Well, the weekend is over, the bands have packed up and gone on their way home or off to other venues. But the biggest letdown of the entire weekend, for me at least, is the tear down of the tent that was Alefort. The most compelling part of the mini-beer festival within the larger Treefort Music Fest, in my opinion at least, was having such a diverse group of breweries (mostly local) that were all within a few feet of each other!
In case you missed it, Alefort (the tent at least) was located near the Treefort main stage downtown, just east of It was like beer Nirvana (Beervana?), to bounce from Postmodern to BoiseBrewing to Highlands Hollow, to Sockeye, to Payette, then Longdrop without taking more than a few steps. Actually, it reminded me a bit of Boise Brewing’s Hoptopberfest and Payette Brewing’s Black Friday events last year. I am hopeful that as our craft beer community continues to expand that we will see more events that bring brewers together so that not only can we enjoy all the beers that the valley now has to offer, but even better than that… it brings beer lovers together. As a whole, or at least in my experience, most of the people that turn out for these beer centered events are pretty cool to hang out with and chat about beer.
Alefort seemed to be well organized and efficient. Immediately upon entering the “fort”, after your ID was checked and you were banded indicating you were 21+, there were tables setup to sell you your 8oz taster glass and tokens for your desired fills. Glasses were $2 and tokens were $2.50. Like many of my fellow participants, I was of two minds regarding the taster sizes. On one hand, 8oz definitely gives you a enough volume that you can wander a bit and really sample each brew. On the other, if you were planning on sampling 10 or more beers during a single trip you had better have someone available to get you home! If the samplers had been smaller, more people could have enjoyed a wider variety of beer, but the lines would probably have been more annoying as everyone would be filling up twice as often. I don’t have a solution, other than to say if it’s the same setup next year, I’ll need to plan multiple trips over the weekend and pace myself to expand my reach.
There was also a Beerposium on Friday afternoon that included a few panel discussions and several beer related displays from Hayden Beverage. It was pretty sparsely attended while I was there in the early afternoon, but seems to have picked up a bit around the 4’oclock hour. Obviously, most people with a straight 9-5 work schedule could be hard pressed to join the festivities at 2:00. There was quite a bit of free beer and lots of good beer related info on hand however. Be sure to check out the full photo gallery below!
We, as a community, are lucky to have such a diverse representation of breweries and cider houses springing up across the valley. Hopefully, they will continue to thrive and expand and if we are really lucky, they will come together more frequently so that we can enjoy the fruits of their labor in a centralized locale and not have to run all over hell and back to do it.
What were your favorite Alefort / Treefort moments?