Weekend off the Wagon – November 16-18


Bacon! And Jensen Cummings’ face!

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Denver Bicycle Cafe turns one this weekend while Oskar Blues celebrates ten years of canning.

There’s a new brew fest in Monument, and a delicious brunch at Copper Kettle.

It’s a beery weekend, though we always suggest sprinkling some whiskey on your plans.

The first ever Denver Bacon & Beer Fest is on sale, and over half the tickets are sold out. So get yours!

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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First Bite Boulder

First Bite Boulder is an annual event highlighting Boulder’s dining scene. For one full week, more than 40 of Boulder’s top restaurants will offer a special three course $26 prix fixe dinner menu to the community.

The week celebrates Boulder’s exceptional dining community and will help bring our well-deserved reputation into the national spotlight. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the establishments that make Boulder the culinary destination it is.

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Kong Off 2


The Kong Off 2 will take place on November 16th, 17th and 18th 2012. The event will be held at “The 1up” in the LoDo district of Denver, Colorado. The 1up is an arcade/bar concept that ha 46 vintage arcade games, 15 Pinball Machines and 3 lanes of Skee-Ball.

The 1up is located ½ a block from the Home Plate entrance of Coors Filed, home of the Colorado Rockies.

The event will be hosted by Richie Knucklez (Space Invaders and Pole Position World Record Holder).

This event will be refereed by Walter Day (Founder of Twin Galaxies and Official Arcade Scorekeeper).

The Kong Off 2features the world’s best Donkey Kong players going head to head for the title of “Best In The World”. Competition will take place over two days (Saturday and Sunday).

To qualify for a “Dedicated Machine” you must have a verified score of 1 million points or better.

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Friday, November 16

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

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

Nov 16
Magic Cyclops’ Air Guitar Workshop
Magic Cyclops conducts a master course in traditional air guitar methods and presents a selection from his world-class collection.

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City Spirit Cafe Reunion @ TAXI Cafe!

7pm – 10pm


Remember City Spirit Cafe? Of course you do! Join us for a reunion! City Spirit inspired several of us! Come celebrate past memories in the newly remodeled Taxi Cafe. Hang out at the old City Spirit bar and have a famous La La created by guest bartenders David Zimmer and Tracy Weil. Hosted by Susan Wick and Mickey Zeppelin. DJ K-Nee will be spinnin’! We hope to see you! Cash bar & City Spirit tastings. Pass the word, feel free to invite anyone who loved City Spirit.

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Saturday, November 17

1st Annual Brewfest on the Hill

12pm – 5pm

Monument Hill Country Club, Monument, Colorado

Come enjoy a german sausage buffet, live music, contests, prizes, and of course beer.

Attendees will vote for their favorite beer/brewery to be crowned “King of The Hill” which will be featured at Monument Hill Country Club.

Competing for King of the Hill
– Pikes Peak Brewing Co. (Monument, CO)
– Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs, CO)
– Oskar Blues (Longmont, CO)
– TRiNiTY Brewing (Colorado Springs, CO)
– Ska Brewing (Durango, CO)

$25 Members/$27 at the door
$30 Non-Members/$32 at the door

Price Includes

Beer Samples
German Sausage Buffet
Live Music

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Denver Bicycle Cafe First Anniversary Bash

6pm – 12am

Denver Bicycle Cafe

$15 for a commemorative pint glass and 3 beers ($20 day of)

Things we’ll provide:
cake by Jewel
live music
bike movies on our big wall
fun and good times all night

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Oskar Blues’ CANniversary

6pm – 2am

Original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew 303 Main Street, Lyons, ColoRADo

We’re celebrating 10 years of CANning Dale’s Pale Ale! It’s time to party.

The celebration features two killer opening bands (free shows!), Erik the Viking & Interstate Stash Express, followed by a rockin’ concert by The White Buffalo (tickets needed).

Beer and food specials all night, silent disco, and giveaways, including a cabin suite for two to Mountain Song at Sea, the first ever bluegrass cruise.

Get your tickets for The White Buffalo early, as space is very limited! $15 in advance, $20 day of. Info below.

If you wanna skip the main show, and just wanna come out and enjoy the other festivities, you can come in fo’ free!

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Sunday, November 18

High Country Bourbon Breakfast Stout Brunch

9:30am – 12:30pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Company

If you missed this last year, here is your chance! We’ll be partnering with Harvest Food Truck to bring you a three course sit down brunch, featuring a side by side pairing of our original bourbon breakfast stout (aged over a year) with our newest batch aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels!

The High Country Breakfast Stout is an imperial oatmeal stout made with coffee, chocolate and Kentucky aged bourbon, aged to perfection!


Three courses include:

-A Brioche Spinach Strata paired with a light lager
-Fresh Cured Pork Belly* w/ hash and Bearnaise Sauce paired w/ side by side bourbon breakfast stouts
-Apple Crepes w/ Mexican Stout Molasses paired w/ Mexican Chocolate Stout

*Vegetarian Options available

Tickets must be purchased in advance at the brewery or by emailing info@copperkettledenver.com

9:30 AM session (25 seats) OR
11:00 AM session (25 seats)

Get your tickets TODAY! These will go fast!

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Littlest Big Beer Fest

2pm – 8pm

Hops & Pie

[Event details courtesy of FermentedlyChallenged.com, winner of Westword’s 2012 Best Booze Blog. Congrats, Dave!]

This month’s Littlest Big Beer Fest will feature the beers of Fifty Fifty Brewing Company of Truckee, California. Fifty Fifty is bringing along 5 different hard to get beers including: Donner Party Porter (Colonial American version), Totality Imperial Stout (9.5% ABV), Rockslide IPA (70 IBUs), RYEPA (West Coast Style IPA) and Eclipse, a strong ale aged in oak bourbon barrels. These brews tend to be higher in ABV than most so bring along a designated driver.

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Broncos vs. Chargers

2:25pm – 6pm

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

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?