Beer, beer, beer -- and wine, tequila, sake and more -- on this week's culinary calendar
Our cups runneth over with beer events this week -- including the sold-out Great American Beer Festival this weekend. But there are also events for wine, tequila and sake enthusiasts taking place, on top of more beer events than you can shake a salted pretzel at. (And feel free to remind us in the comments if we didn't include your event!) Here's a taste of what's on the menu:
Monday, September 26:
Ototo Food and Wine Bar, 1501 South Pearl Street, hosts the Den Farm Harvest Dinner, pouring artisan beers paired with fresh picks from the farm in five courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $59 and up; call 303-733-2503 or visit www.ototoden.net.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Tuesday, September 27:
Denver Film Center, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, presents FilmFeast, a new annual film series catering to foodies; each screening includes tastings from local restaurants. This week: Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It starts at 7 p.m.; call 303-595-3456 or visit www.denverfilm.org.
McLoughlin's Restaurant & Bar, 2100 16th Street, Suite 145, presents the Alaskan 25th Anniversary Perseverance Imperial Stout Keg Tapping from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 303-573-5131 or visit www.mcloughlins.us.
Solera, 5410 East Colfax Avenue, presents a Dutton-Goldfield Paired Wine Dinner, featuring a four-course menu. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $75; call 303-388-8429 or visit www.solerarestaurant.com.
Central Great Plains Research Station, 40335 County Road GG in Akron, hosts the Sorghum Field Day, featuring speakers and a complimentary meal. It starts at 4 p.m.; visit www.coloradowheat.org.
El Diablo, 101 Broadway, presents a Five-Course Tequila Dinner; guest chef Andre Lobato and guest mixologist Joseph Newman of Interstate Kitchen + Bar will prepare a five-course dinner paired with tequila. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $75; reservations are required. Call 303-954-0324.
Sketch, 11 West First Avenue, launches Tuesday Date Night: Every Tuesday, a different main course, sides and dessert from the original Sketch menu will be available, along with a selection of hand-picked wines. Call 303-484-9305 or visit www.sketch-restaurant.com.
Wednesday, September 28:
The Robusto Room, 9535 Park Meadows Drive in Littleton, hosts the Room 101 Cigar Dinner, an eight-course dinner that includes two cigars and four premium scotches. It costs $80; call 303-790-7363 or visit www.therobustoroom.com.
WaterCourse Foods, 8327 East 17th Avenue, presents a beer dinner offering a special four-course menu paired with local brews. It starts at 5 p.m. and costs $25 to $35; call 303-831-7313 or visit www.watercoursefoods.com.
Hard Rock Cafe, 500 16th Street, hosts the Alaskan Brewing 25th Anniversary Beer Dinner, a four-course food pairing with Alaskan Amber, Winter, Smoked Porter and Perseverance Ale from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 303-623-3191 or visit www.hardrock.com.
Thursday, September 29:
Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, presents an Evening with Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Winery, an event featuring a bubbles reception and a four-course wine dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $65; call 303-831-7310 or visit www.stringsrestaurant.com.
Alliance Francaise de Denver, 571 Galapago Street, presents an Educational French Wine Tasting: Introduction to French Wine, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $40 and up; call 303-831-0304 or visit www.afdenver.com.
Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake Street, hosts the Elysian Pumpkin Beer Festival; there will be ten pumpkin beers on tap and more surprises. It starts at 9 p.m.; call 303-293-8338 or visit www.fallingrocktaphouse.com.
The Kitchen [Upstairs], 1039 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts the Gold Medal Beer Dinner, five of the country's most progressive breweries will pair brews (two per course) with five courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $125; call 303-544-5973 or visit www.thekitchencafe.com.
Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, 1317 14th Street, presents the GABF Midnight Breakfast: Avery Brewing is teaming up with Euclid Hall to throw a midnight breakfast; Avery will roll out archived beer, and the Euclid Hall team will create unique items to pair with the beers. It starts at 11 p.m. and costs $70; sign up at averybrewing.com.
Ale House at Amato's, 2501 16th Street, hosts The Great American Ale Trail Book Release Party; the book is about coast-to-coast craft beer. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is free; call 303-433-9734.
Freshcraft and Blake Street Tavern on the 1500 block of Blake Street will host a Night of Light & Dark, offering up light and dark brews from Alaskan Brewing, Stone and Odell Brewing. It starts at 11 p.m.; call 303-758-9608 or visit www.freshcraft.com.
Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street, presents Schmaltz & Friends: A Year of Collaborative Brewing, a showcase of unique and innovative collaborative brews from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free; call 303-758-9608 or visit www.freshcraft.com.
Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake Street, presents the Summit Beer Garden through Saturday, October 1; the inaugural free event in conjunction with the GABF spotlighting numerous breweries and featuring gourmet sausages and live entertainment. It starts at 4 p.m.; call 303-443-2227 or visit www.sodajerkpresents.com.
Friday, September 30:
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, hosts the Denver Rare Beer Tasting; there will be thirty rare, vintage and exotic brews, and guests will have the chance to meet the men and women who brewed them from 1 to 4 p.m.; proceeds benefit Pints for Prostates. Call 303-297-2700 or visit www.wynkoop.com.
Saturday, October 1:
Fox and Hound Smokehouse & Tavern, 8996 West Bowles Avenue in Littleton, presents a Sweet Tooth alcoholic cupcakes tasting party from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 720-922-0400.
Lakewood's Heritage Center, 801 South Yarrow Street, hosts Cider Days through Sunday, October 2, featuring a vintage tractor pull, cider-pressing, vendors, activities and more. It costs $4 to $7 to attend; visit www.lakewood.org or call 303-987-7850.
Sunday, October 2:
Boulder Jewish Community Center, 3800 Kalmia Avenue in Boulder, presents the Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah booksigning. Jeremy Cowan will discuss and sign the book; call 303-998-1900 or visit www.boulderjcc.org.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for more food events around town? Become a fan of Food Events in Denver on Facebook.
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to Denver dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.