Beer, wine, cider and celebrations are just a few of the many traditions fathers can look forward to during this years Dads’ Weekend at the University of Idaho.
The tradition of drinking beer with dads is here to stay, with local breweries providing craft beer and other specialties for students and their fathers to enjoy.
To kick off Dads’ Weekend and prepare for Saturday’s game, the beer tasting event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Silver and Gold room at the Best Western.
Admission for beer tasting is $25 for individuals 21 years old and over and $10 for underage students, who will be provided with water and soda. Participants are encouraged to RSVP online, although payment will also be accepted at the door.
Trevor Kauer, president of the Student Alumni Relations Board, said the event is put on in hopes to create and facilitate Vandal pride, as well as give students something to do with their dads.
“We want to be able to have something for the dads and students to do together. It’s also a great way to promote Vandal pride,” Kauer said.
This year’s event will be different from previous years, Kauer said. Instead of taking place outside in the parking lot of Moscow Alehouse, it will be inside the Best Western due to weather.
“It’s a chance to drink beer, hang out with your dad and chill out the night before the game,” Kauer said.
Hunga Dunga Brewing Company, Lindsay Creek Winery and Whiskey Barrel Cider will all provide samples of their products at the event, Kauer said. These local businesses will be open over the weekend, so for people who find samples they enjoy, they are able to grab more before the weekend is over.
Not only will the event include beer, Kauer said Vandal Meats will also provide a variety of samples of their meat products.
“The event is kind of a way to sort of advertise for the locations that we’re getting the beer from. Rather than trying to go from place to place to try out different types of beers, this is a good chance to go somewhere and find really good beer and either go to that place continually or order some,” Dads’ Weekend Chairman Anthony Delyea said.
Not only is the event one for tasting fine beer, Kauer said it provides UI with a chance to partner with local businesses and bring the community together.
“At the University of Idaho, we want to connect our campus with our community of Moscow. It’s always nice to bring some business to the local companies,” Kauer said.
Along with beer tasting, Kauer said there will be games like corn hull and giant Jenga, and a band will perform as well.
Delyea said the event is one that can bring dads and students together to appreciate quality beers and good company.
“Beer is one of those things that many people can relate to and enjoy,” Delyea said.
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