Hey Boise craft beer nuts — this week is for you. Since last year’s local version of American Craft Beer Week was such a success, it is back bigger and better this year, with cooler events and all kinds of exclusive beers.
Events begin tonight at Brewforia Beer Market, the Treasure Valley’s newest and biggest specialty beer store, with an extreme beer and cheese pairing, from 6 to 9 p.m. (You probably know this, but just in case you don’t Brewforia has recently moved from their old Milwaukee Street location to a bigger, and better, space at 3030 E. Overland Road at Suite 100 in Meridian.)
These are the beer/cheese pairings.
• Cambezola with North Coast Le Merle Saison
• Rolling Stone Lavender & Jasmine Chevre with Great Divide 15th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA
• No Woman Jerk Seasoned Cheese with Baron's Uberweiss
• Organic Double Smoked Bleu Cheese with Avery Czar
• Shropshire with Old Stock Strong Ale
• Ricotta with fresh berries with Old Danish Braggot
The cost is $25 per person.
Wow. That sounds pretty good (and a good value as well) — and this is just the first event of the week. I’ll provide a daily update on what events are going on locally.
Tuesday will feature beer dinners at Bittercreek Alehouse and Highlands Hollow. I am not sure at this point what the seating availability is (or the menu) for those dinners, so check back Tuesday.
Some of the beer dinners for the week are already sold out (like the Ninkasi dinner at the Front Door on Thursday) but there are week long events going on as well — like TableRock Brewpub & Grill’s decision to offer an exclusive special beer on tap every day.
The special TableRock beer for Monday — Red Light IPA — gets tapped at 4 p.m.
The TableRock folks describe it like this. “We took our Hopzilla and pitched it with a Belgian Tripel Yeast , then dry-hopped it with Columbus hops. The resulting beer has a slight bubble gum nose, and a small amount of spiciness leading into a very nice hop bitterness. Very approachable.”
American Craft Beer Week was created and organized by the Colorado-based Brewers Association. It celebrates small and independent craft brewers and highlights all that stuff we love about American craft beer — the delicious brews, artisan values, and entrepreneurial spirit our favorite brewers.
This is a great way to highlight the Boise beer scene, with our four excellent but different brewpubs and the local restaurants that embrace our Pacific Northwest craft beer heritage.
The whole deal culminates this weekend, with the Organic Homebrew Challenge release party at The Stonehouse, next to the Ram, on Saturday and a Brewing Basic tour and special tasting at TableRock on Sunday.
Patrick Orr: 373-6619