Barley Brothers Traveling Beer Show celebrates fourth year Labor Day weekend at new venue

By Tony Harrison

MERIDIAN, Idaho (Aug. 24, 2012) — Treasure Valley beer geeks will be interested to learn about two noteworthy changes to the fourth annual Barley Brothers Traveling Beer Show next weekend: The new venue, Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park in Meridian, boasts better parking and bathrooms than the previous location, and this year event organizers are kicking it off with a private, over-the-top VIP beer dinner.

Friday Aug. 31 is a Private Brewers Dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. This exclusive event is limited to 200 seats and features unlimited samples of 50 rare and one-off beers plus a six-course dinner prepared by Chef Ryan Hembree and the Brewforia Beer Market culinary team. On stage they’ll have live entertainment all night long, as well as many prizes to take home. One lucky person will even win an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Great American Beer Festival Oct. 11-13.

Saturday Sept. 1 is the public Beer Show featuring unlimited tastings from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be more than 200 rare, vintage, and one-off beers from America’s greatest craft brewers available at this year’s Beer Show plus a Featured Brewers Tent with even more beers to sample. Saturday’s attractions also include unique food from some of Idaho’s top chefs, a stage filled with great live music, a kids area, and several lively competitions: the second annual Brewathlon Homebrew Competition (the results of which will be on display at the Homebrew Tent), bocce ball and sand volleyball tournaments, and best beard and karaoke competitions.

Tickets to Friday night’s Private Brewers Dinner are $60. Admission to Saturday’s public Beer Show is free, but tickets for the unlimited tastings cost $20. A combo package is available for $75. Buy tickets at either Brewforia Beer Market — the flagship location in Meridian at 3030 E. Overland Rd. or the new site in Eagle at 78 Eagle River St. near Saint Alphonsus Eagle Health Plaza — or online at or

Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park is on Fairview and Records avenues in Meridian just east of the corner of Eagle Road and Fairview and behind Big Al’s.

The Barley Brothers Traveling Beer Show is staged by Fermentation Events, which is run by Brewforia Beer Market owner Rick Boyd. The special events company also stages the Ale Fort at the Treefort Music Festival, the Pigapalooza celebration of all things pork, and the Winter Ale Festival in conjunction with the McCall Winter Carnival. Boyd plans to take the Barley Brothers fest on the road next year to additional markets and is currently considering Missoula, Reno/Sparks, Phoenix, and Albuquerque.

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Company: Brewforia Beer Market
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