The Parade of Darks — a beer-focused holiday season fundraiser created for Denver’s Metro Caring — is returning after a brief hiatus. Launched in December 2011 with help from (CBB contributor and writer of this post) Marty Jones and Wynkoop Brewing Co., the Parade of Darks will now be presented by Metro Caring, Denver’s leading frontlines hunger-prevention organization. And this time around, I’m actually helping Metro Caring produce the event, which means you should all come out to support it. Beer, food, philanthropy and MJ — what else do you want?
The event will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on December 3 at the glorious Turnhalle Room in the Tivoli Student Union building on the Auraria college campus in downtown Denver. As it did in previous years, the 2016 Parade of Darks will feature a thrilling and thoughtfully selected array of over 60 winter-seasonal and year-round beers in the amber-to-opaque color categories.
The beers — from more than 40 Colorado, U.S. and international breweries — will be served in 1-ounce taster portions. The event will also feature gourmet chocolates to accompany the beers. All proceeds from the 2016 event will go to Metro Caring to help fund its hunger-relief efforts. Tickets for this afternoon of beer-focused holiday kinship are $45 and can be purchased online right here (click it!).
Tickets are limited to 400 attendees and all attendees receive a commemorative taster glass. Sponsors for the event include Cask Global Canning Solutions, Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine and Westword. Updates on the Parade of Darks beer list will be posted at Metro Caring’s site.