Breweries, tourism agency to launch Idaho Craft Beer Month By Meridian Press staff email@example.com Mar 2, 2017 (…) MP file photo Slanted Rock Brewing Company opened in late 2013 at 2374 E. Cinema Drive in Meridian, near Majestic Cinemas. 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. Story continues below video × Advertisement “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. More from this section Meridian Police respond to 11 car burglaries Posted: March 24, 2017 Speedway roars back into action Saturday with Test and Tune event Posted: March 23, 2017 HUD awards $3.7M to Idaho agencies that help the homeless Posted: March 23, 2017 Thousands of Idaho job seekers' personal information compromised by hack Posted: March 22, 2017 VRT to offer free shuttle rides with live music on board during Treefort Posted: March 22, 2017 Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!