Weekend off the Wagon – December 14-16

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The Denver Only Beer Festivus is tomorrow. Ya, it sold out. But you should probably just bribe your friend who thought ahead and steal their tickets. Or, just come to the Festivus after party with Greensky Bluegrass! It’s open to everyone (until it sells out), we’ll be pouring Great Divide beers, and it’s.. well.. going to be a party.

Hey also, you know that whole “the world is ending” thing? Just in case, we’re having an End of the World party Thursday night.

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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Friday, December 14

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

Weekend Cocktail Tasting

Mondo Vino

2pm – 7pm

Mondo Vino will be tasting amazing, Fluid Dynamics barrel-aged cocktails, as well as offering a special 4-pack price for them all. Fluid Dynamics portfolio includes The Saratoga, The 1850 Cocktail, Brandy Manhattan, and The St. Nick. These make great stocking stuffers or great night caps for the holiday, so collect all four!

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Ugly Sweater Party and Beer Tapping

2pm – 9pm

Wit’s End

At long last we are bringing back our beloved winter ale Ugly Sweater! We will tap this beer Friday, December 14th. Come help up celebrate by wearing your ugly sweater to the taproom. We will be raffling door prizes for those wearing an ugly sweater as well as a special prize for the best (or worst?) ugly sweater at 7:30pm. Hours will be extended slightly from 2-9 PM ish. See you then…CHEERS!

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Pint Night: Yeti Edition


Rackhouse Pub

We’ve got a great Pint Night lined up for Friday, December 14, 2012. We’ve partnered with Great Divide Brewing Company to bring you a night of Yeti Imperial Stout. Starting at 4pm, we’re offering eight different styles of the Imperial Stout that will grow hair on your chest – and the rest of your body.

  • Yeti Imperial Stout
  • Oak-Aged Yeti
  • Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti
  • Belgian Yeti
  • Espresso Yeti
  • Session Yeti
  • Barrel-Aged Yeti (bottles)
  • Firkin of Yeti
  • Just added: Yeti Chocolate Bacon Brownies!

In addition to all these, the first 50 people to order Yeti will receive a complimentary pint glass.
* beer list subject to change

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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 14
Cheap Xmas Crapfair
Back again, even cheaper and crappier than last year. Let’s keep the “X’ in Xmas.

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Saturday, December 15

Vail’s 50th Birthday


Vail Mountain officially turns 50 on Dec. 15, 2012 and the resort is celebrating with a free, public, outdoor party to commemorate the resort’s history and evolution into what it has become today. The celebration takes place at 5:30pm at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village and will be topped off with a culinary birthday treat and a large fireworks display.

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World Snow Polo Championship


Seriously. This is a thing. And it sounds awesome. Here’s the history:

The sport of snow polo was first introduced in 1985 at the resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland. The inaugural event entertained several hundred curious spectators. In the U.S. snow polo is competed exclusively in Aspen, Colorado. Snow Polo is a modified version of polo. Games are played on a snow-packed arena surrounded by fencing keeping the ball in play. Teams are comprised of three players, as in typical arena polo. Play consists of four 7-min chukkers (periods). The horses (polo ponies) are shod with special cleated shoes to provide better traction. The ball is larger and lighter, and bright red, to better accommodate winter conditions. Aspen… On a snow covered rugby field at one of the world’s most posh resorts this thrilling game on horseback is played with the same speed and intensity and excitement as St. Moritz. World Class Polo players will be competing for the title at the 13th Annual USPA World Snow Polo Championship. Celebrities and Spectators gather under heated tents to enjoy the action on the field. The glamour and excitement that is only polo has been a major drawing card of this sport for many years. Both fans and players alike are in for a special treat this year as the social agenda quickly fills up with lavish events at luxury restaurants and hotels throughout Aspen.

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Littlest Big Christmas Beer Fest


Hops & Pie

Many amazing beers, one amazing spot.

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Denver Only Beer Festivus

2pm – 6pm

McNichols Building

Join us to celebrate Denver beer. 18 breweries, all with Denver addresses, will pour their beer alongside local vendors and some other local flavor. Tickets sold out weeks ago, so if you’re lucky enough to have one, we’ll see you tomorrow!

Weekend Wine Tasting at Mondo Vino

2pm – 7pm

Mondo Vino

We have some fabulous wines for you to taste this weekend! Please join us Saturday from 2pm – 7pm for a glass of unique and delicious wines from France and Spain including 2011 Mestis Blanco, Spain; Andre Brunel CDR Blanc, France;  2009 Mestis, Spain;  and Andre Brunel CDR Rouge, France.

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From Italy with Love

3pm – 5pm

City Wine

After exploring Germany, the Rhone and Spain, we decided to give Italy some attention. We will be tasting some stunning higher-end wines from Barberesco, Barolo and Offida this Saturday. You will not want to miss this reprise of “Italian Heavyweights”.

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Festivus After party with Greensky Bluegrass

6:30pm – 11pm

McNichols Building

Come one come all! We’ve got a Festivus after party right upstairs from the fest itself. Greensky Bluegrass (greenskybluegrass.com) will be picking and jamming, Great Divide beers will flow, and you’ll have a grand ol’ time. Assuming you buy tickets. Which you should. Right now. http://eat-vinyl-records.myshopify.com

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About PJ Hoberman

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