American Craft Beer Week is a nebulous holiday. From Monday, May 12, through Sunday, May 18, craft beer brewers and enthusiasts across the country will host thousands of events to celebrate craft suds. How many thousands? Who knows? It should come as no surprise that getting folks who drink lots of craft beer to post their events on a central website (craftbeer.com) is like herding drunk cats. So Boise Weekly did what Pre Funk's Ryan Driscoll called "the Lord's work" and compiled a calendar of local events going down around Boise for American Craft Beer Week. Here's what we dug up.
Monday, May 12:
Boise Co-op: World Beer Cup Winners Tasting, 4:30-6 p.m. Sample some 2014 winners from the Olympics of beer, including Widmer Hefeweizen, Firestone Walker Wookey Jack, Anderson Valley Brewing Brother David's Double, The Commons Flemish Kiss and Beer Valley Black Flag.
"These are recognized by their industry peers as the best beers within the style. There were a lot of entries this year, so those should be excellent beers which really are above and beyond the everyday--though a lot of them are everyday beers," said Co-op Beer Guy Matt Gelsthorpe.
Bier:Thirty: A Brewery and Bier:Thirty, New Belgium Brewing, 6-8 p.m. Featuring 2011 Biere de Mars, 2013 La Folie, 2014 La Folie and Snapshot Wheat run through the randall with strawberries, lemon and orange peel.
Pre Funk: Cellar Night. "Monday night's going to be a cellar night where I bring a bunch of bottles from my cellar, so lots of rare, one-off beers. ... I haven't picked through it yet, mostly just like barleywines, stouts, sours, things that age well in a cellar from various breweries," said Driscoll.
Bittercreek: The RAM and Lamb. A four-course meal for $30 featuring the RAM's 2013 Saison, Imperial Red, Sweep Scotch Ale and Black IPA along with lamb from Lava Lakes in each course except the dessert.
Tuesday, May 13:
Bier:Thirty: A Brewery & Bier:Thirty, NoLi Brewhouse, 6-9 p.m. Featuring the Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout with coffee and the double dry-hopped Jet Star Imperial IPA.
Woodland Empire: Brew-Master Dinner at State and Lemp, featuring six beers and six courses from 7-10 p.m. Sold out.
Payette: Movie Night. Payette will screen the craft beer rom-com Drinking Buddies in the tasting room. The movie starts at 6 p.m. and throughout the movie, cans are $2. Food Truck: TBD.
Wednesday, May 14:
Sockeye: Hopnoxious Release Party, 5 p.m. Snag a nine-ounce pour of Hopnoxious paired with Korean bulgogi in a wasabi spoon topped with fresh cilantro pesto, sliced Fresno chili and candied orange peel for $6.
Crooked Fence: Celebrate the release of Crooked Fence's new summer seasonal, Winters Demise, and the new Animos double IPA at the Crooked Fence tasting room from 4-10 p.m. The first 25 people through the door will receive a signed 11 inch-by-17 inch poster of their choice.
Bittercreek: A tasting with PBR (Proponents of Barleywine Recognition). Sample an array of barleywines along with food pairings, including a cheese and apple tart, lamb shanks and a cheese board.
"In our opinion, barleywine is an under-appreciated style that could use a little bump," wrote Bittercreek Beverage Manager David Roberts. "For this event we've partnered with PBR, a barleywine advocacy group, to highlight barleywine history, food pairings and unique contributions to the American Craft Beer scene. To accomplish this we will be pulling some vintage barleywines out of the cellar and featuring them as a flight alongside barleywine-friendly foods and information."
Payette: Art & Ale V, 3-10 p.m. Five local artists will have their work on display in the brewery's tasting room. Payette is offering $2 can specials, and if you buy art, they'll throw in a free koozie. Food Truck: Burgerlicious.
Thursday, May 15:
Boise Co-op: First-Time Cellar, Longtime Listener tasting, featuring Stone Brewing from 4:30-6 p.m. The Co-op will pour vintage bottles of Stone Double Bastard, Old Guardian Barleywine and/or the Imperial Russian Stout
"The educational component will be about cellaring beer and just where some of that thinking is and where some of the science is at this point, and along with that, we'll have some vintage beers to taste alongside their fresh counterparts," said Gelsthorpe.
Bittercreek: Traditional Cask Ales with Woodland Empire, featuring firkins of Return of The Rivers Porter with cacao nibs and City of Trees IPA dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops.
"We'll be pouring one traditional cask ale through the beer engine with another on top of a modified dish cart that Rob [the brewmaster of Woodland Empire] will be pushing through the dining room serving samples of," explained Roberts.
Payette: Cheese and Chocolate. Sample a variety of cheeses and chocolates in Payette's tasting room from 5-7 p.m.
Friday, May 16:
Bier:Thirty: Oskar Blues Brewery 10 Tap Takeover, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Featuring Home Skillet Black IPA, Obliterator Doppelbock, Mama's Little Yella Pils and many more.
Payette: Third Anniversary + Outlaw Rodeo, noon-10 p.m. Featuring a mechanical bull, a shooting gallery and a dunk tank where you can try to win Payette prizes. Food truck: Archie's Place.
Pre Funk: Fort George Tap Takeover, with 10 taps and lots of cans.
Saturday, May 17:
Sockeye: Brew-O-Lympics, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. outside of Sockeye's new location at 12542 W. Fairview Ave. Teams from Sockeye, Payette, Woodland Empire, 10 Barrel, Crooked Fence, Edge, RAM, Highlands Hollow, Bogus, Slanted Rock and Sawtooth will compete in beer events, including keg toss, flip cup, quaffing, corn hole, basketball sharpshooter, tug of war and an obstacle course relay. Sockeye will provide trophies and each brewery will have a beer on tap. All proceeds will be donated to the state brewer's guild, Idaho Brewers United.
Meridian: New Belgium Brewing's Meridian Bike Ride. Registration is $5 and takes place from 11 a.m.-noon at The Curb. The ride will cruise to stops at Harry's, Rudy's, Brewforia and Beef O'Bradys, with $3 New Belgium pint specials.
Bittercreek: Cellar Bottle Blowout. For one day only, Bittercreek is offering specials on select bottles from the cellar, in addition to samples of "coveted vintage rarities" and snacks.
Sunday, May 18
Woodland Empire: Pac-Man Tournament in the tasting room from 6-8 p.m., with a special tapping of Space Stout, Woodland's collaboration with Spacebar Arcade.
Bier:Thirty: Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association Ride with Sockeye Trail Digger Pale Ale, 10 a.m.
"We'll be going on a split mountain bike ride with SWIMBA, then coming back to Bier:Thirty for some Sockeye Trail Digger Pale Ale with portion of proceeds benefiting SWIMBA," explained Bier:Thirty's Chris Oates.