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An entire month dedicated to Idaho craft beer? Ale yeah!

Led by Idaho Brewers United, a nonprofit trade association working to bring Idaho breweries together and protect and promote the state’s craft beer industry, and supported by Idaho Tourism, Idaho Craft Beer Month is a direct result of Idaho’s craft beer boom. Designating April as Idaho Craft Beer Month is an opportunity to celebrate Idaho’s rapidly growing craft beer industry while honoring and supporting our proud, local producers.

So, what’s the brouhaha with Idaho brew?

Idaho’s multimillion-dollar beer industry spans the entire beer-making ecosystem — from hop and barley farmers and brewmasters to the brewpubs, restaurants and retailers that serve up pints (or cans, bottles and growlers, oh my!) of cold, frothy Idaho craft beer to thirsty patrons — and delivers a significant economic impact to the Gem State. This impressive growth along with a thirsty, receptive community has not only caught the attention of Idaho beer makers, but has also lured established, successful breweries from other states, helping to create an impressive and diverse craft beer offering for Idahoans and visitors.

Idaho’s penchant for the liquid-gold solution of hops, malt, water and yeast is just as notable as the pioneers who have helped put Idaho on America’s craft beer map. From the oldest existing brewery (Grand Teton Brewing) — which also thankfully reintroduced the growler as a vessel for transporting fresh-poured brew — and the first brewpub (Highlands Hollow) to the Gem State’s largest brewery (Payette Brewing), Idaho’s beer landscape has grown and evolved at a steady clip with eager newcomers landing at each turn. 2016 ushered the arrival of San Diego area-based Mother Earth Brew Co. in Nampa and the groundbreaking of Mill 95 — the region’s first hop-pelletizing mill — right in the heart of Idaho’s hop country (Wilder). And 2017 welcomes White Dog Brewing Co. from Bozeman, MT.

It’s always beer season in Idaho, and Idaho Craft Beer Month is helping to keep the party rolling.