Weekend off the Wagon – Memorial Day Weekend Edition (May 25-28)

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Memorial Day Weekend! It’s a weekend to remember those who we’ve lost in service to our country. It also signifies a lot of things: festival season, grilling season, something called summer. And of course, for most of you who sit at a desk during daylight hours, it means a three day weekend.

Beyond your festivalgrillingsummer party, there’s a few fun things going on. There’s a beer festival in Beaver Creek and A-Basin, as well as Odell’s Small Batch Festival. The Rockies have a double header on Monday, and the Rapids are playing on Saturday. And of course, there’s a patio with your name on it, calling your name, or some other mixed metaphor.

Have a great, safe, and delicious drink filled weekend!


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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Blues, Brews, & BBQ

Beaver Creek

Our favorite early summer festival returns for a 9th year! Join us as visiting chefs from all over the country as well as Vail Valley favorites serve up delicious barbeque while live entertainment rocks Beaver Creek Village, and of course, microbrews from across the country for your sampling pleasure.

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Downtown Denver Arts Festival

Denver Pavilions

The Downtown Denver Arts Festival is a fine arts and fine crafts festival that continues to be dedicated to supporting Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists. Downtown Denver Arts Festival holds its annual premier event each Memorial Day Weekend at the Denver Pavilions. The fine art and fine craft exhibition features some of Colorado’s and the nation’s best artists with over 150,000 people expected to attend.

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Mountainfilm in Telluride

Fri May 25, 2012 – Tue May 29, 2012


Started in 1979, Mountainfilm in Telluride is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring. Far more than any other adjective, that’s how festival audiences describe their experience.

In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a critical contemporary issue, art and photography exhibits, early morning coffee talks, a book signing party, an ice cream social, student programs and a closing picnic/awards ceremony. Presentations and panels are scheduled throughout the Memorial Day weekend event with a wide diversity of special guests, ranging from artists to adventurers and academics to activists.

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Friday, May 25

Free in-store wine tasting – Featuring wines from Patagonia.

2pm – 7pm

City Spirits Wine and Liquor

This Friday and Saturday from 2-7pm we’ll be pouring two Patagonia wines at our free wine tasting. Stop on in with proof of legal drinking age and let us take you on a little tour of one of Argentina’s growing wine regions. Bring your friends, the office, or some stranger from the streets! The more the merrier.

City Spirits Wine and Liquor 1512 Larimer Street Suite R-1
We’re located in Writer Square, just behind Crepes and Crepes, near Red Square’s patio. Just off the 16th Street Mall. We hope to see you soon!

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Spanish Wine Tasting in Cherry Creek North

2pm – 5pm

Vineyard Wine Shop

Please join us each Friday and Saturday for our Free In-Store Wine Tastings. We pour the wines between 2pm and 5pm. So come in and grab a glass and join us in tasting great wines from around the world. All wines are sold at a special price during the tasting.

This Friday the 25th we are taking you to Spain!!! Video: http://youtu.be/EnSJOUkkl_0

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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.

Food Truck Renegade Party – Season Opener

4 – 11pm

9th & Bannock

We’re back… we know you’ve missed us!

Please join us for The Food Truck Renegades Season Opener!

The line up for this year’s posse is awesome(and keeps getting bigger!!!) and we would love for you to partake in the food, fun, music, libations and more.

Initial activities, details for the 25th:

* Food Truck Renegades – 12 total trucks this year!
* Left Hand Beer
* ATM on-site
* Face Painting, Balloon animals, other kids’ activities
* Live local blue grass music
* Adult Big Wheel races with Captain Obvious of Big Wheel Rally
* Longboard demos from NeverSummer & Soar Outdoor Apparel
* Colorado Movie Cars displaying sweet new rides including Jeep, the Ecto, & a new Vespa
* Make a wish sky lantern launch at dusk
* More coming…
We are kicking it old school style in our original spot on 9th and Bannock! 2 NEW trucks are hitting the scene- welcome Chef Driven and Coaches Scoop!

The original crew will be there too..

Crock Spot, Street Eats, NZ Smoking Guns, Mikes2Kitchen, Sweetness, Brava, Stick It To Me, Mythos, The Biscuit Bus and Steubens.

Start your Memorial Day Weekend out with a bang! Lots of food and fun- what more could you ask for?

Be there OR be hungry!

We’re “cookin'” up plans for a sweet after party at Governor’s Park… Stay tuned for more details!

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International Chocolate & Wine Pairing

7pm – 8:30pm

The Chocolate Therapist, Littleton, CO

Shop owner and author Julie Pech (The Chocolate Therapist: A User’s Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate) hosts this unique evening of education and entertainment.
Your evening begins with an international chocolate pairing. Discover your favorite while you learn how to eat chocolate properly and how to compare and contrast flavors, scents, and textures. Following the chocolate pairing, you’ll enjoy four international wines with a collection of all-natural chocolates, custom crafted by The Chocolate Therapist chocolate shop. The chocolates are infused with organic flavoring oils, spices, nuts & berries and designed to bring out the flavors in both the chocolate & the wine. Learn guidelines for pairing chocolate and wines for future enjoyment.

