It's time for you to start thinking about getting your plans together for this year's Mountain Brewers Festival in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This is one of the biggest regional beer festivals in the west and one that many consider to be one of the best.
Previous years have seen upward of 70 participating breweries - pouring multiple beers from all over North America and Europe. Tickets this year are only sold in advance - they are available at Uinta Brewing, Bohemian Brewing and Rooster Brewing. You can also purchase online at www.mbbf.org - They are $30.
The festival takes place on Saturday June, 4th at the Sandy Downs Racetrack and is a 21+ event, so bring your I.D.s and leave the kids home. There are free shuttles to and from the hotels - you should use them.
Hope to see you there!
Also, today is the first day of American Craft Beer Week. I have the full week's schedule here - but will be posting the daily events with updates every day as well. Here is what is on tap for today.
Monday, May 16
Beer Education Class/food pairs with Lauren Lerch at Red Rock Fashion Place 6PM.
Pub Brewery CAN Challenge: Can you taste a difference? Sample your way
through a blind taste test of 4 Wasatch & Squatters craft beers
available in both bottle and cans to celebrate American Craft Beer Week.
The popular myth exists that packaging influences beer profiles, so see
if you can tell the difference between the same beer packaged in
bottles and cans. Class is approximately 2 hours long and guests who
properly guess all 4 will receive a take home ACBW Glass.
$5 Growler Fills
Proper Brewing Co.
Tap takeover at The Ruin (all week)
house beer pitchers at all 3 locations will be $10! (normally 12). This
excludes guest taps at the Avenues, and any nitro beers (duh).
School with Head Brewer of Research & Development Isaac Winter.
“Intro to IPA’s” will feature a history of the style, a walk-though of a
variety of hops used in our different beers (including a chance to
smell and see these hops) discussion of flavor development and a tasting
of our IPA’s. $10 admission will pay for the samples, and the class is
free. 6pm – 7pm in the Uinta Brewhouse Pub.
Hop Nosh Tangerine promo @ Dick n’ Dixies around 5:30 for after work crowd
Taste Testing flights. Receive 4 samples of Uinta beer (2 at a time)
and guess 3 out of 4 beers correctly to win your choice of a Uinta
Branded Wooden Sign and to be entered into a daily raffle for a limited
edition Stainless Steel Stanley Growler.
801 cans are
our featured beer of the week. Our 801 Pilsner doubles as a delicious
beer and a community builder - proceeds from purchases benefit local
non-profit Trails Utah $3/can.
Free tours will be
available to the general public starting at 6pm. Groups will meet in the
Pub and then be lead on a tour lasting 45 minutes.
Special Randall Beers will be available Monday night & Wednesday night.
Epic Brewing Brewing
All week: Free Brewery tours will be held Monday through Sunday at 4:00. First come first serve, limited to 10 people.
first Straight up Saison release of 2016. Saisons are great summer
dinner companions, pairing well with a wide range of light dishes,
including salads, pasta, chicken & fish. This release is silky
smooth with hints of lemon shortbread and fragrant herbs. It finishes
slightly sweet with notes of citrus pith.
The Annex by Epic Brewing
All week: Featuring 2016 Straight up Saison paired with a small cheese plate of brie, honey, grapes and lavosh crackers.
release of Brett Pale Ale - featured all week: This beer is an
untraditional Pale Ale fermented with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, a
unique “wild” yeast associated with the Brussels region of Belgium. The
complex aroma combines pine, dandelion, hay, and wool. As a counterpoint
to the aroma, the taste is bright and sharp with tangy orange-citrus
and spice with underlying hints of dark rye and crust.
tapping of the Utah Session Series Orchard Farmhouse Apple Ale -
featured all week: This new addition to the Utah Session Series
highlights the bright sweet flavors of Apples.