Its Friday, and I have a Beer Festival to go to this weekend! I know where I will be. For the first time I am going to the Boise Beer Festival. I know what you are thinking, “Pffft, Boise, how good could that be?” Well I’m here to tell you it is damn good. Rick Boyd owner of the Brewforia Franchise, and now owner of the Barley Brother’s Travelling Beer Show has poured his heart and soul into this fest for the last four years, and it is paying off in spades. Where he used to have to beg breweries to show up, now they are beating down his door to get in. Rick has almost singlehandedly put the Boise Beer Fest on the map to the point where it is now the third largest beer festival west of the Mississippi. And the names he is able to get there are impressive. Take a look at this list of brewers that will be represented.
Laughing Dog Brewing Grand Teton Brewing Sockeye Brewing
Tablerock Brewing Crescent Brewing Payette Brewing
Highland’s Hollow Brewpub Portneuf Valley Brewing Sawtooth Brewing
Sun Valley Brewing Wildlife Brewing Uinta Brewing
Epic Brewing Wasatch Brewing Snake River Brewing
Brewery Ommegang Southern Tier Brewing Shipyard Brewing
Boston Beer Company Midnight Sun Brewing Chuckanut Brewing
Two Beers Brewing Alameda Brewing Leavenworth Brewing
McCall Brewing Fox Barrel Cider Rogue Brewing
Ninkasi Brewing Portland Brewing Barley Brown’s Brewpub
Terminal Gravity Brewing Deschutes Brewing Bridgeport Brewing
Full Sail Brewing Georgetown Brewing Beer Valley Brewing
Hopworks Urban Brewing Laurelwood Brewing Widmer Brothers Brewing
Double Mountain Brewing Boulevard Brewing Great Divide Brewing
Avery Brewing Odell Brewing New Planet Brewing
Boulder Brewing New Belgium Brewing Kona Brewing
Goose Island Brewing Cascade Lakes Brewing Tieton Cider Works
Alaskan Brewing Elysian Brewing Riverport Brewing
Pike Brewing Pyramid Brewing Redhook Brewing
Maritime Pacific Brewing Harmon Brewing Fish Brewing
Anderson Valley Brewing Lagunitas Brewing Mendocino Brewing
Bear Republic Brewing 21st Amendment Brewing Sierra Nevada Brewing
Lost Coast Brewing Anchor Brewing North Coast Brewing
Mad River Brewing The Bruery Stone Brewing
Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Abita Brewing Spire Cider Co.
Ace Cider Co. Hardcore Cider Woodchuck Cider Co.
OK, I know the lines are crooked, but believe me they were straight in the editor! Anyway, pretty impressive, no? While the likes of Dogfish Head and Brooklyn Breweries aren’t represented, Southern Tier is, as are most of the west coast big names, and a few easties as well. Not a bad deal for li’l ol’ Boise. I am particularly looking forward to sampling from Double Mountain. They are a relatively new brewery from Mt. Hood, Oregon, and have been getting rave reviews. Others that interest me are Southern Tier, Sam Adams said they would have a keg of Utopias on tap, Goose island should probably have some nice treats since AB InBev haven’t completely destroyed them yet, and a host of Washington brewers that only keg their brews and sell locally will be on hand as well.
Should be a great time. Remember if you go you should make arrangements to get home safely. It is very important that this festival not cause any problems in the community. I’m really looking forward to trying some amazing brews. I’m gonna start light and then get progressively darker. By night fall I should be drinking nothing but stouts!
So what about you? What are your plans? Do they involve a beer festival too? As usual let us know in the comments.