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Chef and Brew Festival on Thursday; Beaujolais and Beyond Next Week; More

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar
Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar
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RINO — On Thursday, November 15, the Chef & Brew Festival will gather some of Denver's best chefs and brewers at EXDO Event Center. From 7 to 10 p.m. (with VIP Ticket holders gaining 1 hour early access), guests will sample paired dishes and suds and will vote on the best ones. Among the participants, John Broening of Le Grand Bistro, Mike Peshek of Lou's Food Bar, Tom Coohill of Coohills and breweries Crooked Stave, Dry Dock, and Trinity. Tickets, which cost $49 ($59 for VIP access), can be purchased online here. [Eaterwire]

DOWNTOWN— Join the 15th Annual Beaujolais and Beyond Festival on November 21, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The wine and food event celebrates the arrival of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau wine to the Rocky Mountain Region and gathers over 600 French and American business leaders, francophiles, and food and wine enthusiasts from across the Denver metro area. Tickets cost $70 per person ($60 for members and $45 for students) and can be purchased online. [Eaterwire]

FORT COLLINSPatagonia Inc., the outdoor apparel company, and New Belgium Brewing announced California Route, a limited-release organic lager. Boasting California lager yeast with subtle fruity esters and a refreshing light lager finish, California Route organic lager has an aromatic blast of citrusy Cascade hops and a heavy dose of noble hallertau. California Route is 5.5% ABV and sold in 12-ounce cans. Pricing varies by location.This one-time, limited release will be available mid-November. [Eaterwire]

BOULDER— On December 4, starting at 7 p.m., Cured Cheese Shop will host a cheese and beer pairing evening in collaboration with West Flanders Brewing Company. Award-winning brewmaster Brian Lutz and Cured co-owner Will Frischkorn will be on hand to explain the pairings and answer any questions.The event costs $25 per person. For reservations and more information, call 303.447.2739. [Eaterwire]

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