Weekend off the Wagon – December 9-11

Denver Airport Under Snow

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Heat wave this weekend! It will be almost 50˚! You know what that means, right?

Slush fights in the alleys.

Drinking on the rooftops.

Exclamatory remarks!

Track 1:

Friday: Liquid Arts Festival at Dancing Pines. Yes, yes, and a lot more yes.

Saturday: Christmas Beer Tasting at Bull & Bush. 1989 Anchor Christmas Ale? 12 year vertical tastings? Don’t miss this.

Sunday: Cafe/bar and Infinite Monkey Theorem food and wine pairing

Track 2:

Friday: Black Sheep Friday at MCA – Communist Pigeon Party. It’s just fun to say all those words at once.

Saturday: 51st Annual Georgetown Christmas and Wine Tasting Tour. “A three hour tour. A three hour tour.”

Sunday: Sunday morning beer brunch at Renegade. Beer and breakfast? I thought beer was for breakfast.. Either way, looks delicious.


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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Friday December 9th

Funkwerks 1st Anniversary Party

12pm – 10pm

Funkwerks, 1900 E. Lincoln Unit B, Fort Collins, CO, 80524

Join Funkwerks to celebrate their one year anniversary. There will be a number of special kegs tapped for this event.
12 Beers of Christmas

1pm – 5pm

Bull & Bush

Brasserie Dubuisson Freres, Scaldis Noel
New Tap Room Grand Opening

1pm – 7pm

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, 547 N. Denver Ave., Loveland, CO, 80538

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will be opening its new tap room on Dec 6th starting at 1:00pm. The new tap room will be much bigger seating around 80 people. Come check out the new digs.
11-11-11 Pumpkin Ale Release

3pm – 10pm

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Collaboration brew between Yak & Yeti and the KROC homebrew club.
Firkin Friday

3pm – 10pm

Dry Dock Brewing Co., 15120 East Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO, 80014

Join us each Friday for Firkin Friday where we tap a special one-off beer that has been cask-conditioned… usually with a twist! The firkins are tapped at 3PM and one later in the evening, sometime around 7PM or 8PM.

Dec 9: Citrus Saison
Communist Pigeon Party

5pm – 9pm

Museum of Contemporary Art

Farewell party for the brave communist pigeons who participated in JonRubin “Thinking About Flying”.
Liquid Arts Festival

5:30pm – 11pm

Dancing Pines Distillery

Come taste hand crafted spirits made right in Colorado. Talk with the distillers and learn about the process of distillation while you taste award winning spirits. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by TASTE catering. After your tasting session step outside and enjoy Snow Sculpture in the Dark.

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Dry Dock Pint Night

6pm – 9pm

Rackhouse Pub, 208 S. Kalamath, Denver, CO, 80223

  • The first 50 people receive a free Dry Dock hefe glass
  • Meet Dry Dock Brewer and Cask Master Walt Chleva as well as other members of the Dry Dock staff
  • Beer of the Day – $3.00 Dry Dock Hefeweizen
  • Other Dry Dock beers being served:
    • Special Firkin of Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Russian Imperial Stout
    • Firkin of Strawberry Hefeweizen
    • Walt’s Barleywine

Avs @ Oilers

7:30pm – 11pm

Saturday, December 10th

Holiday Gingerbread Houses

11am – 2:30pm

Cook Street Culinary School

Parents! Kids! Join Cook Street for a class that will create memories you will cherish for a lifetime. Cook Street takes the mess and hassle out of the holiday house-building tradition by providing a fully constructed gingerbread house with additional room for landscape. We also provide all the icing and candy necessary for decorating the perfect gingerbread house. To counter the sugar rush, lunch will be served with punch for the kids and wine for the adults. Price is per house and includes 1 child and up to 2 adults (additional guests will be charged a $25.00 fee). Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class.

