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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Hit the taps at the crack of dawn this weekend.
Hit the taps at the crack of dawn this weekend. Courtesy Denver Beer Co. (Arvada, CO) Facebook
Searching for a lost weekend? You'll find it here, as Denver's food and drink scene is all about booze, booze and more booze. You can grab a drink morning, noon and night at these six events. Keep reading for details, as well as more worthy dates on the culinary calendar.


Friday, January 18

What kind of a monster — nay, nihilist — would tread upon hundreds of years of brewing tradition and create an imperial blond stout with cacao nibs and coffee beans? Obviously, someone who cares nothing for the laws of nature or of man, who has no values or loyalties, who simply wants to watch the world burn — or a fan of The Big Lebowski. While we can't vouch for the ideological leanings of the brewers at Gunbarrel Brewing Company, it appears they are fans of the Coen brothers classic, as the taproom at 7088 Winchester Circle in Boulder is screening the film on Friday, January 18, to coincide with the release of the brewery's Nihilist Stout. The movie, $5 at eventbrite.com, starts at 7 p.m., with doors at 6 p.m. so you can indulge in your Caucasian of a beer before the bowling balls start rolling. Can't make the Friday show? There will be an encore performance on Saturday as well. And upon further reflection, we've decided the brewery isn't run by true nihilists; if it was, that brew would be a Belgian imperial blond rye session stout.

The marquee outside Zuni Street Brewing, 2355 West 29th Avenue, reads "200" — marking the 200th batch of beer the outfit has brewed since it opened two years ago. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the taproom is hosting a 200th Batch Bash on Friday, January 18, at 6 p.m. Not only will the aforementioned brew (GingerGrass Ale, made with ginger, hibiscus and lemongrass) be tapped, but naming rights to the newest tank will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to a charity of the winner's choice (and, no, your bank account doesn't qualify as a 501(c)3, even if it is in dire need). Find out more on Zuni Street's Facebook page.

Stem is celebrating five years in business with $5 pours on Saturday.
Danielle Lirette
Saturday, January 19
Join Denver Beer Co. on Saturday, January 19, for the breakfast of champions: breakfast burritos, bacon and beer. The brewery's eighth annual Beer, Bacon and Coffee Fest returns to the Arvada taproom, 5768 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, bright and early at 8:30 a.m. For the next two and a half hours, craft beer fans can nurse their Friday night hangovers with some hair of the dog while simultaneously laying a food base for Saturday night's drinking (talk about multi-tasking...). Tickets are $40 at denverbeerco.com, and if you just can't drag yourself out of bed after an epic Friday night, fear not: The fest will continue on Sunday as well.

Stem Ciders was one of the first cideries to come on the scene — five long years ago, way back when parking near the taproom at 2811 Walnut Street wasn't an exercise in futility. And on Saturday, January 19, Stem is celebrating half a decade in business with a full day of bluegrass, the release of Five String Banjo and $5 pours all day. In addition, the first fifty guests through the doors (which open at noon) will get a commemorative cider cup. Find out more and get the band lineup on the cider house's Facebook page — and good luck finding a parking spot within a five-mile radius.

What was your favorite part of Saturday mornings as a kid — the endless bowls of cereal, sitting a foot from the TV screen soaking up radiation and your favorite ’toons, or staying in your pajamas until lunchtime? On Saturday, January 19, you can re-create the entire experience with one notable improvement — the addition of booze — at Diebolt Brewing. From noon to 2 p.m., the brewery at 3855 Mariposa Street will have cartoons on the television, a cereal bar in the taproom, and beermosas behind the bar. And in the latest opportunity for nominal adults to get drunk in public wearing onesies, you're welcome to show up in your PJs for optimal Saturday morning coziness.

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Denver Urban Gardens is giving away seedlings and gardening education to qualifying households this spring.
Courtesy Denver Urban Gardens Facebook
Sunday, January 20
Growing your own food is great for your diet and your health, but starting a garden from scratch can be a little hard on your pocketbook. Soil, seeds, sprinklers and shovels can add up, but nonprofit Denver Urban Gardens hopes to ease the financial burden for lower-income households with its Grow a Garden program. Individuals and families that meet income requirements can apply to receive ten seed packets, ten seedlings and a gardening workshop at no cost. The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 31, so you'll want to get your application in sooner rather than later; find income requirements, more details and the application on DUG'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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