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4 ways to celebrate American Craft Beer Week in Boise

American Craft Beer Week is back for its 12th year. Promoted by the Brewers Association and craftbeer.com, small and independent brewers will celebrate nationwide May 15-21.

If you check event listings at the official website, Gem State participation appears a bit underwhelming. But that list doesn’t include everything happening in the Treasure Valley. Here are a few options:


Boise’s dependable party host, Payette Brewing, 701 S. Pioneer St., is having all sorts of fun. It will host a themed brewery tour from 5:30 to 6 p.m. daily. 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.


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. May 20 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 pairings: Otter Bar Quad with charred carrot soup with a lemongrass and olive oil poached prawn and goat cheese; Sour Puss with habanero and sour braised pork shoulder served with sweet and spicy corn cake; Hopnoxious Imperial IPA with smoked brisket taco with shredded radicchio cabbage, bleu cheese crème and spicy pork belly lardons; and Barrel-aged Seven Devils with Seven Devils chocolate cup with chocolate syrup, dark cherries, chocolate coffee sponge cake and vanilla crème anglaise.


PreFunk in Nampa also will host daily events highlighting various breweries. Check the bar’s Facebook page for more.

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