Weekend off the Wagon – February 24-26

Look for this monster of a tap all weekend.

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It’s our birthday. There happen to be a few dozen other events this weekend, but let’s be honest, just come party with us.

Track 1:

Friday: Wagon Ryed Bar Crawl. Venture with us through downtown Denver as we deliver beer off the back of a horse-drawn wagon.

Saturday: Wagon Birthday Bacchanalia at Star Bar. It’s like a rare beer session of GABF mixed with smoked cocktails. And punch. There will be punch!

Sunday: If you’re able kick it Sunday funday style after what we did to you at Star Bar last night, we might have an opening for you…

Track 2:

Friday: Head up north, enjoy some music at Oskar Blues and brew releases at Yak & Yeti and Arvada Beer Company

Saturday: Liquid Brunch in the morning, LUPEC Prom in the evening.

Sunday: Not much going on this Sunday. Explore a new-to-you brunch joint and let us know what you find.


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, February 24

“Barth Berry Blast” release

2pm – 10pm

Arvada Beer Company

This is a light golden ale with Blackberries and Raspberries. Release is probably between 12-4

Firkin Friday at Dry Dock

3pm – 11pm

Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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 or8pm.

Firkin Friday at Great Divide

3pm – 6pm

Great Divide Brewing Co.

Blessing of the Bock

4pm – 10pm

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Release party for our Bavarian-style Bockbier called (Yakety Yak) Don’t Talk Bock.

Friday Feb at 4PM and the Blessing of the Bock (by an ordained minister) will be at 5PM!

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Wagon Ryed Bar Crawl

6pm – 8pm


We’re crawling to celebrate our first birthday.

Meet us at Wynkoop at 6pm. We’ll follow a horse-drawn wagon all around LoDo, delivering our Wagon Ryed beer.

The schedule is tight, so feel free to find us anywhere along the route:

6:00pm – Wagon leaves 21st and Arapahoe with kegs on board
6:10pm – Breck on Blake
6:20pm – Falling Rock
6:25pm – Wynkoop (reload!)
6:45pm – Wazee Supper Club
7:05pm – FreshCraft
7:20pm – Euclid Hall
7:50pm – Star Bar

And probably a few drinks at Star Bar…

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Colorado Mammoth vs. Calgary Roughnecks

7pm – 10pm

Pepsi Center

John Lee Hooker Jr.

8pm – 11:30pm

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Saturday, February 25

Denver Restaurant Week

Sat Feb 25, 2012 – Fri Mar 9, 2012

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Hope on the Slopes


Set your sights high and make every run count this season. This winter, the American Cancer Society challenges you to extend beyond your vertical limits to fund the fight against cancer. Every time you hit the slopes with Hope on the Slopes, you will raise valuable funds to support American Cancer Society-funded research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs.

Kick the crap out of cancer.

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Pliny the Younger tappings

Various Locations

Lucky Pie – Louisville
$9 – 9 ounce pour

Tickets on sale at 2pm, 55 available

Oskar Blues HMLS – Longmont
$12 – 10 ounce pour

Tickets on sale at 10am, pouring at 1pm

Falling Rock – Denver

Rumor has it Consecration will go on tap after Younger is dry

Reel Social Club’s Seam To Screen Liquid Brunch

10:30am – 2pm

Denver Film Center

Roll out of bed and straight into the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax for bottomless mimosas and brunch followed by a private screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, Bill Cunningham New York.

10:30 am, brunch + mimosas + radio 1190 + photobooth + fashion show
12:30 pm, private screening of Bill Cunningham New York

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Left Hand Ambidextrous Ale Tapping

11am – 2pm


At 11 am on Saturday we’ll be tapping “Step 1” in Left Hand’s new 12 step program, Ambidextrous Ale – a beguiling beer that balances dessert with coffee in a single glass, but you might want to double fist! This is a blend of Milk Stout and Widdershins barleywine aged in an oak barrel.

More on the beer:
ABV– 9.2%


Compiled tasting notes:

This dual threat beer pours deep mahogany capped by a creamy white head. The beer is equal parts dessert and coffee with aromas of dates, vanilla and figs countered by licorice, roast malt and mild espresso. The taste follows suit with plum pudding, chocolate covered fig newtons and chocolate cream cheese frosting which gets swept away by whiskey spiked coffee and licorice. The body is medium full with a slight warming finish.

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American Craft Beer Radio

12pm – 1pm

102.3 FM

Listen in on some [probably hungover] ramblings from local beer bloggers. Guests include:

• Jonathan Shikes – The Westword
• DavidYoung – Fort Collins Coloradoan
• Dave Butler – Fermentedly Challenged
• PJ Hoberman – Denver off the Wagon

2pm – 10pm
Belgian Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout Collaboration Release Party
Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO, 80202

Whew! The name says it all.

