International Beer and Cider Awards

Want to see if your favorite Brewery\Cider Mill won a medal? Log into the North American Brewers Association web page at 8 p.m. MDT and go to the Beer/Cider Awards link in the orange Banner near the top of the page. 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

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Idaho Beer Week Tap Takeovers and Events

Here’s a list of the Events for Idaho Beer Week, and remember you can use the City’s new Point to Point ride service “GIFT” for only $ 3 per person..; Tuesday May 31st Tap & Fill – Roosters 5:30 to 10:00 Wednesday June 1st The Celt – Sawtooth 4 p.m. The Zone – 10 Barrel Brewing 5:00 to 8:00 Tap & Fill – Shades, Salt Flat, Von Ebert 5:30 to 10:00 Thursday June 2nd The Zone – Iron Horse, Paragon 5:00 to 8:00 Tap & Fill – Breakside, Pelican 5:30

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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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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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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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Annual Craft Beer Report

The Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado released its annual Craft Beer report which revealed an increase in Craft beer production to a total of 24.8 million barrels. Overall Craft beer sales now represent 13.1 % of annual volume. Among Craft brewers Yuengling and Son edged out Boston Beer for the top spot with Sierra Nevada in third. 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 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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Rationing Brewers

On March 31, 1941 Brewers were directly impacted by The U.S. Government’s introduction of  rationing both Tin and Steel. The limitations were a necessity brought about by the country’s increased aid to the United Kingdom in World War Two. Soon enough the U.S. itself would enter the conflict. Brewers were at times so short of the bottle’s ‘crown caps’ that they required customers to not only return the 24 bottles to a case, but also the bottles caps, which they would straighten and reuse. Beer in Art, Art Museum of

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