Weekend off the Wagon – July 20-22

The UMS – Josh Mishell, eardru.ms

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A sad day today in Denver, after an unthinkable tragedy last night. Hug your neighbor, buy a stranger a drink, and enjoy yourself as best you can. To those affected by the shootings last night, our hearts go out to you. Stay safe, Colorado, and have a good 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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Underground Music Showcase (UMS)

All over the place

In 2011, the UMS topped all previous years with the largest showing of bands and fans alike. With a musical lineup including artists such as Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Sage Francis, The Epilogues, El Ten Eleven, Generationals, Bear Hands, The Black Heart Procession, Ian Cooke, Achille Lauro and Danielle Ate The Sandwich, and an attendance of 11,000 music-loving people, the Historic Baker District was the most vibrant neighborhood in Denver from July 21-24, 2011.

The UMS is a unique event in many ways, from the sheer number of performing bands, dj’s, comedians and singer-songwriters, to the duration of the event (four days), to the convenience of staging it all within a few blocks along the South Broadway arts district. It’s where the city of Denver and its music fans convene every July. It’s a congregation, an event, and a place where you’ll not only hear established performers, but those who are just about to break. Past performers include Devotchka, Isaac Slade of The Fray, 16 Horsepower, The Flobots and Nathaniel Rateliff.

Get your rest, because you won’t want to miss a single day of the 2012 UMS lineup!


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Friday, July 20

Firkin Friday

Various Breweries

Alliteration leads to some fun weekly events. Firkin Fridays are a great way to wind down the week and enjoy a beer of different flavor. Many breweries put some of their normal and not-so-normal offerings ina cask and serve it to you right off the engine. The following breweries and bars tend to have something to offer on Fridays:

  • Great Divide
  • Dry Dock
  • Hops & Pie

Hops for Habitat Beer Festival

5pm – 9pm

Plains Conservation Center

Join us on Friday, July 20, 2012 from 5-9pm at the PCC, for the 8th annual Hops for Habitat Beer Festival where drinking beer is for a good cause! There will be over 16 Microbreweries to taste from, in addition there will be two live bands: Deep Cover and Wide Open, food trucks, prairie wagon rides a marshmallow roast round’ the campfire, root beer floats and non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers. Just $30 per person gets you a commemorative beer class and abundant tastes of Colorado brews and fun! You can register online or pay at the door. Come join in the fun!! Participants must be 21 and over to attend. Reservations are recommended however you can pay at the gate.

Cost: $30.00
Location: Aurora site

Fridays Uncorked at Colorado Winery Row

5:30pm – 9pm

Bonacquisti Wine Company, Denver, CO

Colorado sunshine, live music and wine. Living the good life never felt so good. Join Bonacquisti Wine Company, Denver’s Urban Winery, and our Winery Row compatriots for our summer concert series featuring great local artists. Bring your chair, bring a friend and bring your bad self.

Admission is free with wine for sale by the bottle and by the glass. Good times all but guaranteed. This is a free event with wine and food available for purchase.

If the parking lot is full additional street parking is available along 46th and 47th Ave.

Jo Myers and the Mama’s Boys

Food Trucks:
The Crock Spot, The Denver Cupcake Truck, Chocolate Lab Denver

Book Signing:
Paula Mitchell, author of Exploring Colorado Wineries – Guidebook & Journal, will be on site signing her new book.

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Alpenglow Dinner and Wildflower Hike

5:30pm – 8pm

Arapahoe Basin

Chef Christopher Rybak and his staff invite you to the Black Mountain Lodge for another Alpenglow Dinner and Wildflower Hike.

This “All Colorado Meal” will include an incredible selection of Colorado inspired dishes and treats. After dinner, take in the sunset and wildflowers as you hike along the Continental Divide back to the base area.

Arapahoe Basin thanks you for your support of Colorado ranchers and farmers.

Price: $78 (includes 20% gratuity); kids under 12 – $45. Cash Bar.

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Saturday, July 21

Best Butcher Contest

Whole Foods – Pearl Street

On Saturday, July 21st, celebrity food write and ‘meat expert’ Josh Ozerky will be onsite at the Whole Foods Market Pearl St. store to judge the regional semifinals of the “Best Butcher” contest – a nation-wide Whole Foods contest to determine the best in their craft. The three butchers that make it to the finals will have the task of creating a new cut – a steak, chop or roast never seen before – and the new cut will be on sale exclusively at Whole Foods starting Sept. 15.

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Castle Rock WineFest

The Grange at the Meadows

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Imperial Oak Aged Stout at Copper Kettle

12pm – 10pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Imperial Stout based aged with oak spirals. Pete Stein on acoustics with no cover charge from 6-10PM! The Harvest Food Truck at 5PM.

Wynkoop’s United Tastes of Belgium

1pm – 4pm

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Wynkoop Brewing presents our second annual United Tastes of Belgium.

