Coming back to work after the holiday season can be painful. For many of us, the weeks following break are filled with fantasies of having one more day of vacation. Luckily, Oskar Blues Brewery will help your cubicle days dreams come true with the Ultimate Hooky Day at Loveland Ski Area. If you want to extend your faux-vacation even further, celebrate National Glazed Doughnut Day with Habit Doughnuts this Wednesday. Then once you’ve made it to the weekend, make sure to check out two special beer events with a new release from The Black Project and a mini barrel-aged beer fest at LowDown Brewery. Hopefully, after some beers, doughnuts and a little time on the mountain your post-vacation blues will be a thing of the past.

Make sure to check back every week for more events!

National Glazed Doughnut Day

Courtesy of Habit Doughnut Dispensary

Courtesy of Habit Doughnut Dispensary

Words by Christina Walecka

When: Wednesday, January 12

Where: Habit Doughnut Dispensary; 1553 Platte St., Denver

The Low Down: National Glazed Doughnut Day is upon us this week and Habit Doughnut Dispensary has created a few ways to help you celebrate. The store will be offering a buy-one, get-one deal on its signature delicious Blazed doughnut. But that’s not all, if you pre-order with a 48-hour notice, you could be leaving with dozens of doughnuts, $20 for two boxes. Be sure to try the buttery Habit brioche doughnut with malted milk glaze and hand-torched brûlée. Don’t miss out on the chance to blaze your way through this special day. Read more about Habit Doughnuts here

Civic Center Nosh & Posh

Civic Center. Photo by Kiddest Metaferia.

Civic Center. Photo by Kiddest Metaferia.

Words by Christina Walecka

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

Where: Civic Center Park; Broadways and Colfax, Denver

Cost: Free entry

The Low Down: Enjoy both food and fashion by stopping by Civic Centers’ Nosh and Posh, a monthly gathering of both food and fashion trucks. Although Civic Center Eats has come to an end, some of your favorite food trucks, including Chuey Fu’s, Crock Spot, Jessie’s Smokin NOLA, Quiero Arepas, and many more, aren’t going anywhere (read more about them here). But that’s not all, While you enjoy the delicious food, you will also have the chance to explore some of Denver’s very own fashion trucks. You can expect to see Denver Fashion Truck, Fashions Underground, The Street Boutique, and Style Driven (read more about them here). Nosh and Posh is the perfect way to spend your lunch break during this winter season.  

Ultimate Hooky Day at Loveland with Oskar Blues

Photo courtesy of Oskar Blues' Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Oskar Blues’ Facebook page.

When: Thursday, January 14
Where: Loveland Ski Area, I-70, Exit 216, Georgetown, Colorado
Cost: $65 will give you a roundtrip bus ride, lift ticket with lunch, beer included. 
What: This Thursday, Oskar Blues Brewery, 95.7 the Party and Front Range Ski Bus want you to call in sick from work and join them for the Ultimate Hooky Day at Loveland Ski Area. For $65, you can take a ski bus at 9 a.m. at Dougherty’s Neighborhood Pub (located in the Baker neighborhood), and enjoy a day of skiing with a free lunch, beer and snacks. Those not interested in riding the bus can get $25 lift tickets for the day and join the festivities once they arrive.  At 4:30 p.m., bus passengers can catch a ride back to reality Denver to finish out the work week.

LowDown Brewery Barrel Aged Beerfest

Photo courtesy of LowDown Brewery

Photo courtesy of LowDown Brewery

When: January 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where:  LowDown Brewery 

Cost: Free entry

The Low Down:  Capitol Hill’s LowDown Brewery is hosting a mini-beer fest at its brewery/restaurant this Saturday. Celebrating all things barrel-aged, Lowdown will be tapping four of their barrel-aged beers plus eight guest beers. Participating breweries include Dry Dock, Great Divide, Left Hand, Platte Park, Ratio, Lagunitas, River North and Rock Bottom. No tickets required and entry is free. 

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

Courtesy of Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales

Courtesy of Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales

When: January 17, 12 – 2 p.m.

Where: Former Future Brewery; 1290 South Broadway, Denver

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

The Low Down: Two different beers will be released for the first time this Sunday by  Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales—the innovative new project from the creators of Former Future Brewery. Peach Rye Dreamland is a  sour golden ale with peaches aged in fresh A.D. Laws Secale Rye barrels. This beer includes all of the components of fruit, base, oak, and spirit with tasting notes of peach, funk, oak, tartness, and a noticeably rye whiskey character.  Next, Mach-Limit comes from their revolving fruit series and is a heavily-fruited sour beer made with grapes from Fox Cellars & Vineyard from Palisade, Colorado. The new beer combines bold, earthy, herbal notes from the grape that is balanced with a dry tartness, resulting in a “sangria-like flavor.” Head down to Former Future this weekend and be the first to try these new beers. Bottles will also be on sale, with restricted per-person bottle limits to be determined closer to the event. 

Mark Your Calendar 

Pie Crust Workshop with The Long I Pie

When: January 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Craftsman & Apprentice; 1345 E. 22nd Ave., Denver

Cost: $50

Tickets: Available here

The Nickel Stock Show Dinner with Western Daughters

When: January 20, 5 – 10 p.m.

Where: The Nickel; 1100 Fourteenth St., Denver

Cost: Priced per person 

Reservations: (720) 889-2128

Homebrewers Night at The Brew Hut

When: January 21

Where: The Brew Hut; 15120 E Hampden Ave., Aurora

CANniversary

When: January 23, 12 – 8 p.m.

Where: Canoe Room at North Dock; 2801 Tower Rd., Aurora