For anyone not doing a dry January, here are nine beer, champagne, and cocktail events to get through the first month.
Loveland Hooky Days
When: January 10
Where: Oskar Blues Brewery/Loveland Ski Area
What: Oskar Blues and Stoney’s Bar and Grill invite you to ditch the day job and take a day to treat yourself with a trip to the slopes. The bus arrives at the bar at 9 a.m. to take guests to Loveland Ski Area.
Additional Information: $65 tickets include the bus ride, a lift ticket, beer, lunch, and snacks.
Fourth Annual Barrel-Aged Beer Festival
When: January 12
Where: Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen
What: Lowdown will release a variety of barrel-aged beers throughout the day, as well as pour options from local breweries like Dry Dock, Little Machine, and Ratio Beerworks.
Additional Information: No cover charge. No tickets needed. Details online.
Comal Impact Dinner
When: January 16
What: For the first Impact dinner of the year, Comal Executive Chef Tim Bender partners with guest chef Sara Gebre to prepare a three-course, family style Ethiopian dinner. Expect sambusa, berbere spiced chicken stew, and carrot cake paired with cocktails and wine.
Additional Information: Tickets start at $75 per person.
Beer, Bacon & Coffee Fest
When: January 19
Where: Denver Beer Co. (Arvada)
What: Now in its eighth year, this morning festival combines the best parts of the day — breakfast and beer o’clock. Tickets to the popular event include a breakfast burrito, unlimited coffee, and endless bacon.
Additional Information: Tickets start at $40 and include a coffee mug.
Macramé + Mimosas
When: January 20
Where: Maker’s Garage, 3832 Tennyson Street
What: This workshop takes the best part of brunch and combines it with crafts. Learn the basic macrame knotting techniques and use the skill to turn Pinterest plant boards into reality.
Additional Information: Tickets start at $45.
His & Hers Pop-Up Dinner
When: January 24
Where: The Bindery
What: Chef Linda Hampsten Fox together with Bo Porytko and Dan Lasiy of the acclaimed but recently closed Rebel Restaurant are preparing a pop-up dinner at the Bindery. The one-time, seven-course meal will feature two interpretations for each course (his and hers), made from seasonal ingredients and paired with cocktails from the Family Jones Spirit House.
Additional Information: Tickets start at $85.
Winter Brew Fest
When: January 25 & 26
Where: Mile High Station
What: The annual festival’s pour list includes more than 100 beers from 40 different breweries. VIP entry starts an hour early and includes a beer and cheese sampling.
Additional Information: Tickets start at $40.
2019 Super Stout Party
When: January 26
Where: River North Brewery
What: River North Brewery’s January festival features more than 20 stouts selected from its cellar. Potential pours include coconut Mr. Sandman and Fancy Effing Stout.
Additional Information: Details are on the event page.
Bourbon and Bacon Fest
When: January 26
Where: McNichols Building
What: Some of Denver’s top restaurants add their twist to the beloved breakfast meat, while guests sip on samples of different bourbons.
Additional Information: Tickets start at $55; early admission and VIP experiences are available.