Deschutes Brings Base Camp Week to Boise 

Wet your whistle with Woody the traveling beer barrel

When we first heard that Deschutes Brewery was rolling into town--and swinging by the B-Dub offices--for an event they're calling Base Camp Week, we uttered a collective "radsweetsicktight." But when we learned that the caravan would be accompanied by a traveling beer barrel named Woody, we ate our exclamatory mishmashed words. Immediately, the image of a corny dancing mascot popped into our heads and killed our anticipatory buzz. Luckily, it turns out Woody is not, in fact, a mascot. It is a mobile bar (!!!) tricked out with Deschutes Brewery beers, a stereo and a disco ball. That's an idea we can hop behind. Base Camp Week started on June 21 and continues through Sunday, June 26. The week will be filled with beer-licious events, including a beer-b-que at Boise Co-op featuring "Black Butte Porker" sloppy joes from food truck Archie's Place, a downtown pub crawl and Deschutes' 23rd anniversary party on the roof of the Tavern at Bown, where they'll pour both the Black Butte XXII imperial porter from 2010 and the Black Butte XXIII. For info, visit deschutesbrewery.com or see 8 Days Out, pages 22-27.

Speaking of beer, mark your calendars for the Idaho Brewers Festival, taking place Friday, July 8-Sunday, July 10, at Lakeview Park in Nampa. Hosted by Nampa's Crescent Brewery, the event will feature brews exclusively from Idaho. A 20-spot gets you in the gate with a tasting cup and tokens to sample 16 four-ounce pours of local beers. For more info, visit idahobrewfest.com.

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