEERing to Renegade’s Benefit for the Homeless.

Sunday: Eat leftovers, watch football, sleep. Rinse. Repeat. But seriously, rinse.


Track 2:

Thursday: Eat at one of the many Thanksgiving Dinner offerings around town.

Friday: A very Denver day. Check out the Model Railroad open house at Union Station, then over to Civic Center Park for the Grand Illumination Light the Lights, followed by a stroll down the 16th Street Mall with all the music and holiday cheer.

Saturday: Up to the mountains with you! Sam Adams Rare Beer Tasting at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek should be splendid.

Sunday: Since you’re already in the hills, take some turns! Pick me up a growler at Backcountry Brewing on your way back, too.


See below for a detailed list for weekend events. Check out our full calendar to plan your events well into the future.


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Being Elmo

Wed Nov 23, 2011 – Mon Nov 28, 2011

The Dairy Center for the Arts

The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet – the heart and soul of Elmo – Kevin Clash. The film traces Kevin Clash’s rise from his modest beginnings in Baltimore to his current success as the man behind Elmo, one of the world’s most recognizable and adored characters. Millions of children tune in daily to watch Elmo, yet when Kevin walks down the street he is not recognized. Pivotal to the film is the exploration of Jim Henson’s meteoric rise, and Kevin’s ultimate achievement of his goal to become part of the Henson family of puppeteers. In addition to puppeteering Elmo, Mr. Clash is arguably the creative force behind today’s Sesame Street, producing, directing and traveling around the globe training other puppeteers. Includes interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Carroll Spinney, Joan Ganz Cooney, Marty Robinson, Fran Brill, and Bill Barretta.

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Wed Nov 23, 2011 – Tue Nov 29, 2011

Black Book Gallery

This November Black Book Gallery will host an exhibition featuring a handful of Denver artists who all congregate in an influential and very active collaborative space, Guerilla Garden.

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Thursday, November 24

Opening Day – Aspen

Opening Day – Telluride

38th Annual Turkey Trot

8am – 12pm

Washington Park

Every Thanksgiving morning, 10,000 people make the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot an annual tradition with their families and friends. This race is Mile High United Way’s top fundraiser, raising funds to help people in need and create a stronger community for us all. Proceeds from the 4-mile run/walk go toward Mile High United Way’s School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self-Sufficiency Initiatives.

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Thanksgiving Dinner @ Rosa Linda’s

10am – 3pm

Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe

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Thanksgiving Under-the-Sea Buffet @ The Aquarium

10am – 3pm

Downtown Aquarium

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Thanksgiving Ballroom Buffet Dinner @ Ritz-Carlton

10:30am – 3pm

The Ritz-Carlton Denver

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Thanksgiving at Chautauqua

11am – 6pm

Chautauqua Dining Hall

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Thanksgiving at The Fort

11am – 6pm

The Fort A delicious traditional menu slightly outside Denver, at The Fort in Morrison.

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Thanksgiving Dinner @ 1515 Restaurant

11am – 6pm

1515 Restaurant

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Thanksgiving Dinner @ EDGE

11am – 6pm

EDGE Restaurant & Bar

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Thanksgiving Dinner @ Greenbriar Inn

11:30am – 8pm

Greenbriar Inn (Boulder, CO)

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Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner

12:30pm – 4pm

Highlands United Methodist Church

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Thanksgiving Dinner @ Randolph’s

5pm – 10pm

Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar

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Friday, November 25

Black Porter for Black Friday

12pm – 3pm

Trinity BrewingChilly Water Baltic Porter Release Party at NOON!

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Model Railroad Open House

4pm – 10pm

Union Station Basement, Denver

Platte Valley & Western Model Railroad Club will be running its train with a scale model of Union Station and a re-creation of the old 16th Street Viaduct. Free admission.

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SausageFest 2011

5pm – 9pm

Denver Beer Co

Join our SausageFest and support Movember and Men’s Health Month at Denver Beer Co. Our celebration of sausages, mustaches and other man-favorites such as beer will benefit the Movember cause.

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Tired of Turkey Food Truck Party

5pm – 8pm

Renegade Brewing

Come on down to Renegade to take a break from leftovers and munch on offerings from some of Denver’s best food trucks, including Quiero Arepas and Chef Driven.

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Downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination

5:30pm – 7pm

Civic Center Park

5:30 pm at Southwest Rink at Skyline Park 6:30 pm at Union Station 6:45 pm at City & County Building At 6:45 pm 9NEWS will “Light the Lights” at the City and County Building across from Civic Center Park. Thousands of lights at Skyline Park, D&F Tower and all along the 16th Street Mall will add even more magic to this special evening.

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Your Keys to the City: Caroling Party

7pm – 8pm

16th Street Mall

Following Light the Lights, join pianists and carolers on 16th Street Mall to bring in the holiday season.

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Saturday, November 26

Ho Ho Ho Slapdown

12pm – 5pm

Dry Dock Brewing

Come join us for our 3rd annual in-house brewing contest! Our brewer’s will each be entering special brew. And you get to vote for your favorite! Brewer’s Beer Entries: Ashleigh – Lady Penrhyn (ImperialBrown) Bill – Sticke Alt (Imperial Alt) Brett – Belgian Black IPA Doug– Shotgun Stout (Russian Imperial Stout aged in Stranahans Whiskey Barrels)

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CAUTION: Brewing’s ThanksBEERing

2pm – 9pm


We’re releasing our Thanksgiving brew – Cranberry Ammo Dunkelweizen, a 5.5% ABV holiday spiced cranberry dunkelweizen that will remind you of Thanksgiving dinner. We also will have more of our Halloween treat on tap – Toaster Bat Black. If you haven’t tried this 9% ABV smoked imperial robust porter, you’re missing out! The party starts at 2pm at the brewery.

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Benefit for the Homeless

4pm – 8pm

Renegade Brewing

Renegade is joining together with Manna From Heaven Gourmet Food truck to raise money to help out the homeless. All tips and 10% of sales from both businesses during the event will go to Denver’s Road Home. There will also be a food drive to benefit Denver’s Metro Care Ring. Bring a non-perishable food donation and be entered to win some awesome prizes (including beer!). Suggested items include hearty canned soups, canned tuna, peanut butter, and canned fruit.

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Avalanche vs. Oilers

5pm – 9pm

Pepsi Center

Sam Adam’s Beer Pairing Dinner

7pm – 8:30pm

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (Avon, CO)

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek will host a very special beer and food pairing reception on Saturday, November 26. The evening will feature limited release small batch beers from the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection, including 13th Hour, New World and American Kriek, paired with a gourmet four-course meal designed by Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Executive Chef, Christian Apetz

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Leftover Salmon

8pm – 11pm

Ogden Theater


Sunday, November 27

Pliny the Elder Tapping

11am – 3pm

Trinity Brewing

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Broncos @ Chargers

2:15pm – 6pm

Did we miss anything? Leave your events in the comments.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and a great weekend!

About PJ Hoberman

PJ likes beer. A lot. And whiskey. Gin. Wine. Cocktails. Um.. what were we talking about?