Weekend off the Wagon – June 28-30

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Jasmin didn’t burn the house down last week, so we might have to let her do more of these Weekend off the Wagon posts. But, me again this week.

This weekend hosts the Epic Beer Festival. We’ll be there, booth 921. Come say hi!

The winner of most-unique-summer-brew-fest goes to Knockin’ Rocks Brooms & Brewfest in Fort Collins. It’s near an ice rink, during a curling competition. Also, Renegade turns 2 and Twelve Degree opens. The Lobby just released their new menu, and they’re kicking it off with City Star Brewing and a Seafood Boil.

In the wine world, Somm is playing all weekend, there’s a fundraiser at Balistreri Vineyard, and you can learn about wine at Turquoise Mesa.

On Wednesday, check out the Independence Eve After Party at McNichol’s, and on Thursday, Jax Glendale opens their rooftop deck, Hi^Jax, with food, drink, and music.

What’s your plan this weekend? Did you get your Denver Passport yet?


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All Weekend

Epic Beer Festival

Colorado Convention Center

Epic Beer Festival is coming to Denver! Join us June 28 – 29 at the Colorado Convention Center to celebrate craft beer. Epic Beer Festival will host 3 tasting sessions, 120+ Craft Breweries, 300+ Craft Beers from around the world and over 10,000 attendees! This festival is sure to be EPIC! Want to attend for free? Sign up to volunteer and receive a free ticket to the event. Check out our website for more details on tickets, breweries and festival deals.

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SIE Filmcenter

With unprecendented access, SOMM takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look at a mysterious world very little is known about – the Court of Master Sommeliers and the much dreaded Master Sommelier exam.
The film follows four candidates attempting to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. The exam covers literally anything having to do with the entire world of wine and that is just the beginning. Access to the Court of Master Commeliers has always been strictly regulated and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam…until now.

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Friday, June 28

Final Friday

Five Points / MegaFauna

Welcome to Final Friday, “Denver’s Music Walk & Urban Bazaar” open May thru September along the North Larimer/Walnut corridor.

Final Friday occurs on the last Friday of the month < MAY – AUGUST > with participating businesses, community areas and venues opening their doors to 25+ MUSICIANS, BANDS, and PERFORMERS; emphasizing the real love of Denver – MUSIC. Each venue hosts a variety of music and performance entertainment for the evening. Venues include art galleries, bars, design shops, retail, restaurants and offices all lined up providing easy access for the passersby along Larimer and Walnut in the River North Art District, located in Greater Five Points, Denver Colorado.

Final Friday June 28 will feature over 50 Bands at 30 Venues with 50+ Street Vendors, Food Trucks and Performers.

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Whiskey for my men, Beer for my horses

5pm – 8pm

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Celebrating its fourth straight year, the Fine Arts Center’s summer arts fundraiser returns to bring the best in Colorado craft brews, spirits, BBQ and music in the intimate and historic FAC Courtyard: Whiskey For My Men, Beer For My Horses on Friday, June 28 from 5-8p.

Four breweries, including the Colorado craft brew icon Oskar Blues Brewery, and four distilleries, featuring national award-winner Leopold Brothers, will pour samples of their delectable spirits during Whiskey IV. Musical entertainment is provided by the incomparable Black Forest Band, The J. Miller Band, playing the finest in Americana and country. Once again, the Buffalo Gals will be serving up New West barbeque for purchase.

A significant increase in both hooting and hollering is anticipated from the previous three editions. Also included with your ticket is free admission to view the FAC galleries. Since the inception of the event in 2010, patrons who wear a “big-ass” belt buckle will get a $5 discount. Tickets are $25 ($20 for FAC members), available online or at the door.

BUY TICKETS NOW! | Call the Box Office at 719.634.5583

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Stride Summer Wine Classic

6pm – 9pm

Balistreri Vineyards

Join Balistreri Vineyards in supporting Stride for a Summer Wine Tasting Event! Enjoy Balistreri wines and Heavy appetizers.

The mission of Stride, serving Jefferson County, is to provide families with services and a personalized plan to attain economic independence and break the cycle of poverty.

