Narrowing down the options during Denver Beer Fest can be difficult. But to get yourself in drinking shape for the Great American Beer Festival, we suggest this tasting of some of Colorado's best—and scarcest—beers. Twenty-one breweries will pour fall-appropriate sips (with unlimited refills!), including Denver Beer Co.'s Hey!
Rich Higgins, a San Francisco-based master cicerone and Consultant á la Biére, believes beer is a simple pleasure in life and a celebration of taste, time, and agriculture. Join him and Russell's Smoke House's executive chef, Taylor Drew, as they lead guests through German beer-paired dinner. Along with brews, meat will be a feature of the evening including smoked duck, roasted venison, and braised short ribs. Top it all off with marzen beer alongside carrot cake. Wed 6:30 p.m.
The Kitchen [Next Door] loves and celebrates craft beer each day of the week. In recognition of the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, it's stepping it up with an official party honoring its five favorite breweries (consistently been featured on their taps): Oskar Blues, Dry Dock, Odell, Funkwerks, and Upslope Brewing. Enjoy tasty beverages from these craft breweries paired with good eats from the [Next Door] kitchen. Wed 7 p.m.
With her powerful and emotive mezzo-soprano voice, Canadian-American singer and actress, Alanis Morissette, has gained international recognition since she recorded her first demo, "Fate Stay With Me." In the early 1990s, she was an opening act for Vanilla Ice, and eventually won a Juno award for her hit "Too Hot." In 2006, she recorded "Wunderkind" for Disney's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. She recently released Havoc and Bright Lights, her newest album. Wed 7:30 p.m.
Kimbra, a New Zealand-born songstress, is not a name synonymous with your average female singer. She brings a modern edge to contemporary pop thanks to jazz-influences and a range of inspirations (Think: Nina Simone, Jeff Buckley, Prince, and Björk). You may not recognize her names but you already know her voice: she sang on Gotye's multi-platinum single "Somebody That I Used to Know." Wed 8 p.m.