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Culinary Calendar: Oktoberfest, beer dinners, Icelandic cuisine and more

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West Flanders Brewery, 1125 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosted a soft opening over the weekend in the former home of BJ'S Restaurant & Brewhouse (which has relocated to 1690 28th Street in Boulder). The new brewery tapped its keg just in time for the fall -- a season definitely worth toasting.

Here's a taste of what's on the culinary calendar this week:

Monday, September 24:

West Flanders Brewery officially opens to the public at 11 a.m. today, and from now on will be open daily from 11 to 1 a.m.; check the website for updates.

Second Home Kitchen & Bar, 150 Clayton Lane, is hosting a punch battle between local bartenders from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. The contestants will be challenged to concoct a punch from surprise ingredients, while attendees sample the results and enjoy appetizers and small plates. Call 303-253-3000 for more information.Tuesday, September 25:

Sample the new fall cocktail menu at TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, from 4 to 6 p.m. this evening. The "autumn affair" also includes complimentary appetizers; call 303-996-9985 for details.

Wednesday, September 26:

Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, is hosting a four-course dinner paired with cocktails made from Corzo tequila. The pairing costs $50 and begins at 6 p.m.; call 720-570-8686 to reserve a seat.

Cholon Modern Asian Bistro, 1555 Blake Street, is commemorating two years in business with a four-course dinner tonight at 7 p.m. The menu will feature Cholon's new fall dishes and costs $70 per person, or $98 with wine pairings. Call 303-353-5223 to RSVP.Thursday, September 27:

Coohills, 1400 Wewatta Street, is celebrating A Taste of Iceland -- a four-day ode to island -- with a four-course prix fixe menu, provided by chef Tom Coohill and Iceland's Chef Hákon Már Örvarsson. The dinner will be available today through September 30 at $65 a plate, or $95 with wine. Call the restaurant at 303-623-5700 for more information and visit www.icelandnaturally.com for a full schedule of Icelandic events in town.

Tony's Market, 950 Broadway, presents an "Italian Family Dinner Night" in the market's bistro at 6:30 p.m. this evening. The five-course meal costs $35 and reservations are required; call 720-880-4501 to do so.Thursday, September 27 (continued):

The "Road to GABF" veers northwest at Euclid Hall, 1317 14th Street, with a beer dinner featuring Oregon's Deschutes Brewery tonight at 6:30 p.m. The paired meal costs $50 and seats go fast; call 303-595-4255 to check availability.

Or grab a spot at the Great Divide beer dinner at EDGE Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street, which starts at 7 p.m. and costs $50. View the three-course menu here and call 303-389-3343 for more information.Friday, September 28:

It's Oktoberfest at Lowry Beer Garden, 7577 East Academy Boulevard. The garden's inaugural, three-day celebration naturally includes beer, brats and other German delicacies, live oompah music, authentic glass steins and chicken dancing. Festivities run today from 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is a suggested $2 donation for admission and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Denver Children's Home.

Also on tap today: an "Old World Meets New World" beer dinner at the Briarwood Inn, 1630 8th Street in Golden, featuring beers from 18-year-old Great Divide Brewery and England's Samuel Smith Brewery (one of the oldest in existence). Dinner is served at 7 p.m.; call 303-279-3121 for more details.Saturday, September 29:

The last of this years' pop-up dinner-and-a-movie series at the Ritz Carlton, 1880 Curtis Street, takes place tonight at 7 p.m. The six-course menu will offer a "taste of Americana" during a screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. View the menu -- which costs $75 per person, or $125 with wine pairings -- here and call 303-312-3800 for reservations.

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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