The buzz for this weekend is simple: bikes, bars, beers and the Bard (some of them all at once). Surely one of those will grab your attention. Here are the best food and drink events on the culinary calendar for the weekend of June 2 through June 4.
Friday, June 2
Bike MS is happening on June 24 and 25, but you don't have to wait that long to help out the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In fact, you don't have to get on a bike at all — just head over to Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer Street, between 6 and 10 p.m. on Friday, June 2. The annual Bike MS kickoff party will be in full swing, with a portion of wine sales donated to the organization. Skadi's Food Truck will be there, and the night will be packed with thrilling giveaways like wine, tour packages and bikes. If you miss tonight's gig, stop in at the tasting room any Friday for the rest of June, when your dollars will also help out the cause. And you might want to reconsider the no-bikes thing: Parking in that neighborhood is the worst.
What's a neighborhood bar without a neon sign? There's just something about the flickering glow that promises good bartenders, cheap drinks and amiable fellow drinkers inside. Englewood Grand, 3435 South Broadway, was named our Best New Bar That's Just a Bar in 2017, so you know it has the goods, but the Broadway-facing exterior will finally be able to properly advertise the joint's merits. Join the crowd at 9 p.m. for a champagne toast as the switch is flipped for the first time at the Turn On Party on Friday, June 2. Check out the Grand's Facebook page for details.
Denver Comic Con is coming up at the end of the month, and plenty of events are leading up to the town's biggest costume party (including what's sure to be an epically adorable doggie cosplay event; see Comic Con's website for that one). But there's adorable, and then there's tasty — and Breckenridge Brewery has cornered the market on the official Comic Con beer. Brooklyn's at the Pepsi Center, 901 Auraria Parkway, will be tapping Breck's new brew, I AM BREWT!, at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 2. The beer is a pilsner (so some might think the name is more creative than the drink), but the real reason to be one of the first 200 people at this tapping is the giveaway of 200 collector's pint glasses featuring everyone's favorite tree-shaped alien. It's, well, adorable — even cuter than your pug in a Princess Leia costume.
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Saturday, June 3
Downtown Littleton isn't exactly trending, and it's not known for its craft taprooms, either, but perhaps it should be. Jake's Brew Bar, 2540 West Main Street in Littleton, has been serving Denver's southern neighbors from more than thirty taps for five years now, and it's celebrating the milestone with Jake and El Chimpo's Five Year Circus on Saturday, June 3. The shenanigans start at 2 p.m.; live music, a pig roast and special tappings from Elevation Beer Company and Mockery Brewing are on the docket until midnight. More info is up on Jake's Facebook page.
Sunday, June 4
Sunday drinking has never been easier than at the Easy Brews Beer Festival on Sunday, June 4. Head over to the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 East Quincy Avenue in Aurora, from 2 to 6 p.m. today for unlimited beer samples, food trucks and music. The Post Brewing Co., Epic Brewing and Briar Common Brewery are just a few of the suds-makers chipping in at the event, which will benefit the Colorado chapter of the National Hemophilia Organization. Check out the event Facebook page for more details, then head over to eventbrite.com for tickets (DD $10, GA $40, VIP $60; prices will go up at the door.)
Ratio Beerworks has returned with a vengeance, and the taproom at 2920 Larimer Street is staging a production of A Midsummer Night's Dram on Sunday, June 4. Unlike that sophomore-year field trip you took to see a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this one will have more beer and fewer adolescent hormones: Both the cast and the audience will be in their cups. The curtain rises on the inebriated adaptation at 7:30 p.m., and there's no cover. Check out the event Facebook page for more info on the drinkers — er, players. As Bill once said, "Drink to the general joy o' th' whole table."