Weekend off the Wagon – May 17-19

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What the hell, Denver? The sun comes out and you decide “Oh, let’s have 138 parties”? Do you know how long it takes to put all of these events in one place? C’mon, buy a guy a beer or something!

What I mean to say is that there are a veritable shit-ton of events this weekend. Good job, Denver. We love you.

American Craft Beer Week is coming to a close, but it’s more like a fireworks finale than a slow fade out. Falling Rock has a sour night and a barrel night, Rackhouse Pub is hosting multiple tap takeovers and Volunteer for Beer, Crooked Stave releases Violet with a ROY-G-BIV party, Caution‘s tap room turns one, and there’s a few festivals to boot.

Then there’s wine. Wine for a Reason talks about women in the wine industry, Balistreri hosts a spring barrel tasting, DU Vin’s Grand Tasting looks incredible, Simm’s Steakhouse is throwing their own wine fest, and you can even drink wine to support Dobermans.

And that’s like a quarter of what’s going on!

Tickets for Great Divide’s 19th Anniversary Party June 15 are still available. So are tickets for A Night To Remember. For now.

All the details are after the break. What’s your plan this weekend?


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American Craft Beer Week

Check out some events going on

The Colfax Marathon

Colfax and all around Denver

Experience Denver, Colorado’s local marathon: established by the cities of Denver, Aurora and Lakewood to celebrate a vibrant Colfax Avenue and encourage healthy and fit communities. The marathon is 26.2 miles with an epic run through Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium – 7 miles of water – including Sloan’s Lake, The Platte and Cherry Creek. Enjoy the majestic Colorado views, plus Colfax Avenue, eclectic neighborhoods, downtown, parks and amazing views. And a run through Denver Fire Station #1!

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Friday, May 17

Front Range Rally

3pm – 7pm

Loveland Food Share (Food Bank for Larimer County)

The Front Range Rally is a festival celebrating the Front Range’s rich culture of Craft Brewing and the emergence of a growing cadre of quality Mobile Food Vendors.

Approximately 30 Craft Breweries and 15 Food Vendors will gather on May 18, 2013 for an afternoon of food, beer, fun and community. Live music presented by Home State Bank.

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Deschutes Tap Takeover

5pm – 6pm

Brewer’s Republic 112 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs

The beers that will be tapped include the dark, complex and special 2012 Abyss brewed with licorice and cherry bark, partially aged in bourbon, oak and wine barrels. Additionally, Armory XPA is an experimental Pale Ale normally only served at the taproom in Portland. In addition to those specialty beers, we’ll get to try Mirror Pond Pale Ale. This is THE BEER that changed the world for the director of Focus on the Beer. We’ll also get the very fun and tasty Chainbreaker White IPA, and the brand new 4% session River Ale, which will certainly become a go-to summer quaffing beer for many.

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Oskar Blues Tapping

5pm – 11pm

Rackhouse Pub

We’re welcoming our friends from Oskar Blues Brewery on Friday May 17, 2013 and are excited about a special beer tapping in honor of American Craft Beer Week 2013.

Come in at 5pm, when we tap the following treats from Oskar Blues:

• IceyPA – Wheat IPA brewed in partnership with Colorado ski manufacturer Icelantic Skis
• Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Mama’s Yella Pils
• Santo Poco Mexican Lager

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Wine for a Reason: Women Winemakers Who Have Made in Difference in their Communities Through Wine

5pm – 7pm

1650 Fillmore (Pinnacle Towers) 1650 Fillmore (Pinnacle Towers),

Register: http://thesportingwomancommunityfund.org/events/

You are invited to Wine for a Reason on May 17th from 5-7pm. Please join us as we celebrate women athletes, women courageous and women vintners. The Sporting Woman Community Fund is dedicated to bringing opportunity and hope to woman who are at a disadvantage, whether in transition, out of work or starting new mid-life. Some come from abuse. Some don’t. But all are looking for a little support. Ashley Vaughters, owner of Mistral Wine Company and alumna of The Sporting Woman, will taste us through wines created by women all over the world. This is not a formal class, rather a gathering of folks who happen to love wine as well as a great cause.

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Night of the Sours

5:30pm – 8:30pm

Falling Rock

We’ll be focusing on our favorite Funky & Sour Beers like: Russian River Supplication, Russian River Sanctification, Russian River Consecration, Bruery Sour in the Rye, Dry Dock Ambassador, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza and More

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Movie and a Martini: Strange Brew

5:30pm – 9pm

The Wildlife Experience

This popular film series makes for a unique evening out on the town. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. featuring delicious drinks. Visitors can also enjoy our fine art and interactive exhibit galleries. At 7:00 pm guests grab their popcorn and take their seats for a special presentation of a timeless film chosen by Movie and a Martini enthusiasts that starts at 7:30 p.m..

