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Tidbites | Pinyon hosts a Rumpkin party

Pinyon hosts a Rumpkin party

The Pinyon is hosting a release party for Avery Brewing Company’s Rumpkin Draft on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Rumpkin is a strong pumpkin ale aged four to six months in Gosling’s Old Rum barrels. It is 15.9 percent alcohol by volume and has hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

“Rather than making another pumpkin beer that tastes like pumpkin pie, we wanted to create a unique pumpkin ale,” says Joe Osborne of Avery Brewing. “Rumpkin is very representative of what Avery does best — making big-ass beers.”

About 500 cases of Rumpkin were brewed in early October, and the event at The Pinyon may be one of the few opportunities Boulderites have to experience Rumpkin on draft.

The event will also feature a Halloween costume contest. The attendee with the best costume will receive a six-pack of Rumpkin. Fallthemed appetizers and cheeses from Cured will be served alongside the beer.

Wine festival this weekend

This weekend, the Boulder Wine Merchant is hosting a Burgundy Wine Festival.

The festival will feature multiple events highlighting Burgundy wines. On Saturday, Oct. 29, Mateo is hosting a lunch with a Burgundy-inspired menu and several Burgundy wines. The meal will be served family style, and seating will be limited. That evening, Frasca is featuring a “Grand Cru” dinner. Seating at the dinner is limited to 20 people and will offer rare Grand Cru Burgundy wines and a special menu.

On Sunday, Oct. 30, The Med is hosting a seminar on terroir led by Master Sommeliers Bobby Stuckey, Richard Betts and Brett Zimmerman. The seminar will focus on the importance of location in Burgundy wines, and all proceeds will go to the Growe Foundation. After the seminar, The Med is hosting a Burgundy wine tasting and is again donating all proceeds to the Growe Foundation.

For more information on prices, reservations and tickets, visit www. boulderwine.com/burgundy.

Columbine does garden-to-table

On Oct. 22, Columbine Elementary began a garden-to-table program through the Growe Foundation and with the help of volunteers in the school community.

Parents, teachers, students and representatives from the Growe Foundation prepared garden beds and decorated the garden at the school.

The Growe Foundation has launched the program at 13 other BVSD schools.

Odell uncorks new four-pack

On Nov. 5, Odell Brewing will offer their Mountain Standard Double Black IPA. The brew will be offered in a four-pack, and features hops grown on Colorado’s western slope, which were hand-selected in August.

Odell Brewing also will host a “Mountain Standard Bash” on Nov. 5 to kick off the brew and celebrate Colorado’s ski and snowboard season. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will feature samples of the beer, live music, food trucks, a variety of local ski and snowboard vendors and a screening of the Teton Gravity Research film, Under the Influence.

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