I stumbled upon the 20th annual Mountain Brewers Beer Fest by chance. Well, I didn’t stumble across the actual festival but rather the fact that such a heavenly idea was even a thing.

Thanks to Mikey over at the Utah Beer Blog, I read all about what sounded like a can’t-miss event. I popped on over to the North American Brewers site and ordered a pair of tickets for the 80-brewer beer fest.

My wife had a work trip planned for that weekend, so I asked my dad if he wanted to join me on the three-hour drive north from Salt Lake City to Idaho Falls. He did.

The lines to get into the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest were long but we still had plenty of time inside.
The lines to get into the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest were long but we still had plenty of time inside.

We rolled into town about an hour before gates opened. Good thing, too, since we spent an hour in the shuttle line and nearly another hour in the line to get in. Not to worry, though. We still had plenty of time to sample several delicious beers.

Spotted some local brews.
Spotted some local brews.
Dad enjoying a sample toward the end of the beer fest.
Dad enjoying a sample toward the end of the beer fest.

Here is a sampling of my highlight beers: Mountain Brewers Beer Fest - The Celt

Following the beer fest, my dad and I enjoyed a nice dinner and a pint at The Celt. I then hit a couple breweries/bars in downtown Idaho Falls.

The first — Snow Eagle Brewing — didn’t wow me. I ordered one beer at the sushi bar (yes, sushi bar; a bit odd).

Mountain Brewers Beer Fest - Snow EagleWith the sun setting, I walked past some falls and to Vino Rosso, which looked like a pretty cool wine bar, but I was there for the beer. The spot had an outstanding selection of bottled beers.

Unfortunately, I missed out on Stone’s latest Enjoy By. Nevertheless, I drank a couple at the shop while the band set up and I picked up a few to enjoy later.

Mountain Brewers Beer Fest - Idaho Falls

It was a nice getaway with my dad, and an event that will be added to our summer calendar in the future.