Ticket includes two martinis, light appetizers, access to galleries, popcorn and the film.

$20 Members
$25 Non-Members

Purchase Movie and a Martini tickets online, call 720.488.3344, or send an e-mail. Payment in full is required. Tickets will not be held without full payment. Movie and Martini events are restricted to people 21 years of age and older.

2013 Movie and a Martini Schedule:
May 17 – Strange Brew featuring craft beer in place of martinis:
Elk Mountain Brewing
Hall Brewing Co.

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Spanish Happy Hour

6pm – 10pm

Museo de Las Americas

Museo de las Americas’ signature event, Spanish Happy Hour, invites members and the public to practice their Spanish skills every third Friday of the month as they enjoy drinks and cultural entertainment. These events are buzzing with excitement, serving as a forum for Spanish-speakers of all levels to interact and appreciate multiple perspectives of Latin American culture. Previously, Spanish Happy Hour themes have included Latinos of the Caribbean, salsa dancing, and Cuban Night.

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Rockies vs. Giants

6:10pm – 9pm

Coors Field

Spring Barrel Tasting Dinners with Balistreri Vinyards

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Balistreri Vinyards

Experience wine in the making! Join Winemaker, John Balistreri, in the cellar for an exclusive barrel tasting dinner. This is a once a year event to experience his wines, straight from the barrels. Once again, we are very excited to have local Chef, Hosea Rosenberg, winner of Top Chef Season 5 and founder of BlackbellyCatering as our guest chef. Chef Hosea will be preparing an original, five course dinner paired with seven new Balistreri wines from the barrel.

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Rockies vs. Giants

6:40pm – 10pm

Coors Field

DBC Spring Beer Dinner

7pm – 9pm

Denver Beer Co.

Spring is here! Well, kind of. Our weather prediction is it will be the most beautiful Spring day on May 10th. (that prediction is as good as any, right?)

Denver Beer Co. is teaming up with Mikes2 Kitchen again!
Join us for our Spring Beer Dinner in the Barrel Room.

May 17th at 7pm
$50 per person – buy your tickets in the taproom or by calling 303.433.2739

Check out the menu:

Welcome Beer- Raspberry Kolsch

Course one- Fried herb Goat Cheese Croquette and a puree of Spring Peas and Mint paired with Walt Weiss

Course two- Seared Salmon- Herb Crusted over a hash of Yukon Gold Potatoes, fava beans, and crispy pancetta, topped with an orange gastrique paired with Chardonnay Barrel Aged Saison

Course three- Chiffon Cake with Berries and Cream- Whipped Vanilla Cream and Macerated Berries paired with Barleywine

**gratuity not included in ticket price**

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Saturday, May 18

Caution Brewing First Anniversary

11am – 8pm

Caution Brewing

16 beers on tap
Concert by Redline Radio from 4-7pm
Adult big wheel races
American Craft Beer Radio from 12-1pm
Döner King and Pride of Philly food trucks
Location for our 2nd brewery will be announced!

It’s going to be epic!

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Five Points Jazz Festival

11am – 8pm

27th and Welton

The 2013 Five Points Jazz Festival will be held on May 18th from 11a.m. – 8p.m. This free community event celebrates the music, culture and history of Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, with performances highlighting many of Denver’s finest jazz musicians. Performances and activities take place in numerous venues in Historic Five Points, with food and art vendors along Welton Street. The Five Points Jazz Festival is brought to you by Denver Arts & Venues and the Five Points community.

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The Second Annual Tipsy’s Liquor World Brew Fest Benefiting Dakota Ridge Athletic Foundation

11:30am – 4pm

Tipsy’s Liquor World, Littleton

Tipsy’s Liquor World is partnering with Dakota Ridge Athletic Foundation to host an event celebrating the Dakota Ridge Community.
The event will include live music and Fantastic Food.
An incredible selection of over 60 local and national brews.
Your ticket gets you entry into the tasting area, to sample 2 oz tastes of local and national craft beers.

FlipSide and The Groove Hawgs

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Cabernet Barrel Saison Tapping

12pm – 10pm

Copper Kettle Brewing

A fruity belgian saison, aged in cabernet sauvignon wine barrels, courtesy of Creek Side Wineries in Evergreen, CO

“Eighty Ate” Food Truck @ 4:00 PM
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DU Vin Grand Tasting

12pm – 4pm

Joy Burns Center

The Grand Tasting celebrates scholarship, food, music and wine! Guests have the opportunity to sample wines from around the world, while enjoying food prepared by the student culinary team from the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management. To complete the setting, music is provided by students of DU’s Lamont School of Music. The Grand Tasting is a wonderful opportunity to support superb wineries, and to experience a top-ranked Hospitality Management program.

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Simms Steakhouse “Wine Fest” Featuring Family-Owned Wineries

1pm – 4pm

Simms Steakhouse

Denver-area fans of lovingly-made fine wines from family-owned wineries around the world will be making their reservations and getting their passports stamped for a rare opportunity to meet, talk and taste with the owners and winemakers of nearly 30 properties from the best-known appellations and wine regions within most of the top wine-producing countries – Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and the United States. These winemakers and winery owners will trek up the mountain to a Denver dining landmark – Simms Steakhouse – where they will be treated to a glorious view of Downtown Denver as they personally present their best wines from the restaurant’s two terraces. Simms chefs have carefully matched delectable finger-foods to the approximately 90 wines that will be tasted.

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Publik House Grand Opening

2pm – 12am

Renegade Publik House

It’s open, now let’s party!

This is more than you’re average open house, it’s a Craft Beer Week Celebration! Renegade Publik House features craft beers from around the state, country, and world. Let’s drink to that!

$12 at the door will get you unlimited salads and specialty pizzas. Choose from our 25 taps including a few Renegade brews, a great selection of craft beer from around the world, and two specialty, rotating taps. Help kill these rare kegs to get to the next one!

We will be posting the specialty kegs as soon as they are confirmed.
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Big Choice & LuLu’s BBQ Luau Pig Roast

4pm – 5pm

LuLu’s BBQ in Louisville

Luau Pig Roast @ LuLu’s BBQ in Louisville
featuring Big Choice Beer – I Want Mango Wheat and Big City Blonde Anniversa-RYE

Enjoy Kahlua Style Whole Smoked Pig, Pineapple Pit Beans, Sweet Soy and Citrus Napa Cabbage Slaw for $10.

The event will also support A Precious Child in Broomfield and The Heritage House in Louisville.

By bringing in items for one of these organizations, you will be able to drink Big Choice Beer for $3.50 a pint PLUS get a Buy One Get One Free coupon to use at Big Choice Brewing anytime (while supplies last).

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Whitewater Ramble

4pm – 10pm

Left Hand Brewing Co.

Left Hand Brewing is proud to release the Summer Jam Concert Series 2013! Join us for our May 18th show, as we jam out to the sounds of Whitewater Ramble, Bonnie & the Clydes, and Grant Farm! Doors open at 4pm and tickets are $15 each.

**You will not receive physical tickets in the mail. Your name will be added to the “Will Call” List for the show.**

Summer Jam: Whitewater Ramble – $15
May 18 | 5-10pm (Doors open @ 4pm)
Whitewater Ramble | Bonnie & the Clydes | Grant Farm
Local Food | Left Hand Craft Beer
1265 Boston Avenue, Longmont, CO

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New Belgium Lips of Faith Tapping

5pm – 11pm

Rackhouse Pub

It may be the 2nd to last day of American Craft Beer Week 2013, but the Rackhouse is still going strong with our specialty beer sampling in honor of our nation’s craft brewing industry.

Stop into the Rackhouse at 5pm on Saturday, May 18, and try some of the Lips of Faith series from New Belgium Brewery. We’ll be pouring the following:

• Pluot (a Belgian ale brewed with Pluots – a plum/apricot hybrid fruit)
• Paardebloem (Belgian ale bittered with dandelion greens, a collaboration with Red Rock Brewing)
• Cascara Quad (bottles)

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Night of the Barrel

5:30pm – 8:30pm

Falling Rock

Barrel Aged beers will be our focus. A little taste of what’s to come includes some goodies like: Bruery White Oak, Deschustes Abyss (2010), Deschutes Black Butte XXIII (2011), Deschutes Stoic (2011), Dogfish Head Palo Santo, Lost Abbey Angel’s Share (2011???), North Coast Old Rasputin XV, Odell Bourbon Barrell Stout (2012), Port Older Viscosity (2011)

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Sunday, May 19

Volunteer for Beer

9am – 4pm

Starts at Rackhouse Pub

On Sunday May 19th, 2013, the Rackhouse Pub is organizing our annual sidewalk cleanup on West Alameda between the Rackhouse and the Alameda Light Rail Station. Be one of the first 20 to sign up in person at the Rackhouse and help us beautify an overlooked section of sidewalk. When we’re done, we’ll all hop on the light rail (at our cost) and head to Great Divide Brewing Company for a VIP tour and free beers.

