American Craft Beer Week, now in its 10th year, celebrates small, independent breweries across the country Monday, May 11 through Sunday, May 17. In all 50 states, craft breweries will host tap takeovers and pint nights and will release special brews to celebrate craft beer culture. Below are a few ACBW highlights happening around Boise. For more events and info, visit craftbeer.com.
MONDAY, MAY 11
Bittercreek’s Tapas-Style Pairing with Sierra Nevada, 4-10 p.m. A la carte pricing.
Payette’s Tap Round-Up at The Taphouse, 6-9 p.m Sample specialty Payette brews like the red wine barrel-aged Slaughterhouse IRA and the rum barrel-aged Mutton Buster Brown.
TUESDAY, MAY 12
Bittercreek’s Alaskan Smoked Porter Vertical, 5-10 p.m. Sample 2011, 2012 and 2013 releases with a selection of smoke-friendly foods.
Payette’s Beer Can Derby at Bier:Thirty, 6-9 p.m. Buy a canned beer from Payette Brewing, drink it and build a derby car to race at Bier:Thirty. Registration 6-7 p.m., car build-out 7-7:30 p.m., races begin at 7:30 p.m.
Sockeye’s Small Plates and Beer Pairing, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Three-course beer dinner featuring green gazpacho, New Zealand lamb rack lollipops and milk stout bundt cake. $30 per person, reservations required.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13
Payette’s Hyde Park Appe-Tour, 6-9 p.m. An a la carte appetizer tour with Payette pairings. Restaurants include 13th Street Pub and Grill, Hyde Park Pub, Parrilla Grill and Sunray Cafe. If you complete the Appe-Tour, visit the Payette tent on Sunray’s patio for a gift.
Slanted Rock’s Tap Takeover at Stubs Sports Pub, 5-7 p.m. Sample new spring seasonals, and talk to Slanted Rock’s team.
Woodland’s Brewmaster Dinner at State & Lemp, 7-11 p.m. Six courses of Japanese comfort food paired with Woodland beers, including a Gose with Japanese green tea. $100 per person.
THURSDAY, MAY 14
Crooked Fence at PreFunk Nampa, 7-9 p.m. Trivia night with giveaways and Crooked Fence beers on tap.
Sockeye’s Food and Brew Pairing at The Front Door, 6 p.m. Featuring Sockeye’s Hopnoxious IPA, Cask Mango Dagger and Galena Gold.
FRIDAY, MAY 15
Bittercreek’s Fernet About It Friday, All Day. Odell Fernet barrel-aged Imperial Porter and Odell Beer Cocktails. A la carte pricing.
Edge’s Celebrating the Cask at Bier:Thirty, 6 p.m. Sample Edge’s new Project: Citrus IPA on cask. Only five gallons available.
PostModern Brewers at Big Al’s, 6 p.m. PostModern Brewers will pour six beers and serve three beer cocktails. There will also be a bocce tournament with prizes.
Woodland’s Kristoff Vienna Lager Release at Bier:Thirty, 6:30 p.m. Sample this lager three ways: regular, dry-hopped with Opal hops and steeped with genmaicha (green tea with roasted brown rice).
SATURDAY, MAY 16
Payette’s 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at PreFunk, 2-6 p.m. Limit of 16 teams. No entry fee. Registration starts 1 p.m. For more information and rules, call 208-331-3865.
Sockeye’s Spring Beer Can and Breweriana Trade Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Check out a historic showing of brewery collectibles from Idaho collectors at the Sockeye on Fairview.
Woodland Yirge Release at Dawson Taylor-38th Street, 2-6 p.m.: Woodland is releasing its collaboration brew with Dawson Taylor, a saison brewed with Ethiopian heirloom Yirgacheffe coffee. The release party is open to all ages.
SUNDAY, MAY 17
Second Annual Brew O’lympics at Crooked Flats, Noon-5 p.m.: Eleven local breweries compete in bocce, basketball, volleyball, disc golf, keg toss and corn hole. Each brewery will have a beer on tap, and the winning team will be awarded a trophy. Shuttle pick-up locations: Crooked Fence Barrelhouse (Boise Brew Bus) and Highlands Hollow (Boise Brews Cruise); $5 per ride includes one free pint.