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

Photo Courtesy of the Bistro at Stapleton

Photo Courtesy of the Bistro at Stapleton

What: Painting and Vino at The Bistro at Stapleton

Where: 2955 Ulster St

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Cost: $45 

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

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Photo by Caitlin Savage.

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

Black Shirt Brewery Lindsey Bartlett

Photo by Lindsey Bartlett.

What: Black Shirt Pie and Beer Pairing

Where: 3719 Walnut St.

When: 6-9 p.m.

Cost: $20

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


Photo Courtesy of Odell Brewing Co.

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

Photo Courtesy of Left Hand Brewing Facebook.

Photo Courtesy of Left Hand Brewing Facebook.

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

Photo Courtesy of Vesper Lounge Facebook.

Photo Courtesy of Vesper Lounge Facebook.

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

Dio Mio. Photo Courtesy of Dio Mio Facebook.

Dio Mio. Photo Courtesy of Dio Mio Facebook.

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.