1. JOIN THE DARK SIDE
▪ Dark Days 2017, which has been rocking all week at Bittercreek Alehouse, 246 N. 8th St., continues through Sunday. Go there now. They’ve been diving into the expansive Bittercreek cellar for black, barrel-aged goodness poured in “deep verticals, wide horizontals, and even one diagonal.” There’s a tidal wave of amazing beer flowing from breweries such as Fremont, Deschutes, Stone, Crux, Barley Browns, North Coast, Heretic and many more. Get all the info here.
▪ Seattle-based Fremont Brewing — one of the nation’s finest barrel-aging operations — will be in town to visit Whole Foods River Room, 401 S. Broadway Ave., for a tap invasion from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Nine Fremont beers will be on tap: three types of Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star, three B-Bombs (including a coconut variant), plus Lush IPA, Bonfire Ale and UniversAle Pale. Full pours are $4, four-glass flights are $10. How do you beat that?
▪ The fourth annual Darkest Night runs from noon to midnight Friday at Taphouse Pub & Eatery, 760 W. Main St. About 20 porters and stouts will be tapped — the majority barrel-aged, naturally. Highlights include Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and, yes, Fremont Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star. (Have I mentioned BBA Dark Star enough? I frickin’ love it.) If you wear all black, you’ll get a sweet snifter glass while supplies last.
2. SEE A HOCKEY GAME
After Boise State beats down Oregon on Saturday, the Broncos’ football season is over. (Depressing, I know.) Time for hockey! Cruise over to CenturyLink Arena in Downtown Boise on Friday or Saturday to see the Idaho Steelheads take on the Wichita Thunder. The puck drops at 7:10 p.m. — oh, and Friday is the 4 for $48 deal (4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 Pepsis).
3. CRACK A NUT
Christmas entertainment doesn’t get any more traditional than Ballet Idaho’s “The Nutcracker.” Professional company dancers will be joined by more than 100 children from the Ballet Idaho Academy on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Morrison Center. The Boise Philharmonic will crank the tunes.
2. GET XTREME
Spread some Christmas cheer at the Egyptian Theatre. Boise-based singer Curtis Stigers is back with the 12th annual Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza on Sunday and Monday. Over the years, this action-packed entertainment marathon has evolved into a beloved showcase for local musicians, dancers and comedians — all for the benefit of Interfaith Sanctuary homeless shelter.
5. EAT COMFORT FOOD
Two new restaurants opened in Boise this week. Pho Tay Vietnamese Noodles opened Wednesday at 10548 W. Fairview Ave., completing a trifecta of Asian restaurants at Fairview Plaza West. Owner-chef Bobby Do aims to deliver “deep, deep” flavor catering to “Vietnamese taste.” That same day, popular food truck Mad Mac opened its brick-and-mortar location at 7709 W. Overland Road at the Boise Spectrum. A macaroni and cheese restaurant? In winter? Heaven! (Be aware: Mad Mac is closed Sundays.)
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