Drink Up 

It's 5 p.m. somewhere; do you know where your frosty beverage is? Boise Weekly does.

For 12 years, BW has scoured the Treasure Valley in search of the most arctic ales, shivery stouts and icy IPAs around. Our frigid foray takes weeks and an army of testers, but it all comes together in our annual compendium of Coldest Beer.

Find the fruits of our labors--and the bane of our livers--in this issue. Our goal: No matter where you are in the Boise area, BW wants to help put a cold one in your hand. Mittens may be required.

Closer to the front (and more sober) section of the paper this week, astute readers will notice a change to our Opinion section. In the interest of focusing more on local and regional perspectives, Boise Weekly has substituted Stanley-area author and longtime writing teacher John Rember in place of nationally syndicated columnist Ted Rall on Page 6--before you freak out, though, BW is keeping Rall's incisive political cartoon.

We're excited about the addition of Rember, who many may know from his short story collections and memoirs, notably Traplines, a recollection of growing up in the Sawtooth Valley, and Cheerleaders from Gomorrah, a book of short stories that was praised by The New York Times as "creating a new myth for the West."

Rember's 2012 short story collection, Sudden Death, Over Time, explores education, relationships, age and the struggle to find meaning in inimitable Rember style: with bitter-sharp wit, black humor and a sense of wickedness honed by all-too-much familiarity.

An award-winning former columnist for the Idaho Mountain Express, we hope Rember's ruminations on life, politics, culture and writing--from a uniquely Idaho point of view--will find a good home among some of the state's best reporting and arts coverage.

Finally, in honor of the Fourth of July holiday, find a fascinating piece by BW intern Skylar Barsanti in the News section, in which she profiles World Refugee Day and the immigrants who gathered late last month to becoming naturalized citizens in an emotional public ceremony. If that story doesn't infuse your fireworks with a little extra patriotic zing, you might think about chiseling off a layer of cynicism (maybe with help from a cold beer or two).

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