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You can mix up some of American Elm's house cocktails with the pros every Friday night.
You can mix up some of American Elm's house cocktails with the pros every Friday night. Linnea Covington
April has approximately 597 days this year, and as they slowly (so slowly) drag on, we've compiled a list of enough virtual Friday happy hours to render your liver useless for the remainder of 2020. There are also cheese-making classes, ice cream pop-up shops, online food drives and resources for people who are experiencing food insecurity on the food and drink calendar. Keep reading for the best events this weekend, as well as more virtual activities in the days to come.

Friday, April 17
With the economy taking a beating and unemployment soaring in sectors from hospitality to education to health care and social services, chances are that even if you don't need food assistance, someone you know does. On Friday, April 17, nonprofit organization Hunger Free Colorado (HFC) is hosting a Facebook Live Q & A at 11 a.m. that will address the public food and nutrition programs available to Coloradans. Both current program recipients and those unsure if they qualify for assistance are encouraged to join; if you can't make it, you can also visit the extensive list of food resources on HFC's website, available in both English and Spanish.

If you need a drink after all of that, American Elm, 4132 West 32nd Avenue, is hyping a different cocktail each week during its Friday happy hour — because once you've learned everything there is to know about your housemate(s), pet(s), Tik Tok feed, Exotic Joe and the offerings of every streaming platform you can think of, God knows you need some variety. This Friday, April 17, the focus is on the Old Fashioned; on the restaurant's Instagram page, bartenders will walk you through creating the basic drink as well as variations at 4 p.m. To play along, visit American Elm's website, where you can place a pick-up or delivery order for the classic drink's ingredients. While the "Happy Hour Cocktail Kit" for six includes no booze — only bitters, ice cubes and simple syrup — for $15, the "Cocktails to Go" section offers a set of Old Fashioned makings — including the whiskey — for just $42 for six people. And because every booze purchase must include food, make sure you indulge in one of the spot's excellent entrees or family meals.

You've mastered bread-making at home — now what to put on your yeasted creations? Instead of rummaging through the cheese section at the grocery store (alongside that dude who refuses to wear a face mask) only to end up with a loaf of Velveeta, you can instead make your own creamy burrata and stretchy mozzarella with the experts from the Truffle Cheese Shop on Friday, April 17. Enroll in the class, $30, on the cheesemonger's website, then pick up your bag of supplies containing everything you'll need at the store (2906 East Sixth Avenue) before class commences at 5 p.m. Already have a Zoom happy-hour schedule for this Friday? Future webinars are scheduled for April 24, May 1 and May 8.


click to enlarge Golden Moon Distillery is offering online tours of its facility and deep dives into its distilling process. - KRISTA KAFER
Golden Moon Distillery is offering online tours of its facility and deep dives into its distilling process.
Krista Kafer
Golden spirits maker State 38 Distilling is continuing its Friday virtual happy hour on April 17, with guests Whiskey Dudes With Attitudes. At 6 p.m., tune in to State 38's Instagram page for a discussion of the amber liquor. Even better? The distillery is running this deal through the end of April: Stop by 400 Corporate Circle in Golden between 3 and 5 p.m. to pick up two bottles of brown spirits (including not only whiskey, but also the outfit's reposado and añejo agave spirits) and get a free bottle of Damn Good vodka. Visit State 38's Facebook page for details.

Golden Moon Distillery can't invite you into its tasting room, so instead it's welcoming you behind the scenes with a series of virtual tours of the facility. At 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17, co-owner/distiller Stephen Gould will conduct a tour of Golden Moon's grain silo on Facebook and Instagram Live and discuss its single-malt whiskey distillation process in detail. To get the entire tour experience, call ahead to the distillery, 303-993-7174, to order a bottle of Golden Moon's excellent spirits to accompany the tour.

click to enlarge The tiki cocktail kit comes with recipes for seven different classic umbrella drinks (umbrellas not included). - COURTESY CURIO BAR
The tiki cocktail kit comes with recipes for seven different classic umbrella drinks (umbrellas not included).
Courtesy Curio Bar
Saturday, April 18
Nonprofit organization Food Bank of the Rockies has seen demand for food assistance double in recent days, and it expects the need to continue to rise. So local businesses are chipping in to raise funds for the food distribution service: King Soopers, 9News and a trio of local radio stations are hosting a virtual food drive through Sunday, April 26. If you're able, make a financial donation on the drive's website (just $1 provides four meals) and 9News will match the first $10,000 received. For more info, visit 9News.

The Denver Central Market, 2669 Larimer Street, has shifted operations to function as a grocery store — and that makes it one of the few markets where you can get your pantry essentials and your hard liquor in the same spot. Curio, the in-house bar, won't mix up a cocktail to sip while you shop, but you can order cocktail kits and bottles of booze for pick-up Tuesday through Friday (2 to 6 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) For the most part, the cocktail kits don't include booze, but instead are substantial baskets of fruit, mixers, garnishes, syrups, bitters and ice that make from eight to ten drinks; prices range from $25 to $50. And while you can splurge on a bottle of spirits — there are several $300 options for sale on Curio's website — you can get a liter of most house spirits for $25 or $30. You can even get fancy ice cubes, which will run you $4 for four, if for some reason you lack access to water and a freezer. Once you have your goodies in hand, start shaking with the help of the bar's Cocktail Sessions, free videos in which bartenders from Curio, Brass Tacks and Roger's Liquid Oasis walk you through the steps to creating perfect quarantine quaffs.

click to enlarge Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night nor global health crisis stays these citizens from the swift purchase of Little Man ice cream. - KENNETH HAMBLIN III
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night nor global health crisis stays these citizens from the swift purchase of Little Man ice cream.
Kenneth Hamblin III
Sunday, April 19
Lines form at Highland's Little Man Ice Cream no matter the month or the weather, and it's not a stretch to guess that half the city is going batty from the lack of access to Denver's most distinctive ice cream shop, and the other half has already arrived in bat territory. So we expect the Sweet Cooie's pint pop-up on Sunday, April 19, to be in big demand. Place an order for your choice of Little Man pint packs (the Classic, which includes vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and cookie dough; the Vegan, with horchata, chocolate salted Oreo, rocky road and cherry lime sorbet; and the Specialty, which contains salted Oreo, salted caramel peanut butter cup, Mexican chocolate and purple cow) and ice cream sandwich packs no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. Then stop by Sweet Cooie's, 3506 East 12th Avenue, between 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, to pick up your fix. Prices range from $24 to $28; order on the sweet shop's website.

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Amy Antonation knows that street tacos are infinitely superior to tacos that come covered in squiggles of crema, and she will stab you with her knitting needles if you try to convince her otherwise.
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