Weekend off the Wagon – April 20-22

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What’s the booze equivalent of 4/20? Hmm.. There are specific holidays that rise above the “let’s drink because of that Saint in Ireland” or “this day has a Spanish name for the fifth of May, let’s drink!”. For example, the day prohibition was repealed (December 5th, FYI). Or, a day that ends in ‘y’. Let’s go with that.

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, April 20

Copper Kettle’s 1st Anniversary – Day 2

3pm – 11pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

3PM: Tap Release (Black Belgian Quad)
5PM: Biker Jims with his famous dogs
5PM: Whole Lotta Nada, a cover band will be playing throughout the night

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 or 8pm.

Happy Hops and Hemp!

4pm – 7pm

Star Bar

We’ll be pouring some very 420 “related” brews, with special pricing from 4:00 until 7:00.

  • $4.00 20oz Drafts – Red Nectar Hemp Ale, Dale’s Pale Ale, Avery IPA
  • $3.00 Craft Cans – Ska Modus Hoperandi, New Belgium Ranger IPA
  • $4.00 Craft Can – Oskar Blues G’Knight
  • $5.00 Craft Can -Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s

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Vine Street Pub “Smokin’ Hot Anniversary Party”

4pm – 12am

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

Four years ago, the owners of Boulder’s Mountain Sun and Southern Sun Pub & Brewery opened Vine Street Pub in Denver. Both Boulder locations are pubs with an in-house brewery, and have been supplying all of the house brews for Vine Street Pub, as well as producing all of their own house brews. Last year, the owners broke ground on a 3500-sq ft brewery at the Vine Street location and production is set to begin this week. To celebrate, Vine Street Pub will hold a benefit event, the “Smokin’ Hot Anniversary Party,” Friday, April 20, from 4:20 p.m. until close, featuring BBQ, special beers, and live music. The party is free and open to the public, and all proceeds go directly to Denver’s Judi’s House.

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Lavender London Calling IPA Firkin

4pm – 6pm


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DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting

6pm – 10pm

Denver Art Museum

Denver’s premier events for wine lovers—the twelfth annual DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting on April 20, 2012, and the DAM Uncorked Dinner & Auction on April 21, 2012.

The DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting, presented by Applejack Wine & Spirits, is a festive evening for anyone who enjoys and appreciates wine. Enjoy more than 300 wines from vintners around the world, helpful tasting guides and delicious hors d’oeuvres at this annual fundraising event.

Business casual attire.

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Earth Day Avery Beer-Pairing Dinner & Barn Dance

6pm – 11pm

Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Join us for a special chapter in our Beer-Pairing Dinner Series featuring Avery Brewing Company at Heck’s on Friday, April 20th from 6pm – 11pm.

Music, dancing & a cash bar to follow the dinner!

$59 per person

Proceeds benefit Trout Unlimited and their efforts to save the Fraser River.

Reservations recommended.


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Saturday, April 21

Urban Beer Hunt


Teams set out on foot in search of locations and tasks. During this crazy adventure, each team will be challenged with completing specific tasks and recovering select items. Beware, checkpoints may exist (think beer). Players stick together to decipher clues, solve puzzles and race to finish. It all ends with an awards ceremony at a local pub with food and drink specials available.

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Once Upon a RACE Hydrated By vitaminwater

9am – 4pm


Ok all you Cinderellas and Snow Whites, you Prince Charmings and Evil Queens, you Rumpelstiltskins and Sleeping Beauties, brace yourself for a modern race with thrilling twists and hints of darkness, brimming with wonder, and filled with the magic of our most beloved fairytales.

A-Dre Productions invites you to a time and place where fairytales collide with the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Once Upon A Race is an Urban Event, themed after the new hit show “ONCE UPON A TIME”. The race takes place in Downtown Denver on Saturday, April 21st, beginning early in the day with check-in at Stoney’s Bar and Grill at 9am, the race beginning at 11am. Teams of 2 to 6 racers (18 +) will face a course designed to stump them at every turn. Participants or racers will solve clues that guide them to check points throughout Denver within an approximate 5 mile radius. At each location teams of competitors will be required to perform a magical fete (challenge) based on a Once Upon A Time theme. Imagine 300 to 500 people, dressed in full fairytale costume in a mad dash through the city vying to win cash and other prizes. In this battle of good vs evil, only the strong will survive! Most Teams finish the race within a 2 to 4 hour window.

The post-race award ceremony will take place at 3:30pm where prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishing teams and best team and individual costumes. After the awards ceremony, enjoy the Royal Court Ball and Concert by Vocalize Your Event. Celebrate with a libation or two or four and really let your hair down Rapunzel!

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Chocolate Wine & Cheese Class

1pm – 3pm

Wild Women Winery, Denver, CO

Do you love Chocolate? Do you love Wine? Do you love Cheese?

If you can answer “YES” to any of these questions you have to come for a special event led by Executive Sommelier & Certified Wine Instructor Paul Giese from WineWithClass.Net and WineTable.com.

Come and find out the romance of pairing wine with succulent chocolates and hand crafted cheeses. Cheeses will be provided from local cheese shops. Chocolates from Godiva, Brix of Napa Valley, and imported organic French truffles. You will be amazed at the flavors released when you pair the correct wine with the correct chocolate and cheese.

What you will get: (besides a great time)

5 hand selected wine tastings,
Education on selecting the best pairings
Artisan Chocolates & cheeses on a tasting tray you keep
Full color tasting booklet to take with you after the tasting.
Bonus from Wild Women Wines: ,

Discounted Wine purchases
Tour of the Winery with the wine maker

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Copper Kettle’s 1st Anniversary Party – Day 3

3pm – 11pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

12PM: Tap Release (Brewer’s Birthday Barleywine)
5PM: Biscuit Bus with their awesome biscuit sandwiches
7PM: Acoustic Mining Co. outside playing live bluegrass music until the late hours

We will have 100 person seating outside under a tent with the band and food truck. We will have kegs outside if people want to order beer outside or bring them inside to watch the band.

