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Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend with one (or two) of these culinary events

The weekend is packed with culinary events, especially if you're a fan of beer -- and who isn't?

Here's what on tap:

Friday, July 27:

The annual Summer Brew Fest takes place tonight at Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Avenue, from 7 to 10 p.m. The festival features 125 beers from nearly fifty breweries, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and can be purchased on the festival's website; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Swallow Hill Music Association.

Saturday, July 28:

Kyle Hollingsworth -- keyboardist for the String Cheese Incident and avid homebrewer -- has partnered with Boulder Beer Company, 2880 Wilderness Place in Boulder, for a mini-beer festival and benefit concert. Patrons can enjoy 60 beers from 30 breweries while listening to tunes from the Kyle Hollingsworth Band from 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets to Kyle's Brew Fest cost $25 and all proceeds will benefit the Boulder-based nonprofit Conscious Alliance.Saturday, July 28 (continued):

The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, 1880 Curtis Street, hosts dinner-and-a-movie night with a screening of La Femme Nikita projected on the outside patio tonight at 7 p.m.; it will be paired with a French-inspired dinner. The evening costs $75 per person or $125 with wine pairings; call 303-312-3826 to RSVP.

Denver Beer Company, 1695 Platte Street, has teamed up with Maple Street Pie Company for a Pies and Pints Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. today. The two companies will pair pies with three different beers: Key Lime Pie paired with Kaffir Lime Wheat; Apricot Peach Pie with Tart Apricot Ale; and Mexican Chocolate Pie with Chile Stout. There will also be a pie-eating contest at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

The thirteenth annual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival will fill the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th Street in Boulder, this weekend. The two-day event features tea-related workshops and seminars, a special tea dinner, tea parties for the kids and a "Tea and Cocktails" class for the adults.The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 303-442-4993 or visit the website.Saturday, July 28 (continued):

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House, 1610 16th Street, is hosting a patio party with Odell Brewing Co. at 1 p.m. today. Festivities include rare beer tappings, pint specials, a corn-hole set-up and a Rockies ticket giveaway.

James Mazzio is throwing an Aussie Wine Party this evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Studio F, 1801 Wynkoop Street. Sample Australian wines from Eagle Vale Winery and food by Mazzio, who will be conducting a live cooking demonstration. View the menu and purchase tickets (which cost $29.99) here.

Whole Foods Tamarac, 7400 East Hampden Avenue, is celebrating Colorado's food producers with a free, local food festival from noon to 3 p.m. today. The family-friendly event features samples from over a dozen food vendors, live music and arts and craft activities for the kids. Call 303-488-2000 for more information.

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