Weekend off the Wagon – May 11-13

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Mother’s day is Sunday. You’re welcome. Now go buy your mom some flowers and take her out to brunch.

It’s also the start of Colorado Beer Week and American Craft Beer Week. We’ll have a guide out shortly with all the events going on around town. For now, take a look at the fun things going on this weekend and have a good time!

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, May 11

 
 
Colorado Chocolate Festival

Denver Merchandise Mart

Like chocolate? Then you’ll love the Colorado Chocolate Festival, which turns Mother’s Day weekend into one long, miasmic cacao high, as hopped-up chocoholics snake from booth to booth tasting chocolate of every ilk, from dark and pure to sweet and milky, gooey to waxy smooth, with wine, with nuts, infused with tea, slathered on cakes, baked into brownies and artfully rolled into rich, melty truffles. Last year, there were chocolate contests, baking demonstrations and a Miss Chocolate crowning, and Willy Wonka strolled the room; there was even a Mother’s Day gift market of non-chocolate items.

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Pop Up Dinner with Jenna Johansen

6pm

Studio F

Come travel with Colorado’s own Chef Jenna Johansen as she takes guests on a global culinary adventure to celebrate the her debut on Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates, the network’s most ambitious culinary show ever.

This 5-course paired wine and cocktail dinner is a global celebration featuring fabulous flavors from around the world while paying respect to each region’s culture and heritage.
We begin in Spain with a trio of tapas and move to Thailand to enjoy lap chong paired with a beautiful cocktail featuring Mekhong, the spirit of Thailand. We move on to Chef Johansen’s favorite country, Italy, and work our way to France, finishing in Morocco with a one-of-a-kind m’hanncha, a snake-shaped cake surrounded by almond-stuffed dates and the partner to end most Moroccan meals, warm mint tea.

“I’m thrilled to join one of my favorite Colorado chefs, James Mazzio, as we celebrate the opening of Studio F and the debut of my new show,” says Johansen of the evening. “I want to give my guests a little bit of flavor from all of my favorite parts of the world.”

We invite you to join us in a festival of flavors from and experience a meal that is sure to transport you around the world.

More information

 
 
The Big Lebowski

The Esquire

Midnight Series at The Esquire starts this weekend with The BigLebowski.

$8

 
 
Firkin Friday at Dry Dock

4pm – 12am

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.

 
 
Firkin Friday at Great Divide

4pm – 7pm

Great Divide Brewing Co.

A version of Oak Aged Yeti called “Knock on Wood”
 
 

Saturday, May 12

 
 
Colorado Chocolate Festival

Denver Merchandise Mart

Like chocolate? Then you’ll love the Colorado Chocolate Festival, which turns Mother’s Day weekend into one long, miasmic cacao high, as hopped-up chocoholics snake from booth to booth tasting chocolate of every ilk, from dark and pure to sweet and milky, gooey to waxy smooth, with wine, with nuts, infused with tea, slathered on cakes, baked into brownies and artfully rolled into rich, melty truffles. Last year, there were chocolate contests, baking demonstrations and a Miss Chocolate crowning, and Willy Wonka strolled the room; there was even a Mother’s Day gift market of non-chocolate items.

More information

 
 
Pop Up Dinner with Jenna Johansen

6pm

Studio F

Come travel with Colorado’s own Chef Jenna Johansen as she takes guests on a global culinary adventure to celebrate the her debut on Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates, the network’s most ambitious culinary show ever.

This 5-course paired wine and cocktail dinner is a global celebration featuring fabulous flavors from around the world while paying respect to each region’s culture and heritage.
We begin in Spain with a trio of tapas and move to Thailand to enjoy lap chong paired with a beautiful cocktail featuring Mekhong, the spirit of Thailand. We move on to Chef Johansen’s favorite country, Italy, and work our way to France, finishing in Morocco with a one-of-a-kind m’hanncha, a snake-shaped cake surrounded by almond-stuffed dates and the partner to end most Moroccan meals, warm mint tea.

“I’m thrilled to join one of my favorite Colorado chefs, James Mazzio, as we celebrate the opening of Studio F and the debut of my new show,” says Johansen of the evening. “I want to give my guests a little bit of flavor from all of my favorite parts of the world.”

We invite you to join us in a festival of flavors from and experience a meal that is sure to transport you around the world.

More information

 
 
Grand Opening of Strange Brewing’s Biergarten

Strange Brewing

Live music, food.

 
 
Left Hand Movie Night Fundraiser for MS

Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Brewing Company will be hosting their annual fundraiser on May 12th for the Colorado Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year, Left Hand will be presenting a movie night featuring Monty Python and the Holy Grail! Community members are invited to the brewery for an outdoor evening of warm weather fun including Left Hand beer and Oskar Blues’ grub via the Bonewagon. Proceeds will go towards Team Left Hand’s fundraising efforts for the 2012 Colorado Bike MS ride.

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The Big Lebowski

The Esquire

Midnight Series at The Esquire starts this weekend with The BigLebowski.

$8

 
 
Colorado Beer Week Opening Ceremony

1pm – 6pm

Highland Tap & Burger

Join us under the afternoon Colorado sun at the opening ceremony hosted by the Highland Tap and Burger. Opening festivities will feature more than 15 breweries and 2 Colorado distilleries. Prepare to enjoy unlimited 3oz pours of more than 35 beers.

VIP Ticket Price: $45.00
General Admission Ticket Price: $35.00

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Lips of Faith Extravaganza

6pm – 1am

Falling Rock Tap House

After the opening event for Colorado Beer Week come on over to try out some rarities from New Belgium. Lips of Faith is New Belgium’s Special Release beers that come out from time to time and are designed to allow their brewers to have some fun & try new things. We’ve been saving a few things for just this kind of event:

La Folie (2009)
Vrienden (Collaboration w/ Allagash, Portland ME)
Tart Lychee (this year’s new Lip’s of Faith addition)
Kick (collaboration between Kim Jordan of New Belgium (the ‘KI’) & Dick Cantwell of Elysian (Seattle, WA. The ‘CK’) Pumpkin Sour Beer
Clutch – slightly tart Stout Collaborative effort between New Belgium & the band Clutch
Super Cru – New Belgium’s 20th Anniversary Brew
Abbey Grand Cru –

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Sunday, May 13

 
 
Mother’s Day

Just a friendly reminder. Go take your mom to brunch!

 
 
Strange Brewing Beer Brunch

Strange Brewing

4 Courses – Tapas Style 4 Beers You can buy tickets at the tasting room for $25!! Special pre-release of our Munich Dunkel for the beer brunch!

 
 
Ska Cruiser Crawl

2pm – 5pm

Star Bar

Yup, it’s back! The 2011 Cruiser Crawl was so much fun that Ska Brewing is bringing it back. Meet at the Star Bar at 4 and we’ll head out to 4 downtown Denver bars where they will offer $1.00 off any Ska beer. And…with the purchase of your ticket your first Ska beer is on us! Yes, FREE!

General Admission Ticket Price: $15.00

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Lost Abbey & Port Brewing at Falling Rock

7pm – 12am

Falling Rock

Falling Rock is going to dig deep into their stash of beers and unearth some really special stuff for your enjoyment:

Red Poppy
Deliverance
Older Viscosity

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About PJ Hoberman


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