Last week I photographed Sheila at Payette Brewing for a Boise Weekly article (check it out here) on proposed legislation that would lower taxes for breweries and in turn, likely increase production and sales and therefore, wait for it, tax revenue. Magic.
Sheila was awesome. She was even willing to hold a keg over her head at my request. I’d say she looks pretty victorious — let’s hope the bill passes!
Best Reason to Bike Your Butt Out to Bown? Bier:Thirty
Chris and Kammie Oates, (the owners, those two blurry folks below) are your beer hook-ups. This brew focused Bown Crossing shop is a “bottle & bistro”…meaning you come shop for your bottles to go or sit down for a beer and bite. The selection is seriously impressive.
With the weather being incredibly mild up until the 4th of July weekend and with tons of Annual Manual deadlines obscuring my view, this year’s Coldest Beer assignments seemed to jump out of nowhere. I got the assignments Thursday and had them finished Monday morning. Thank goodness there were only 10 bars!
Highlights of these bar hopping assignments:
Got to drink Leinenkugel’s Summy Shandy on draft (it’s brewed with lemonade, people!)
Enjoyed fantastic people watching all around town.
Had time to write my birthday thank-you cards over a beer.
Used my brute strength to open a bar door being held shut by an incredibly drunk man (in broad daylight!)
Ladies & Gentlemen — I have brewed my first batch of home brew! Until we take our first sips in a week or two I will be bracing myself for total failure. Regardless of the outcome, my life feels more complete. (one less thing on the bucket list!!)
If you like microbrews, you should definitely try home brewing. It is neat to see the process and understand what you’re drinking that much more. Plus, you have this amazing reward when you’re finished… that’s right folks–BEER!
I took my camera so that we could get some snapshots of the brewing process of Idaho Brewing Association to post on the fb page. (Follow them here!) IBA is open to everyone from seasoned brewers to total novices (like Hildy & myself). They have brewing get togethers every month or so. You can drop in to brew or watch or drink or all of the above.
Thanks so much to Kelly Hagans for all his know-how and tutelage. Thanks to Dave Morrison for letting us borrow some of your brewing equipment
Cheers to everyone on this fine Thursday! Especially to Christine (Nick’s sister) who is celebrating her 21st birthday today!
Honestly, I’m not sure where these photos ended up being used.
I think I shot them for Boise Weekly’s Best of Boise issue. However, it doesn’t appear that they made it into the issue. Check out their new BOB title anyway: Best International Beer Crawl
Maybe BW ran out of print space. Maybe they’re in an upcoming food review and I’m ruining their debut. (Yes, they have food too!) Oh well, a beer selection this impressive needs to be shown to the world! (or at least to the handful of folks reading my blog)
Brewforia is rad — tons of unique beers to go (or to stay) and several unique taps flowing. This is the kind of place you can read and drink a beer and not look remotely crazy or lonely.