The beer festival showcases samples of the best Belgian-style beers from Colorado and the US and tastings of chocolates and cheeses. Along with samples of a few choice beers from Belgium, of course.

The event takes place in our upstairs billiards hall.

Advance tickets are just $30, the fee includes beer and cheese samples and a special tasting glass. Advance ticket buyers are also entered into a drawing for a free pair of tickets to our popular beer & scotch dinner on June 22.

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7pm – 10pm

Exdo Event Center

Welcome to Unwined, a wine extravaganza that will be nothing like your father’s wine tastings. At Unwined you will taste wine the same way you drink it; surrounded by friends in a worry-free environment, enjoying beats by Colorado’s top DJ’s and eating delicious fare provided by Denver tastiest food trucks. Add in the interactive games area (ping pong anyone?) and a chance to support a great cause, First Descents, and this epic event is sure to satisfy.

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Italian Wine & Movie Night

7:30pm – 11pm

Balistreri Vineyards, Denver, CO

Join us at the Winery for a perfect summer evening “under the stars.” Experience an Italian romantic comedy up on the big screen along with a menu of “movie night food” including wood fired pizza, wine gelato, parmesan popcorn, and of course Balistreri Wine!

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US Air Guitar Championships

8pm – 12am


Hand-picked winners from competitions held in 15 cities across america will descend upon denver to settle once and for all who will become the 2012 us air guitar champion.

This is the super bowl of air guitar.

US Air Guitar is currently assembling an unprecedented array of talent. Over the course of the year, regional competitions are being held in 15 cities across America. The winner from each city will be flown to Denver on July 21 to battle for Air Guitar supremacy. The Winner of the National Finals will become The 2012 US Champion, and will win a trip to Finland in August to represent the USA in the Air Guitar World Championships, where he or she will represent the stars and stripes against national champions from 25 other countries all around the world.

The competition consists of two rounds. In Round 1, each competitor performs to a song of their own choosing. In Round 2, the top competitors from Round 1 perform to a surprise compulsory song. In each round, contestants perform for one minute of a song and are judged on a combination of technical merit, stage presence, and “airness.” All guitars must be invisible. In each city, the jury is a panel of independent judges that are hand picked by US Air Guitar. The results of the jury cannot be protested.

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Sunday, July 22

New Belgium Urban Assault Ride 2012

Skyline Park (16th and Arapahoe)

The Urban Assault Ride™ is the biggest Bicycle Obstacle Event series in the nation! Here’s how it works: You and your teammate will set out on a city-wide quest for ‘checkpoints’ on your favorite two-wheeled steeds. At each checkpoint, you’ll drop your bikes and complete a funky/adventurous obstacle course, then remount your bikes and hit the streets for more.

The goal is to complete all the checkpoints in the shortest amount of time. You choose your own route and checkpoint order. This means that the most clever are often the victors. Of course, it may also help if you can pull a mean big-wheel powerslide and fly across an inflatable slip-n-slide.

After your pedal-powered adventure, your team will cross the finish line and enter a massive celebration of New Belgium Brewing Co’s whimsical ways, bikes, and big wheels. The after party is just as much fun as the ride itself, thanks to the craziest raffle prize contest you’ll ever experience.

Pick a partner and we’ll see you there!!

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11am – 2pm

Exdo Event Center

Welcome to Unwined, a wine extravaganza that will be nothing like your father’s wine tastings. At Unwined you will taste wine the same way you drink it; surrounded by friends in a worry-free environment, enjoying beats by Colorado’s top DJ’s and eating delicious fare provided by Denver tastiest food trucks. Add in the interactive games area (ping pong anyone?) and a chance to support a great cause, First Descents, and this epic event is sure to satisfy.

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River North Brewery Locals’ Club

1pm – 7pm

River North Brewery

If you’re a regular here at the taproom, you know how much we love our local supporters. In order to show our appreciation and recognize our best customers, we’re starting an exclusive club just for you!

Starting Sunday, July 22 at 1pm, we will sell memberships to our River North Locals’ Club. (Where you live doesn’t matter, as long as you love our beer!)

The $30 first-year membership entitles you to:

One 16-oz limited-edition locals’ goblet (pictured above) to take home, plus exclusive usage of the glassware in the taproom.

Locals pricing: $4 pours all day, every day!

And an uber-official membership card!

Memberships will be sold on a strict first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of 50 memberships. Plan ahead; we’re giving you two-weeks notice so no excuses!

See you on Sunday the 22nd at 1pm!

Cheers to all those who eat, drink, shop and live local!

Breaking Bad: Free Screening

8pm – 11pm

Denver FilmCenter / Colfax

Join us for the Premiere of BREAKING BAD on the Big Screen for FREEEEEE on July 15th at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax and then come back and join us all season long for your BREAKING BAD fix, still free of charge. Drink specials and air conditioning? Yes. Meth? Sorry but, no. Come get your Bryan Cranston on with us!

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Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub

10pm – 12am

Vine Street Pub

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