Weekend off the Wagon: May 14th – 18th

A 4 ounce taster of Poweder Keg Brewing beer and Haystack Mountain Goat dairy cheese

(Photo: Powder Keg Brewing)

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That’s right, the Denver Passport has already sold out over the span of two days. Pardon our French, but holy sh*% people of Denver! You seriously rock.

But never fear if you live in Boulder, Fort Collins or Colorado Springs because you can still get your hands on some 2-for-1 goodness this weekend! Now, let’s get to the events!

the passport program cities

(Image: The Passport Program)

Thursday, May 14

Beer School with Crooked Stave

World of Beer – LoDo, 1555 Blake St., Unit 102

In honor of American Craft Beer Week, the team at World of Beer downtown Denver is hosting their first Beer School with Crooked Stave! The class begins at 5:30 p.m. and representatives from Crooked Stave will be down there giving you a peak into how they do what they do! This event is RSVP only, so there could still be a chance to head down there today to see if there are any spots left!

Thirsty Firkin Thursday: Cuvée de Cobbler

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, 3350 Brighton Blvd.

Have you heard the amazing news yet? The folks at Crooked Stave are tapping their very first firkin INSIDE their taproom! And that’s only have of the good news. The fact that it’s a golden sour aged with peaches, vanilla bean, cinnamon and nutmeg is the rest of it. You better not miss out on this Cuvée de Cobbler! Tapping starts at 6 p.m.!

Haystack Cheese Pairing

Powder Keg Brewing Company, 101 2nd Ave, Niwot

From 6-10 p.m. in Niwot, come check out the illest brewery stationed northeast of Boulder for a beer and cheese pairing that will rock your world. Enjoy a select roundup of Powder Keg brews that will be paired with cheeses from Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy. Each ticket will get you five tasters and five slect cheeses. Tickets are $15 per person, so get yours now while there’s still time!

Limited Edition Signed Introvert Bottle Raffle + Pub Crawl

Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont

Introvert Session IPA is Left Hand Brewing’s latest edition to their stellar lineup, and they’re pretty gosh darn proud of it! Coming in at 4.8% ABV, this surprisingly bold session was released Monday, but the three-day bar crawl starts today! Join them in the taproom today to also get the chance to win a limited edition signed Introvert bottle by Eric Wallace, the co-founder of Left Hand! There are 24 bottles available to win, so increase your odds significantly by being there! Fun starts at 5 p.m.!

Brown Ale Release Party

Alpine Dog Brewing Company, 1505 Ogden St.

The party people over at Alpine Dog Brewing want to celebrate the birth of their latest brew with all of you! Taproom opens at 3 p.m. and El Carte 303 will be grillin’ up some grub!

Relay for Life Benefit at Two Rascals

Two Rascals Brewing Co., 147 N. 1st St., Montrose

The awesome folks at Two Rascals Brewing Co. are donating a portion of the proceeds they receive this evening between the hours of 4-9 p.m.! The fundraiser is benefiting Relay for Life, an overnight community walk that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Renegade Tap Takeover @ Denver Bicycle Cafe

Denver Bicycle Cafe, 1308 E. 17th Ave.

Starting at 7 p.m., The Denver Bicycle Cafe will be tapping a bunch of Renegade Brewing beers! Plus, they’re giving away a special prize to those who buy a Renegade beer tonight; the winner and nine of their friends will get the chance to tour the new Renegade production facility on Santa Fe and drink free beer all afternoon!

Friday, May 15

The Whiskey Throwdown, Doughnut Showdown 

Thrive Ballpark 1415 Park Ave W.

You asked for it! The Inaugural Whiskey Throwdown, Doughnut Showdown held in 2014 was such a success that TwoNoo is back at it and better than ever for Round 2.0! Come experience the epic donut varieties that Denver has to offer then wash them down with locally distilled whiskey! This is a match made in heaven (or maybe a bit further south), and one you are sure to enjoy. What better way to kick off your Friday night than whiskey and donuts?!

ACBW Collaboration Tappings

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project 3350 Brighton Blvd.

