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Idaho Brewers Festival Comes to Nampa

Friday, July 8-Sunday, July 10 at Lakeview Park

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To sample all of the specialty and custom-crafted brews from the potato state, you'd have to do some serious pub-crawling. Fortunately, you can save time and gas--and a potential DUI--at the Crescent Brewery's inaugural Idaho Brewers Festival at Lakeview Park in Nampa. Brewers from all over Idaho will conveniently congregate to showcase their products, and beer lovers and their families are invited to take in some sun, fun, music and, of course, beer.

This three-day beer-tastic event will feature suds from 16 Idaho brewing companies, including Grand Teton Brewing Co., Laughing Dog Brewing, Sun Valley Brewing and Snake River Brewery. The venue boasts a grassy outdoor amphitheater where live music acts like Decade Blues Band, The Quartertons and Voice of Reason are scheduled to perform throughout the weekend. Plus, local food vendors will be dishing out barbeque and corn on the cob to ensure that no one goes hungry. Brick 29 Bistro, co-sponsor of the event, will park the B29 Streatery food truck to serve up its hearty fare--like pulled pork grilled cheese, BLTs and hand-cut fries.

A day pass can be purchased for $20, which includes a tasting cup and 16 beer samples. Regular admission is $5 at the gate, and kids younger than 12 get in free. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Camp River Run.