The craft-beer scene has exploded in Colorado, and this week the second-largest craft-beer maker in the country is in Denver to celebrate the industry. Sierra Nevada invited every craft brewery in the nation -- nearly 3,000 in all -- to participate in seven regional celebrations for Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America. Tonight, the Denver edition will bring more than a hundred breweries to Civic Center Park. But there are many more beer-centric events this weekend, including two more craft-beer festivals. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.
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Friday, July 25
More than a hundred breweries will join the party tonight at Civic Center Park, when the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America makes its stop in Denver. The beer fest will include food trucks, live music and unlimited beer samples. Sierra Nevada is also releasing a twelve-pack of beers that were made with twelve other breweries, including Longmont's Oskar Blues; it will be for sale in local liquor stores this week, and the beers will be at the festival as well. Beer Camp Across America runs from 5 to 10 p.m.; tickets are $65 ($30 for designated drivers), and only 5,000 are available. To get yours, visit sierranevada.com.
Larimer Square will be treating shoppers to free Western Slope Colorado peaches this weekend. The Peachy Sidewalk Sale starts at 10 a.m. today and runs through Sunday at 5 p.m.; peaches will be handed out as long as supplies last. Larimer Square stores will also be serving up some of their best deals of the season.
The Summer Brew Fest is another chance to celebrate your love of suds. Brew Fest will feature over 100 craft beers, music from Good Gravy and Na'an Stop, vendors and plenty of food. The festival will take kick off from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 25 at Mile High Station, where it will return on July 26. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. For more information, head to denverbrewfest.com.
TheBigWonderful food flea market will hold its first Final Friday installment from 5 to 10 p.m. today, then return to Sustainability Park at 11 a.m. tomorrow, when you can meet the winner of the Denver Food Challenge. Find out more information here.
Saturday, July 26
The Denver Beer Olympics, a fun but fierce beer-drinking event benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will take over Civic Center Park starting at 11 a.m. today. Teams of four (two guys and two gals per team) will compete in eight grueling drinking events including quarters, flip cup, beer pong, the infamous das boot and more. Registration for the Olympics costs $60 per person; register and learn more here.
Escape the heat this weekend in the mountains, where you can cool off with a really cold one. The Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival will feature tastings from forty breweries, live music, food and retail vendors. Festivities kick off at 1 p.m. today at the Beaver Run Resort, and will run to 6 p.m. Tickets are $30; get yours and read more about this beer fest here.
Sunday, July 27
Tonight the Boulder Farmers' Market will launch a new dinner concept called "Farm-to-Neighborhood," focused on bringing neighbors together with fresh food and growers from their community. Chefs from Blooming Beets Kitchen, Brittany Kerr and Helena Engles, will prepare a family-style meal for up to sixty neighbors and community growers, with a menu centered on local beef, chicken and seasonal vegetables. The dinner will be in the Meadowview West neighborhood of Longmont; adult tickets are $40 and children's are $15. For more information, call 303-910-2236 or visit boulderfarmers.org.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Three Leaf Farm will offer a course on the ancient art of food preservation using vegetables from your garden. Wild Fermentation 101 will cover simple science, food safety, equipment and the intricacies of technique, as well as the role of homemade probiotic rich foods in your overall health. The course is $40; learn more and register for the course at threeleaffarm.com.
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