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Good Times with Good Friends

Updated: Apr 7

In today’s post, we are looking back on Saturday’s Brews & BBQ and celebrating a successful event that brought together friends old and new to share in Herman Ronnenberg’s passion for beer.  We were blown away by the support this new event received from the community, and the Events Committee is already thinking about our next party!


The American Legion Cabin served as a wonderful venue for our gathering.  Built in the 1930s by the Dudley Loomis Post 6 of the American Legion, the cabin’s historic charm put everyone in the mood for our guest speaker’s presentation.  (Want to learn more about the cabin?  Check out the group’s website here.)




Herman Ronnenberg entertained and educated us all on the early history of brewing in Idaho.  As Herman noted, local beer was not just a tasty beverage in pioneer communities, it was largely a necessity in an era when potable water was not always easily transported.  Community breweries, moreover, were essential in the days before pasteurization and bottling technologies allowed for large eastern brewers to ship their products into Idaho.  (Herman has published a number of books, some on beer and others on impressive female Idahoans.  Find his books here.)




The Moscow Brewing Company contributed Saturday night’s libations.  With both a tasty dark ale and a refreshing kolsch on tap, The Moscow Brewing Company served as the perfect illustration of Herman’s central argument — good beer has always been at home in Idaho.  (Lucas, the owner and brewer at The Moscow Brewing Company, not only crafts great beers, he is also a good friend of LCHS and loves history just like us.  Learn more about his brewery here.) 




Following Herman’s presentation, folks had the opportunity to pair some fabulous barbeque with their beers.  Big John’s BBQ, a Moscow-based outfit, served up several smokey treats, including ribs, tri-tip, pulled pork, and brats from Hog Heaven Sausage Works.  (Big John caters parties and events in and around Moscow.  You can find his contact info here.) 




The evening’s entertainment was rounded out by a few songs from Moscow’s Smokin’ MoJo band. 



Without the tireless efforts of our Events Committee, Board of Trustees members, and staff, this event would not have happened.  Many thanks go out to all of the volunteers that made Saturday a success.  Most of all, thank you to everyone who came out to support LCHS!  We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. 









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