Cure What Ales You at Alefort 

Duck into Treefort's beer tent for some unique brews

Feeling rundown from all that Treeforting, Storyforting, Yogaforting, Skateforting and Hackforting? Then cure what ales you at Alefort. Like last year, Alefort organizers have compiled a beer-tapping schedule to keep things fresh and sudsy throughout the weekend.

"I received a lot of positive feedback about the way that it was structured last year, with the scheduled tappings and the way that that fits well with the music schedule of Treefort," said Alefort organizer David Roberts. "I also felt like the breweries really liked it because it gave them each the chance to be in the spotlight."

From Friday, March 21, at 4 p.m. through Sunday, March 23, at 7 p.m., local breweries and craft beer retailers will unveil a selection of special kegs and unique cellared brews in a tent outside the Treefort Main Stage at 12th and Grove streets.

"A couple of the new breweries and a couple of the local favorites all stepped up and made some really cool things for us," said Roberts.

For example, on Friday, March 21, at 6 p.m., Sockeye Brewing will tap a selection of barrel-aged brews, including a red wine barrel porter and a bourbon barrel amber made with apple and spice. Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m., Woodland Empire Ale Craft will unveil four new brews, including a festival beer dubbed The Show Must Go On.

"This is our day show, easy-drinking beer," said Woodland's Rob Landerman. "Designed to give folks their hop fix but not intoxicate 'em so they can take in some live tunes."

On Saturday at 3 p.m., Edge Brewing Co. will tap a fig quad, a pale ale made with saison yeast and a habanero cream ale. And Saturday at 4 p.m., Payette Brewing will unveil the Jane Wine Barrel Saison--an imperial version of its Leaning Barn farmhouse ale aged in a cabernet barrel--along with the Payette Special Blend.

"Remember when you were younger and would make a 'suicide' from the soda fountain?" said Payette's Mike Francis. "Well, sometimes the kid in us wants to do that again, just with beer. This is a blend of two of our favorite hoppy beers--Outlaw IPA and Rodeo Rye. The mixture makes for a deliciously hoppy drink."

In addition to one-off local brews, craft beer retailers will also share special suds they've been squirreling away for the occasion. For example, on Saturday, March 22, at 1 p.m., Bar Gernika will host Vintage Wild, where it'll pour samples of New Belgium's 2011 Lost Abbey Brett Beer, Odell's 2011 Saboteur and Logsdon's 2012 Seizoen Bretta.

"The thing that makes me excited about Alefort, and also makes it ... unique from other beer fests that Boise has, is that it's a collaboration between the retailers and the breweries in the way that they're all present and they all get to show what it is that they contribute to Boise's beer culture," said Roberts.

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