Outside the venue, visitors snagged grub from Boise Fry Company, P. Ditty's Wrap Wagon and Saint Lawrence Gridiron food trucks, while at the door, they grabbed plastic cups filled with Rusty Nail Pale Ale and 3 Picket Porter. Wall-to-wall crowds filled both levels of the venue, almost all with cup in hand.
Local band The Country Club took the stage first, playing to a crowd split between mingling, drinking, listening and eating. Once Boise favorites Hillfolk Noir took the stage, any space between crowd and stage dissolved into a small dance floor.
Upstairs, Fred Abercrombie, visiting from California's Bay Area, spoke with visitors about his new book, Craft Beerds. Its glossy pages pair creative takes on facial hair with the original artwork of American craft breweries across the country. Abercrombie stood next to a table heaped with copies of the book, which includes Crooked Fence labels on two of its pages.
"I saw Kelly Knopp's art online and I love it, so I reached out to him. I wanted to give exposure to small craft breweries that have popped up," said Abercrombie.
After a year full of fresh local arts events, drinking games, the birth of the Am-Brem-Lance and other contests, it was fitting the folks behind Crooked Fence should organize an event to celebrate.