The craft brew industry has exploded over the past few years, and Idaho brewers are cranking out some pretty amazing stuff.

See where Boise lands on the list of the best home brewing cities in the US.

You can learn how to make beer in your garage, at one of several different events across Idaho this weekend.  The American Homebrewers Association is hosting these "Learn to Homebrew" events on Saturday across the country.

There's one starting at 10am on Saturday, November 5th:

15 Bitterroot Loop

Salmon, ID

That's a guy's house.  They really are "home brewing" this weekend.

The members of the Salmonid HBC will be brewing multiple batches of an Imperial Brown Ale to fill a 50 g whiskey barrel, and they say on the American Homebrewers Association website that anyone can show up.  The more the merrier.

There will also be home brewing events on Saturday at 3920 W 5th Ave Post Falls, and at 220 Cedar Street in Sandpoint.

That Sandpoint address is for MickDuff's Beer Hall, but other spots around the country that host these home brew events are just houses in neighborhoods.  I can't believe these people post their addresses!  But brewers are a laid back bunch and they must not be concerned about creeps showing up at their events.  If they did, they'd probably tell 'em to pull up a chair.

The American Homebrewers Association says Boise is one of "7 Homebrew Spots to Visit Now," and some home brewers here travel 30 to 40 miles to collaborate on a session.  The friendship and camaraderie among brewers here is the biggest reason we made the list.

We don't have any organized home brew events happening this weekend in Boise, but casually getting connected with other home brewers might be the best way to learn more.  It sounds like they'll have a lawn chair and a cold mug waiting.