Weekend off the Wagon – November 30 – December 2

Parade of Lights, by Aranami on Flickr

Weekend off the Wagon in your inbox, every Friday It’s already December. I know, I know, cliche small talk about how fast time moves and the weather and all that. But, the world ends this month, so let’s focus on that. We’ll be throwing a party to celebrate the end of days. Stay tuned for […]

Free Beer Friday, Courtesy of Illegal Pete’s

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Guess what beer is pictured below, send your answer and your mailing address to contest@denveroffthewagon.com. The first 10 people to respond correctly will receive in the mail a voucher for a free pint at any of the 5 Illegal Pete’s locations. Don’t respond in the comments! You might give away the answer, and that’s no fun at all.   To start […]

Sneak Peek: Bacon & Beer Festival

We are about a week away from Denver’s first Bacon & Beer Festival. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet I would get on it. There are only about 100 left and trust me you do not want to miss out on any of these delicious bacon dishes and flavorful beers. Here are the details […]

Have a borderline illegal holiday with Illegal Pete’s

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I grew up in the suburbs, so my depiction of Santa Claus always come from either Sears or Montgomery Wards. Some years I would bug the hell out of my mom to go see Santa (I was six, and still the oldest child, so shut up). Other years we would wait in line, dolled up […]

Open Call for Writers

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You: the Wet-Whistled wordslinger who hasn’t been on the wagon, ever, and are looking for the kind of opportunity that keeps you a, erm, wet-whistled wordslinger. You’ve got something to say about booze, alcohol, the big “A”, and need a respectable platform to do it with. Maybe you are a straight-laced, all-things-considered, super balanced news […]

Remember, Remember, the 5th of December?

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November 5th may be famous to the Brits for the gunpowder plot and treasonous figures against a tyrranous government. And that’s all find and dandy. Here in America, however, we celebrate the recognition of another tyrannous force being knocked down: December 5th has been officially dubbed “Repeal Day“- the day in 1933 when Prohibition was […]

On the Wagon for Off the Wagon: Part 4 OR The Shameful Thing I Did Over the Weekend

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Seeing how last week was Thanksgiving, I’m guessing some of you are still trying to figure out what to do with all the weird leftovers that you haven’t gobbled up yet (I’d also wager half of you ate pie for breakfast Friday morning and had turkey sandwiches for lunch and dinner). That Tupperware filled with […]

Beer Porn of the Week – Fort Collins Brewery Z Lager

Fort Collins Brewery Z Lager

Fort Collins Brewery – Z Lager   [We’ll share some beer porn every Monday to get your week started off right. Have some of your own? Leave a link in the comments!]

Colorado Mountain Winefest tickets half off for Cyber Monday

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Cyber Monday will hold a treat for all of you winos out there. During a 24-hour sale, you’ll be able to secure General Admission tickets at 50% off to 2013’s Colorado Mountain Winefest. As one of our local wine industry’s esteemed events, the Colorado Mountain Winefest is entering it’s 22nd year. On September 21, 2013, at […]

Circling Up The Wagons – Week in review 11/18 – 11/24

Lightnin’ Ivories! Did anyone get the license plate on that truck? It’s been a heckuva week here at the Wagon, and several national holidays based around free-based consumption sure doesn’t help. We had several scoops from our fervent contributors about what you can bring to the Thanksgiving table, including wine and cocktails. Definitely worth bookmarking […]

Parade of Darks to be held December 1st

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Nights are long, days are cold, winter is nigh; it’s time to put away the fizzy, yellow beers and opt for something a bit heavier. Put down the Pilsner and pick up a porter because you will need a dark beer to warm your core and numb the pain of your relentless relatives this holiday […]

Holiday cocktail idea – Pins and Needles

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As a bartender and lover of hot cocktails, I have a few easy-to-make-at-home favorites. Whether you’re having friends, family, or a combo platter, hot cocktails make everyone warm and fuzzy. Pins and Needles This is a cocktail I created for Colorado Cocktail Project a couple years ago. It was in the finals and had the […]

Bars in Denver that are Open on Thanksgiving Day

Drinking on Thanksgiving

Whether you’ll be spending the day with family, or you’re an orphan celebrating with friends, by the time 7 or 8 pm rolls around and you’ve properly digested the gut bomb that was Thanksgiving dinner, you’re probably going to be a little antsy to find a place to celebrate one of the things you’re most […]

Chef n’ Brew Festival Filled With Great Pairings, Poor Planning

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The first annual Chef n’ Brew Festival was held at the Oriental Theater on Saturday night. The purpose of the event was to highlight the complementary flavors of locally brewed beer with dishes from some of Denver’s finest chefs. In total, twelve breweries and twelve restaurants were present, several of whom were offering two pairings […]

Benefit at Scruffy Murphy’s

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On the night of Friday, November 16th, while leaving the Fillmore Auditorium on Colfax, industry friend and Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub bartender Jonathan Hammond—known as Jonny to regulars—was mugged and shot while protecting himself and his date from the attackers. Both he and his date survived the ordeal, but Jonny, a veteran of the Iraq […]

Holiday Cocktails to grease up your turkey stuffing piehole with

Fall Drinks

One of the greatest things you can bring to the table for this week’s Thanksgiving festivities is not your mom’s recipe for green bean casserole. Leave that one up to mom. Instead, bring some booze. Before you get all gooey with the day’s special bird, drink down something delicious to make the experience even more […]

On the Wagon for Off the Wagon: Part 3 OR The Week My Body Fell Apart

Stupid white blood cells, trying to fix my liver. Don't they know I'm just going to ruin it again in a couple more weeks?

I’m not saying you have and I’m not saying you haven’t, but if you’ve ever gone off the sauce for a slightly longer than an average period of time (you know, like 24 hours or so ) you know the point when your body just sort of shuts down and you wind up with every […]

Beer Porn of the Week – Odell Friek

Odell Friek

Odell Brewing Company Friek   [We’ll share some beer porn every Monday to get your week started off right. Have some of your own? Leave a link in the comments!]

Beer Vs. Wine: 2012 Chocolate Edition

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On a crisp November evening sixty people entered the side door at Highland Tap and Burger marked “Do Not Enter”. What waited for them behind that door? This year’s Beer Vs. Wine competition – a throw down to see which libation pairs best with this year’s secret ingredient: chocolate. Chocolatiers from Hi*Rise, Ziva Chocolates, Lioni […]

Circling up the Wagon – Week in review 11/11 – 11/18

Howdy, sud-hounds. Yet another week has come and gone here at the  Wagon. Already the seasons are turning and we are staring down the barrel of the holiday season.  If you’re just turning in, here’s what you missed: – Denver inventor takes to the drawing board for a new style of bottle opener, and kills […]