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The Barrel-Batched Manhattan, Hamburger Eating Contest, More

When you head out this weekend, keep these events and specials in mind.

Adam Larkey

ASPEN - The St. Regis Aspen Resort and Garrison Brothers Distillery invite the public to an intimate evening of cocktail creation on Friday, December 19, at 6 p.m. at the resort. Guests will witness the "Making of a Barrel-Batched Manhattan" and will be treated to live music, passed appetizers and samples of Garrison Brothers' straight bourbon whiskey. Garrison Brothers Distillery will create a barrel-aged Manhattan using its Texas straight whiskey bourbon. The event is free and open to the public, age 21 and up.

HILLTOP - Eat burgers and support a good cause. On December 20, Park Burger's Hilltop location is having a slider-eating contest at 5 p.m. Diners compete in teams of two to see how many sliders they can eat in ten minutes. Competitors raise a minimum of $10 per slider, or can give a minimum donation of $100 to enter. All proceeds go to Make-a-Wish Colorado. For more information, contact Park Burger Hilltop at 303.942.0145. [Eaterwire]

DENVER - Fiction Beer Company collaborated with Glazed and Confuzed donuts to create a delicious holiday treat. "42" is a Donut Bourbon Porter Fermented with Maple Syrup and was inspired by Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Fiction Beer Company will host Glazed and Confuzed for a special release party on December 20. The release event will include donut and beer pairings led by the brewers and bakers, special discounts on beer and brunch options available from both Glazed and Confuzed, as well as from the regular food truck at Fiction. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the guided paring will start at noon. [Eaterwire]

UPTOWN - Ace Eat Serve rolled out a new menu. It includes a few lighter, more health-focused items, such as a Tuna Poke served with a hijiki salad, and Hamachi Sashimi topped with jalapenos and white soy. Other notable new entrees are Tamarind BBQ Grilled Chicken and Miso Baked Faroe Island Salmon.

FORT COLLINS - The 2014 Clips Beer & Film Tour, New Belgium Brewing's beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show, raised $139,524 this year after traveling to 21 cities across the nation. Approximately 20,200 people attended the various tour stops this year. Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised $506,417 for nonprofit organizations. Kansas City raised the most money this year, bringing in more than $13,000. The event came to two Colorado cities - Boulder and Colorado Springs - and around $11,000 was raised between the two.


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