Idaho is rich in all things beer from the finest of ingredients to the beloved finished product. Idaho Brewers United and Idaho Tourism took it upon themselves to pay tribute to the flourishing beer culture in the state by dedicating April as the official Idaho Craft Beer Month. While we may be small here in Sun Valley, we have plenty to be proud of when it comes to contributing to Idaho’s beer pride. We’ve put together a few ways to maximize the Idaho Beer Month experience in Sun Valley and beyond.
Fun Idaho Beer Facts
Sun Valley patron, Ernest Hemingway, loved a good beer after fighting a really big fish.
Idaho is ranked 10th in the U.S. for breweries per capita according to the Brewers Association.
In 2015, Idaho was ranked as the 2nd highest producer of barley in the nation and 3rd in hops production.
Idaho has over 50 breweries.
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Five months of snow-induced activities tend to leave one yearning for change. When the temperatures jump in to the 60’s here in Sun Valley, an eagerness to mix up the daily routine sweeps the town. This is a biking community after all and the first chance to hop on those beautiful two-wheeled mechanical devices is met with open arms. Nevermind the ghostly white legs, extra winter weight, creaking bike parts and dismal Strava times, it’s all about embracing the first glimpse of spring.
The early season can prove to be a tricky time for single track riding. Snowy, muddy conditions tend to keep the trails a bit of a guessing game as to what is rideable (don’t be that guy/girl tearing it up in the mud). The BCRD (Blaine County Recreation District) Summer Trail Link does a fantastic job of delivering up-to-date reports on trail closures … Read More »
Photos & Words: Ray J. Gadd
Spring in Wood River Valley brings about juxtaposed weather patterns mixing courteous doses of sunshine and thaw inducing temperatures with winter flurries inflated by frigid arctic winds. This intertwined combination of spring & winter can lead to a potentially chaotic outbreak of Spring Activity Anxiety. Symptoms most commonly associated with S.A.A. include: severe indecisiveness, confusion, and obsessive over packing of vehicles with sporting equipment. Patients are urged to remain calm, analyze possible activities, and cram as many said activities as possible in to one day to quell bouts of insanity.
The best part about being in Sun Valley in the Spring is that you can fit a whole smattering of activities in any given day of the week. Take your pick from skiing/snowboarding smile inducing corn snow, chasing sea-run steelhead, lapping 17+ miles of cleared bike paths, sessioning … Read More »
Words: Brett Wilson // Photos: Ray J. Gadd
ASK A TRAVELING FLY FISHER their favorite North American trout destination and they’ll likely spill about drift boating the majesty of Montana’s Big Sky country, wading the tumbling pools of Colorado’s steep freestones, or spey casting the sweeps of Oregon’s coastal rivers. Ask that traveling fly fisher where they can find all these opportunities in one location, and they may struggle to answer. That is — of course — if they’ve never been to Sun Valley.
The Sun Valley area offers an incredible diversity of fly fishing opportunities for everyone from the casual novice to the ambitious expert. Time to buy a stack of postcards for Mom, because you’ll have plenty of fish stories to tell after wading our local waters.
WHERE TO GET AFTER IT: 5 CHOICE SPOTS
Big Wood River: The local freestone
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