Reservations required at 303-795-7913 (space is limited). Additional dates and more information at www.TheChocolateTherapist.com/upcoming.php. Classes start at 7:00 pm and last approximately 1 hour & 15 minutes. Normally $50, on sale now for $25 per person.

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Saturday, May 26

AC Golden Hidden Barrel Collection Release at Mile High Wine & Spirits

Mile High Wine & Spirits

The time is finally upon us. After many hiccups and over the last few long months of waiting, we are finally ready to announce the arrival of the first bottles from AC Golden’s Hidden Barrel Collection of beers: Peche and Apricot! These are the highly talked about “sour” beers that have been steadily gaining interest from a wide group of individuals (Peche was actually awarded a Silver medal in this year’s World Beer Cup). Aged in oak barrels with an average of over 100 pounds of fresh Colorado fruit, these beers are precise with acidity, highly complex and highly expressive of the fruit in which they were aged on.

We want to thank all those who have expressed interest; these bottles will be well worth the wait. While we would love to be able to allow bottles to go home with you today, with the high level of demand and extremely scarce nature of these beers, sales will be pushed off and begin on Saturday May 26th. There will be a limit set to two bottles per person, per variation. Sales will begin once we open our doors at 9:00 AM, and we will be taking orders over the phone for those that might not be able to make it in person. Don’t feel that an early morning rush is needed; we have actually timed this release to coincide with our usual Saturday afternoon tasting! The Peche, Apricot and Colorado Native will be available to taste, for free, from 3:00 to 6:00. We have also secured the presence of brewers Troy Casey and Kent Reichow to be in attendance to answer any questions during the tasting.

For those that want more information on this amazing project, click over to an interview that we conducted with Troy Casey.

All of us at Mile High are filled with extreme gratitude to our friends over at AC Golden and to all of our customers that share our excitement for this new frontier of Colorado brewing. See you all on the 26th….

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Denver Day of Rock

Denver Day of Rock event to help benefit Food Bank of the Rockies this year!
It’s hard for most of us to imagine, but every day in our community, more than 300,000 people worry about where they will find their next meal. Hunger is very real and Food Bank of the Rockies is fighting to ensure no one goes without needed nutrition. 1 in 7 Colorado citizens live with food insecurity and struggle to meet their basic food needs. Hunger is especially hard on children, who make up 42% of the Food Bank’s clients and require proper nutrition to grow and learn. In today’s economy, the need for food assistance is increasing substantially.

This year at the 3rd Annual Denver Day of Rock, individuals will be asked to bring cans of non-perishable food in which will directly benefit Food Bank of the Rockies. During the event, there will be several bins at various locations along the 16th Street Mall where individuals can drop off cans of food. All food donated that day will go directly to FBR in order for them to continue to help feed our community and fight hunger. Who does your donation help?

42% of those receiving food assistance are children; 10% are children age 5 or younger. Seniors represent 5% of clients. Many recipients are the working poor. 42% of the households receiving food assistance from our agencies have at least one working adult. 14% of our recipients are homeless.

So come to the event and help Concerts For Kids and Food Bank of the Rockies fight hunger in our community!

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Maifest at Grimm Brothers

12pm – 4pm

Grimm Brothers

[via fermentedlychallenged.com] Come celebrate May (or Mai that is) as Grimm Brothers gets set to release The Little Farmer Maibock. Details of this event are still pending, but mark your calendars. This is going to be a special beer release you won’t want to miss. Food, run and giveaways.

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Marco’s Pizza Mobile Oven at Wit’s End

2pm – 6pm

Wit’s End

On Saturday, May 26th, 2012, Brew Trek presents Marcos’s Coal Fired Pizza Day at Wit’s End Brewing Company, 2505 West 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver. A celebration of artisanal excellence from both the craft brewing and culinary worlds, the day will feature pizzas baked in Marco’s new mobile wood-fired oven which perfectly compliment the hand crafted beers from Wit’s End. The afternoon will be punctuated by a discussion of how individual ingredients contribute to the overall taste of both pizza and beer by Scott Witsoe of Wit’s End, Mark “Marco” Dym of Marco’s, and William Carlson of Brew Trek.

Pizza, as well as other items from Marco’s regular menu, will be available from 2:00 p.m., when Wit’s End opens, and served until mouths are happy and bellies are full. Wit’s End’s current tap list includes house favorites like Jean-Claude van Blonde, Green Man Ale, Super FLI.P.A., and special releases like Ambition, a coffee-infused stout. William Carlson, writer and photographer from the brewery and travel blog Brew Trek will be available as well, ready to talk craft beer and craft beer destinations with all.

Odell Small Batch Festival

3pm – 7pm


Join us at the brewery, Saturday, May 26th, from 3:00 – 7:00 for beer, music, food, and fun! We’ll have a W-I-D-E selection of Odell beers. Beer tokens are $4 each and good for one beer. Live local music by Musketeer Gripweed, Constitution, and Justin Roth. We suggest you ride your bike as parking is limited and please leave your dogs at home.

