Feel that chill in the air? That means we’re getting closer and closer to some of our favorite months here at the Wagon. Beer and spirits will be flowing freely all weekend. Drinking yourself a jacket for the night is totally acceptable since yours is probably still packed away in storage.
Wit’s End Brewing Company is throwing their second anniversary party on Saturday, so check out this post where the lovely Sarah Haughey got to interview brewer Scott Witsoe and get his take on what it’s like having made it two years in the craft brew game. Also, you should check out the party since they will be giving away GABF tickets.
October is almost here. You have exactly 20 days until the first session of the Great American Beer Festival begins. Get your craft beer knowledge sharpened and your palates educated, people!
Roosevelt Park, Longmont
Coming this weekend, Longmont Oktoberfest will make its annual return! This time, in the spirit of community and doing the right thing, Left Hand Brewing is dedicating our Longmont Oktoberfest to Flood Relief 2013.
Friday, September 20
Full Moon Carnival and Street Fashion Show
901 Bannock St., Denver, 4-10 p.m.
Tonight Birds & Belles Boutique and the Salvation Army present Denver’s first ever Street Fashion Runway Show! There will also be gourmet food from Denver’s best food trucks: Crock Spot, Doner King, Capt’n Crabby, Feed Me Bahn Mi, Kuechos, Crepes-a-Go-Go and Sunset Tacos. There will be beer from Left Hand and wine from Bonacquisti.
Barrels & Bottles Brewery Grand Opening
Golden, 5 p.m.
Golden’s newest brewpub celebrates its grand opening tonight! The new tap room at 600 12th Street will be serving half pours of its very limited first batches, including a German rye ale and a blond ale made by head brewer Shaun Salyards.
In addition to Shaun’s beers, Barrels & Bottles is debuting with 17 guest taps, and 24 kinds of wine on tap. “We’re creating a tap list that reflects who we feel are under-represented in this area,” says Shaun. Barrels & Bottles is Equinox Brewing’s first non-Fort Collins account and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Projects first account in Golden. The new bar also boasts one of the state’s only fusion towers that infuses beer with fresh hops, coffees, and other botanicals to enhance aromas.
Saturday, September 21
Wit’s End Brewing Company’s 2nd Anniversary Party
Wit’s End Brewing Company, Denver, 12-8 p.m.
Join Wit’s End for their second year shindig as they raffle off tickets for GABF and have food in from Pride of Philly. Check out their taplist and other special goodies here!
Elitch Gardens Brew Festival
Denver, 12-5 p.m.
Featuring over 45 brews! Guests can enjoy unlimited tastings of their favorites and sample some new flavors, too. Plus, spend a full day in the Theme Park! Buy your tickets online now; this event is likely to sell out!
3rd Annual Vine Street Uptown Block Party and Brewer’s Olympics
Vine Street Pub, 1 p.m.
Participating Breweries in the Third Annual Brewer’s Olympics: Mountain Sun, Avery, Breckenridge, Cannonball Creek, Odell, Wynkoop, Renegade, Great Divide, Boulder Beer, Upslope
The Vine Street Uptown Block Party and Brewer’s Olympics is an annual celebration of one of the most amazing neighborhoods in Denver, the Uptown Community. This year, all proceeds from the event benefit Colorado flood relief as well as New Era Colorado, an innovative vehicle for hands-on democracy. New Era engages, educates and trains a new generation of active citizens and young leaders in Colorado.
Uncorked Wine & Music Festival
Lake City, 10 a.m.
Enjoy good music, good wine and good friends, all beneath the fall aspens of the San Juan Mountains in Historic Lake City, Colorado.
Sunday, September 22
Rumpkin Release Party!
Avery Brewing Company, 5 p.m.
Bottle sales begin at 5 p.m. and rare beers will be available on draft starting at 11 a.m.! Single 12oz. bottles of Rumpkin will be sold for $12 each, with a maximum of one case per person.
There will also be The Great Rumpkin Raffle benefiting the Foothills Flood Relief Fund. It’s $10 a raffle ticket which gets you a complimentary pint, and they’ll be raffling off one case of Rumpkin, two pairs of tickets to Boulder IPA Fest, eight 6-packs of Rumpkin and Avery gear!
- October 4-6 – Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival (More Info)
- October 4-12 – Denver Beer Fest (More Info)
- October 11 – Avery’s Barrel-Aged Bike RIde (More Info)
- January 9 – Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywine Festival (Tickets)
Did we miss something? Want your event on next week’s Weekend off the Wagon? Email us.