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3 Boise beer festivals to finish Idaho Craft Beer Month with a bang

Miss out on those commemorative pint glasses earlier in April? Too bad. You can still celebrate Idaho Craft Beer Month during its final weekend.
Miss out on those commemorative pint glasses earlier in April? Too bad. You can still celebrate Idaho Craft Beer Month during its final weekend. Sheila Francis

Were you a local lame-o? Was your participation in the inaugural Idaho Craft Beer Month completely lacking?

You have one last Saturday to atone: April 29. By drinking beer.

(Boise living is sooo tough.)


If the sun is shining, don’t even try to resist the Wine & Beer Expo at Hyde Park.

Started last year as a biannual event, this one emphasizes beer. It’s from 2 to 10 p.m. in the parking lot behind 13th Street Pub & Grill and Parrilla Grill. Twelve local breweries and seven wineries plan to participate.

Entry is $25. That gets you four tasting tokens and a food ticket. Snake River Farms and Traeger Grills are part of the festivities, so the grub being smoked on-site will include American Wagyu brisket and kurobuta pork short ribs.

The brews will come from Mother Earth, Mad Swede, Edge, Crooked Fence, Powderhaus, County Line, Slanted Rock, Sockeye, Boise, Woodland Empire, Payette and Grand Teton. The vino: Split Rail, Cinder, Mouvance, Indian Creek, Bitner, Sawtooth and Ste. Chapelle.

Find something you like? The breweries and wineries will take orders for packaged product at prices lower than you’d find normally.

Still thirsty after sampling? Extra beer tokens are $3 a pop or four for $10.

There will be a silent auction, and a raffle that includes a Traeger. A portion of the proceeds from the day will benefit Life’s Kitchen and Idaho Brewers United.

This isn’t a kids’ event, but children will be allowed until 6 p.m. After that, you have to be 21 or older. Live music will crank from 6 to 8 p.m.


If you’re in a sour mood, head to Payette Brewing Co., 733 S. Pioneer St.

Or in a curious and adventurous mood.

A limited number of tickets are available to the intriguing new Aura: Sour Beer Experience. The event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday inside the brewhouse. A maximum of 200 tickets will be sold.

This festival seems to be flying under the radar. Big mistake.

The all-inclusive $60 price includes unlimited samples of more than 20 sour beers, as well as food pairings, expert seminars, a commemorative glass and a 22-ounce bottle of Aura: Guava & Hibiscus Sour Ale.

Chef Aaron Wermerskirchen from Juniper will prepare small bites to pair with the beers. An example: Seared sea scallop with bacon marmalade and grapefruit zest, topped with an edible flower and paired with Grand Teton Brewing’s American Sour Ale.

Online: payetteaura.splashthat.com.


No time for brewfests? Too many chores this weekend?

Get your grocery shopping done Saturday at Whole Foods, 401 S. Broadway Ave. — and make a party stop on the way in the door.

From 3 to 6 p.m., the grocer will host an outdoor patio bash with $2.50 drafts from Idaho breweries Laughing Dog, Wallace and Slanted Rock. They’ll also be selling hamburgers and hotdogs. Being Whole Foods, something tells me these won’t be Oscar Mayer, either.

▪ Find more last-minute Idaho Craft Beer Month promotions at IdahoCraftBeerMonth.com.