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bRUNch at The Squire Lounge

11am – 1pm

The Squire Lounge on Colfax

The Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon, Half Marathon and Urban 10 Miler are happening on May 19.

Join us after the Colfax Marathon at The Squire Lounge on May 19. No tickets are needed for this event as bRUNch will be providing food for bRUNchers who stop by after the race.

The Squire Lounge will be offering the following drink specials:

$2 Domestic Beers
$3 Wells and Other Beers
$5 Bloody Mary’s

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/478567068879321/


12pm – 5pm

Crooked Stave

We are very excited to announce that we will hold a bottle release for Wild Wild Brett Violet on May 19th!!! In order to celebrate the completion of the Wild Wild Brett Series and bottle release for Wild Wild Brett Violet, we will be hosting a ROY-G-BIV Day (or Rainbow Day as it has been informally mentioned)!

The bottle release of Wild Wild Brett Violet will START at 12:00pm and last until the bottles are sold out. Also, there will be a 6 BOTTLE LIMIT for Violet. Beginning at 1:00pm we will tap limited offerings of ALL the Wild Wild Brett Series. Below is a list of details:

What? ROY-G-BIV Day (Rainbow Day)
When? Sunday, May 19th @ 12:00pm
Where? Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar (1441 W. 46th Ave #19, Denver, CO)

Tapping schedule:
1:00pm Wild Wild Brett Rouge
1:30pm Wild Wild Brett Orange
2:00pm Wild Wild Brett Yellow
2:30pm Wild Wild Brett Green
3:00pm Wild Wild Brett Blue
3:30pm Wild Wild Brett Indigo
*Wild Wild Brett Violet, as well as St. Bretta and Hop Savant will be on tap ALL DAY!

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Look for an article this afternoon about all the beers!

Rockies vs. Giants

2:10pm – 5pm

Coors Field

Ernie’s Oskar Blues IPA Showdown

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza

Ernie’s will host an epic battle of the Oskar Blues IPA’s. Featured beers will include Gnight, Imperial Red IPA, Deviant IPA, Gubna Imperial IPA, and Oskar the Grouch Smoked IPA. The Oskar Blues Brewer will be on hand to talk with guests and offers samples of the beer. Tastings are complementary while supplies last.

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Drink for Doberman’s

5pm – 8pm

Adrift Tiki Bar

Sunday, May 19th, 5-8p, Adrift Tiki Bar, $55
Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7c7pfqfede90a66&llr=nfvfzsbab

Enjoy a formal, sit-down tasting of 6 wines that have incredible stories. Though they don’t have to do with dogs so much, you will walk away having met 6 incredible winemakers as well as their stories through tastes of their wines. Be transported and give to the canine creatures who always need our helping hand. Meet other pup-lovers as well.

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Growing our Roots

6pm – 9pm

The Populist

Denver Urban Gardens is working to create a new space that will significantly change the way we serve the community. In partnership with Denver Housing Authority and a host of international development organizations, we are developing a nonprofit shared space in a historic building known as The Horse Barn, in Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood. The Horse Barn will serve as the joint headquarters for Denver Urban Gardens and our new partner tenants. To move to this new space, we must raise $325,000 for key renovations, and we need your help!

We are 88% of the way to our goal, with $40,000 to go! Our progress includes $150,000 in generous challenge grants from The Colorado Health Foundation, the Gates Family Foundation, and The Boettcher Foundation. That means that without your support, we will miss out on $150,000, and the opportunity to grow our capacity at a pivotal moment in our organization’s history.

On Sunday, May 19th, join Denver Urban Gardens for a special event at The Populist, which was recently named one of the best new restaurants in Denver. Optional tours of the Horse Barn, which is just a few blocks away, will be provided before the event at 5:00pm. Beginning at 6:00pm, guests will enjoy cocktails and small plates on a beautiful patio, followed by a brief program and silent auction.

Your support is crucial to our ability to reach this important fundraising goal, and grow our capacity to create access to fresh, healthy food for thousands more Coloradans. Space is limited so don’t wait to purchase your ticket!

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About PJ Hoberman

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