Weekend off the Wagon – June 7-9

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This weekend marks the end of Colorado Wine Week, and the Colorado Urban Wine Fest is the closing event. Check it out!

If you feel like getting outside the city this weekend, there’s the Taste of Fort Collins, SourFest, Carbondale Bread & Brew Fest, and the Snowmass Mammoth Festival.

Or maybe you’re sticking around town. Black Shirt Brewing has a collaboration with TiredPirate. Art and beer and awesome! Crooked Stave is holding their own mini SourFest too.

And on Sunday, there’s the free Festival for Water in Civic Center Park. The Motet, among other bands, are playing. Stop by!

We’ve added a new section to Weekend off the Wagon. At the end, we’ll list a few events further down the road that you can buy tickets to now.

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


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Colorado Wine Week

In 2011, Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former beer magnat who has been a huge supporter of local everything, declared the first week of June “Colorado Wine Week” to coincide with the first annual Colorado Urban Winefest.

It has grown to feature seven days of local wine celebration, including:

* Colorado wine and small plate specials at top restaurants
* Specialized events almost every night of the week
* The annual Colorado Urban Winefest

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Carbondale Bread and Brew Fest

The second annual Carbondale Brews and Bread Fest Presented By Sopris Liquor & Wine, held summer, 2013 at Third Street Center and PAC3 in Carbondale, CO. The Bread and Bread showcases the art of home brewing, the choices of craft breweries, the fragrance of community bread baking and the creativity of music and puppetry surrounded by renewable energy options and a mother of all mountains called Sopris.

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Snowmass Mammoth Festival

The Snowmass Mammoth Fest is officially presented by the 10th Annual Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest. Snowmass Tourism is proud to announce this year’s new festival location, featuring more great music, on-site camping, and new event managers, SBG Productions, the founders and producers of Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, CO. The 2013 festival will feature two days and nights of music and continue the traditional weekend of specialty chili and microbrew competitions with tastings. Official Snowmass Mammoth Fest lodging partners include the Westin/Wildwood Snowmass and The Crestwood Condominiums. For festival information please email info@SnowmassMammothfest.com or call 1800SNOWMASS (1-800-766-9627).

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Taste of Fort Collins

The Taste of Fort Collins (TFC) is a Northern Colorado Tradition – a community celebration with family-friendly activities that are perfect for Northern Coloradoans’ active lifestyle. TFC continues to benefit Special Olympics Larimer County and Kiwanis Club International. This three-day festival offers attendees food from local and national restaurants, entertainment from regionally and internationally acclaimed musicians, and an eclectic display of fine artisans work as well as the region’s best crafters.

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Friday, June 7

First Friday Art Walks

All over Denver

Grab your wine and critical eye, it’s time again for First Friday Art Walks. Find one in your ‘hood, or branch out and explore this fine city.

Some areas to check out

Santa Fe
Golden Triangle
River North
Navajo Street
Old South Pearl

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Garden Grapes & Hops

4:30pm – 10pm

Denver Botanic Gardens

One of Denver’s favorite events for foodies, beer connoisseurs and oenophiles alike, Denver Botanic Gardens’ Garden Grapes & Hops event will take place Friday, June 7, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. and tickets still remain!

This annual summer event features food, drink and live entertainment in the natural beauty of the Gardens. General admission starts at $60 for members, and includes a tasting cup for unlimited beer and wine samples, as well as savory light bites by an eclectic mix of local restaurants including Sienna Wine Bar, WaterCourse Foods, La Sandia Tequila Cantina, The Cherry Cricket and numerous others. Starting at $85, VIP admission also includes a preview party, beginning at 5 p.m.; additional light appetizers and dessert options; and VIP lounge admissionfrom 8-10 p.m. Tickets.

Governor’s Cup Awards Presentation and Reception

4:30pm – 7pm

Metro State

Taste some of the best from the annual Governor’s Cup wine competition — and expect to see the winning winemaker drink the Best of Show wine straight from the cup! Twenty wineries will pour samples and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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10 Minutes of Pleasure Bottle Release

5pm – 6pm

TRiNiTY Brewing

Ten Minutes of Pleasure, Berliner Weisse. Collaboration beer between Trinity Brewing and New Belgium Brewing. This Berliner Weisse is raw and crude with authenticity. Brewed with over 50% wheat malts and never boiled to encourage the development of a soft sourness and high protein mouthfeel. To the kettle we added Soursop fruit creating notes of lemon and coconut. The Fermentation is a blended one imploring Lactobacillus, Bretta, and a German Ale yeast. Aged in fresh French oak Chardonnay barrels.

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Black Shirt Brewing + TiredPirate Collaboration Art Show

5pm – 9pm

Black Shirt Brewing

Beer + Art + you

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Rockies vs. Padres

6:40pm – 9:30pm

Coors Field

Saturday, June 8

Odell Tap Takeover

11am – 11pm

Parry’s Pizza – Highlands Ranch

Odell Brewing is bringing their tap room to us, here at the Highlands Ranch Parry’s Pizza. You know the greats will be in the lineup, but what else could one ask for?

