Hoppiness: Idaho Brewers Festival 

Saturday, Aug. 3 - Sunday, Aug. 4

It seems you can barely walk two blocks nowadays without running into a microbrewery, which is pure heaven for beer connoisseurs. But moving from one brewery to the next in search of your favorite tipple takes time and effort--not to mention the risk of a serious hangover.

Luckily, the annual Idaho Brewers Festival pulls those breweries into one convenient spot for your imbibing needs. Beer drinkers, it's time to draw straws for a designated driver and head to Lakeview Park in Nampa where 18 of Idaho's top breweries will keep it flowing.

Join breweries including Crooked Fence Brewing, Sockeye Brewery, Laughing Dog Brewing, Sun Valley Brewery and the Grand Teton Brewing Company on Saturday, Aug. 4-Sunday, Aug. 5, for all-day explorations of beer. Whether you're a patron of pale ales, a lover of lagers or a hound for hefeweizen, chances are you'll find a brew to suit you.

Once you've got your beer on, spread a blanket in the amphitheater and enjoy live music from Voice of Reason, Johnny Butler and more. If you need to soak up all the suds, grab a burger and fries courtesy of Brick 29, or some pulled pork from Big Daddy's BBQ.

Regular admission is $5 at the gate, but $25 will also get you a tasting cup and 16 samples--good luck choosing just 16. Kids ages 12 and younger get in free, though the samples are still for adults only.

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