Treefort's beery brother Alefort is back this year with a number of unique brews flowing Friday, March 27-Sunday, March 29 in a tent outside the Main Stage. This year, beer tokens are $2.50 a pop and each token is redeemable for an 8-ounce sample.
Things kick off Friday at 4 p.m. with Firkin Friday, a simultaneous tapping of 10 firkins from The Ram, Bier:Thirty and Bittercreek Ale House. Also on Friday is the official launch of Longdrop Cider at 5 p.m. with a taste of its Vanilla Honey cider. On Saturday, Bar Gernika gets things started at noon with a Stone Vertical Epic Tasting. Bittercreek Ale House will host a vintage beer release at 2 p.m., with New Belgium's 2011 La Folie and Alaskan Brewing Co.'s 2010 Barleywine. At 4 p.m., Crooked Fence Brewing will unveil its Truly Spontaneously Fermented Blood Orange Farmhouse Ale; and, at 6 p.m., New Belgium will tap its Oscar Worthy Coffee and 2011 Transatlantique Kriek.
The Boise Co-op will present La Dolce Vida, a tour of Italian craft beer at noon on Sunday. At 1 p.m., Payette Brewing Co. will unveil Hoop & Stave No. 1, a Belgian Quad Ale aged for more than a year in red-wine barrels.
Festival organizers will add another component to Alefort this year: The Beer-Posium. This free event takes place Friday, March 27, 2-7 p.m. at the Trailhead, 500 S. Eighth St.
The symposium will "highlight the craft beer industry as a unique contributor to Boise's cultural identity and economic development." Presentations include Cicerone certification, beer quality assessment, proper beer service, draft system maintenance and best practices for service situations. There will be two breakout sessions: "The Economic Challenges and Benefits to Craft Brewing" and "Tips on How to be Environmentally Sustainable in the Craft Beer Industry."