Wynkoop’s 2012 Beerdrinker of the Year

2pm – 5pm


On February 25 at 2 PM at Wynkoop Brewing these finalists will be grilled by a panel of previous Beerdrinker of the Year winners and national beer experts. The judges (in traditional jurist wigs and robes) will challenge the finalists with difficult beer questions, and then choose the 2012 Beerdrinker of the Year.

The winner wins free beer for life at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, $250 worth of beer at their local brewpub or beer bar, and clothing proclaiming them the 2012 Beerdrinker of the Year.

They have their name engraved on Wynkoop’s Beerdrinker of the Year trophy, and earn the mighty acclaim that comes from being recognized as America’s greatest beer lover.

While in Denver (at Wynkoop’s expense) they will stay at Denver’s famed Brown Palace Hotel.

Phil Farrell of Cumming, GA is the reigning Beerdrinker of the Year and will be a judge at this year’s Finals. Wynkoop is now serving Beerdrinker Imperial Stout, a whiskey-barrel-aged, extra-strength stout Farrell brewed last fall with Wynkoop head brewer Andy Brown.

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Battle of the Bitters

3pm – 9pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

You all have been asking, so we made it happen! We will be having aside by side British Bitter pairing on Saturday, February 25th. We’ll have an ESB (Extra Special Bitter) and a British Best Bitter on the same night!

Tap release: 3:00-9:00PM
Food available: 5:00-9:00PM

Open That Bottle Night, Cheeky Version

4pm – 11pm

The Cheeky Monk – Denver, 534 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO, 80203

This applies to BOTH Cheeky Monk locations:

In celebration of expanding their bottle selection to OVER 150 BOTTLES, Cheeky Monk will be highlighting 25 of their newest for you to choose.

An Evening with the House of Walker

6:30pm – 10:30pm

Alpenglow Stube at Keystone Mountain

Hosted by Master of Whisky, Robert Sickler. Six course pairing dinner, featuring Johnnie Walker Red, Green, Black, Blue, Gold and King GeorgeV.

$125. RSVP at 970.496.4386.

Wagon Birthday Bacchanalia

7pm – 12am

Star Bar

This is the big party. The showdown. The festival. The bacchanalia. You don’t want to miss any of the nights, but you really don’t want to miss this one. The beer list is below, and ridiculous. There will be smoked cocktails – with fire involved – and beer cocktails and some punch. There will be music and t-shirts and frivolity to write home about.

Star Bar Proprietary Beers:
• Leopold Bothers American Small Batch Whiskey Barrel Aged Belgian Yeti – Great Divide
• Leopold Bothers Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged G’Knight – Oscar Blues
• Star Folie – New Belgium
• Star Sour #1 – AC Golden

The rest of the list:
• Wagon Ryed – Wynkoop
• Nomad – Great Divide
• Maharaja – Avery
• Deviant Dale’s – Oscar Blues
• Belgian Smidy – Oscar Blues
• Saboteur 09 / Saboteur 12 – Odell
• Footprint – Odell
• Surette – Crooked Stave
• Angel’s Share – The Lost Abbey
• Noble Rot – Dogfish Head

Featured Wagon Ryed Beer Cocktails:
• Double Rye Black Walnut Hattan
Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, Carpano Antica, Black Walnut Bitters, Wagon Ryed Dry Stout
• Smoked and Flaming Wagon Wheel
Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila, Del Maguey La Crema Mezcal, Leopold Brother American Orange Liqueur, Orange Bitters

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John Lee Hooker Jr

8pm – 11:30pm

Home Made Liquids & Solids

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LUPEC Prom Redux

8pm – 12am


Lot of kids can’t afford the formal wear necessary to make a big splash at prom. The Prom Dress Exchange Corp offers hope in the form of ballgowns and cumberbunds. With only a student ID, these kids can pick up gently used fancy pants and start to focus the important things…like who to take! We at LUPEC think this is a great cause and throw our own annual Prom to help raise donations (clothing or cash).

So, please raid your closets for unneeded formal wear and bring it down to Bender’s for an evening of dancing, cocktail specials, and fun as we help The Prom Dress Exchange Corp make prom happen.

We’re picking a Prom King and Queen, selling beautiful corsages, setting up a photo booth, and stockpiling red lipstick for the kissing booth…you won’t want to miss our 4th annual Prom Redux!

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Sunday, February 26

Nothing. Sleep it off. Go for a run. Eat some bacon. Read a book.

About PJ Hoberman

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