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SquawkyFest 2024

Saturday, June 15, 2024. 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm (last admission 6:00 pm). Join us for SquawkyFest at the Old Idaho Penitentiary – a Beerfest and Brewer’s Competition all in one!

Squawky was an alcohol that those incarcerated ‘brewed’ at the penitentiary. The name may have derived from everyone squawking like birds once they got a few cups in. Men who were incarcerated at the site grew their own fruit and vegetables, prepared their own meals, and even had a canning plant outside the walls where they could collect ingredients. Key ingredients and flavors that squawky might include were apples, oranges, potatoes, grapefruit, or prunes. Add in some yeast and sugar and let ferment for a few days – and you have Squawky!

In our second SquawkyFest competition here at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, in collaboration with Idaho Brewers United, we are asking breweries to concoct their very own version of ‘squawky’. Using the key ingredients of squawky, breweries will create their own beer/cider for the public to enjoy and vote on who’s is the best. Stroll around the site while sipping on your favorite breweries’ squawky.

SquawkyFest attendees will also enjoy a new “Brewers Behind Bars” exhibit on alcohol-related crimes and Prohibition in Idaho, food from Big Beantz Taco Co. and hot dogs from UpDog Street Food, music, shopping (limited edition SquawkyFest merchandise available), and access to Old Idaho Penitentiary buildings and exhibits.

This event is 21+ (Photo ID required at the door). Registration ($25 per person) is now open!

Admission includes site entry and exhibits, and tasting cup for the Squawky Contest. Beer tokens available at the site for $4 each (or 4 for $15), along with limited edition SquawkyFest merch!


Jun 15 2024


2:00 pm - 7:00 pm



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Old Idaho Penitentiary
2445 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, ID, 83712
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