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Cheers to a weekend of beer, Beethoven and Taste of the Nation

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The Great American Beer Festival is still two weeks away, but a river of beer runs through the Denver area this weekend. Get a taste of the local history behind this brew at Beer! Boulder's History on Tap, which runs through October 27 at the Boulder History Museum. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is $6 for adults, $3 for kids. For more information on the exhibit, visit www.boulderhistory.org.

And keep reading for a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this weekend

See also: The ultimate calendar to the Great American Beer Festival 2013

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Beethoven & Brews Did Beethoven like beer? We know we do! At 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Magnolia Hotel, you can enjoy the sounds of Beethoven performed by the Colorado Symphony, while sipping on craft beer from Wynkoop Brewing Company. Select hors d'oeuvres will accompany this exclusive beer tasting. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online, or by calling 303-308-2475.

Denver Oktoberfest Oktoberfest returns to the Ballpark Neighborhood this weekend. There will be semi-traditional foods available, as well as rockin' poilka music and beer, of course. The fun starts at 5 p.m. today and runs until 2 a.m., then it picks back up at 11 a.m. Saturday and runs to 2 a.m., and finishes off Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food/drink tickets are $6 for 1, 4 for $20, with VIP tickets $70-150. Or save some cash and pre-order your stein and two beer tickets at pulsemob.com. For a full schedule of events, visit thedenveroktoberfest.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Lowry Beer Garden Oktoberfest If you haven't had enough beer yet, help ring in the last Oktoberfest weekend at the Lowry Beer Garden from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Get silly with some Denver's greatest oom-pah bands and enjoy brews from Left Hand Brewing, which will be tapping such classics as Sawtooth Ale, Oktoberfest, Milk Stout Nitro, Polestar Pilsner, 400 Pound Monkey and Short Spear. For more info, check out www.lowrybeergarden.com.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Taste of the Nation This annual eatfest that supports the No Kid Hungry Organization will offer forty bites for $40 at the McNichols Building from 6 to 9 p.m. Colorado's top chefs will be providing small bites; cocktail artists, local wineries and microbreweries will also be on hand. VIP tickets are available for $75, and allow you a sneak preview from 5 to 6 p.m.,when guests can enjoy a culinary demo by chef Mark DeNittis, a champagne toast and exclusive raffle. Purchase tickets online 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 cafe@westword.com.


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