Weekend off the Wagon: September 17th – 20th

Zwanze Day 2015, image from Cantillon. Weekend off the Wagon September 17th-20th

(Image Credit: Cantillon)

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Thursday, September 17

Kickstarter Launch Party and Beer Release

Baere Brewing Company, 320 Broadway Suite E.
4 p.m., Free to Attend

Join The Brewtography Project as they launch their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish “Discovering Colorado Breweries,” a coffee table photography book dedicated to the Colorado craft brewing industry. Come and chat with author and photographer Dustin Hall about his adventures traveling around Colorado for the past two-and-a-half years visiting and photographing breweries! He’ll be on hand to answer any questions about the project, the upcoming book or photography in general! His collaboration beer with Baere–The F/Stops Here–is a stout aged in Laws whiskey barrels and will be going on tap at 4 p.m.!

Vail’s Top Shelf Harvest Kick Off Ticket Party

Mile HIgh Spirits, 2201 Lawrence St.
5-8 p.m., Free to Attend

Please join the Mile High Spirits team for the Denver Kick Off Party for the Second Annual Vail’s Top Shelf Harvest. Get your tickets for Vail’s Top Shelf Harvest on Sept. 26th and enjoy creative crafts from Mile High Sprits, appetizers–plus, enter for a chance to win a weekend get-a-way for the event that includes event tickets and lodging in Vail.


Friday, September 18

Loveland Oktoberfest

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, 623 Denver Ave., Loveland
Friday & Saturday, 3-9 p.m., Free to Attend, All Ages

Get that lederhosen ready! Oktoberfests are in full swing. This is a two-day festival in Loveland with lots of Grimm Brother’s beer, costume contests and games for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be plenty of live music throughout this outdoor Oktoberfest.

Brewed Food: New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing, 500 Linden St. Fort Collins
4-7 p.m., $8 per pairing

It’s the final installment of Brewed Food at your favorite local breweries, so we suggest not missing this one. While they’ll also be at What the Funk?! and GABF itself, join this awesome team in a more relaxed and intimate setting at New Belgium before things get really rambunctious. Enjoy two beers from NB and a perfectly crafting meal made from ingredients found in the beers themselves.

Pumpkin Apricot Blonde – South Dock Firkin Friday

Dry Dock Brewing Company, 15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora
3 p.m., Free to Attend

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, you know it’s pumpkin season. Dry Dock has gone ahead and made a firkin of their Apricot Blonde with pumpkin and will be released at 3 p.m. at their South Dock location. It’s a fall twist on one of your favorites, so get on down there and grab a glass!

GABF Ticket Giveaway with The Urban Cyclist & Park Burger

Park Burger – RiNo, 2615 Walnut St/
8-10 p.m., $5 to enter drawing

Friday, hit up Park Burger RiNo for your chance to win tickets to this year’s Great American Beer Festival! Just $5 gets you one entry into the chance drawing, although technically you may enter as many times as you’d like. Proceeds benefit Project Voyce, a local RiNo foundation empowering students! They will announce the winners at 10 p.m. and you must be present to win.

Dae Gee #2 One Year Anniversary

DAE GEE #2, 827 Colorado Blvd.
9 p.m., Free to Attend

Join the awesome crew at DAE GEE #2 in celebrating their one year anniversary! They will have drink specials, DJs, food (obviously), friends and fun! They wouldn’t be able to have this celebration without you!

The Mighty Beer Run

Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St.
5 p.m., $24-34 (Use the promo code THIRSTY to get $5 off)

At the Mighty Beer Run, you’ve got to earn your beer. On Friday, run circles around your favorite Denver breweries and when you’re ready for a pit stop, they’ve got four cold beers waiting for you on the course. Run, walk, or crawl on this hoppy adventure! Beer drinking isn’t a precise science – neither is the route. These refreshing pit stops include Ratio Beerworks, Stem Ciders, Zephyr Brewing Company, Beryl’s Beer Co. and Mockery Brewing. Register online and use that handy promo code we mentioned above to save yourself $5.

Saturday, September 19

First Draft’s Oktoberfest

First Draft, 1309 26th St.
Sept. 19-20, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sample 30 different Oktoberfest beers using First Draft’s pour-your-own tap system! They’re bringing in every Oktoberfest they can find from US craft breweries and giving you the opportunity to taste each one and find the one you like the best! They’ll even have rating cards so by the end of the weekend they’ll know which Oktoberfest beer Denver likes the best! The kitchen will be cooking German sausages, pretzels and more!

Zwanze Day 2015

Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar, 1441 W. 46th Ave., Unti 19
10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $20 for 1st 150 guests, $15 for next 150 guests (CASH ONLY)

On Saturday, your friends at Crooked Stave will host Zwanze Day 2015 at their Barrel Cellar! Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. with tickets on a first-come, first-served. Zwanze will be tapped at 1 p.m. and last call will be at 3 p.m. Only the first 150 people will get a pour of this year’s Zwanze beer, a Wild Brussels Stout. They will be capping attendance at 300 people. The next 150 people will be able to get a Cantillon pour and Zwanze Day 2015 glass still.

Yoga at Ratio Beerworks

Ratios Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St.
11 a.m., $15 per person

Kick-off your Saturday the best way we know how, yoga in a brewhouse followed by delicious craft beer. Join these yoga fiends at Ratio Beerworks for yoga and a cold one at 11 a.m. This isn’t your mom’s yoga class; they’ll be flowing to tunes from Hot Water Music and Fugazi to name a few, so come ready to party. Also, please bring your own yoga mat and towel with you to the event–they have the beer covered for you. Register here.

