Idaho Craft Beer Month happening virtually this year

Posted at 2:53 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 09:46:11-04

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Craft Beer Month (ICBM), the celebration of Idaho’s robust craft beer industry, returns for its fourth year in 2020. With increased concerns around COVID-19, organizers Idaho Brewers United and Idaho Tourism have taken steps to ensure celebrations can continue in ways that keep our communities safe and healthy.

Rather than the traditional, collective pint night at breweries, taprooms and businesses around the state, Pints Up Idaho on April 2, is a virtual cheers to the Idaho craft beer industry — a salute held from the comfort and safety of individual homes. Participants are encouraged to post photos or videos of themselves responsibly enjoying Idaho craft beer on their social media accounts using the hashtag #PintsUpIdaho. Custom ICBM GIF stickers can be found on Facebook and Instagram for participants to embellish their posts.

“It is critical for us to keep the spirit of ICBM going this year, knowing that people are looking for moments of joy and community during this tough and uncertain time,” said Diane Norton, Tourism Manager at Idaho Tourism. “The virtual Pints Up Idaho toast gives us all the opportunity to come together over a tasty brew to acknowledge the impact of craft beer in Idaho from the comfort of our living rooms and patios.”

Throughout the month, Idahoans are encouraged to show their support for Idaho’s craft beer industry by purchasing local beer at open locations to enjoy at home. Distributors are keeping grocery and convenience stores stocked for easy grab-and-go options.

Two new beers were created specifically for this year’s ICBM:

  • Because We Carrot from Bear Island Brewing in Boise: a carrot cake cream ale crafted with traditional carrot cake ingredients for the season because “we do care.” Available for pickup at the brewery.
  • Land of Many Waters Hazy IPA from Grand Teton Brewing in Victor: a 100% Idaho-sourced hazy IPA honoring Idaho’s claim to the most miles of rivers and streams than any other state in the lower 48. Released and distributed only in Idaho, Land of Many Waters can be found in six-packs starting April 1.

“Supporting our communities, our small businesses and each other is critical right now,” said Sheila Francis, Idaho Brewers United executive director. “We’re inspired by the support we’ve seen for our local breweries and restaurants and encourage everyone to keep the spirit and momentum going throughout April. We can all do our small part to support Idaho breweries and ensure they’ll be there to provide more delicious beer in the future.”

To learn more and for an updated list of rescheduled events, click here. After April, the website will continue to be a resource to learn about Idaho craft beer events throughout 2020.