I enjoyed Denver when I spent a couple days there a few years ago but don't really have specific recs. We went to at least one brewery/beer garden that I enjoyed but there's a million there and I can't recall which one we went to. I think the only thing I specifically remember is Bookbar, a nice bookstore that also serves wine, but that's more an if-you're-in-the-vicinity thing than something to go out of your way for.
Good to see you back here. I'm trying to think if there's any recent pop music to discuss with you, but I can't come up with much of note. The Charli XCX and Let's Eat Grandma discs from this year are both pretty good but not their best, a little too '80s. I like the latest Carly Rae Jepsen single, produced by Rostam Batmanglij aka the guy from Vampire Weekend who doesn't suck.