There are many birthdays this week in the culinary world of Denver. The Palm and Green Russell are celebrating 20 and 5 years, respectively. Grab your hula skirt and tropical fever for Green Russell’s Tiki Party on Saturday night. If beer is more your taste, head to the Summer Brew Fest with 50 breweries serving each day, Friday and Saturday. In preparation for the Fest, head to Root Down on Tuesday for a four-course dinner with Crooked Stave. Go eat and drink your way around Denver this week.  

Monday, July 18: Beer & Donut Tasting

Mockery Brewing. Photo by Glenn Ross.

Mockery Brewing. Photo by Glenn Ross.

What: Craft Beer & Voodoo Doughnut Tasting at Mockery

Where: 3501 Delgany St.

When: 7–8:30 p.m.

Cost:  $18

Low Down: Conquer the Monday blues with a tasting from Mockery Brewing and Denver Girls Pint Out. The delectable craft beer flight is paired with three doughnuts from VooDoo Doughnuts. A brewery tour is included in the ticket price and this is the perfect opportunity to meet and discuss your craft beer obsession with other women in the Denver area. RSVP online with a $5 down payment.

Tuesday, July 19: Beer Dinner

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Root Down. Photo by Caitlin Savage.

What:  Crooked Stave Dinner at Root Down

Where: Root Down

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $75 per person

More Info: Call 303-993-4200 to make reservations

Low Down: Join Root Down and Crooked Stave for a beer dinner this Tuesday. Executive chef Corey Ferguson and Chad Yakobsen have teamed up and shaped a four-course meal with beer pairings from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. This sneak peek at the menu will be sure to get the appetite rumbling: the 2nd course is comprised of Tender Belly baby back ribs, grilled peaches, orange soubise, watercress and ginger habanero paired with a draft of Surette Citrus. This dinner is the picture-perfect date night for beer aficionados all over Denver.

Wednesday, July 20: Prime Time Happy Hour

The Palm

The Palm. Photo courtesy of The Palm Facebook

What: Prime Time at the Palm

Where:  The Palm

When: 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Cost: $20 bar bites with beverage

Low Down: The Palm is turning 20 this month with a whole range of events to celebrate. This Wednesday, they are having a special during their Prime Time Happy Hour$20 for bar bites and a beverage. The bites to choose from include maple-glazed slab bacon, cornmeal fried oysters, basket of cottage fries, classic cheeseburger, or calamari fritti. The drink choices are a draft beer, well drink or glass of Los Vascos Chardonnay or cabernet. Celebrate 20 years with a taste from the Palm.

Thursday, July 21: Beer, Cheese & Salumi Class

Prepping for the Cheese + Provision's class. Photo courtesy of Cheese + Provisions Facebook

Prepping for the Cheese + Provisions’ class. Photo courtesy of Cheese + Provisions Facebook

What:  Cheese + Provisions’ Beer, Cheese + Salumi Class

Where:  Cheese + Provisions: 2432 W. 44th Ave.

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $50

Low Down: An event for beer, cheese, meat and music lovers. Joyride Brewing Company has done it again, crafting an album series inspired by the Beatles. Five brews will be paired with cheese and salumi. The delectable pairings are curated by Joyride’s owner, Dave Bergen and Cheese + Provisions’ owner, Steve Duty. Guests enjoy the tastes and the knowledge of how the music relates to the beer, as well as the basics of how to pair cheese, beer and salumi.

Friday, July 22–Saturday, July 23: Summer Brew Fest

Last year's Summer Brew Fest rainbow. Photo courtesy of Denver Beer Fest Facebook.

2014’s Summer Brew Fest rainbow. Photo courtesy of Denver Beer Fest Facebook.

What: Summer Brew Fest

Where:  Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Ave

When: 6–7 p.m. VIP, 7–10 p.m. GA

Cost: VIP: $45 advance, $55 day of event; General Admission: $35 advance, $45 day of event.

Low Down: This festival is packed with brews and music at Mile High Station. The beer selections include old favorites such as Left Hand Brewing Company, big names such as Samuel Adams and even cider for the cider-lovers such as C-squared Ciders. Tickets include unlimited beer tasting and a souvenir glass. Go for the VIP ticket and receive first taste of the beer and an exclusive pairing with MouCo cheese company and Weldwerks Brewing Company beer. Celebrate Denver’s craft scene at this summer sensation. The festival benefits Swallow Hill Music, a local nonprofit providing a musical community to Denver.

Saturday, July 23: Pop-up Dinner at Black Eye

The Dinner Party Association. Photo courtesy of Dinner Party Association Facebook. Photo by Lindsey Erin.

The Dinner Party Association. Photo courtesy of Dinner Party Association Facebook. Photo by Lindsey Erin.

What: The Dinner Party Association

Where: Black Eye Coffee LoHi

When: 7–10 p.m.

Cost: $65

Low Down: The Dinner Party Association is hosting a dinner with Happy Camper BBQ and New Belgium Brewing Company. The menu is enviable with mini Colorado poutine and fried s’mores paired with 1554. Dinner is never complete without a show and they have songs and stories. Shilo Gold and Julie Davis of Bluebook will provide the music, and local comedians Andrew Forlines and Rachel Weeks bring the laughs. Presale tickets only, so be sure to buy before 5 p.m. on Friday, July 22.

Saturday, July 23: Green Russell Tiki Party

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Green Russell. Photography by Roman Tafoya

What: Green Russell Tiki Party

Where: 1422 Larimer St

When: 5 p.m.

Low Down: Green Russell is turning five and will be celebrating with five parties to match. The fourth party is this Saturday, a tiki party with tropical tunes and cocktails inside deliciously fresh pineapples and coconuts. Wear your Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt–the best-dressed guest will win a $50 Green Russell gift card. If you love pina coladas you won’t want to miss this “tiki-tastic” festivity.