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Rapids vs. Montreal Impact

7pm – 9:30pm

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Sunday, May 27

Old South Gaylord Memorial Day Weekend Festival

Old South Gaylord

Every Memorial Day Weekend for the past three decades, the merchants have kicked off the summer with the South Gaylord Festival, featuring wonderfully diverse musical acts all day Sunday and Monday, a great shopping experience with over 60 artisans and merchants, a vast selection of cuisine which will satisfy anyone’s hunger and thirst, and an interactive children’s play area.

Saturday May 26th, will launch the new format with a the Family Movie Night, featuring 15 minutes of favorite Pink Panther cartoons at 8:30, followed by the one and only Kevin Bacon in the original movie Footloose that spawned the Broadway musical and remake movie in 2010! There will be food, popcorn and other snacks for sale. As well as Coke products, Deschutes beer and cocktails all for sale. There will be amusements and carnival games for the kids from 6-830. Food and beverage also starts as 6.

Sunday the 27th and Monday the 28th will be the same format as the 33 years past. Some of the area and regions finest artisans will bring their wares to sell, the local restaurants, shops and boutiques, will be in full display and the street will be filled with fine art, handmade pottery, fine jewelry, designer clothing and state of the art products.


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11th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs

12pm – 4pm

A-Basin, Keystone

Join us for our largest party of the year! Spend the day sampling mugs of beer from a variety of Colorado brewpubs for one low price per 14 oz mug (must be 21). Breweries include Pug Ryan’s, Breckenridge, Dillon Dam, Backcountry and more. Expect great live music and much more!

Cost: $25 per 14 oz mug. No other costs are associated with beer samples.

Time: Sampling from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please bring ID. No mugs will be sold without it!

Food: The outdoor BBQ will be open begining at 11:00am.

Brewfest Menu

Chili Bowl – $7.50

Chili Cup – $4.00

3 Sliders + 2 sides – $9.00

3 Sliders – $5.00

1 Slider – $2.00

Soft Pretzel – $2.00

Sides (cole slaw/potato salad) – $3.50

Music: The New Classics will be playing live in the base area from 1-4p. This is a FREE concert!

The New Classics Band is one of the top cover bands in Denver, Colorado. This outstanding five piece band plays your favorite 80’s rock hits, 70’s funk and soul, and classic rock and roll dance songs that keep the energy high and gets the party going.

To learn more about the band or to listen to their music, visit the The New Classics’ website.

The Summit Stage will offer service to Arapahoe Basin for the Chili Festival on Saturday May 19 and for the Festival of the Brewpubs on Sunday May 27th. Visit their website.

Coming up from the Front Range? Leave the keys at home and let the Front Range Ski Bus do the driving.

In honor of the 11th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs, The Front Range Ski Bus is offering a special 2 for 1 rate.

As if that wasn’t enough….book your trip on the bus and receive $5 off the cost of your beer mug!!

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The Big Eat!

2pm – 7pm

Union Station

THE 2nd ANNUAL BIG EAT: EatDenver is thrilled to host the second annual Big Eat event! Last year’s “sold out” event was a huge success and we are looking forward to even more fun, food and festivities this year. Thirty-six restaurants, three breweries, four wineries, local spirits and cocktails will be highlighted in this fun-filled, circus-themed event. Each restaurant brings their signature food and excitement, a plethora of unique entertainment throughout, and custom libations from using some of our finest local ingredients! $25 for admission and food, drinks can be purchased for $5 each at the event.

Who: Restaurants include Avenue Grill, Barolo Grill, Beatrice & Woodsley, Biker Jim’s, Black Pearl, Carmines on Penn, Coohills, Double Daughters Salotto, duo, El Camino Community Tavern, Encore, Euclid Hall, Ghost Plate and Tap, Green Russell, Russell’s Smokehouse, Happy Cakes Bakeshop, Hideaway Steakhouse, Ignite, Jonesy’s Eat Bar, Linger, Lou’s Food Bar, Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza, Olivéa, Panzano, Rialto, Root Down, Row 14, Second Home, Snooze, Steuben’s, Steve’s Snappin Dogs, Stoney’s, Table 6, TAG, The Corner Office, The Lobby, The Village Cork, Vesta Dipping Grill and Wynkoop
Breweries: Breckenridge Brewery, Great Divide, Vine Street Pub and Wynkoop
Local Libations made from: CapRock, and Proximus Tequila, Leopold Brothers and Peachstreet Distillers
Wineries: Bookcliff, Boulder Creek and Two Rivers
Bands: Marty Jones and the Great Unknowns and The Highland Ramblers

When: Sunday, May 27 2:00-6:00pm

Where: Denver’s Union Station. Off the corner of Wewatta and 16th Street

Why: EatDenver comprises the best restaurants in the city, and restauranteurs throw the best parties, and this is the perfect way to show your support of local and independent dining with a great kick off to Summer

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Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub

10pm – 12am

Vine Street Pub

Monday, May 28

Memorial Day
Old South Gaylord Memorial Day Weekend Festival

See above for more details

Bolder Boulder

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Rockies vs. Astros Double Header

Coors Field

1:10pm and 6:10pm

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