American Craft Beer Week, wine dinners and more on the calendar this week

American Craft Beer Week begins today and flows through Sunday, May 19. The celebration raises many glasses to the national craft-beer movement happening in this country. Visit the website for a full schedule of events, and continue reading for the rest of this week's menu.

See also: - Colorado beer calendar: Colorado Beer Week meets American Craft Beer Week - Odyssey Beerwerks, a brewery and taproom, opens in Arvada in May - Colorado Plus opens Monday with 56 local beers on tap -- and a brewery next month

Monday, May 13:

Coohills, 1400 Wewatta Street, presents a five-course, paired-wine dinner this evening. The meal -- which begins at 6:30 p.m. -- will be accompanied by live music from the Colorado Opera; call 303-623-5700 for reservations.

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, is featuring a special menu created by Food Network's Maneet Chauhan this evening. Tickets are $95 and include a signed copy of Chauhan's latest cookbook; call 303-996-9985 for details.

Wednesday, May 15:

The Greenbriar Inn, 8735 North Foothills Highway in Boulder, is hosting a six-course wine dinner tonight at 6 p.m. The dinner will feature wines from Oregon's Tyee winery and costs $65. Call the restaurant at 303-440-7979 to RSVP.

Chef Joe Troupe of Lucky Pie in LoDo will join chef Josh Stone of Lucky Pie in Louisville in a head-to-head in a cooking duel at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Both chefs will cook five courses, each of which will be paired with five beers from Elevation Beer Co. The dinner costs $55 per person and takes place at the Louisville location at 637 Front Street; call 303-666-5743 for more information.

Thursday, May 16:

Strange Brewing, 1330 Zuni Street, is celebrating its third anniversary with a three-course beer dinner this evening. The meal is $49 and begins at 6:30 p.m.; call 720-985-2337 for more information.

The University of Denver is hosting its Vin Festival this week, and chef/restauranteur Frank Bonanno will make a guest appearance this evening. Bonanno and his team will prepare a five-course wine dinner and visit with guests throughout the night. Proceeds from the event, which costs $125, will fund scholarships to the school. Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Friday, May 17:

Trillium, 2134 Larimer Street, is kicking off its second Scandanavian dinner series this evening. Tonight's menu will be Norwegian-themed and includes wine, cocktail and beer pairings. There will also be an opportunity at each meal to enter your name in a drawing for a trip for two to a Nordic country of your choice; call 303-379-9759 for details.

Saturday, May 18:

The Vin Festival at the University of Denver continues today with a grand tasting event, featuring food from the student culinary team at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management. There will also be wine pairings available and music courtesy of the students from DU's Lamont School of Music.

The Renegade Publik House, is throwing a grand opening party today from 2 p.m. to midnight -- and since the eatery and craft beer bar is owned by Renegade Brewing, it will also serve as a way to celebrate American Craft Beer Week. A $12 cover charge includes all-you-can-eat salads and pizzas and access to the 25 craft beers on tap, which include several Renegade beers. A portion of sales will be donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild.

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 cafe@westword.com.

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