Funk n Wild Beer Club Meeting

3pm – 6pm

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids

From Fermentedly Challenged: There’s a new beer club at OB HMLS in Longmont. It is called Funk n Wild and focuses on wild/sour/funky beer. The first meeting is Saturday April 21st at 3pm in the upstairs of HMLS. They will be pouring beersfrom New Belgium, Crooked Stave, Funkwerks, Strange and more! The featured speaker in Eric Salazar from New Belgium! It’s free for anyone who wants to come hang and hear and talk about these awesome styles ofbeer! There will also be special food pairings available. No tickets, no space limits.

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Vintage Cocktails Class: The Whiskey Series

5pm – 8pm

A Bottled Affair

Join us as A Bottled Affair hosts the first in its Vintage Cocktail series, with whiskey and bourbon based cocktails as our focus. We’ll learn how to make the classics, such as the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned, and the Sazerac, learning a bit of the history behind these drinks along the way. Savory appetizers will also be included. You will be able to sample each cocktail presented, and will receive menus that include all of the recipes (cocktails and appetizers) so you can recreate these delightful cocktails at your next party! Limited to 30 seats. Please email info@abottledaffair.com for reservations.

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DAM Uncorked Dinner & Auction

6pm – 10pm

Denver Art Museum

The DAM Uncorked Dinner & Auction offers an evening of fine dining and exceptional wines, highlighted by both live and silent auctions featuring unique travel packages, exceptionally rare bottles of wine, exclusive access to private art collections, and other extraordinary items. New this year – bid on fantastic artworks from artists connected to the DAM in the Salon du Musée featured section of the silent auction.

Join us as we honor the Duncan Family for their many years of dedication and support of the Denver Art Museum and DAM Uncorked. Sally and Ray Duncan, Renée and Michael Duncan and Leanne and Kevin Duncan have made a number of transformational gifts to the Denver Art Museum and consistently offer their support in a multitude of ways, sharing their time and thoughts with the museum for all its fundraising endeavors. The museum is grateful for the unwavering support of the Duncans, and we invite you to join us in celebrating their support of the Denver Art Museum.

Cocktail attire.

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Rapids vs. LA Galaxy

7pm – 10pm

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

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Sunday, April 22

Mastering Mac and Cheese!

11am – 2pm

Stir Cooking School

Yum, Mac and Cheese! Learning to make gourmet Mac and Cheese is definitely an art. Once you’ve learned, you can begin to incorporate veggies and meat to make a whole meal. Different cheeses, different flavors but just plain delicious! Come join us!

Menu: Smoked Gouda Skillet Mac and Cheese – Wild Mushroom Mac and Cheese with White Truffle Oil – Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Mac and Cheese – Fried Mac and Cheese Balls – Three Cheese Mac and Cheese

Price: $69.00/person

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Denver Bacon Takedown -Bacon Warpdrive!

2pm – 6pm


Denver Bacon Takedown -Bacon Warpdrive!

Hey Denver!!! Look who’s back! This time with a BACON Takedown- the 2nd stop on the Bacon Tour Bus! Get ready to wonder at 20 local cooks, and how they interpret bacon in their winningest recipes!!!

April 22 2PM at Casselman’s

CALL FOR COOKS! SPOTS NOW OPEN! Email me to enter!!! I can give any contestant a free 15lbs of sponsor Hormel Black Label Bacon – to make any dish your brain can thunk! After the Denver Avocado Takedown last year, I realize now how tummy yumming you guys are at fooding, so this shouldn’t be a challenge… still- there are SHOCKINGLY GOOD prizes at stake, from Anolon, Le Creuset, Cuisinart, Microplane, and Wusthoff!!! Even a year’s supply of Hormel Black Label Bacon!!! So take it serious!!!

And for those who just want to graze on all the illustrious bacon concoctions, it’s a mere $15!!!!

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Copper Kettle’s 1st Anniversary – Day 4

12pm – 11pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

12PM: Opening with a rolling slideshow of photos and stats about our first year open. We will be showing pictures of our constructiont hrough our one year, our brew club members, special events, etc.

5PM: Uber Sausage outside

5PM: Tap Release (Bourbon Breakfast Stout) – we only have 10 gallons

5PM: Pete Stein on acoustics

Earth Day Farm to Table Dinner

5pm – 10pm


In the spirit of Earth Day, we are turning off the lights…and lighting up the candles. On April 22nd, EDGE Restaurant will be flooded with candlelight creating an idyllic ambience to enjoy an enticing 3-course Colorado farm to table menu for $55 per person. Delectable local flavors complemented by the luminous glow prove that saving the earth can be pretty sweet. Reservatyions call: 303-389-3343.

April 22, 2012

Raspberry Hill Farms Hydro Greens | Grateful Breads Cibata Crostini | Blue Cheese | Rocky Mountain Honey | Balsamic
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Croft Family Farms Russet Potato & Leek Soup | Cottonwood Creek Chicken Confit | Chives

Pecan Wood Grilled Colorado Lamb | Herbed Spring Potatoes | Forest Morels | Mint Jus
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Pan Seared Alamosa Bass | Croft Farm Potato & Vegetable Tart | Tomato Butter

Butterscotch Pudding | Salted Brittle | Home Made Crème Fraiche
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Crème Fraiche | Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese | Leopolds Cherry Confit | Tea Semifredo

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About PJ Hoberman

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