Weekend off the Wagon – December 7-9

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This is a weekend for eating bacon.

Well, every weekend is a weekend for eating bacon. This one in particular, however, has highly organized and efficient bacon consumption. Our brethren from the south, Focus on the Beer, are celebrating their 2nd birthday with a two day bash. First, some crazy beers from around the state are flowing from the taps at Trinity on Saturday. Then, recover from the aforementioned tappings with a bacon breakfast at Front Range BBQ Sunday morning. If you’ve ever had a desire to visit Colorado Springs, this is the perfect chance to do just that.

Then back up here in Denver, along with EatBoston and Forkly, we’re throwing a little thing called the Bacon and Beer Festival. Tickets are sold out, but doesn’t your friend who bought tickets owe you a favor? Also, there’s a waiting list.

Denver off the Wagon and Imbibe Denver are hosting a Google+ Hangout on Sunday, December 9th, at 7pm to chat with the organizers and participating breweries about the upcoming Denver Only Beer Festivus. Our very own David Pennington will be moderating the converation. Join us and tweet questions with the hashtag #DOBF to @DenverWagon regarding the Denver Only Beer Festivus, craft brewing in Colorado, and our strong drinking culture.

Some quick notes for the future: December 11th, get in the holiday spirit with some beer and Vacation. Christmas Vacation. At the Mayan. Presented by Imbibe Denver. And then come to Star Bar on December 20th to help us drink to the end of the world. Because it is ending. You knew this, right? Whatever, get tickets here.

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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Copper Mountain’s 40th Anniversary

Copper Mountain

Here’s the skinny: we’re celebrating our 40th Season with a far-out Anniversary bash! Bust out your best ’70s threads and meet us on the mountain for the sickest party of the year! Best of all, $40 is all you need to get your groove on.

The link below has more details, but basically, everything is $40, priced in relation to 1972, or just straight up cheap. Who cares if there’s no snow?

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Friday, December 7

Ugly Sweater Run

11am – 7pm

City Park

The Ugly Sweater Run™ is an event for everyone. If you want to wear spandex under your sweater and race fast, that’s cool, but you’re missing the point. If you’ve never run a 5k before, this is a great way to burn some calories before slamming hot chocolate and Winter Lager. All you have to do is register online at www.active.com to join in the fun.

The run is approximately 3.1 miles long on city streets. Runners and walkers dress up in their worst holiday sweaters, maybe have some holiday drinks before lining up at the start line. The start line will have snow machines, reindeer games and awesome holiday music. Once you’re on the course, you’ll find holiday themed aide stations every mile – EG – Sled hills (yes, you can stop running and go sledding), Hot Chocolate aide stations, Christmas Trees lining the streets and more snow (Yes, even you Las Vegas, we’re bringing the snow!)

After you’ve completed your 3.1 jog (sounds like yawg, it’s a new thing that people are doing now, yawgging), join us at the post run festivities. Awards for best real mustache, best fake mustache, best beard, worst sweater, best sweater and general amazing holiday fun. Oh yea, Sam Adams will be pouring adult beverages for the oldies and the kiddos can get all hopped up on Hot Chocolate and go sledding next to the stage.

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2012 Holiday Mancraft – Art, Craft & Stuff Guys Make

4pm – 10pm

Rackhouse Pub

Ink Lounge is making it simple for you to find a holiday gift that will help your significant other understand that not all cool stuff requires power tools to assemble. So for this no frills event we’ve assembled some super creative men to show you what they are made of – and what they make.

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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

Dec 7
MCA Denver staff rummage through their parent’s basements to create the worst holiday light display in town.

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1940’s White Christmas Ball

6pm – 11pm

At Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

Join us this Christmas for an unforgettably magical 40’s & 50’s holiday party that will bring back all the warmth & nostalgia of a more simple time! Experience an enchanting evening of dancing w/ your sweetheart (or meet one!), amidst WWII planes, vehicles and artifacts, movie set lights & props, re-enactors, sleighs, Christmas trees, a canopy of lights & The Hot Tomatoes–one of the most sought after big bands!

Enjoy re-enactments from the timeless movie, “White Christmas,” watch Bing, Danny and Haynes Sisters sing “Snow,” or visit Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future! Listen to Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters sing with our Big Band! Get ready for our Pearl Harbor Tribute with Polynesian Fiafia! If you want to continue dancing after the Hot Tomatoes, join our late night 50’s dance party w/ a live Christmas set from The Atomic Drifters at 11:00pm! You can even visit the old Lowry Air Force Base tower! Hosted by Cora Vette!

This will be a night to remember! Get your tickets early–our events consistently sell out!

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NOFX, Teenage Bottlerocket, Elway

6pm – 11pm


“But Wagon, what does NOFX have to do with booze?”

I.. what? It’s NOFX. Go to the show.

