Tidbites | Week of September 5, 2013

Sanitas\' four staff members chat with a Boulder Beer employee.
Photo by Steve Weishampel

Welcome to the monkey house

The Denver Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo, a vet on the beer festival scene, will be held for the 16th time Sept. 13 at the Denver Zoo.

The festival, which in the past has sold out annually and draws more than 3,000 people, will feature beers from more than 40 Colorado breweries, food from more than 20 Denver restaurants, live music and dancing. Attendees also will take home a souvenir mug. The beer is served in unlimited 4-ounce samples.

Ticket sales will end at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, if tickets last that long. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $100 for preview tickets, which allow guests to enter at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

Eat for your elders

Thirteen restaurants in Boulder County will donate a percentage of their revenue Sunday, Sept. 8, to Boulder County CareConnect for National Grandparents Day. The nonprofit helps seniors in need live “safely and independently,” a press release says.

The participating restaurants include The Blue Parrot in Louisville; both Murphy’s locations, Twisted Pine Brewing, Bacaro, PastaVino, Casa Alvarez and Lindsay’s Boulder Deli in Boulder; The Dickens Tavern, Leenie’s Southern Café and Kho’s Asian Bistro in Longmont; and Le Peep and The Rib House, which have locations in both Boulder and Longmont. Sturtz and Copeland Florists has donated flowers to the restaurants for patrons to give to their grandparents.

Boulder County CareConnect coordinates more than 900 volunteers to provide “basicneeds services,” like transportation to medical appointments or the grocery store, minor home repair and snow removal, to those in need. More information is available at www.careconnectbc.org.

Healthy Hops

Sanitas Brewing Company, Boulder’s newest brewery, will hold its grand opening at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. The brewery, located at 3550 Frontier Ave. Unit A, Boulder — just south of Pearl Parkway and west of Foothills — was founded by three experienced brewers, Michael Memsic, Chris Coyne and Zach Nichols.

On tap at Sanitas for its opening are a black IPA and a saison, Sanitas’ two flagship beers; an imperial brown ale; a white IPA; and Train Beer #1. Train beer, Sanitas brewers say, will be a low-alcohol series that will be drastically marked down — $2.50 per draft — for 15 minutes after a train passes by the Sanitas taproom. Train Beer #1 resembles an English dark mild ale.

Sanitas will be open Saturdays and Sundays 12-10 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays 3-10 p.m., and will be closed Mondays. Its phone number is 303-442-4130.

Start wining

Throughout September, Frasca Food and Wine will hold wine dinners every Monday night, focusing each week on wines from different regions. While the Sept. 2 dinner presented domestic wines, upcoming dinners are a tour around Italy. Sept. 9 will see an all-red flight from Caparzo, a winery in tiny Montalcino in Tuscany, while Sept. 16 will feature red wines from Valpolicella near Verona.

The following week is wines from Botromagno in southern Italy, and Sept. 30 sees German wines from a variety of vineyards.

Each wine dinner is presented by an insider in the wine industry, and is accompanied by cuisine from chefs Lachlan Mackinnon- Patterson and Samuel McCandless. The four-course dinners are $50 per person. More information and reservations are available by calling Frasca at 303-442-6966.

Back to school bash

A group of University Hill businesses will hold a back-to-school event called Passport to the Hill from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

The event invites students to explore the businesses near the CU campus, and will include a DJ set, yoga, dancers and musicians, according to an email from Bonnie Dahl, owner of The Fitter and YoYo’s Frozen Yogurt Bar.

Nearly 40 businesses are participating. The list includes dozens of restaurants, like Half Fast Subs, Café Aion, Rush Bowls and Boss Lady Pizza, as well as Boulder Vapor House, 7-Eleven, Albums on the Hill and others.

Participants can present passports at the stores, get stamps and enter to win more than $1,000 in prizes, she says. More information is available on the Passport to the Hill Facebook event page.

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