Downtown Boise will be extra dark Friday night.
Two craft-brew destinations will be overrun by beer geeks clamoring for the blackest of beers: porters, stouts and barrel-aged brews.
▪ Taphouse, 760 W. Main St., will host its third annual Darkest Night on Friday, Dec. 16.
Night? Try all day. Starting at 11 a.m., tons of kegs will rock. More than 25 porters and stouts will be on tap: To name a new, Odell Jolly Russian rum-barrel-aged imperial stout, Grand Teton Whiskey Barrel-Aged Black Cauldron imperial stout and Fremont barrel-aged Coffee Dark Star oatmeal stout. At 6 p.m., things get serious. Freshly tapped kegs will include Barley Brown’s barrel-aged Don Vanuchi “The Killer” imperial stout, Ballast Point Victory at Rye porter and Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout.
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These are huge brews. Seriously, 2015 Dark Star is 14.5 percent alcohol by volume. So if you don’t want a full pour, grab a 4-ouncer of one of these beasts for $1.50 to $4.50, depending on the beer. Oh, and Darkest Night isn’t a goth party, but dressing in black will make you feel cooler — and help hide any party fouls.
▪ The upstairs River Room at Whole Foods, 401 S. Broadway Ave., will host a Fremont Brewing tap invasion from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16.
The Seattle brewery is a favorite in Washington but a newcomer to Boise, where it’s only been distributed since early this year. At this tap invasion, you’ll find delectable regular B-Bomb and Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb, plus regular Dark Star, Spice Wars Dark Star and Coffee Dark Star.
Enjoy these beers in 10-ounce snifters for $5, or grab a flight of four 4-ounce pours for $7.
Other Fremont beers on tap will include Interurban IPA, UniversAle Pale, Wandering Wheat and seasonal Bonfire Ale.
Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds