On Saturday, March 31, the folks behind Epic Brewing Company will take over Bown Crossing for seven hours worth of beer tasting and local eats. All the taps will be switched out to offerings from the Salt Lake City brewery at five different restaurants.
In years past, sampling 24 beers required running helter-skelter with a straw, cracking open as many barrels as possible before the suspender-wearing, moustache-twirling lackeys of the nation's beer barons whipped you with a switch. It was a time when underground breweries resorted to breakneck rum-running to save their concoctions from the Prohibition-happy feds.
These days, Boise is safe from Prohibition and from the price gouging that came with alcohol's early 20th-century outlawing; now libation's cup overfloweth with multi-venue sampling parties like this. Beer fans can welcome a brewery like Epic to a locale like Bown, replete with foodie venues, including Boise Fry Company, Flatbread Community Oven, Bier:Thirty, Locavore and the Tavern at Bown Crossing.
A $25 ticket gets you a glass and access to samples of each of the 24 Epic brews, 3 ounces each. For the math conscious among us, that's 72 ounces of deliciously sinful ales, lagers, IPAs and porters ranging from the full-bodied Galloway Porter to the Cascade hop-infused Capt'n Crompton's Pale Ale. The latter is named for Epic's head brewer, Kevin Crompton, the bearded scallywag responsible for the brewery's sudsy concoctions.
As of press time, tickets were going fast (and Boise Fry Company had sold out of them), but were still available at the four other participating restaurants: Tavern at Bown Crossing, Flatbread Community Oven (Bown location), Bier:Thirty Bottle and Bistro and Locavore. If you wind up ticketless, you can still participate in the fun by cozying up to the bar at one of the locations, buying a beer and people watching.