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Boise, ID

Population: 234,844
Courtesy of Sockeye Grill & Brewery

What could be better than taking in the view of the Rocky Mountains while sipping on a fresh brewed beer? If your answer is "not much" then head to Boise, ID, where there are five breweries offering dozens of different craft beers. It's a hidden beer lovers paradise. You'll find:

Sockeye Grill & Brewery has six signature brews and a variety of seasonal specialty beers including the Dagger Falls IPA, which picked up silver medals at the 2003 and 2008 North American Brewers Festivals. Customers can pick up kegs or just drop in and let the bartenders do the heavy lifting.

For a monstrously hoppy beer try the Hopzilla from Table Rock Brew Pub, which offers more than nine handcrafted selections and a laid back atmosphere. It's a big place with a bar, spacious dining room and patio.

The Ram Restaurant and Brewery serves up Big Horn brews such as Total Disorder Porter, which picked up a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. In the mix of their six craft beers and in the running for best named beer is the Buttface Amber Ale. The Ram lets you support the sport of curling by donating a portion of the proceeds for every signature taste curler that is purchased. The curler gives you six 3-ounce glasses of Big Horn beer.

The newest breweries on the block in Boise are Payette Brewing Company and Highlands Hollow Brewhouse.