Things to Do

Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Beer, food drives and a new film series

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Friday, September 17:

BeerAdvocate magazine presents the BeerAdvocate Does Denver Pub Crawl, visiting several of downtown's greatest beer hotspots between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Visit

Cherokee Ranch and Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road in Sedalia, presents the Halfway to St. Patty's Day Irish Single Malt Tasting; the $65 admission price tag includes a castle tour, buffet, cash bar, performance and dessert reception, plus the liquor tasting. Call 303-688-5555 or visit

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, presents the Denver Rare Beer Tasting, unlimited samples of 26 hard-to-find brews, plus hors d'ouevre and a commemorative tasting glass, for $80. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.; visit

The Denver Cupcake Truck will be parked in front of B's Ballpark Museum, 1940 Blake Street, starting at 1 p.m.; you can get $1 off admission to the museum, too. Visit or call 303-974-5835.

Earthlinks, 2828 Larimer Street, hosts Growing Our Urban AgriCULTURE, a potluck and networking party for the urban agriculture scene. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; call 303-389-0085 or visit

Breckenridge presents Oktoberfest through Sunday, September 19, a weekend of genuine German cusiine, vendors and more. Visit

Enjoy two weekends of Bavarian music and dancing -- this round runs through Sunday, September 19 -- as well as traditional food, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages from Beck's and Jagermeister, contests, runs and much more at Vail's Oktoberfest; visit

Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, presents Appaloosa Grill at the Great Divide Beer Garden, a free barbecue, live music and food inspired by (and using) Great Divide products. It runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Sunday, September 19; call 303-296-9460 or visit

Head to the city for Oktoberfest Denver, one of the city's longest-running festivals: Two back-to-back weekends of races, competitions, contests, music, dance and, of course, beer; this round runs through Sunday, September 19. Visit

Telluride hosts Telluride Blues & Brews through Sunday, September 19, featuring B.B. King, ZZ Top, the Mick Fleetwood Blues Bank, Allen Toussaint and more, including microbrews galore. Admission is $25 to $172; visit

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad, 401 Water Street in Canon City, offers Oktoberfest Trains with live music, beverages and a traditional Oktoberfest lunch through Sunday, October 10. Admission is $45 to $65; visit

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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