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Beer and Brunch: Twelve Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

The Kentucky Derby will bring out the big hats in Denver this weekend, but there are plenty of other things cooking, including the start of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, beery contests and news on the brunch beat.    

Friday, May 1 

The 1up on Colfax is offering a treat for comic-book nerds and hop heads alike: the release party for the official Denver Comic Con beer, Hulk's Mash, brewed by Breckenridge Brewing with a label design created by Trevor Plaza, a student at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. The first 200 individuals to arrive at the release party will receive a free, limited-edition, commemorative pint glass with the artist’s work and Plaza will be on hand for autographs. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight and will feature live music and plenty of drinks.

The Museo de las Americas is celebrating Cinco de Mayo early with a fiesta featuring Arta Tequila, food and plenty of culture. The party will be swinging from 5 to 9 p.m. today; admission is free. For more information head over to   

Root Down is launching its Friday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. For more info, call Root Down at  303-993-4200.

Tamayo is starting its Cinco de Mayo celebrations today with $5 margaritas (Serrano, strawberry, mango, tamarind or traditional), $10 shots of Richard Sandoval’s Patron Select Barrel Anejo and $10 Richard Sandoval Patron Select Barrel Anejo Margaritas. It will also be offering a new Test Kitchen Menu featuring foods inspired by Guadalajara. For more information. call Tamayo at 720-946-1433.

The Chocolate Crisis Center will be selling chocolate at RiNo Art District's First Friday, today from 5 to 9 p.m.  For more information, check out the events Facebook page.  

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is joining the First Friday downtown art walk in Colorado Springs, which will kick off with an opening reception in the Deco Lounge featuring works for sale by local artists Heather Oelklaus, Carol Dass and Kay Williams Johnson. The First Friday celebrations will run from 5 to 8 p.m.; get more details here

Saturday, May 2

The Bar Car is holding its annual Kentucky Derby Party today from 1:30 to 9 p.m. Bring your best and biggest hat for the hat contest and enjoy mint juleps, games, prizes, food and live music by That Damn Sasquatch, Waitin on Ray and Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene. Admission is $10 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information, click here.

The 65th annual Asian Food Bazaar will be sizzling at Simpson United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The food bazaar will feature a beef teriyaki and chow mein dinner, sushi, omanju and home-baked goods. For more information visit

Ophelia's Electric Soapbox will be opening for brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. starting today, featuring classic and bottomless mimosas. For more information, call 303-993-8023.

Don your favorite giant hat or bow tie at Cherokee Ranch and Castle today from 1 to 5 p.m., and enjoy appetizers, cocktails, lawn games, photo opportunities with real horses and more, all while supporting the Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation. Tickets to the castle's Derby shindig are $100; you can grab yours here.

Sunday, May 3 

Colorado Cannabis Tours is offering a Cooking and Hash Making class today, a hands-on demo where you'll learn to make budder, chocolates, tinctures, hash and more; Colorado residents can take their treats home. The class is $145, for more information visit

West Flanders Brewing in Boulder has been collecting entries for its homebrew contest this month — and the judging begins today. The brewery will hold a party from 2 to 4 p.m., when brewers and dabblers alike will get a chance to learn from the experts. The winner of the homebrew contest will also be announced. For more information, click here.  

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

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