The surge of microbreweries has enhanced Colorado's beer selection—and craft distilleries are following suit. Enjoy a weekend of educational boozing with attractions like a poker run, pub crawl, and historical saloon tours. Recoup at Sunday's hangover brunch. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Head to the end of Larimer Square for a nine-course ,sit-down breakfast... at night. Nosh on the hog head benedict, and be on the lookout for special concoctions from Avery Brewing Company, like the unreleased Thensaurum, a sour ale aged in rum barrels. Thu 10:45 p.m.
Three days, 600 breweries, 2,800-plus beers. No suds enthusiast can afford to miss this premier festival and competition. Don't miss chefs such as Fruition's Alex Seidel and ChoLon's Lon Symensma discussing their craft beer and food-pairing philosophies. Thu 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri 5:30-10 p.m.; Sat noon-10 p.m.
This inaugural festival showcases some of Colorado’s premier culinary gems. Breweries—including Odell Brewing Company—local restaurants, and food trucks dish up fare alongside vendors from specialty shops. Watch the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens Tournament for some quality entertainment while you imbibe. Sat 3-8 p.m.
Culinary luminaries come together to help end childhood hunger. Twelve Restaurant, Infinite Monkey Theorem, and Vesta Dipping Grill are just a few of the participants. In addition to tasty samples, enjoy carnival games, a farmers’ market, cooking demos, and live music. Sat noon-5 p.m.
Make your summer send-off festivities count. At this celebration, take in Denver’s best craft beer, distilled spirits, cocktails, and tasty bites. Vendors include Downslope Distilling, Peach Street Distillers, Denver Beer Co., Humble Pie, and Illegal Pete's, among others. Fri 8 p.m.-midnight.
Retreat to the mountains with fellow craft beer enthusiasts. Todd Usry, head brewmaster at Breckenridge Brewery, and chefs from Atwater on Gore Creek will prepare a multicourse dinner Saturday evening. Each plate wll be thoughtfully paired with one of Usry's brews. Fri 4-7 p.m.; Sat 6-8 p.m.
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