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Saturday Special Tapping Series

11am – 5pm

Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street, Denver, CO, 80202

12/10/11 – Avery The Beast Grand Cru (Batch 9, 2011) The Beast is a seducer – accommodating, complicated, powerful, dark and created to last the ages. Beyond this, it’s futile to attempt to describe Him. He will unveil Himself differently to each of His followers. The mark is in His constitution. Brewed with two-row malted barley, honey malt, and imported Belgian specialty grains (aromatic, pale wheat, roasted wheat,and Special B), hops (Magnum, Galena, Saaz, Hallertau, Tettnang, and Hersbrucker), brewing sugars (raisins, dates, blackstrap molasses, alfalfa honey, turbinado, and dark Belgian candy sugar), water, Belgian yeast and another hellion of a yeast strain.
12 Beers of Christmas

1pm – 5pm

Bull & Bush

12/10 – Bull & Bush Brewery, Yule Fuel Vertical: 2010, 2009, LAMBIC 2005
51st Annual Georgetown Christmas and Wine Tasting Tour

1pm – 6pm

RTD Alameda Light Rail Station

Join us for a fun afternoon as we travel to Georgetown, CO for its 51st annual Christmas Market. We’ll depart from the RTD Alameda Light Rail Station. Admission to the beautifully Victorian decorated Hamill House Museum is included in your tour cost. The Christmas Market features an outdoor European marketplace with handcrafted gifts in addition to Georgetown’s charming year-round shopping experience. Unique shops showcase Christmas ornaments and decorations, Victorian items for the home, art, rare books, jewelry, antiques, and gifts. After free time to explore Georgetown, we’ll take you for wine tasting and afternoon appetizers at Canyon Wind Cellars in Georgetown. Included in this $59 escorted tour price is motor coach transportation, admission to the Hamill House Museum, bottled water, good cheer, wine tastings and appetizers! Note: this tour is for adults only; you must be 21 to taste wine. This tour is very popular and fills quickly.

To sign up either phone 303-777-WINE (9463) or email chris@coloradowinecountrytours.com.Payment can be made by check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

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Christmas Beer Tasting

1pm – 10pm

Bull & Bush

It’s that time of year again… and what would the Holidays be without BEER? We are bringing back the Christmas Beer Tasting on December 10th. It will be hard to top last year’s 122 beers but we’ve got a few things in our bag of toys. $20 gets you 20 tickets, with each beer costing between 1-4 tickets. If you want to have some, plan on arriving early. Bull & Bush will also be collecting Toys for Tots, and will have special prizes for Best Christmas Cookies and Ugly Sweater.
Holiday Cocktail Tour

4pm – 5:30pm

Larimer Street

Let’s talk about holiday cocktails and get you inspired to create something at home for your friends and family. Holiday cocktail tours are a great way to learn about three different libations fit for celebrations. Warning: must be in the holiday spirit and 21+ to join.

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Big Band Christmas Ball

6pm – 10pm

Boulder Elks Lodge

Join us this Christmas for a fabulous 40’s & 50’s holiday party that will bring back all the warmth & nostalgia of a more simple time!Experience an enchanting evening of dancing w/ your sweetheart (or meet one!), amidst movie set lights & props, re-enactors, sleighs, Christmas trees, a canopy of lights & The Hot Tomatoes–one of the most sought after big bands!

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Sunday, December 11th

Sunday Morning Beer Brunch

10:30am – 12:30pm

Renegade Brewing Company, 925 West 9th Ave, Denver, CO, 80204

Renegade is partnering with Chef Driven Food Truck to bring you a beer and brunch pairing menu! Reservations are required, please call the brewery to reserve your spot. (720) 401-4089.
12 Beers of Christmas

1pm – 5pm

Bull & Bush

12/11 – Avery Brewing, Samael’s Ale
Broncos vs. Bears

2pm – 5pm

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Cafe/bar and Infinite Monkey Theorem food and wine pairing

6:30pm – 11:30pm

Cafe/barCafe/bar and IMT winery bringing together local fair and wine. $40 Per person Limited spaces Available!

Four course Tasting menu

  • 1st-Effingham oysters w/bacon thyme mignonette paired w/IMT VERDELHO
  • 2nd-Berkshire bacon-Arugula salad with honey-rosemary vinaigrette paired w/IMT ALBARINO
  • 3rd-Char grilled BBQ lamb ribs w/IMT CAB FRANC
  • 4th- Chocolate-cherry popover with candied pistachios w/IMT MALBEC

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Did we miss anything? Tell us in the comments.

Happy weekend!

About PJ Hoberman

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