Fifteen Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, July 8-10

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Get ready for a very beery weekend here in Denver. From grand-opening festivities to a beer run and even a hootenanny, Denver's favorite drink will be flowing freely. But the culinary calendar for the next few days isn't limited to brews; keep reading for the delicious details on this weekend's fifteen tastiest events.  

Friday, July 8

New Belgium Brewing’s seventh annual Clips Beer & Film Tour is rolling into Boulder today. The free event features short films and a selection of hard-to-come-by, small-batch beers, with 100 percent of the proceeds from beer sales going to Community Cycles. Beers are $1.50 for a 3 ounce sample, or $6 for 12 ounces. The event kicks off at Valmont Disc Golf Park at 7:30 p.m., with films starting at 9:30 p.m. Find more information, including a complete list of beers offered, at newbelgium.com

Earlier this month, Lone Tree Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Co. collaborated on an American IPA brewed to support CancerBlows, an organization that supports the Ryan Anthony Foundation. The beer will be available today during Brews 4 CancerBlows, five-course beer pairing dinner at Lone Tree Brewing Company.  Tickets cost $65 per person, and can be purchased at Lone Tree Brewing Company or online here. More than half of the ticket proceeds will benefit CancerBlows. The beer will also be on draft at the brewery tomorrow for a Brews 4 CancerBlows event, when $1 from each beer sold will be donated to the charity. 

The Wildlife Experience at CU South Denver will hold a screening of Ridley Scott's 1979 genre-bending classic Alien at today's Movie and a Martini. For $28 you'll get two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, popcorn, access to the museum exhibits and the feature presentation. There will also be trivia and prizes before the movie, so come early; the fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Find more information here.  

Bruz Beers is celebrating its grand-opening weekend with three days of seasonal and specialty beers, food trucks, live music, entertainment, giveaways, prizes and even kids' activities. The party takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. today, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Visit bruzbeers.com for more information. 

The 20th Annual Biergarten Fest will pour into Morrison for the weekend. The family-friendly festival will feature German food, entertainment, live music, dance groups and beer, of course. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages five to twelve, and free for kids under five. For more information, visit biergartenfest.com

Keep reading for ten more tasty events this weekend.

Saturday, July 9 

Breckenridge Brewery's Annual Hootenanny takes place today at the brewery's Littleton headquarters. There will be live music — headlined by Big Head Todd and the Monsters — as well as a pig roast and plenty of beer. The hootenanny runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets range from $26 to $45; grab yours here.  

Head to the hills for the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous, which takes place at Salida's Riverside Park today. There will be 75 Colorado breweries pouring unlimited beers, along with live music and more. Tickets are $15 for designated drivers, $40 for general admission, and $120 for VIP; get them here

Denver Beer Co. and Outdoor Project are teaming up to put on the Mile High Summer Shindig and block party, today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Denver Beer Co. The block party will feature live music, games, giveaways and beer, including a special taping of a petite saison brewed in collaboration with Base Camp Brewing Company out of Portland, Oregon.  Admission is free; proceeds from pint sales will benefit First Descents. Get all the details at milehighshindig.com

Today is Old Chicago’s fortieth birthday, and it's partnering with Samuel Adams to host the World’s Largest Tap Takeover in more than ninety restaurants across the country. Each Old Chicago in Denver will feature fifteen beers from Sam Adams, including rare finds from the Longshot series. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page

Party with Mu Brewery today at its second-anniversary party. Mu will have Pile High Burgers serving food and a live performance from Thunder and Rain from 4 to 6 p.m.

From 3 to 6 p.m. today, celebrate the opening of a new outdoor patio at The Way Back with a tiki party. The Way Back will be holding tiki mug giveaways all afternoon, and guests can enjoy complimentary mai tai or daiquiri drinks with the purchase of food — while supplies last. For more information call the Way Back at 720-728-8156.   

TheBigWonderful has been moving around since leaving its original home in the RiNo neighborhood: Littleton, the Stanley Marketplace and now the 16th Street Mall. Today and tomorrow, TheBigWonderful will put on ArtBlast! as part of the mall's Meet in the Street. Tickets to ArtBlast! are $5; you can find tickets and all the details at thebigwonderful.com.  

The Colorado Brewery Running Series continues with a 5k run/jog/walk, which starts (at 11 a.m.) and ends at Grandma's House Brewery. After the run, stick around for live music, food trucks, local vendors and beer. Register — $30 per person —and learn more at breweryrunningseries.com.  

Sunday, July 10 

Alpine Dog Brewing has put together a five-course beer-and-munchie pairing "specifically designed by two industry professionals at Alpine Dog Brewery for your 710 enjoyment," they say. Try five four-ounce beer samples, along with the appropriate munchie for each, for $15. "Because there's no better way to beat the lazy Sunday afternoon munchies than with some local beer and convenience-store snacks! Participants who stick around after the pairing will receive happy-hour prices on additional beers," the brewery adds. "We will only be selling forty spots, so act quickly and share with your friends."

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse will host a celebrity dinner to benefit Eddie’s Kids Foundation from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Tickets are $200 for a four-course dinner with wine pairings, gift bag and a voucher that can be exchanged for four tickets to a 2016-2017 Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth or Colorado Rapids regular season game. Reservations are required; visit eddieskids.org to make yours. 

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to cafe@westword.com.

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