Alefort: Roll Out the Barrels 

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Lex Nelson

Now in its eighth year, Alefort organizers say they've "changed up a few things" for their 2019 suds-fest. In particular, they've included a new layout, a creatively curated accompanying food menu, a one-day Basque presentation and a specialty Alefort IPA from Barley Brown's Beer. Some Alefort favorites will remain, such as the Alefort Nail Pull and a list of pours from across the region.

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  • Peter Lovera

Alefort, located near the Treefort Main Stage, is free to the public. Attendees will need to bring or buy a reusable cup, and this year they will find beers organized by flavor and story rather than by brewery. For example, there will be the main Alefort Bar, a Process and Ingredient Bar and four additional bars organized by beer type: Big and Barrel-Aged, Hoppy, Lager and Wild & Funky. Each participating brewery will, in turn, be paired with a bar that gives them the opportunity to showcase their best beer in that category.

Six cideries will also participate, including five from the Northwest and one from Vermont: Cider Sisters Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Meriwether Cider, Schilling Hard Cider, Shakasbury Cider and Summit Cider. Two—Cider Sisters and Meriwether—are based in Boise, and Summit Cider is from Coeur d'Alene.

Alefort will also serve a locally curated menu with daily themes. Friday will be taco day and Sunday will feature brunch items. The highlight is Saturday, when all of the dishes will be Basque.

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