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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with specials at Boise breweries

Here’s what’s happening Valentine’s Day weekend:

Boise Brewing, 521 W. Broad St., will offer a Beer & Chocolate Pairing from Ultimate Occasions that would make a fun pre- or post-meal dessert. It’s from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13 and costs $3 for one chocolate and one 4-ounce beer, or $5 for two chocolates and two 4-ounce beers.

Cloud 9 Brewery, 1750 W. State St., will offer a beer and chocolate flight starting Feb. 12 and running through the weekend. The flight will consist of four 4-ounce beers paired with four chocolates from The Chocolat Bar. Cost: $9.

Starting Feb. 12, Cloud 9 also will pour its Aphrodite Ale, a 6 percent ABV gruit ale brewed for Valentine’s Day ($2.50/half pint, $5/pint, normally $16/growler but $1 off through the weekend). It contains a sextet of aphrodisiacs: maca, ginseng, saffron, honey, vanilla and Tongkat Ali.

Cloud 9 will have its normal hours and menu with daily specials on Feb. 12 and 13. On Valentine’s Day, Cloud 9 will be open regular hours with its regular menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., switching to a limited pub menu 4 p.m. to close, with an added four-course prix fixe option from 6 p.m. to close. Main course options are a 10-ounce organic Homestead New York steak, a halibut filet or wild mushroom risotto. Bar is open seating, tables are reservation only with limited availability. Prix fixe can be ordered by walk-in and reserved guests. Reservations: (208) 336-0681.

County Line Brewing, 9115 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City, is hosting a beer and cupcake pairing from noon to 6 p.m. on Feb. 14. It will pair three beers with three cupcake flavors from Lilly Jane’s. The tasting will be limited to 20 pairings on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s $12 for the pairing.

Crooked Fence Brewing Co., 3705 Idaho 16, is offering a four-course dinner Feb. 13 (5 to 8:30 p.m.) and Feb. 14 (5 to 7 p.m.). The prix fixe menu ($49.95 per couple) includes two brews (or any drink of your choice), an appetizer, soup or salad, an entrée and dessert. Entrée choices include herb-roasted pork shank or grilled salmon. Live music will be provided by Emily Tipton and Kayleigh Jack. Reservations: (208) 286-9463.

Edge Brewing Co., 525 N. Steelhead Way, has a dinner for two that includes complimentary champagne and a five-course meal with beer pairings. It’s $80 in advance or $90 for walk-ins, although management asks that the main course be ordered with reservations. Email tony@edgebrew.com.

Appetizer: Salmon Lox on baguette with dilled cream cheese and capers. Paired with Edge Odelay Lager. Salad: Dried fruit and nut Quinoa Kale salad in house poppyseed dressing. Paired with Edge Amber Ale. Soup: Red curry and carrot puree with seared scallops and Farro. Paired with Edge IPA. Entree options: Filet Medallions with mushroom balsamic reduction and Parmesan cream risotto. Paired with Imperial Red Ale. Honey almond chicken thigh with cranberry mustard sauce and garlic roasted Brussels sprouts. Paired with Imperial Red Ale. Dessert: Dark chocolate and stout bread pudding. Paired with Blackwater Russian Imperial Stout.

Payette Brewing Co., 111 W. 33rd St. in Garden City, will offer 2-for-1 beers from noon to 6 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Powderhaus Brewing Co., 9719 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City, will hold a Beer Prom from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 13. It’s a chance for beer lovers to relive their favorite (or least favorite) event from high school. Everyone is encouraged to bring their date and dress for the occasion — an ’80s-themed themed dance. It’s free.

Sockeye Grill and Brewery, 12542 W. Fairview Ave. (208-322-5200) and 3019 Cole Road (208-658-1533), has put a fresh, tasty spin on a couple of its brews as part of a Perfect Pairs beer pairing dinner. It’s $55 per couple Feb. 13 and 14, and the pubs are taking reservations, but they’re not required.

Included: Grilled halloumi cheese skewers marinated in Old Devil’s Tooth Barleywine, served with arugula salad, bacon-tomato jam, and a balsamic reduction. Braised Short Rib & Strawberries and Cream Ale: These beef short ribs are braised with root beer and award-winning Power House Porter, and served with braised red cabbage and smoked cauliflower and white bean purée. The accompanying cream ale, Velvet Falls Cream Ale (6 percent ABV), has been blended with pure vanilla extract and a house-made strawberry purée for this occasion. Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops & Blackberry CoCo Peak Milk Stout: This pan-seared jumbo sea scallop is served over beet root risotto and garnished with coconut lemon crème fraiche, tomato confit and fried sage. In preparation for this pairing, the brewers have blended CoCo Peak (5 percent ABV) with blackberry purée in the keg. The sweetness and slight bitterness of the fruit provides a rewarding contrast to the base of the beer. Double Chocolate Layer Cake: Silky chocolate grenache between layers of rich chocolate cake, topped with chocolate chunks.

Woodland Empire Ale Craft, 1114 W. Front St., will release its 2016 batch of Cozy Up Milk Stout on Feb. 12. It’s aged on Dominican cacao nibs from Dream Chocolate. Woodland Empire will have Cozy Up on draft, in bottles, and also will release seven cases each of two variants: Cozy Up aged with maple/whiskey oak chips and coffee, and Cozy Up aged with strawberries.

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