Weekend off the Wagon – Fermentable goodies & CANiversaries

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Friday, August 8

Summer Nights @ the Museum 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.The theme for this night’s of adult fun is ‘Bacon, Beer, and OhHeckYeah!’ Powered through the Denver Museum of Nature & Science museum’s 17-foot-wide ‘Imagination Screen’ and with you as the controller, OhHeckYeah’s custom video games are the arcade of today. Plus, enjoy bacon-inspired bites from the Museum’s culinary team, including whole hog street tacos, pork belly BLT, breakfast in a bacon cup, bacon cupcakes, and chocolate covered bacon. Wash it all down with beer tastings from Denver Beer Co., including a Maya-inspired beer created in collaboration with the Museum.Bull & Bush 43rd Anniversary Party
Bull & Bush Brewery, 4700 Cherry Creek Dr., Glendale

Join Bull & Bush for their big 4-3 from 9-2 a.m. and start some shenanigans! Live music and dance-fuel will be provided by The Samples and Bull & Bush will be providing the food until midnight. Get your tickets fast, this event is surely to sell out!

Steamboat Wine Festival 
Various locations, Steamboat Springs

The Steamboat Wine Festival is a premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and our distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience. Whether you are a full-fledged foodie or an emerging gourmand, you are sure to find more than one event to whet your appetite. There is something for everyone–from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures with food & wine influences, there are tastes and temptations at every turn.

Saturday, August 9

Fermentation Festival
Highlands Masonic Center, 3550 Federal Blvd.

Fermentation is the blessed process that gives us beer, wine and spirits, but it’s also one of the oldest forms of food preservation in the world, and this weekend’s second annual Fermentation Festival & Market plans to highlight that history, as well as showcase everything from pickles and sauerkraut to kombucha and kimchi. There will be plenty of beer, wine and spirits around, too. The Fermentation Festival runs Saturday and SUnday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. General-admission tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door; VIP tickets are $60 in advance and $65 at the door. Get more information at fermentationfestival.com.

Casey Brewing and Blending Opening
3421 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs

After much anticipation, Troy Casey’s new endeavor Casey Brewing and Blending is opening for public enjoyment. Casey Brewing and Blending is a new brewery that focuses exclusively on Belgian-style beers fermented in vintage oak barrels using all Colorado ingredients. From 11-5 p.m., enjoy his next blend of Saison that went over with a hoot for his soft opening back in July. You can also taste both the first and the second blends of Saison and learn how the oak barrel aging and blending process contribute to the flavors in the beer. Future releases will include versions of Saison blended with fresh Western Slope fruits such as sweet and sour cherries, peaches, plums and blackberries.

Boulder County Craft Distiller’s Festival 
9595 Nelson Road, Longmont

The first ever Boulder County Distiller’s Festival is happening from 1-5 p.m. and tickets are $40 in advance. The event is unique in that the participating distilleries must either use Colorado products in the production of their spirits, or must produce their spirits from grain to glass in Colorado. At last count, 17 distillers were signed up in attendance.

Denver Beer Co. ‘CANiversary’
Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St

Denver Beer Co. has a few things to celebrate this weekend, from it’s third anniversary to the release of two of their signature brews–Graham Cracker Porter and Incredible Pedal IPA–in cans! To celebrate, DBC will be closing 17th street adjacent to the brewery and will host an afternoon filled with food trucks, live music and beer in cans. The event will be held from 2-10 p.m. Find out more at denverbeerco.com/events.

South Pearl Street Blues & Brews
1200 block of South Pearl Street

What happens when you mix a warm summer afternoon, ice-cold draft beer, and some fun, funky music? You get the South Pearl Street Blues & Brews. Inaugurated in 2007, the brainchild of a South Pearl Street merchant, the first Blues & Brews debuted on August 11 on the 1200 block of South Pearl Street. Entering its seventh year, the music festivals have become a neighborhood tradition and a real shindig. The question remains–is it a music festival with really good beer or a beer festival with really good music? You decide. The first band starts at 1 p.m. with the last band performing at 8:45 p.m.

Sunday, August 10

bRUNch @ Historians

Historians Ale House, 24 BroadwayLooking for a great view of the mountains? Then you should join bRUNch at Historians Ale House on Broadway. And did I mention the draft beer selection? Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. The group will leave for their run at 9:30. Routes: 5K10K

Future Events

  • August 14 – Cicyle-In Cinema (Tickets)
  • August 16 – Ed Fest (Tickets)
  • August 16 –  Hops in the Hangar (Tickets)
  • August 17-21 –  Hoofin It (Info)
  • August 21 – High Plains Comedy Festival (Tickets)
  • August 23 – Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival (Tickets)
  • August 24 – 2nd Annual Hop Pickin’ Party (Tickets)
  • September 28 – The bRUNch Run 5k (Tickets)

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


About Jasmin Hudacsek

Editor for Denver off the Wagon and avid black coffee drinker.