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Crooked Stave mini SourFest

12pm – 10pm

Crooked Stave

Didn’t get tickets to Avery Sourfest? We are holding a mini Sour/Wild Fest here at Crooked Stave for everyone who missed out on tickets. We will be tapping FOUR new sour beers and the Summer batch of St. Bretta w/Blood Oranges for the event which is being held this Saturday, June 8th from 12 noon to 10pm when we close. Line-up includes:
-Musty Cedar Box – Burgundy Sour aged in Leopolds Whiskey barrels
-Nightmare on Brett – Dark Sour aged in Leopolds Whiskey Barrels
-WaelzBlood (Cheers! 2012) – Peach Sour w/Hibiscus
-Razzy Surette – Barrel-aged Provision Saison aged w/Raspberries
-St. Bretta (summer batch) – 100% Brett/Lacto Foeder fermented w/Blood Oranges
-Wild Wild Brett Violet – 100% Brett w/Passion Fruit, and Dry Hopped w/369 exp Hops. (This is the last of this beer for a while!)
See you at the Barrel Cellar this Saturday for Sour/Wild mini fest at Crooked Stave!

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12pm – 10pm

1200 Block South Pearl Street

$5 entry

Mountain Standard Time
The Black Lillies
Humming House
Whitewater Ramble
Jonas Friddle & the Majority
Trout Steak Revival
Blue Canyon Boys

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SourFest [Sold Out]

12pm – 5pm

Avery Brewing Company

Join us for this celebration of truly experimental beers! All beers here are homegrown in America and feature sour and/or wild recipes made with bacteria and wild yeast. Pucker up Buttercup!

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Colorado Urban Winefest

1pm – 5pm

Infinity Park

A celebration of Colorado wine and food, top restaurants will join dozens of Colorado wineries in creating the ultimate in local drinking and eating. The ticket will get entrants free samples of hundreds of Colorado wines, live cooking demonstrations with some of Denver’s best chefs, live entertainment, and the chance to purchase wine direct from Colorado’s talented winemakers.

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Highlands Ranch Beer Festival

1pm – 6pm

Civic Green Park

Colorado, often called the “Napa Valley of Beer”, is home to over 160 local breweries and brewpubs. In celebration of our beer culture the HRCA proudly presents the 1st Annual Highlands Ranch Beer Festival. Live music, local and national breweries and lawn games will be present at this event. Unlimited one ounce samples and a souvenir tasting glass is Included in the ticket pricing. Must be 21+ to partake in tastings. Individual beer will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Highlands Ranch Scholarship Fund.

The festival is open to all ages; however, only those over 21 can consume alcohol. Proper ID required upon entry.

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Rockies vs. Padres

5:15pm – 8pm

Coors Field

Historic Downtown Littleton Block Party​​​​​

6pm – 11pm

Downtown Littleton

Food, beer, fireworks, and more!

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Sunday, June 9

bRUNch at Linger

9:15am – 12:15pm


Linger will be hosting our June 9 bRUNch. Check-in will be from 9:15 – 9:30 a.m. We will leave for the run at 9:30 a.m.

The price for this bRUNch is $20 and includes choice of one entree, two drinks, tax and gratuity.

Check out the full menu and routes here: https://www.facebook.com/events/455453004532324/.

Rockies vs. Padres

2:10pm – 5pm

Coors Field

Festival for Water

4pm – 9pm

Civic Center Park

The Festival for Water is a free event and concert (including the Motet!) with a great music lineup and amazing food trucks being held to benefit Water for People.

This free event is on Sunday, June 9th from 4pm to 9pm

All ages are welcome and the event is family friendly, so get everyone together and help support our mission. Remember this is a free event!

Win an international trip for two! Check-in at the Water for People booth at the Festival for Water to win a trip of a lifetime to one of the 10 countries where we work in Asia, Africa, Central or South America. How? Sign-up in person at the festival in the Water for People zone.

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The Spring Fling: A Wine Tasting

5pm – 7pm


Join us on Sunday, June 9th, from 5:00-7:00pm at Adrift! We will be pouring over 25 wines from all over the world. Admission is $25.00 and includes food and unlimited samples. For tickets and information, please contact Kent Cellars at 303-789-7426

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Jazz in the Park

6pm – 8pm

City Park

The 2013 season begins June 2nd and continues for 10 weeks each Sunday night from 6-8 p.m. The concerts are FREE for everyone, rain or shine, and located at the pavilion in City Park.

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Future Events

  • June 8 – Colorado Urban Wine Fest (Tickets)
  • June 9 – Festival For Water (Free)
  • June 15 – Great Divide 19th Anniversary (Tickets)
  • June 28-29 – Epic Beer Festival (Information)
  • July 20 – Copper Kettle’s A Night To Remember (Tickets)
  • July 26 – Denver Summer Brew Fest (Tickets)
  • August 16 – Endless Summer (Tickets)

Did we miss something? Want your event on next week’s Weekend off the Wagon? Email us.

About PJ Hoberman

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