Weekend off the Wagon – October 5 – 7

If this is what being mayor is all about then I’m campaigning next election. Kick of Denver Beer Fest today with some mayoral suds.

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Denver Beer Fest is upon us. The week long event, headlined by some little thing called the Great American Beer Fest, is here. I don’t have the words. Let’s do this.

Beyond the beer fest, this weekend holds some interesting events in store. Check out the Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, going all weekend long. The Cultivate Festival in City Park should be a blast, and the Zombie Dash will be.. well, zombies.

We’ve got a list of all the GABF events going on next week, too. Keep this handy.

Tickets are still available for the Wagon/Avery Pucker Up Poker Run on October 12th. Check it out.

Know about something that we missed? Have an event coming up? Send it our way: events@denveroffthewagon.com.

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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Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival


October 5th – 7th


Still on the Hill: a Grand Tasting of handcrafted spirits on Saturday, October 6 at 4pm, Riverwalk Center. $20 gets you admission, complimentary tasting glass, craft spirits tasting, craft cocktails, people’s choice voting, artisan snacks and Bluegrass by the Honey Gitters!

Other festival events

These events take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival.

Poker Run
Historic Saloon Walking Tour
Breckenridge Distillery Tours
Honey Gitters live show at the historic Gold Pan Saloon
Hangover Brunch and Brunch Drink Specials

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Lakewood Cider Days

Lakewood Heritage Center

Come celebrate the 37th Annual Cider Days on October 6 and October 7!

This event offers a variety of activities for the entire family – all included in the low-price admission.

Adults: $7.00
Children: $4.00

From mule-drawn wagon and barrel train rides to the inflatable obstacle course, kids and adults alike will enjoy this event complete with exhibitors, live entertainment and food. Guests will find interactive activities, educational exhibits, historic demonstrations, arts and crafts and commercial exhibitors. Admission also includes tours of the Lakewood Heritage Center 20th Century Museum.

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Arvada Oktoberfest

Olde Town Arvada

Friday, Octocber 5

Barrel Series No. 1, J. Marie Saison aged in whiskey at River North

River North

Our first barrel-aged offering, this beer recently received a 91/100 in the September issue of BeerAdvocate Magazine.

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 in a 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

First Friday Art Walks

All over Denver

Grab your wine and critical eye, it’s time again for First Friday Art Walks. Find one in your ‘hood, or branch out and explore this fine city.

Some areas to check out

Santa Fe
Golden Triangle
River North
Navajo Street
Old South Pearl

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Great Divide Tasting at City Spirits Wine and Liquor

City Spirits Wine and Liquor

City Spirits Wine & Liquor in downtown Denver is hosting a Great Divide tasting Friday, October 5th, from 2-7pm. As always, these tastings are free, and open to the public. We’ll have a few different selections open to sample, and our coolers will be full of local and craft beers. Keep in mind, if you can’t make it into the store, we deliver downtown for free with no minimum purchase. Good beer is just a phone call away. 720.328.3969

Denver Beer Fest Kickoff beer tapping with Mayor Hancock

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Denver Beer Co

Mayor Hancock will be on hand to kickoff Denver Beer Fest by tapping a brew he helped create. We will be pouring a pumpkin beer brewed with pumpkins from the Denver Urban Gardens. The event will benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Black Sheep

5pm – 9pm

MCA Denver


Happy hour drink specials
Black Sheep from 7–9PM
$5 AFTER FIVE (includes admission to the galleries)
Galleries open until 9PM

Oct 5
Presidential Waffling
Eat fresh, hot waffles while watching clips from the presidential debates.

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Friday Night Fall Wine Party with Highly Rated Australian Winery, Yalumba Winery at LeGrand

6pm – 7:30pm

Le Grand Bistro, Denver, CO

UncorkedDenver.com/Denver Wine Meetup is Denver’s largest wine group with almost 1500 members with monthly wine and food paring social events for young/mid professionals 20′s through 40′s/early 50′s at upscale restaurants. Our group is very friendly and it’s easy to make new friends!

Note: Online purchase only – no walkups

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Saturday, October 6

Barrel Series No. 5, River North White aged in white wine barrels at

River North

A never before seen offering: Barrel Series No. 5, River North White aged in white wine barrels. This is our latest barrel-aged baby, a session-able Belgian Wit with oak and grape notes. Like a fine Chardonnay, but beer! Food truck: Fat Sully’s Pizza.

Castle Rock Oktoberfest

Festival Park

Tommyknocker Tasting at City Spirits Wine & Liquor

City Spirits Wine & Liquor

City Spirits Wine and Liquor in downtown Denver is hosting a Tommyknocker Brewery tasting Saturday, October 6th, from 2-7pm. As always, the tasting is free and open to the public. We’ll have a few different selections open to sample, and our coolers will be full of local and craft beers for purchase. We are located just off the 16th Street Mall, in Writer Square. If you can’t make it into the store, we do deliver downtown for free, with no minimum purchase. Good beer is just a phone call away.

