Bratwursts, Boston cream pie and breweries in Aurora; you'll have a chance to dig into these and more this weekend around Denver. Whether you're a sports fan prowling for a cheap (or even free!) beer and a dog, a cider fan looking to learn ukulele, or a Post Brewing Co. fan with a hankering for East Coast eats, you'll find something to love. Here are the top food and drink happenings for the weekend of Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7, plus more tasty times ahead.
You'll want to fuel up before you enter Coors Field on Friday, April 5.
Friday, April 5
You've called in sick (cough) for Friday, April 5, right? It's the Colorado Rockies' home opener, and there are drinking and dining deals all over town to celebrate the annual rite of spring. Avanti Food & Beverage, 3200 Pecos Street, is opening its doors at 10 a.m. with a free beer for the first 25 customers of each concept, $4 New Belgium bottles and cans, and happy hour during the whole game (2 to 6 p.m.). Then check out Avelina, 1550 17th Street, where you'll enjoy a housemade brat and Coors Light on the house from 11 a.m. to first pitch at 2:10 p.m.; on your way there, make sure you pass Vesta, 1822 Blake Street, which will be handing out sidewalk samples of Nitro Cracker Jacks until game time. The Pig & the Sprout, 1900 Chestnut Place, is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Coors Field, and it's offering $4.50 shots of Jameson and the ominous-sounding Purple Drink from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those across town needn't worry about missing out: Stapleton's Dog Haus Biergarten, 8316 East Northfield Boulevard, is treating customers to a free beer for every dog, sausage, burger or chicken purchased from 2:15 p.m. to the end of the game. If you were to watch the game at the ballpark, each of these deals would run you $127.95 plus your firstborn — and you'd probably catch something from all those other sick folks milling around the...er...doctor's office. For more opening-day deals, see our complete slideshow of downtown joints doing something special.
Stanley Marketplace's Cheluna Brewing will be pouring at Saturday's Last Call tasting.
Saturday, April 6 Central Denver isn't the only place with a thriving brewing scene; Aurora has plenty of excellent breweries, along with our favorite cidery and a meadery. On Saturday, April 6, you can get a taste of the action at Last Call, the Aurora History Museum's tasting event and the final weekend of its Drink Local exhibit. For $25 in advance ($30 at the door), you'll get access to the museum at 15051 East Alameda Parkway; unlimited beers from Cheluna, Bent Barley, Dry Dock Brewing and more; a cider from Haykin Family Ciders; a mead from Dragon Meadery; and a commemorative tasting glass. Get tickets and a complete list of participating breweries on Eventbrite.
Sunday, April 7 Stem Ciders' RiNo taproom, 2811 Walnut Street, is well known for hosting weekly bluegrass and singer-songwriter performances as well as cider paired with everything imaginable (Pop-Tarts, cupcakes, cured meat, Mongolian food), but on Sunday, April 7, it's going full-on quirky with ukuleles and cider from 1 to 4 p.m. A Swallow Hill instructor will teach a beginner's ukelele class followed by an open jam. So rustle up your tiny gee-tar and get ready for your hands to look yuuuuge. Details are up on Stem's Facebook page.
The Post Brewing Co., 2027 13th Street in Boulder, concludes its Battle of the Brewmasters series on Sunday, April 7, with an East Coast edition. Post bewmaster Nick Tedeschi is taking on his mentor Bryan Selders, who took a break from his job at Dogfish Head to launch the Post before returning to the warm embrace of Sam Calagione. Each of the four courses (expect regional classics like Boston cream pie, scrapple and a Philly cheesesteak) will be paired with a beer from each brewer, with voting taking place live on Instagram. Snag your tickets ($60 including tip) for the 6 p.m. dinner on Eventbrite. We expect the meal will make you as happy as Tom Brady's first tweet, though with less crushing disappointment than when you realized that was a joke.
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