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Yes! Wait, no! 3 Idaho beer festivals — all on the same day

Downtown Boise might have Ketchum’s local brewery scene beaten, but the scenery? Not quite.
Downtown Boise might have Ketchum’s local brewery scene beaten, but the scenery? Not quite. Sun Valley Brewfest

Summer time is beer time. Here are three options for sipping craft brew in the Idaho sunshine — but you’re going to have to make a choice. They’re all on Saturday, June 17.

Firestone Walker Crawfish Boil: Leave it to PreFunk Beer Bar in Boise to host this slice of Louisiana awesomeness. With help from local food operation Mister.BBQ, they’re calling this an old-fashioned crawfish boil — aka newspaper, lemons and crawfish. It ain’t cheap — $48.47 advance with tax (or $50 at the door) — but it’s a mouth-watering, beer drinkin’, sloppy culinary dream. Your ticket gets you a massive pile of boiled crawfish plus sides: corn, potatoes and sausage. “It adds up to about four pounds per person,” PreFunk vice-president Jordan Flynn says. “The barbecue guy was just basically saying we’re going to be dumping pots on tables.”

Your ticket also gets you two pours of Firestone Walker beers; there will be five varieties available. Plus a “giant hug” and “possibly heartburn,” according to the event’s Facebook page. Live bands will include Jonathan Warren & The Billy Goats and The Weary Times. Wait, is this even really a beer festival? Nah. But if you aren’t already bloated on food and beer, you can always grab another pour from the zillion taps at PreFunk. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 17, PreFunk Beer Bar, 1100 W. Front St., Boise. Online: Facebook or tickets at eventbrite.com.

Ballpark Brew Fest: The Boise Hawks’ stadium probably isn’t the first destination for diehard beer geeks hoping to converse about the intricacies of craft beer. But if you’re just wanting to kick back and have a few beers, welcome to Ballpark Brew Fest. There aren’t a lot of concrete details about specific beers being served, but the event’s Facebook page indicates that local breweries represented will include Payette, Mother Earth, Sockeye, Mad Swede and Boise Brewing. Regional breweries will include Pelican and Lagunitas. Also, there will be food trucks, live music and games. It’s $10 advance or $15 after June 15 (includes mug and six tasting tickets), and $5 if you’re under 21 or a designated driver (includes hot dog and soda). No pets.

3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17, Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Boise. Online: Facebook or buy tickets at TicketReturn.com.

Sun Valley Brewfest: Thirsty? The fourth annual Sun Valley Brewfest offers all you can drink for $30. And the setting? Well, it’s in the heart of Ketchum. Tough to beat those mountains. Featured breweries will include — take a deep breath — Iron Horse, Squatters, Lagunitas, 21st Amendment, Crooked Fence, Mother Earth, Warfield, Bertram’s, Highlands Hollow, Wallace, Wasatch, Wild Ride, Uinta, Idaho, Payette, Slanted Rock, 10 Barrel, Odell, Fremont, Grand Teton, Sun Valley, Great Northern, Sawtooth, Laughing Dog, Sockeye, Edge, Georgetwon, Deschutes, River Bend, Mad Swede, Rants & Raves and Snake River. Oh, and Meriwether Cider.

Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17, Ketchum Towne Square. Online: sunvalleybrewfest.com.

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