Cultivate Food, Ideas, & Music Festival at City Park

10am – 6pm

City Park

This Saturday, October 6th, the Chipotle Cultivate Festival, an event specially-made for socially-conscious foodies, will be held in City Park from 10am to 6pm. The festival is a celebration of food, farmers, artists, freethinkers, and musicians in an effort to bring “awareness about food’s impact on society,” and best of all, entrance is absolutely free!

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Zombie Dash Urban Race at Ginn Mill

11am – 4pm

Ginn Mill

Whether you’re trying to survive the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse or part of the ever growing flesh eating, walking dead horde, the first ever Zombie Dash is for you.
This Urban Race through Denver will be a fun, riddle filled challenge that will blow your mind! That is if the Zombies haven’t’ already dined on your brains!

The competition will take place throughout Downtown Denver on October 6th, and will feature teams of 2 – 6 players (21 +) facing challenges at each checkpoint. Contestants will also have to answer Zombie/Denver Trivia questions. Racers are only allowed to walk/run or use public transportation during the race. (RTD and Light Rail, NO Cabs, Bikes, Pedi cabs, etc. allowed)

Zombie Dash Check In will start at 9am. Make Up Artists will be on site at 8am, first come first serve. The race will take place between the hours of 11am and 3pm with some racers finishing in less than 2 hours and others enjoying each piece of the competition while they fight to conquer the challenges at each checkpoint. Our Goal is to have each challenge/checkpoint be unique and fast paced. Each challenge will have a Zombie theme. Many teams will be outfitted in their best Zombie Gear, while others may be Zombie Bait and some will even be Zombie Hunters.

Part of the proceeds from the race will benefit Flobots.org.
We will wrap up the race at the Ginn Mill with Awards, Prizes, a Zombie Dance Party featuring DJ LUCKY I AM from MTV, Food and Drink Specials.

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Odell Brewing Special Release at Lucky Pie Lodo

6pm – 8pm

Lucky Pie Lodo

Special Tapping: 2 limited release beers Bourbon Barrel Stout & Havenand Hale Peach Ale

Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

6pm – 8pm

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Sunday, October 7

Barrel Series No. 6, River North White aged in whiskey barrels at River North

River North

Another brand new addition: Barrel Series No. 6, River North White aged in whiskey barrels. The bold, brash twin of the previous day’s release, we bet you’ve never tried anything like this. The whiskey barrel pulls out sweeter notes in our traditional Belgian wit, simultaneously delighting the taste buds and turning you on to yet another unconventional combination.

A Gourmet Food Truck Festival & Tailgate Party

12pm – 8pm

Moore Howard Chapel

Denver Gourmet has brought together an eclectic mix of our city’s finest food trucks and local beer for a Gourmet Food Truck Festival and Tailgate Party. Join us on October 7 from 12-8 at 46th & Tennyson in the Highlands. We’ll have the Bronco game on, a DJ spinning records, live music, free bike parking, kids’ activities, local craft brews, and eats from 10 of Denver’s finest food trucks. Admission is FREE!

Come spend the day with some of Denver’s best food trucks, local music, local beer. And we’ll have the football game on, too.

We are offering a three stage party for this Sunday Funday!!

Noon until the game – Beer, wine, good music and things for the kids.

Once the game starts – Get your grub and grab some suds, GO BRONCOS!!

Post game – Live band!!

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Fresh Hop Celebration at Falling Rock

12pm – 5pm

Falling Rock

6th Annual Fresh Hop celebration with Deschutes Brewing Company

A Tour through the Great Divide Cellar at Highland Tap & Burger

2pm – 12am

Highland Tap & Burger

Specialty tapping of Great Divide’s hand-crafted brews dating back to 2008.

Fresh Hop Tapping

Avery Odio Equum Tap Room Release Party

4pm – 6pm

Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado

Such a strong and ugly word, but unfortunately true. Our vintner friend just doesn’t appreciate the depth and character of the aromas and flavors that Brettanomyces creates like we do. Like you do. But the dude has some seriously fine Cabernet Sauvignon barrels that he shared with us to help create this wondrous sour ale. Our lucky #13 in this series. Aged for 12 months in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

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Prost Tap Takeover at Lucky Pie Lodo

4pm – 10pm

Lucky Pie Lodo

Sunday October 7th 2012 4pm til empty

Prost Brewery, Denver Colorado

Tap Take Over Featuring four great limited beers

Weiss Beer Pils, Marzen, Dunkel, Tivoli Hells

Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub

10pm – 12am

Vine Street Pub

About PJ Hoberman

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