Summer is winding down, but never fear—there are plenty of opportunities to eat and drink. Begin the week by sipping a variety of rosés from around the world at Root Down. Bring on fall with Left Hand’s release of their seasonal Oktoberfest Märzen Lager this Friday. Get in one last cookout with Vesper Lounge this weekend as they roast a whole pig and pair it with Parce Rum cocktails.
Monday, August 22: Drinking and Painting
What: Painting and Vino at The Bistro at Stapleton
Where: 2955 Ulster St
When: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Low Down: Sip your favorite vino and create your very own masterpiece. The Bistro at Stapleton is hosting this engaging event with artist Megan Richardson as the instructor. Participants will go through step-by-step instruction on painting the “Delectable Cupcake.” The painting level is deemed intermediate but creativity is encouraged with unlimited colors and plenty of wine.
Tuesday, August 23: Wine Dinner at Root Down
What: Wine Dinner at Root Down
Where: 1600 W 33rd Ave
When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $80, for reservations call 303-993-4200
Low Down: Root Down is hosting a four-course dinner paired with organic and sustainable rosé from around the world. The rosés will include Crémant de Loire Rosé Brut from the Château Moncontour in Loire Valley, Pinot Noir Rosé Sokol Blosser in Oregon, plus many more. Sip this fantastic summer wine while you still can.
Wednesday, August 24: Beer and Pie Pairing
What: Black Shirt Pie and Beer Pairing
Where: 3719 Walnut St.
When: 6-9 p.m.
Low Down: Black Shirt Brewing is serving up their one-of-a-kind beer with Long I Pie pairings. Shauna Lott from the Long I Pie will bring over four pies—harvest veggie with thyme and pepper, peach crumble, sangria pie with brandied plum, peach and pear and honey flower with salted honey lavender. The beer pairings are to be determined, but the music-driven Black Shirt—whose current tap features beers such as the returned Red Evelyn, an imperial red rye IPA and Palisade peach saison—promises something from their Red Ale Project. Tickets are $20 and include four beers and one slice of each pie.
Thursday, August 24: Beer and Cheese Pairing
What: Beer & Cheese with Odell Brewing
Where: The Denver Bicycle Cafe
When: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $20 Presale, $25 Day of
Low Down: Bike down to the Denver Bicycle Café and enjoy a selection of beer and cheese after a haul down the bike lanes. Five ounce pours are paired with cheeses from Whole Foods. Cheese expert Nate Cougill will be there to answer questions about how to pair and what to pair for your next great dinner party.
Friday, August 26: Beer Release
What: Oktoberfest Release Party
Where: Left Hand Brewing Tasting Room, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, 80501
When: 5-8 p.m.
Low Down: Join Left Hand Brewing Company for their release of their seasonal favorite, Oktoberfest Märzen Lager. It begins to brew in the spring and reaches fruition every fall with its biscuity, malty flavor topped with hops for a dry finish. Grab your stein and begin fall early with this autumn brew.
Sunday, August 28: Pig Roast Party
What: Vesper Lounge Pig Roast
Where: 233 E 7th Ave
When: 4 p.m.
Low Down: Celebrate the end of summer with a pig roast at Vesper Lounge. Featuring two whole pigs and cocktails made with Parce Rum, this party is sure to kick up your Sunday blues. There will be live music from The Royal Aces. A plate of delicious pig with coconut rice and pineapple slaw costs $10.
Sunday, August 28: Pop-up Dinner
What: Dio Mio: Preview Pop-up at Hop Alley
Where: 3500 Larimer St.
When: Seating at 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 $20 wine pairing
Low Down: Get a sneak preview of the cuisine and handmade pasta from chefs Alex Figura and Spencer White’s forthcoming restaurant, Dio Mio. This pop-up at Hop Alley features includes house-made bread, small plates, dessert, salad and pasta. The food is described as a mix of ‘grandma’s’ Italian food and experimental flavor combinations. The three-course dinner is $30 and gluten-free options are available. Get your tickets for a taste of the forthcoming RiNo restaurant.