Vince St Uptown Block Party

Vine Street Pub & Brewery, 1700 Vine St.
1-9 p.m., Free to Attend

It’s that time of year again: New Era is teaming up with Vine Street Pub & Brewery to bring you this year’s Uptown Block Party! Pencil this in for Saturday, ’cause they’ll be shutting down Vine Street for a day of Brewers’ Olympics, some incredible live music and all the craft beer that your little heart desires.

Late Late Breakfast: DENVER

Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway
2 p.m., Free to Attend

The Late Late Breakfast, America’s Longest-Running Breakfast-Themed Comedy-Style Show Product™ is embarking on its 2015 Breakfast to Go Tour! Their seventh stop is at Grandma’s House in good ol’ Denver, Colo.! Come join lovable goofball hosts Danny Maupin and Tyler Jackson for a late afternoon of free pancakes, drinking, and a frenetic, chaotic show that takes all of your favorite local comedians and pushes them, flailing and grasping, wildly out of their comfort zones! More info at latelatebreakfast.com.

GRATITUDE 2015 Release

Our Mutual Friend Brewery, 2810 Larimer St.
2-11:59 p.m., $4 Pours

The folks from Our Mutual Friend are celebrating friendship and the beer made possible by it starting at 2 p.m. in their taproom. All pours will be $4. Bottle releases include their Gratitude 2 Blueberry Sour, 24FPS Golden Sour Ale and their American Wild Ale.

The Knew Schmew Release Show

Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St.
4 p.m., Free to Attend, All Ages

It’s time to release ‘Schmew’ to the world. Come on down to Ratio Beerworks for the Knew’s album and beer release. Thats right, the Knew “Schmew” Brew will be tapped that day. Schmew will also be available on vinyl, tape, cd and digital (however that works). It’s a super diverse bill with special guests High Plains, Wheelchair Sports Camp and DJ Charlie Continental because mixed nuts are their favorite nuts.


Sunday, September 20

5280 Dines Soiree 

3002 Walnut St.
5-8 p.m., $158.49 per person (with fee)

Join the team from 5280 as they celebrate their annual evening soiree recognizing their “25 Best Restaruants” issue. Mingle with the best local chefs and enjoy exclusive pop-up, farm-style dinner, wine, cocktails and live music!

bRUNch @ Charcoal Restaurant

Charcoal Restaurant, 43 W. 9th Ave.
9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., $25

Wine and Swedish pancakes are ok with the bRUNch Running team. Charcoal Restaurant is located right along the Cherry Cherry Trail which makes it perfect for them! Check-in starts at 9:15 a.m. Run leaves at 9:30. Routes: 5K, 10K.

Celebrate with Me: Detox/Retox Yoga with Sara

Alpine Dog Brewing Company, 1505 Ogden St.
10:30-11:30 a.m., $15

Work out your core strength in the Alpine Dog taproom this Sunday and enjoy a well deserved cold one right after! Craft beer (or Happy Leaf Kombucha) and yoga just seem to go hand in hand, you know?

Vallum Brewery Only Release

Avery Brewing Company, 4910 Nautillus Ct., Boulder
11 a.m., $12 per bottle

Yet another 100 percent spontaneous fermentation from Avery! The wild yeast living on the grape skins once again did all the heavy lifting for this magical brew. Now do a 12 oz curl into your favorite fancy drinking glass. Sip. Repeat. Feel the burn. Get your hands on a bottle for $12!

Yacht Club Movie NIght | “Cool Hand Luke”

The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd.
7-10 p.m., Free to Attend

RiNo Yacht Club is showing “Cool Hand Luke” inside The Source for this Sunday’s Movie Night. Enjoy $6 drink specials and snacks and relax.


Future Events

  • September 19 – Oktoberfest @ Locavore Beer Works (Info)
  • September 22 – Split Ep Beer Dinner w/ TRVE and Ratio (Tickets)
  • September 23 – What the Funk!? Invitational (Tickets)
  • September 23 – Offensively Delicious: A Craft Beer Comedy Show (Tickets)
  • September 23 – Beers Made By Walking Denver Festival (Tickets)
  • September 23-26 – GABF Tap Takeover @ Lucky Pie LoDo (Info)
  • September 23-26 – The Oskar Blues Ordeal (Tickets)
  • September 24 – LOLA Mexican Fish House Coast + Post GABF Pre-Party (Info)
  • September 24 – ManCan Launch Party at Declaration Brewing Co. (Info)
  • September 25 – Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII (Tickets)
  • September 26 – Top Shelf Harvest Vail (Tickets)
  • September 24-26 – The Great American Beer Festival (Info)
  • September 27 – GABF Finale Beer Brunch (Tickets)
  • October 3 – 10th Annual Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival (Tickets)
  • October 4 – RMCA Cider Tasting @ Cider Days (Lakewood) (Info)
  • October 6 – The Post Brewing Co. Latin Beer Dinner (Info)
  • October 4-9 – EatDenver’s Harvest Week (Tickets)
  • October 10 – Metal for Mutts @ Black Sky (Info)
  • October 11 – The bRUNch Run (Info)
  • December 8 – Bull & Bush Christmas Beer Tasting (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.