It's American Craft Beer Week, and that's all some of you want or need to know about this week in food and drink. But there's lots more going on this week, including more Triple Crown fun, wine dinners and much more. Here's what's on the menu:
Monday, May 16:
Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street, hosts the Oskar Blues Kickoff Happy Hour BBQ, tapping Barrel Aged ODB Barleywine, Old Chub and other Oskar Blues beers, plus barbecue made with Oskar Blues hot sauces. It runs from 3 to 7 p.m. and is free; call 303-758-9608 or visit www.freshcraft.com.
Jamie Laurie (aka Jonny 5 of the Flobots) will donate his tips from a guest bartending shift at Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, to the Cole Arts & Science Academy. The shift runs from 6 to 8 p.m.; call 303-297-2700 or visit www.wynkoop.com.
Udi's Pizza Cafe Bar, 7600 Grandview Avenue in Arvada, presents the Gluten Freedom Dinner Club and Bringing BBQ Back, an all-you-can-eat (gluten-free) barbecue buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is $8.95 for kids and $15.95 for adults; call 303-421-8000 or visit www.udisfood.com.
There are dozens of events taking place for American Craft Beer Week (through Sunday, May 22) at Euclid Hall (euclidhall.com, 303-595-4255), Breckenridge Brewery outlets (Breckenridge Brewery, Ale House at Amato's, etc.; www.breckbrew.com) and more. Visit www.craftbeer.com/pages/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week -- and keep yourself posted every Wednesday with our Beer Event Calendar.
Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria, 1011 Inverness Main Street in Englewood, presents a Meet the Masters dinner with Don Antonio Starita and Roberto Caporuscio; admission includes demonstration, pizza and wine pairings. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $50; call 303-790-9000 or visit www.marcoscoalfiredpizza.com.
Tuesday, May 17:
Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria, 2129 Larimer Street, presents a Meet the Masters dinner with Don Antonio Starita and Roberto Caporuscio; admission includes demonstration, pizza and wine pairings. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $50; call 303-790-9000 or visit www.marcoscoalfiredpizza.com.
Three weeks of wine seminars starts at Blue Star, 1645 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs, teaching flavor profiles and interactions, varietals and more. Admission is $175; visit www.thebluestar.net or call 719-632-1086.
Taste three to four wines paired with small plate appetizers at the Lobby American Grille's Wine Happy Hour. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $15; the Lobby is at 2191 Arapahoe Street. Call 303-997-9911 or visit www.thelobbydenver.com.
Wednesday, May 18:
Greenbriar Inn, 8735 North Foothills Highway in Boulder, hosts the Tyee Wine Cellar Dinner, a multi-course dinner starting at 6 p.m. Admission is $60; call 303-440-7979 or visit www.greenbriarinn.com.
Thursday, May 19:
Visit Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, for the monthly Hop Disciples meeting, where you can get together with brewers and like-minded beer drinkers to talk about everyone's favorite beverage. It starts at 6 p.m. and is free to attend; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 20:
Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street, hosts an Avery Tap Room Takeover as part of American Craft Beer Week; there will be fifteen Avery taps, including several hard-to-find and one-off beers. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; call 303-758-9608 or visit www.freshcraft.com.
Practice your Spanish, learn something new, play games and enjoy appetizers at the Museo de las Americas' Spanish Happy Hour. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $3 for members and $5 for the general public. The Museo is at 861 Santa Fe Drive; call 303-571-4401 or visit www.museo.org.
Udi's Pizza Cafe Bar, 7600 Grandview Avenue in Arvada, presents the DJPC Winetasting/Benefit Dinner: Enjoy Chilean and Argentinian reds and whites, a choice of appetizer and entree, and a lecture by Ashley Williamson. It starts at 4 p.m. and costs $20 to $30; visit www.denjustpeace.org.
Saturday, May 21:
Whimsy Paint and Sip Studio, 500 Briggs Street in Erie, hosts a grand opening party, where professional artists will guide participants through a painting; there will be wine and live music. Call 303-665-7026 or visit www.whimsypaintandsip.com.
West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents Triple Crown Triple Fun: hermit-crab races, drink specials, big hats and more. It starts at 2 p.m.; call 303-444-3535 or visit www.thewestendtavern.com.
Sunday, May 22:
Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, is the site of Denver Big Eat!, a family food festival with more than forty EatDenver members showing off their skills. It runs from 2 to 6 p.m. and costs $10 to $20; visit www.eatdenver.com.
The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs, presents a Family-Style Sunday Supper, featuring an Ode to Spring menu. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $35; call 719-598-8667.
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