Tapped In with Michael Deeds: Deschutes Brewery invades Boise for a busy week

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comJuly 11, 2014 

If you notice a massive beer barrel rolling through your neighborhood, pay no mind.

Actually, chase it down for a brew.

It will be Woody, the mobile mascot for Bend, Ore.-based Deschutes Brewery's "Base Camp for Beer Fanatics," which will hit Boise July 12-19.

The bar on wheels even has its own Twitter handle: @dbwoody. So I asked Woody if he was up to the task of impressing Boise, particularly after the recent promotional visit from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.'s beer vending machine.

Woody tweeted back: "That beer vending machine is pretty cool @IDS_Deeds, but I'm Woody T. Barrel. I've got some tricks up my sleeve!"

What Deschutes has on tap is specialty-tasting and food-pairing parties, plus pint glass giveaways and such. The brewery has partnered with the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, too, so some of the proceeds will benefit our local trail system.

Here are the planned events. You can go to deschutesbrewery.com/events/all/ID for specifics and ticket information where necessary.

• Woody appears at the Twilight Criterium: 2-10 p.m. July 12, 9th and Grove streets, Boise.

• Base Camp Kickoff and Horseshoe Tournament: 5-9 p.m. July 14, Dutch Goose, 3515 W. State St.

• Empty the Cellar Total Tap Takeover: 5-9 p.m. July 15, Bittercreek Alehouse, 246 N. 8th St.

• Parking Lot Party: 5-9 p.m. July 16, Brewer's Haven, 1795 Vista Ave.

• Beer and Charcuterie: 5-8 p.m. July 17, Whole Foods, 401 S. Broadway Ave. Tickets: $15.

• Deschutes & Ladders: 7-10 p.m. July 17, 13th Street Pub & Grill, 520 N. 13th St.

• Beer-lesque: Tastings & Tassels: 7-10 p.m. July 18, Pengilly's Saloon, 513 W. Main St. Tickets: $5.

• Trail Ride Treasure Hunt: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 19, Bier:Thirty, 3073 Bown Road.

• Landmarks Beer Dinner: 5-10 p.m. July 19, Tavern at Bown Crossing, 3111 S. Bown Way. Tickets: $40.


Grind Modern Burger, taking over the former space of TableRock Brewpub at 705 W. Fulton St. in Boise, will call its brewery Post Modern Brewers.

The head brewer is Marvin Kinney. He'll offer a lineup of featured beers and seasonals, plus new recipes for an IPA and American Pale Ale. He also plans to revive old TableRock favorites including the Nut Brown Ale and fresh-hopped Hopzilla.

"Branding the new brewery Post Modern Brewers suggests our take on the current state of craft beer, and where it's going," Grind Modern Burger partner Rick Boyd says. "We wanted to try a slightly different approach with our beers, not just to set ourselves apart but also to see if we could create a bridge between those that have already embraced craft beer and those that may not have warmed to it just yet."

Post Modern Brewers beers will be brewed only for Grind Modern Burger.

"If capacity allows," Boyd adds, "we may do some contract brewing."


With three gold and two silver medals, Sockeye Brewing topped the list of local breweries picking up awards at last month's North American Beer Awards in Idaho Falls. The competition, held in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest, involves blind tasting.

• Sockeye: Winterfest, gold; Coco Peak Cream Stout, gold; Silver Creek Sour, gold; Maibock, silver; Power House Porter, silver.

• Ram: Failure to Communicate Red IPA, gold; Owyhee Oktoberfest, silver; Lost Reindeer, bronze.

• 10 Barrel: Smok'n Gun, gold; American Brown, silver; Power to the People, bronze.

• Kilted Dragon: Hot Mess, gold.

• Edge: Habanero Cream Ale, silver; Blackwater, bronze.

• Payette: Outlaw IPA, bronze.


Speaking of Sockeye and NABA medals, it's that time of year again: Sockeye's refreshing Belgian Style Summer Ale - which picked up a silver in 2013 - is showing up at retailers.

Coming in at 6.5 percent Alcohol By Volume and 25 on the International Bitterness Units scale, it's a lightly sweet blonde ale with a quick finish.

Grab a four-pack of 16-ounce cans and pair it with some freshly smoked Idaho salmon during happy hour on the backyard patio with a couple of friends.

Trust me, life will seem pretty dang good.


• Powderhaus Brewing Co. hopes to open sometime around the holidays, co-owner Tyson Cardon says. The brewery at 9719 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City will be home to a 15-barrel brewing system, a tasting room and an outdoor area for live music and entertainment.

• Haff Brewing - next to Cobby's at 4340 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City - hopes to open by the end of summer, head brewer Derek Anderson says. The seven-barrel brewery also will have a tasting room.


Live music, craft beer and sunshine. That's the formula for Summer Lawn Bash, which happens from 1 to 10 p.m. July 19 at Crooked Flats, 3705 Idaho 16, Eagle.

Duck Club Presents - the gang responsible for the annual Treefort Music Fest - is teaming up with Crooked Fence Brewing for this outdoor festival.

It's a sweet setting for a lineup of local bands including Edmond Dantes, Virgil, Hollow Wood and Desert Noises, as well as outstanding Florida rock outfit Roadkill Ghost Choir.

Tickets are going for $10 at theduckclub.com.

But I'm also giving away a bunch of tickets on my "Words & Deeds" blog, so check it out: idahostatesman.com/wordsanddeeds.

Michael Deeds: 377-6407, @IDS_Deeds

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