A brew (or two) is in order because the week of May 16 marks American Craft Beer Week. Lucky for you, National Whiskey Day happens to fall within the week too. Add in a quinceanera, beer festival and a whiskey and donut party, and that’ll make for an unforgettable week. Do whatever you need to prepare, but there’s no reason not to enjoy a cold a one this week.
When: Wednesday, May 18. 5:30-8:30p.m
Where: Tamayo, 1400 Larimer St., Denver
Cost: $42. Get tickets here.
The Low Down: Larimer Square’s Tamayo celebrates 15 years with a quinceanera this week. The event, hosted by chef-owner Richard Sandoval and chef de cuisine Arnold Rubio, will be on Tamayo’s rooftop patio and features authentic, modern Mexican dishes. The menu includes new items along with some throwback favorites, as far back as 2001. Tequila tasting stations, bottomless food samples, margaritas and birthday cake will go hand in hand with the great Rocky Mountain views.
Ratio BeerWorks Dinner at Euclid Hall
When: Thursday, May 19. 6-10p.m.
Where: Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, 1317 14th St., Denver
Cost: $65. Get tickets here.
The Low Down: Euclid Hall has teamed up with Ratio BeerWorks to bring you a five-course, seven beer dinner. Chef Jake Grant’s menu includes oysters, house-cured ham with bone marrow, lamb pancetta and crispy rice cubes with masala sauce. You’ll see Ratio beers such as the Novo Hold Steady, a robust brew with hints of chocolate, raisin, dark fruit and a hint of smokiness. This specific beer is infused with Novo cold press coffee giving it a slight hint of bitterness along with a touch of caffeine.
Local Love Party
When: Friday, May 10. 5 p.m.
Where: Green Russell, 1422 Larimer St., Denver
Cost: $10 cover starting at 8 p.m.
The Low Down: To celebrate the craft brewery and distillery scene in Colorado, Green Russell is throwing a party. The bar will offer beers from Avery Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Company, Upslope Brewing Company and Left Hand Brewing Company. You’ll also find a special cocktail menu featuring Peach Street Distillery, Laws Whiskey and Leopold Bros. The party kicks off at 5 p.m. with live jazz filling the air at 8 p.m. Get there early and you may get some brewery swag to take home.
Upslope Get Down
When: Saturday, May 21. 1-10 p.m.
Where: Flatiron Park, 1898 S. Flatiron Court, Boulder
Cost: Free. $15 beer package, $55 VIP
The Low Down: Head to Boulder and join Upslope Brewing Company for its third annual UpSlope Get Down this weekend. To celebrate American Craft Beer Week, the festival will be a full day of music, beer, food trucks, art and games. Thirteen bands will play throughout the day on three different stages including Eminence Ensemble, Freekbass and Gypsy Moon. Entrance to the festival is free and Upslope brews will be available for $5. If you grab a beer package ticket you’ll get four beers for $15.
Find out more information on tickets here. Part of event proceeds will benefit UpaDowna, a Colorado non-profit dedicated to helping all ages experience the joys and wonder that nature can offer.
Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown
When: Saturday, May 21. 2:30-8 p.m.
Where: Cluster Studios, 3881 Steele St., Denver
Cost: $45. Get tickets here
The Low Down: This event is full–blown whiskey and donuts—and what could be better? Munch on donuts from local partners including Habit Doughnuts, Donut Maker, Sugar Lips Mini Donuts and LaMar’s Donuts and Coffee. There will be doughnuts frying on site and even a doughnut eating competition. Wash it all down with whiskey from Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, State-38 Distilling, Downslope Distilling and Mile High Wine & Spirits. Play cornhole or take a look around the fashion trucks—there will be plenty to do.
Purchase of tickets enter all guests to win doughnuts for life. A small selection of vegan and gluten-free doughnuts will also be available. Proceeds benefit Minds Matter of Denver.