Alternative to the Free Shuttle

When the Beer Fest ends you have several choices if your suspect ‘your car’ had too much to drive. There’s the FREE shuttle, Uber, Lyft and various Taxis, but this year there’s a new service joining those, ‘GIFT’ Greater Idaho Falls Transit’. Offering point to point rides in Idaho Falls; all rides are $3 per person. Rides are on demand through either the GIFT On-demand app or by calling (208) 269 9729. The vehicle is a Ford 350 transit van (think mini bus\van mix. you can use to go to

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Sad Day for Suds

Twenty One years ago today tragedy struck a busy Bavarian motorway. A truck with an improperly secured load dropped nearly 15,000 bottles of beer, carpet bombing the pavement with lager that snarled traffic and brought tears to those who witnessed the carnage. Staffing of Emergency Trauma Centers would have been the appropriate response. Beer Fest Tickets for Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho Falls are now on sale (after a short website hiccup) at https://myidahotix.com/events/mountain-brewers-beer-fest-2022-6-4-2022 Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/American-Beer-History-Mayflower-Microbreweries/dp/108155410X/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=American+Beer+History&qid=1625503750&sr=8-2

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Beer Fest Facts

Did you know, the Beer Fest uses more than 28,000 pounds of ice, sets up more than 30,000 square feet of tent, has a volunteer staff of more than 250 people, hands out 7,000 plastic cups, wristbands almost 5,000 people, provides a shuttle bus fleet that drives over 1,000 miles of routes, consumes over 50 large bottles of Carbon Dioxide to dispense 100,000 samples of beer; oh, and rents 110 porta pots, so you always have somewhere to go. All those numbers sound great but the best number is you’ve

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International Beer Awards

Today, May 17, 2022 is the deadline for entering the 2022 International Beer Awards. Entries are only $ 40 per beer in this All Volunteer Powered event and all money raised goes to charity. Entry information at https://northamericanbrewers.org/competition/

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Beers of the World – China

Snow Beer, China Resources Breweries Limited (originally brewed in) Shenyang, China – Light straw colored, Snow pours bright. A low suggestion of grain rises off the beer with a hint of cooked corn. Generally of the American Pilsner style, it has a light body with just enough hops to offer a little bittering bite. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is lively.  Much like the Japanese Dry Beer style the Chinese to desired a light beer they could consume without interfering with food. Snow seems to fit that mold. Beer Fest

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Beers of the World: Costa Rica

Bavaria Dark, Florida Beer Company, La Ribera de Belén, Heredia, Costa Rica – Described by some as a version of a Schwarzbier, and by others as Munich Dunkel, it’s actually a sort of hybrid and more like Negro Model in a light rendition of that type. Off medium-dark brown color it has an off-white head and some lacing. A mild hop aroma mingles with an almost toasty malt nose. The taste has hints of chocolate, roast malt, and nutty in a well-balanced beer. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy. Bavaria finishes

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This Day in Beer History

May 9, 1775 – As Delegates arrived in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress, they informally gathered at places which they knew were amenable to political discussion – Taverns. Two of the most popular among delegates were the City Tavern and the Indian Queen. Located at fourth Street and Franklin Court the Tavern was also a hotel and several delegates made it their temporary residence. It served the same purpose in 1787, when in a ‘backroom’ style deal several delegates hammered out the ‘Connecticut Compromise’ which resulted in creation of

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May the 4th be with you

“Help me OB-1 You’re my only hope”. Okay, but was Princess Leia actually talking about Snake River Brewing and its OB-1 Organic Brown Ale? Direct to you from Jackson Hole, Wyoming and much fresher than from a Galaxy Far, Far away, this Brown beer shines bright and almost garnet when held up to the light. Topped off by an off-white head that lazily laces down the glass; it offers up a somewhat malty aroma with a touch of toasty-ness. The taste delivers crystal and a light bit of roasty malts

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Liberty Ale

Liberty Ale, Anchor Brewing, San Francisco, California, USA – From the brewery rescued by Fritz Maytag comes this hoppy ale, championed around the country by ‘Uncle’ Bob Brewer. First issued on April 18, 1975 it celebrated the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s ride and was the first ‘new’ beer to follow Anchor Steam from the brewery. Pouring Orange\Golden, it sports a generous head. Aroma is the similar to the subtly spicy character released by the unique Anchor yeast that produces ‘Steam’ beer along with dry hops from whole leaf Cascade

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No National Brewery

Former President Thomas Jefferson reported to President James Monroe on a proposal made before the War of 1812 on the possibility of building a national brewery. Issued on this day in 1815, Jefferson advised against such a project, writing “The business of Brewing is now so much introduced in every state, that it appears to me to need no other encouragement than to increase the number of customers”. Beer Fest Tickets for Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho Falls are now on sale at https://myidahotix.com/events/mountain-brewers-beer-fest-2022-6-4-2022 Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest

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