As you say goodbye to August and say hello to Labor Day weekend, enjoy some whiskey, beer tastings and Denver’s annual festival, A Taste of Colorado. Read on for more details about the food events this week.

Tuesday, August 30: Whiskey tasting at The Way Back

Photo courtesy of Distillery 291 on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Distillery 291 on Facebook.

Where: 4132 W 38th Ave

When: 4-10 p.m. 

Cost: First cocktail free, then $8 after 

Low Down: The Wayback will welcome Distillery 291 for some whiskey fun. Come sip on an old fashioned and 291’s version of a whiskey sour along with small appetizers. Guests will also have a chance to win a bottle of Barrel Proof 291 whiskey. RSVP  on Wayback’s Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 30: Wicked Weed Tap Takeover at First Draft

Photo by Kyle Cooper

Photo by Kyle Cooper

Where: 1309 26th St, Denver

When: 5-10 p.m. 

Low Down: Just this month, Asheville’s very own Wicked Weed brewery announced it would finally distribute in Colorado. As a result, First Draft, a “pour your own” taproom, is hosting a tap takeover. The pour list includes Pernicious IPA, Freak of Nature, Coolcumber, Lunatic, Ferme d Grand Pere and Fille de Ferme. Come try it out and see if the beers live up to the hype.

Wednesday, August 31: Three-course meal at Du

Photo courtesy of Duo on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Duo on Facebook.

Where: 2413 W 32nd Ave 

When:  6:30-9 p.m. 

Cost: $65. Call 303-477-4141 to reserve your spot.

Low Down: Slow Food Denver will host a three-course meal at Duo in support of their Eat Local Challenge and to give guests a chance to meet local farmers and ranchers. The three-course meal will feature indulgences like haystack goat cheese, lamb meatballs and basil ice cream.

Thursday, September 1: Pumpkin beer debut

Photo courtesy of Dry Dock on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Dry Dock on Facebook.

Where: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora 

When: 12 p.m. 

Low DownJoin Dry Dock Brewing Company in welcoming fall by sipping on their Half Moon Pumpkin Ale. Brewed with spices from the Savory Spice Shop, nothing says fall in Colorado like a refreshing glass of pumpkin beer.

Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5: A Taste of Colorado

Deep fried Oreo at Taste of Colorado. Photo by Brittany Werges

Deep fried Oreo at Taste of Colorado. Photo by Brittany Werges

Where: Civic Center Park Downtown

When: Labor Day weekend, Friday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Cost: Free admission, $10 food tickets 

Low Down: Celebrate your long Labor Day weekend at A Taste of Colorado. Munch on a variety of foods such as falafel, calamari, popcorn and tacos. Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria, Bistro Colorado, and White Fence Farm are just a few of the 50 restaurants that will participate in the festival, along with local food trucks and distilleries. For more information and a complete list of restaurants, visit the event’s website.

Friday, September 2: Citrus beer tasting at Black Project


Where: 1290 S Broadway 

When: 6-11 p.m. 

Low Down:  When life gives you lemons, you drink beer. Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales is offering a public keg debut of their Starfighter brew, which includes intense flavors of lemon, lime and blood orange zest. The tasting is on a first come first serve basis, as they will only offer one sixtel keg.

Saturday, September 3: Barre at the bar

Denver Beer Co. beer. Photo by Brittany Werges.

Denver Beer Co. beer. Photo by Brittany Werges.

Where: 1695 Platte St 

When: 10 a.m. 

Cost: Donation-based

Low Down: Denver Beer Co. is partnering with DEFINE body & mind to raise money for First Descents and to enjoy the long Labor Day weekend. Guests will participate in a 45-minute barre class followed by beer drinking. The class can fit up to 40 people and participants are encouraged to bring their own mats. Donations are accepted through cash and online, where guests also register.