This year’s theme is “A Tour of Italy”. The event includes a silent and live auction, music, and a short program highlighting the work of Stride including families served by the program. Program families will speak about their path from poverty and instability to economic independence and self-sufficiency.

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Rockies vs. Giants

6:40pm – 9:30pm

Coors Field

New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer and Film Tour

8pm – 9pm

Twenty Ninth Street Mall – Boulder

New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a wide variety of award-winning beers, is once again bringing its beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show to your backyard. Clips Beer and Film Tour returns to Boulder on Friday, June 28 at Twenty Ninth Street Mall. This is the fourth annual tour, which has raised more than $200,000 for nonprofit organizations. Last year in Boulder, approximately 1,600 people came to the show and raised more than $10,400 for Community Cycles, which is our nonprofit partner again this year.

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Saturday, June 29

Knockin’ Rocks Brooms & Brewfest

NoCo Ice Center, Fort Collins

The Knockin’ Rocks Brooms & Brewfest kicks off for the first time ever on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Featuring specialty beers from select breweries, it is a smaller venue allowing guests a chance to chat one-on-one with brewery reps and brewmasters. In addition, guests can come early or stay later to watch games being played in our Bonspiel, a curling tournament, held in NoCo Ice Center. Join us this summer to enjoy some of the newest samples this season!

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Twelve Degree Brewing Grand Opening

Twelve Degree Brewing, Louisville

We’re happy to announce our Grand Opening this Saturday starting at 1:00 pm. Come on down and enjoy some Belgian-inspired craft beer! More details to come…

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Renegade Block Party

12pm – 10pm

Renegade Brewing

Renegade has been proud to serve you Offensively Delicious beer for two years. Let’s celebrate!

On Saturday, June 29 the 900 block of W. 9th Avenue (between Santa Fe and Kalamath) will be closed to traffic and open to party. Come on over from noon-10 PM for food trucks, live music, and of course-BEER! We’ve put together some special small batches that will only be available on June 29. There will be no cover charge and beer available for purchase by the glass.

We will be offering a valet bike parking and encourage guests to take advantage of public transportation. Renegade is located near a B-cycle station, RTD light rail station (10th and Osage), and RTD bus stop (9 route).

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Red, Whites & Brews Festival

1pm – 6pm

Avon, CO

AlwaysMountainTime and the Town of Avon are thrilled to host the Reds, Whites & Brews Festival for the second year!

Sample beer from 18 breweries and wine from more than 20 wineries all afternoon with your tasting cup or VIP commemorative glass, included with your ticket. Buy your online festival tickets before the day of the event – they’re cheaper! Gate prices are $40/person or $75/person for VIP access.

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Rockies vs. Giants

2:10pm – 5pm

Coors Field

Wine Wisdom

3pm – 5pm

Turquoise Mesa Winery

Wine Wisdom (aka – Wine 101) is also back by popular demand!!!

Wine Wisdom will be taught by Certified Executive Sommelier Danica P. Smith, owner of The Wandering WineKnow. Participants will start with four wines and various cheeses. The session will finish with a dessert wine.

Come and meet old friends and make new ones and share in the interactive experience – Take your wine knowledge and experience to the next level !!

Everything is supplied

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Southern Style Seafood Boil

5pm – 8pm

The Lobby

With City Star Brewing Company

$40 for 4 9oz brews & all you can eat crawfish, shrimp, mussels, clams and fixin’s!

Additional 9oz beers for $3

Call in at 303-997-9911 to make your reservation today

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Sunday, June 30

bRUNch at Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza Ballpark

9:15am – 12:15pm

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza Ballpark

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza Ballpark will be hosting bRUNch on June 30. Check-in occurs from 9:15 – 9:30. We will leave for the run at 9:30. The cost for this bRUNch is $20 and includes one entree, two drinks, tax and gratuity.

Check out the full menu here: https://www.facebook.com/events/281754798635772/


Rockies vs. Giants

2:10pm – 5pm

Coors Field

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

  • July 3 – Independence Eve After Party (RSVP)
  • July 4 – Jax Glendale Hi^Jax Opening Party (Tickets)
  • July 13 – Breckenridge Brewery 23rd Anniversary Hootenanny (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?