Sip and snack at Rioja, enjoy beer bites at Euclid Hall tonight

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After all the big holiday parties and meals, restaurants can be slow in January. But there's reason to get up and out to Larimer Square, where two sibling restaurants are bringing back their successful Tuesday specials to celebrate the new year: Sips and Snacks at Rioja, and Beer Bites at Euclid Hall. See also: Euclid, Rioja owner Jen Jasinski is badass

On Tuesdays in January, Rioja will host various wine tastings from 5 p.m. until closing. The tastings include four samples of wine from the weekly theme -- today, it's Champagne -- paired with four bite-sized snacks from the award-winning Rioja kitchen for only $15 per person.

The rest of the month's wine themes: Savory Sherries on January 14, Tempranillos from all over on January 21, and Muscato, moscato, muscatel, it's all muscat to me on January 28.

Rioja's sibling, Euclid Hall, will host beer tastings every Tuesday in January from 3 p.m. until closing. The tastings feature three, two-ounce pours of selected beers paired with three bite-sized snacks for $12.50 per person. Tonight's pours will include AleSmith IPA, Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness American Red Ale and Hitachino Nest Dai Dai IPA.

Themes and Beers for the coming weeks:

January 14, Big Badass: Anchor OBA American Strong Ale, Dogfish Head Raison D'etre Belgian Strong Dark, Ommegang Take the Black Stout

January 21, Show Us Your Pucker Face! Petrus Sour Pale, Bear Republic Tartare Berliner-style Weisse, Trinity Red Swingline IPA Primitif

January 28, Because We Said So Check Euclid's Facebook page for the beers, as well as other special tappings through January.

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