With the St. Patrick's Day Parade rolling through downtown Denver on Saturday, many Denverites will be overindulging in green garb, green beer and Irish whiskey. If you want to participate in the debauchery, check out our list of the best places to celebrate St. Paddy's this weekend. If you're not feeling so festive, you're in luck: There are plenty of tasty events that don't involve bag pipes or clovers this weekend. Keep reading for the top ten (non-St. Patrick's Day) culinary events around Denver.
Friday, March 11
Get weird at MCA Denver's Black Sheep Fridays. From 6 to 8 p.m. most Fridays, the museum will be serving up beverages and "sophisticated non-sense" that ranges from lip-syncing competitions to poetry readings of spam e-mails to this week's Stitch and Switch, where guests can assemble mutant stuffed animals. You can join in on the fun for $5; the weirdness changes every week, so check out mcadenver.org to see the full schedule of shenanigans.
The Denver Film Society's Films on Tap program takes on The Goonies at the Sie Film Center tonight at 10 p.m.. Films on Tap turns some of your favorite movies into a drinking game, and tonight you'll have to down your drink anytime you see the Truffle Shuffle. A full list of drinking game rules will be provided. Tickets are $11, $8 for seniors and $7 for Denver Film Society members. The first fifty people in the door get a free beer courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery; drink specials run all night. For tickets and more info, visit denverfilm.org.
Upslope and Spirit Hound have been celebrating the release of their special, limited-run collaboration, Scottish Style Ale, with a series of tapping events around Denver and Boulder this week, and today they make their last stop at Falling Rock Tap House. The tapping will commence at 5:30 p.m. For more information, check out upslopebrewing.com.
The Liniger Building at CU Denver South will be holding a screening of Terminator, for this month's Movie and a Martini. Two drinks and popcorn are included with your $28, Movie and a Martini ticket purchase, and there will be a menu of food available for purchase. The film starts at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.
Herradura tequila will be in the spotlight at Maya Beaver Creek this weekend.
Saturday, March 12
Hops and Handrails combines two of Colorado's favorite pastimes into one epic day. The beer fest and rail jam slides into Longmont's Roosevelt Park and Pavilion today from noon to 6 p.m. The event will feature a forty-foot snowboard ramp and rail-jam competition, the chance to taste over 150 beers, a live performance from Sam Bush and much more. General-admission tickets, which include the beer festival and rail jam, are $30, and VIP tickets are $75; purchase both at lefthandbrewing.com.
The Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzeria will continue to celebrate its grand opening with a Grand Tapping today at 11 a.m. The restaurant will be tapping several special limited-edition kegs including Perennial Artisan Ale’s Sump Coffee Stout, Melvin Brewing’s 2x4 DIPA, Amager/Crooked Stave Chad’s King of the Wild Yeasts and more. For more information, check out the Crafty Fox website.
Maya Beaver Creek will host Ruben Aceves of Casa Herradura today for a special tequila tasting and dinner. Each of the five courses served will be paired with a different Herradura tequila. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Maya Tequila Lounge and is $75 per person. Reservations are required; call Maya at 970-790-5500 to save your spot.
Start planning your spring garden at The GrowHaus' annual Seed Swap, which will be held today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Grab some non-GMO seeds, join a workshop, listen to live music, shop, take tours of the GrowHaus and more. Tickets are $15; grab one and check out the full schedule of happenings here.
Denver Deep Dish celebrates the restaurant's one-year anniversary today with a birthday bash. From 4 to 7 p.m., guests can dig into buy-one-get-one deals and free cake. There will also be live music from Skware Pegs, from 7 to 9 p.m. Check out denverdeepdish.com for more information.
Beast + Bottle + Bowie = One great evening.
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Sunday, March 13
The late, great David Bowie will be honored at Beast + Bottle's Musical Chairs dinner series installment tonight. The Beast + Bottle team's love of music and their passion for locally sourced, seasonal ingredients will shine through as they cook up a multi-course meal inspired by Bowie's expansive works. Each course will be a play on a different track, including dishes like China Girl, Magic Dance and Under Pressure. The dinner is $98 for five courses with wine pairings. You can see the full menu on the Beast + Bottle Facebook page; call the restaurant at 303 623-3223 to make reservations.
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