This week, Hotel Teatro wants to help ease you into the New Year by hosting Study Hall. Grab some friends for a night of drinking, eating, and some fun classic games. Also, The Art of Cheese will be hosting a cheese making class this week, not only will you learn how to make multiple types of cheese, but you will also be doing it for a good cause since half of all the earnings will be donated to a charity of the class’s choosing. Finally, the 16th annual Vail Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival will kick off the beer festival circuit for the new year. Head to Vail to experience the fun activities, brewmasters’ dinners, and unique seminars.

16th Annual Vail Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival

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Avery Brewing Beers, a participating brewery at Vail Big Beers. Photo by Camille Breslin.

Words by Brittany Werges

When: January 7-9

Where: Vail Cascade Resort & Spa; 1300 Westhaven Dr., Vail

Cost: Commercial Tasting and Seminars – $70, Full Weekend Package – $280, VIP Package – $500

Tickets: Available here

The Low Down: This weekend’s world-class beer festival returns for its 16th year. The 3-day event is highly anticipated due to its killer lineup of rare and high ABV beers and series of well-curated seminars and dinners including a Brewmaster Dinner hosted by two brewing icons, Adam Avery of Avery Brewing and Tim Hawn, brewmaster at Dogfish Head. According to John Carlson, Colorado’s very own Brewer’s Guild executive director, this festival is “one of the best festivals in the country.” He explained that the “sheer diversity and availability of such exotic beer styles all in one location really gives the consumer a great opportunity.” For the weekend of the festival only, Vail Resort will offer discounted lodging, along with ski and snowboard rentals. Join the homebrewers, professional brewers, and the brewing industry gurus for the 16th annual Big Beers Festival. To see the full lineup of breweries in attendance, go here.

Study Hall at Hotel Teatro

The Nickel at Hotel Teatro. Photography by Roman Tafoya for 303 Magazine

The Nickel at Hotel Teatro. Photography by Roman Tafoya for 303 Magazine

When: Every: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Where: Hotel Teatro; 1100 14th St. Denver

The Low Down: Hotel Teatro is hosting study hall! Grab a game, drink, and some study buddies for this extended happy hour. The Nickel, Hotel Teatro’s in-house restaurant, will be offering delicious light bites, its happy hour menu, and your favorite board and card games. With some good drinks, good food, and good friends, study hall at Nickel’s bar is the perfect way to end the day.

Yoga at Great Divide with CorePower Yoga

Barrel Room at Great Divide RiNo. Photo by Candace Peterson.

Barrel Room at Great Divide RiNo. Photo by Candace Peterson.

Words by Brittany Werges

When: January 6, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: Great Divide Barrel Room3403 Brighton Blvd, Denver

Cost: FREE! 

Tickets: Available here

The Low Down: Hoppy Yogis is back this Wednesday at Great Divide’s new RiNo location. Get hands-on adjustment with Corepower Yoga teachers as you bend to the live tunes of DJillie. Afterwards, head to Great Divide’s Barrel Bar for craft brews with a side of philanthropy as 100 percent of the proceeds from your drink purchases will go towards local charities. The class is free but make sure to park in the labeled parking spots in the employee lot, or you might end up paying for much more than your beer!

 Cheesemaking Class at Haystack Mountain Goat Creamery: Feta & Queso Fresco

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Photo by Elisha Knight.

When: January 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Creamery; 505 Weaver Park Road., Longmont

Cost: $39

Tickets: Available here

The Low Down: This week, learn how to make cheese for charity. The Art of Cheese wants to share with you its award-winning “dry-salted” feta cheese recipe, as well as its Marinated-Herbed Feta recipe that won the Grand Champion ribbon at the Boulder Country Fair in 2014. Half of all the earnings will be donated to a charity nominated by the students participating. Along with learning how to make Feta Cheese, the class will also learn how to make several versions of the Latin American quick and easy farm cheese, Queso Fresco. Enjoy the class and the food, while making a difference.


Coffee, Doughnut & Beer Pairing at Ratio Beerworks

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Habit doughnuts. Photo by Kyle Cooper.

When: January 10, 12 – 3 p.m.

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St, Denver

Cost: $12 for two pairings 

Tickets: Available at Ratio 

The Low Down: This Sunday, Ratio Beerworks is giving you an excuse to have beer for breakfast with its coffee, doughnut and beer pairing. Method Roasters will provide the coffee, whereas, Habit Doughnuts will bring the sweets. Ratio will have its Domestica (an American standard ale) on tap and will serve it alongside the following pairings:

Pairing one

Ethiopia Chelchele coffee
Golden Arches brioche doughnut mini ( a griddled Spam, smashed tater tot, blueberry Bourbon jam, cured egg yolk)
Ratio Beerworks Domestica

Pairing two

Sumatra Arinagata coffee
Malted chocolate glazed brioche doughnut mini
Ratio Beerworks Domestica infused with Method Roasters coffee

Tickets are for sale before the event, but walk-ins are also welcomed.

Mark Your Calendar

Civic Center Nosh & Posh

When: January 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Civic Center Park; Broadways and Colfax, Denver

Cost: Free entry

Dual Bottle Release: Peach Rye Dreamland & Mach-Limit Tempranillo

When: January 17, 12 – 2 p.m.

Where: 1290 South Broadway, Denver

Cost: 375 mL Sour Golden Ale with Peaches, cork & cage: $12, 750mL Mach-Limit Tempranillo, cork & cage: $28