The Best Food + Drink Events in Denver This week, January 8th. – 13th.

BY Steph Wilson

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Welcome to Denver’s Exciting Week Ahead! As the chill of winter lingers, it’s the perfect time to get out and savor the unique events our vibrant city offers. This week, Denver is bustling with a variety of activities sure to cater to all tastes. Indulge your palate at the exquisite Beer Pairing Dinner, where fine brews meet gourmet delights. For meat enthusiasts, the StockYards’s Beef Festival is a must-visit, celebrating the best of beef in a festive atmosphere. Active adults won’t want to miss the largest Bounce House event, perfect for a night of laughter and play. And for those who relish a sophisticated dining experience, the 4-Course Tasting Dinner offers an unmatched culinary journey. So wrap up warm, let your appetite lead the way, and dive into the delightful experiences waiting for you in Denver. Here’s to starting the new year with great food, fun, and fantastic memories!

Monday, January 8th.

Beer Pairing Dinner @ Blue Moon Brewing Company

Monday blues? Not at Blue Moon Brewing Company. The monthly beer pairing dinner promises more fun than a barrel of… well, beers. Four courses paired with the craftiest of beers can all be yours for $75. Reserve your spot via Tock.

Tuesday, January 9th.

10th Anniversary Celebration @ Kokopelli Beer Company

A decade of fine, hand-crafted ales, artisan pizzas, great appetizers, and much more at first solely women-owned and -operated brewpub in Colorado: we can raise a glass to that. The celebration kicks off on Tuesday and runs all week.

Wednesday, January 10th

Stockyards Beef Festival @ National Western Complex

This is not just any meat and greet; it’s a showcase of the finest from pasture to plate, where beef is the belle of the ball. It takes place at The Yards, a Denver landmark where bulls have been the main attraction since 1906. Presented by the legendary National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, this isn’t just a tasting—it’s a tribute to the tastemakers. you’ll rub elbows with the ranchers who raise your ribeyes and the vintners who vinify your vino The highlight? The Females on the Front Range Sale, where top-tier heifers steal the spotlight. Be there or be vegetarian! Tasting kicks off at 5:00 pm, sale starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets: $50.

Thursday, January 11th

Thirsty Thursdays – Whiskey/Bourbon @ Blackbelly Market

Cue the whiskey wizards at Laws Whiskey House, converging on Blackbelly Market for a Thirsty Thursday that’s part seminar, part feast, all genius. Following a welcome cocktail, take a whiskey walkthrough with Laws and a Blackbelly-curated three-course meal that plays backup singer to each bourbon. At $140, it’s less “dinner out” and more of a way to honor your New Year’s resolution to be good to yourself in 2024. Book your spot via Tock

Friday, January 12th

Bounce Empire After Dark @ Bounce Empire

New Year’s Resolution: Play more. Solution: Bounce Empire After Dark. This isn’t your typical Friday night—it’s an inflatable odyssey in the world’s largest indoor amusement park. You’ll have access to 50,000 square feet of bounce-tastic bliss with DJ Adin spinning the soundtrack to your gravity-defying adventures. Hop on over to Eventbrite for more details.

Saturday, January 13th

Best BBQ Sandwich in Denver @ American Legion Post 1

Ten of the best BBQ restaurants in Denver will compete for the designation of Best BBQ Sandwich in Denver. The winner of this A Chow Down for Charity event will be decided by a panel of local celebrity judges. The whole thing is free of charge, and it comes with a chance to sample the submissions. Proceeds benefit Denver’s homeless veteran population. Find more details on Eventbrite

Sunday, January 14th

4-Course Tasting Dinner with Bruichladdich Distillery @ The Jasmine Bar

The brand-new Jasmine Bar in Louisville invites you to an evening where the curious and the culinary-minded converge for a night with Bruichladdich Distillery—before they even officially open their doors on Jan. 15. Join them for four courses of refined dining, each paired with Bruichladdich’s smoky, peaty Octomore series, including the enigmatic Black Art 10. It’s an interactive session, a chance to delve into the depths of Bruichladdich’s distilling dexterity. And yes, you get to take a piece of the experience home—a bottle of “The Classic Laddie” to remember the night by. All for just $275 per person. Eventbrite’s got all the details.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steph Wilson

Steph Wilson is a writer, editor, and creative maximalist in Denver. She makes magazines for a living and throws color around the world like confetti for fun.

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