To recognize and celebrate Idaho’s growing craft beer industry, Idaho Brewers United and Idaho Tourism have proclaimed April as the first Idaho Craft Beer Month. Throughout the month of April, producers, brewers, restaurants and retailers will come together to host events highlighting the craft beer industry in Idaho.

The number of breweries in Idaho doubled from 24 in 2011 to 50 in 2015, according to the Brewers Association. Idaho ranks 10th in the country for breweries per capita.

Additionally, Idaho was the second-highest producer of barley in the nation in 2015 and the third-highest producer of hops, according to the association.

“Idaho has a thriving craft beer industry that many people may not be tapped into yet,” Idaho Brewers United Executive Director Sheila Francis stated in a press release. “We’re seeing a steady increase in the growth of breweries throughout the state, including larger breweries looking to expand to other markets, and it’s time we build the infrastructure to celebrate this growth. Idaho Craft Beer Month offers beer enthusiasts in the state and throughout the country a new opportunity to explore what Idaho has to offer.”

Idaho Brewers United was established in 2012 to give breweries within the state a collective voice in promoting the craft beer industry, according to the press release. The growth in popularity in beer tourism led to collaboration between Idaho Brewers United and the state’s tourism department.

“Research shows that the availability of quality craft beers influences where people choose to visit, so we see that as a great opportunity to capitalize on the craft brew industry already booming in Idaho,” stated Diane Norton, Idaho Tourism manager. “With a brewery presence in each of Idaho’s seven tourism regions, it was a logical fit to establish an official statewide promotion in partnership with Idaho Brewers United. We’re excited to expand the reach of Idaho craft beer and put our state on the map as the next great craft beer destination.”

Craft breweries had a $318 million economic impact in Idaho in 2014, according to the Brewers Association.

Find more information about Idaho Craft Beer Month at idahocraftbeermonth.com.

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