Anniversary parties, new beer releases and American Craft Beer Week. Here’s what’s on tap in the Treasure Valley beer scene in the next 10 days or so:
Payette, Mother Earth anniversary parties
▪ Payette Brewing Co. and Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area are celebrating a joint anniversary party. Dubbed “A Local Thing,” it’s from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 12, in the Payette beer garden at 733 S. Pioneer St.
Payette is turning six years old. Bogus is turning 75. The two organizations plan to start promoting each other’s brands this year.
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The evening will include the official release of Hoop & Stave No. 6, a red-wine-barrel-aged saison ale. Payette founder Mike Francis will lead brewery tours starting at 6 p.m., which include free beer samples. There will be specials in the tap room and garden. Mister. BBQ and Soda Stop food trucks will provide food.
Bogus Basin will bring displays providing history of the ski resort, plus offer demos of bicycles rented on the mountain.
Payette and Bogus are starting to cobrand merchandise such as shirts and sweatshirts. And why not? Beer drinkers and skiiers/snowboarders often come from similar demographics.
Eventually, Payette plans to create a year-round beer specifically for Bogus Basin that will be available in cans, on the mountain and at the brewery.
▪ Mother Earth Brew Co. opened its Nampa brewery and tap room at 1428 Madison Ave. in 2016. But its original location in Vista, Calif. — founded in 2010 — is the inspiration for an anniversary party Saturday, May 13, in Nampa.
Rare beers and special releases will be poured at the event, which serves as a launch party for Mother Earth’s triple IPA release, Big Mother Anniversary IIIPA. Along with that massive brew, you’ll find a bourbon-barrel-aged version of last year’s Big Mother, plus Quit Stalin bourbon-barrel-aged Russian imperial stout, Imagination Land golden stout, Fantasy Island coconut brown, Big John imperial brown, Power of Love IPA, Boo Koo IPA, Cali Creamin’ vanilla cream ale, Sin Tax imperial peanut butter stout, and a four-year vertical of Four Seasons. Also on tap: Live music and food from Homestead food truck.
American Craft Beer Week is here
In Idaho? Not so much. Based on event listings at the official website, Gem State participation is a bit underwhelming — with an exception or two.
▪ Boise’s dependable party host, Payette Brewing, 701 S. Pioneer St., will beckon drinkers pretty much daily.
Payette will host a themed brewery tour from 5:30 to 6 p.m. every day. Topics will range from the process of canning beer (May 16) to a women-focused “Fem(ALE) Strong Ale Release Party” (May 17). All tours include free beer samples. All you have to do is show up. Payette also will have a different featured beer daily, meaning you’ll find discounted pints, sixers and select merchandise. (The $7 six packs of Rustler IPA on May 19 should attract a few fans.) Also, a weeklong stamp card for pint purchases will reward drinkers who show up on the final Sunday for a “Kill the Keg Party.” For example, have seven stamps? You get a free pitcher.
Other Treasure Valley breweries and beer destinations are sure to offer promotions and events during America Craft Beer Week, too — even if they aren’t as high profile as Payette’s.
▪ Cloud 9 Brewery, 1750 W. State St., will host For the Love of Craft, an outdoor beer festival featuring local breweries (and a bit of wine and cider). The 21-and-older event runs from noon to 8 p.m. and costs $35 advance at eventbrite.com, or $45 at the gate. That gets you 20 tokens and a commemorative sample cup. Urban Smoke and B-Town Bistro food trucks will sell grub. Live music is scheduled.
▪ Sockeye Brewing is planning a “Flights and Bites” beer and food pairing at PreFunk Nampa, 1214 1st St. South, from 6 to 8 p.m. May 18. Four bite-sized courses paired with a four-beer Sockeye flight will cost $15. The beers: Hopnoxious Imperial IPA, Sour Puss American Sour, Otter Bar Quad and Barrel Aged Seven Devils Imperial Stout. The food: Still being finalized at press time.
▪ PreFunk in Nampa also will host daily events highlighting various breweries. Check the bar’s Facebook page for more.
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