The spirit of camaraderie is strong at Crooked Stave for American Craft Beer Week! They’ve gotten together with friends across the Unites States and abroad to bring you some truly inspired brews, and 5 p.m. Friday is when you can try them all! Check out collaborations with Anchorage, Comrade Brewing, Brasserie Trois Dames and Jester King all in one night. Happy #ACBW!

Firkin Friday – Sour Apricot Gose

Dry Dock Brewing Company – South Dock, 15120 E. Hampden Ave, Aurora

Every Friday, Dry Dock Brewing South Dock taps a specialty firkin at 3 p.m. This week’s unique beer, created by The Brew Hut, is a sour apricot Gose and isn’t going to be around for long.

Vintage Beer Seminar & Tasting

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, 3350 Brighton Blvd.

Along with the collaboration brews, Crooked Stave will also be holding a seminar with Vintage Beer author Patrick Dawson from 6-7:30 p.m. Patrick will discuss the main factors that make certain beers more conducive to aging and will provide tips on creating a proper beer cellar. A tasting component will also be included in the seminar with three vintage Crooked Stave beers. Copies of Vintage Beer will be available for purchase following the seminar. Sadly, this event is already sold out!

The Pint Room Grand Opening

2620 W. Bellview Ave., Littleton

Three years ago, the first Pint Room opened up in Dublin, Ohio offering 101 beers on tap. A second location opened up in Carmel, Indiana with 126 taps. Now, The Pint Room is opening up a location in Littleton, CO. Anyone want to guess how many taps it will have? An impressive 175 with 150 of them devoted to pouring Colorado local brews! The grand opening is this Friday, so come hungry and thirsty!

Saturday, May 16

Beer Styles of the World Part 2 – Quintessential Pale Ales and IPAs

Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St.

The style of pale ale debuted in the early 18th century and was typically a lightly hopped beer. When England started exporting it to India, the style became more strongly hopped to sustain the journey. Get to know the classics and origins of this super popular genre that now typifies many American brews. Join the crew at Factotum Brewhouse for a class on the history, multiple tastings and discourse of this well liked style, and yes, this class includes samples and palate cleansers! Can’t make this class? There’s another one just like it on Monday, too!

Second Anniversary Bash @ Odyssey Beerwerks 

Odyssey Beerwerks, 5535 W. 56th Ave., Suite 107, Arvada

Join the crew at Odyssey Beerwerks from noon to 11 p.m. to help them celebrate their second anniversary! There will be live music, food trucks, prize drawings, games, special anniversary t-shirts for purchase, and of course special beer releases throughout the day! They’ll also be featuring their very first collaboration beer made with their friends from Strange Craft and Colorado Plus, the ColoRedO!

Brewery Boot Camp 

Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St.

Anyone who’s a beer lover and a fan of exercise loves a good cold one after a workout, right? Well, the folks at Factotum know this as well, and are holding an hour long boot camp ran by a certified personal trainer. Trainers will incorporate proper warm ups, cool downs and a little stretching to help ensure proper form. They will be working out with a diverse selection of beer related equipment to ensure a unique and healthy way to start your weekend! After your invigorating workout, you will be rewarded with one of Factotum BrewHouse’s amazing beers. Get your tickets here!

Crooked Stave Presents Acorn Doughnuts & Artisan Ales 

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, 3350 Brighton Blvd.

To finish off ACBW, Crooked Stave will host a hangover brunch of sorts featuring two different artisan donuts from Acorn (also inside The Source) paired with two different tasters of beer. The pairing begins when the taproom opens at noon and runs until the donuts are gone. Cost for one donut paired with one beer is $6. Want to try both? It’s $12.

Vigil’s Reserve Bomber Release Party 

Grist Brewing Company, 9150 Commerce Center Cir. Suite 300, Highlands Ranch

Starting at noon, the team at Grist Brewing will be pouring Virgil’s Reserve for you and celebrating its existence. This 10.5 percent ABV brew started off as their 3rd Ring Belgian style ale and was naturally soured in wine barrels for several months to give it a balance of esters, fruit notes and natural acidity. Get in a bomber or on tap!

Chardonnay Vertical Tasting 

Settembre Cellars Winery & Tasting Room, 1501 Lee Hill #16, Boulder

Join Settembre Cellars for a first for the winery and tasting room as they pull the cork on Library Chardonnay! Taste Chardonnay from their very first vintage, 2007, through the current release, the 2010 Chardonnay. The 2007 vintage included two releases a steel fermented and barrel fermented Chardonnay. The tasting will be from 1-6 p.m.

Beer Brunch @ Lou’s 

Lou’s Food Bar, 1851 W. 38th Ave.

The fine people of Lou’s Food Bar are hosting the last of two Beer Brunches this Saturday and Sunday! This weekend features Great Divide Brewing Co. For only $30, you get three beers AND three courses! What’s not to love about that? This event is first come, first serve only!

CAUTION Three Year Anniversary

CAUTION: Brewing Co., 12445 E. 39th Ave., Suite 314

It’s been three years, and the folks at CAUTION: East taproom are stoked! Starting at noon, enjoy a delicious pig roast, live music, cool new beer tappings and more!

Upslope Get Down | Music, Beer, Food

Upslope Brewing Company 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder

Spring is upon us and so is festival season, plus American Craft Beer Week, so the party people at Upslope thought they’d do a lil’ celebrating by throwing their own music festival right here at their Flatiron Park brewery! Join them for The Upslope Get Down, a free music fest with beer and food from 1-11 p.m. They’re taking over the back parking lot of the brewery to bring you eight bands on two stages for continuous music all day long with Upslope brews and food by local food trucks. Who’s comin’ with them?!

Berliner Weisse Brewery Smackdown!

Two Penguins Tap & Grill 13065 East Briarwood Ave, Centennial

Two Penguins Tap & Grill and their friends at Elk Mountain Brewing challenged Dry Dock Brewing Company to the ultimate smackdown. Both breweries are brewing their own version of a Berliner Weisse, and you will determine who’s beer will reign supreme! Get two 4oz tasters (one of each brewery’s Berliner Weisse) for $6 – then vote for who you think did it best! After you pick your favorite, grab a 10oz for $6! Smackdown starts at 3 p.m., so be there or be square.

Crawfish Boil

Local 46 4586 Tennyson St.

CavemanChefs and Local 46 are throwing a crawfish boil, because ’tis the season! RSVP on the Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the pricing information! Event to start at 3 p.m.

Sunday, May 17

bRUNch at The BSide/Colfax After-Party

The BSide Denver 1336 E 17th Ave

May 17th. This is going to be a really fun day. Not only is bRUNching at The BSide, (yup, chicken and waffles are on the menu) but it is the Colfax Marathon and Half Marathon. This event is two part, but we are all going to end together with full bellies! If you are running the Colfax, join them once you have crossed the finish line and celebrate your finish! Don’t feel like running long? No worries! Your regularly scheduled bRUNch will be taking place as well.

Future Events

  • May 24 – Brews & Views (Info)
  • May 24 – Festival of Brew Pubs (Tickets)
  • May 28 – Yelp’s A Party Animal (RSVP Here!)
  • May 28 – Commuter Community Hour with Bike Denver (Info)
  • May 28 – Freshcraft Presents: Bruery Terreux! Tap Takeover (Info)
  • June 6 – Applejack BrewDown (Tickets)
  • June 6 – Colorado Craft Roundup (Tickets)
  • June 6 – Sanitas Fest ’15 (Tickets)
  • June 6 – The Brew Hut’s 20th Anniversary Party (Info)
  • June 7 – Wings & Whiskey 2015 (Info)
  • June 11 – Denver Botanic Gardens’ 2015 Unwind (Info)
  • June 13 – Great Divide 21st Anniversary Party (Tickets)
  • June 20 – TRVE Brewing Third Anniversary Bacchanal (Tickets)
  • June 26-28 – Colorado Brewers’ Festival (Tickets)
  • June 27 – Brews & Bites (Tickets)
  • June 16 – Beats on the Creek @ Coohills Returns (Info)
  • July 23 & 30 – Cycle-In Cinema on Platte (Info)
  • August 1 –  2015 Denver Beer Olympics (Info)

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.