Idaho Beer: From Grain to Glass in the Gem State

Idaho Beer: From Grain to Glass in the Gem State

by Steve Koonce


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In a state famous for producing great potatoes, it's easy to forget about Idaho's barley and hops. Few states can boast the quality barley grown in southern and eastern Idaho or the aromatic hops grown in Treasure Valley. These crops combine to create a beer that is distinctly Idaho—a taste of home. Join author Steve Koonce as he surveys the best brewers from across the state. Koonce tracks the state's storied brewing heritage and offers an in-depth look at Idaho's vibrant modern beer scene. With more than twenty breweries statewide, there's so much to see, and taste, in Idaho. Enjoy a refreshing guide to the best brew the state has on tap.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626193796
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Series: American Palate
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,168,969
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Steven J. Koonce writes the beer blog Idaho on Tap" for the Times-News in Twin Falls. He spent more than a year as a sales rep selling beer across the country for Epic Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. Steve has worked as a television producer at stations across the country and currently runs his own media production company in Twin Falls."

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Stone Brewing Company's Greg Koch 9

Acknowledgements 13

Introduction 15

Part I Planting the Seeds for Idaho Beer

Trails Blazed and Breweries Raised: A Brief History of Idaho Beer 19

It All Starts in the Ground 24

Part II Restarting Idaho's Brewing Tradition

It Came from the Tetons 37

Big Beer Business in Small Resort Towns 45

Idaho Pub Crawl 58

Part III Gem State Brewing Making Its Own History

The Northern Brewing Front 77

Garden City Brewing Neighbors 82

Sockcyc Brewing Hooks National Attention 93

The Impact of Idaho's Bottle Shops 101

New Breweries on the Block 115

Last Call; The Next Gems from Idaho 127

Appendix: Idaho's Breweries to 1960 131

Index 141

About the Author 143

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