It seems that right now the only thing that is certain is uncertainty, and that is perhaps the most troubling situation of all. But in abnormal times a bit of normalcy couldn't hurt. Ergo: Beer. Hailey Idaho's Sawtooth Brewery was born on 11/11/11 in a room at the Clarion Hotel in Ketchum. I…

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After an unseasonably warm couple of weeks, the more normal late-fall chill has returned: time for cold weather brews. Picking from among the wide array of winter seasonals already available, I decided to go with something old (an American original), something local and something that goes a…

In a Northwest beer world dominated by IPAs, where most breweries are racing to see who can stuff the most hops into a bottle, Portland, Oregon-based Occidental goes against the grain. It specializes in sessionable German-style lagers and ales. With fall fast approaching, that means the fres…

A nurse at St. Luke's in Twin Falls, Emily Mason was looking for a creative outlet beyond her work. Living in a farmhouse once surrounded by a 200-acre plum orchard—a few acres still survive—she turned to cider. Like most American ciders, Cedar Draw relies on table apples, but they are from …

Despite all of our differences, this divided nation comes together at least once a year to commemorate the Fourth of July. Beer was an integral part of our colonial past, so it seems appropriate to break out a few brews with names that in some way celebrate America.

Despite the wet, cool spring, by now you have probably mowed your lawn once or twice, and warmer days are just around the corner, ready to beckon us out of doors. A number of breweries have brought out light (around 4% alcohol), sessionable ales that are perfect for the season. And as an ext…

We're still more than a month away from the official start of summer, but breweries love to jump-start their seasonals, so the first tranch of summer brews has already hit local shelves. Given the unseasonably warm weather, that's not a bad thing, but enjoy them while you can. Chances are, w…

While new to the Treasure Valley, Great Divide Brewing Company, a Colorado-based brewery has been around for a quarter of a century. Founded by Brian Dunn, it was one of only a handful of breweries in Denver at the time, but from the beginning, its beers took home top awards. Success led to …

Founded back in 1988, Fort Bragg, California's North Coast Brewing Co. lacks the gee-whiz wonder of some of the new kids on the block. Instead, it has been quietly and consistently producing some of the best beers west of the Mississippi. If it has been flying under your radar in recent year…

The late winter snowpack has led to a surge in students and professionals mysteriously calling in sick over the last weeks. As my friends tell me, a bad day skiing is still better than a good day at work, so who can blame them? Whether perfect powder or second-rate snowpack awaited, the best…

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