Saturday, December 8

Horseshoe Lounge’s 6th Birthday

Horseshoe Lounge

Any bar with a happy hour that starts at midnight – you now, right when you need cheap drinks! – is likely to throw a hell of a birthday party.

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Jazz, Jazz & More Jazz

3pm – 5pm

City Wine, Denver, CO

City Wine is known for its “jazz connection”. Usually jazz fills the air, sometime live during tastings. Guitars and basses adorn the walls. One of the owners plays jazz locally.

Wine and jazz have much in common. Both are works of structure but also improvisation. Both are synergies where the sum is greater than the parts. Either can be a microcosm for life.

Thus, we feature live jazz guitar paired with some jazzy wines. One wine we will taste is called “JAZZ” from the Domaine Poujol in the Languedoc– it shares the same tradition of innovation as the music.

Come taste, have some cheese, and enjoy the ambiance with one of Denver’s best jazz guitarists in the house!

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Focus on the Beer’s Second Anniversary Party

5pm – 11pm

Trinity Brewing, Colorado Springs

It’s hard to believe that we started Focus on the Beer two years ago now, the time flies with lightning speed. When I look back I see we’ve made nearly 500 blog posts, which feels like a big amount. In the last year we’ve organized nearly one event per month, we’ve interviewed brewers from around Colorado, we’ve kept you all posted on the beer happenings around town and we’ve documented those things with wonderful photos, and we’ve sought to keep our readers informed and educated on all things craft beer. I suppose it has been a good amount of work, but it’s fun, and now it’s time to party with you all!

For our second anniversary party we have asked some breweries that we’ve made friends with to provide special offerings that are hard to come by in Colorado Springs. We’ve got a killer lineup and we’re excited to share that with you. Come have a good time, say hi, and throw a big ‘Cheers’ up with us on Dec. 08!

Special Tapping:

  • Avery – Lilikoi Kepolo
  • Backcountry – SaiZin – Zinfandel Barrel Aged Imperial Saison
  • Crooked Stave – L’Brett d’Or
  • Deschutes – Sage Fight IPA (made for BMBW in Oregon!)
  • Elevation – 8 Second Kölsch
  • Funkwerks – Deceit
  • Great Divide – 2011, 2012 Oak Yeti
  • Green Flash – Treasure Chest
  • New Belgium – Beers Made By Walking – Lavendar, Plum Bock
  • Odell – Spent Grain Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Oskar Blues – Chardonnay Barrel Aged Mamas Little Yella Pils
  • Paradox – Oaked Cherry Hell for Stout
  • Strange – Eldorado Bel-Gin Dark
  • Trinity – Saison du Tomme
  • Wynkoop – Barleywine

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Sunday, December 9

Focus on the Beer Second Anniversary Day 2: Beer Bacon Breakfast

10am – 1pm

Front Range BBQ

If you have been paying attention you know that we’ve been planning a Beer Bacon Breakfast as part of our blog’s Second Anniversary Weekend Party. Well, we are very very very happy to say that you can now make your reservations. This will be the ultimate hangover meal. After filling yourself completely the previous night with specialty beer at our Anniversary Party at Trinity (info to be released in the next couple days) you can just sit down and work off that headache with five courses of bacon-laced grub from Front Range BBQ.

We have worked with FRBBQ closely to pair some fantastic rare beers with each course. The menu is finalized and posted here. We expect this to fill up very quickly so please call in and reserve your spot now. $50, plus tax and tip. You’ll also have to sign a waiver in case your arteries clog while you’re there. No joke! Call to RSVP at 719.632.2596.

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Bacon and Beer Festival

2:30pm – 5pm

Mile High Station

Denver’s first Bacon and Beer Festival is coming Sunday, December 9th from 2:30pm to 5:00pm at Mile High Station brought to you by @eatboston, Forkly, and Denver Off the Wagon. Denver-area restaurants will be offering their fabulous bacon-based dishes for you to sample paired with beers from amazing breweries. If you need more of a reason to attend, proceeds from DBB12 will benefit Metro CareRing and Project Angel Heart. Your ticket gets you in to Bacon and Beer Fest where you’ll be able to sample the dishes and the beer. There will be other people there with the same intention, so remember to share. Speaking of, RSVP! We are honored for this event to be supported by Whole Foods Market and American Homestead Bacon.

The Denver Bacon and Beer Festival is sold out. There is a slight possibility we’ll be releasing a few more tickets prior to the event. Sign up on the waiting list to be notified if we do that. There will not be tickets available at the door unless announced here.

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Google Hangout


Denver off the Wagon and Imbibe are hosting a Google+ Hangout on Sunday, December 9th, at 7pm to chat with the organizers and participating breweries about the upcoming Denver Only Beer Festivus. Our very own David Pennington will be moderating the converation. Join us and tweet questions with the hashtag #DOBF to @DenverWagon regarding the Denver Only Beer Festivus, craft brewing in Colorado, and our strong drinking culture.

About PJ Hoberman

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