Aug. 13, 2015

Beer Hunting in Idaho

Aubrey Laurence, craft beer connoisseur and contributor for The Bellingham Tap Trail, recently visited Idaho with his wife on a climbing trip. His first time in the area, he was determined to visit as many breweries and beer bars as possible. In total, the duo visited seven breweries and two beer bars from Boise to Sun Valley on their week-long road trip, making for an impressive tour of the Boise Valley brew scene. 

Dec. 1, 2015

Northwest Travel: Boise’s Beer Boom

As Boise’s culinary scene has taken off in recent years, so has its beer and spirits culture. The city now boasts 15 breweries, including the state’s largest craft brewer, Payette Brewing, which in May announced its plans for a $4.5 million production facility and tasting room in downtown Boise.

Add in a dynamic mix of colorful dives, well-stocked taphouses and trendy bars created to cater to the city’s growing number of young professionals, and a trip to Boise makes for a perfect drinks vacation.

Dec. 18, 2015

New Brewery Brings “Progress Through Beer” to Boise

Longtime Boise restaurateur Dave Krick is launching a new craft beer brewery named "Works Progress Administration," with an opening planned for late 2016.

Krick, who along with partner Jami Adams owns and operates the Bittercreek Alehouse and Red Feather Lounge restaurants in downtown Boise, has not selected a location for the new brewery, but is reviewing sites of 10,000+ square feet in and around downtown Boise and hopes to make an announcement soon.

"We have a growing craft beer industry in Boise with great breweries around the Treasure Valley," said Krick.  "We intend to complement this thriving scene through different styles of beers we will brew and a unique business model that embraces public benefit and 'Progress Through Beer.'"

Nov. 2, 2017

How big is Boise’s beer scene? Big enough for Texas brewery to open here

Guns & Oil is taking over the original Payette Brewing Co. building at 111 W. 33rd St. in Garden City. The space, which includes a 15-barrel brewery and a taproom, will be the company’s first actual production facility. Founded in a southwest Austin garage in 2013, Guns & Oil has been hiring other breweries to make its line of lagers.

Payette closed its taproom in Garden City after opening a second, larger facility at 733 S. Pioneer St. in Boise in 2016. Although the Garden City site still operated as a brewery, founder Mike Francis began looking to exit. One option was to have another brewery come in “and essentially be a turnkey operation,” Francis said.

Guns & Oil pulled the trigger. The brewery bought Payette’s remaining equipment. It joins a rapidly growing Boise beer scene. 

Sep. 30, 2015

Boise Brewing Wins Silver at National Beer Fest

Boise Brewing took home a silver medal at a major national beer competition.

The brewery got second place in the American stout category at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this past weekend.

The beer called Black Cliffs American Stout is described as a hoppy, roasty stout.

Given that Boise Brewing just opened a little over a year ago, head brewer Lance Chavez says the success at a major competition means the future is bright for the brewery.

Feb. 11, 2016

Video on Payette Brewing

Payette Brewing - A Boise Valley Company

Big Ideas Grow Here, and so does good brew. A local favorite, Payette Brewing describes...Our mission is to continually brew awesome beers while building a culture that connects, educates, makes a difference and champions the craft brew industry to our consumers, community and partners.

Oct. 31, 2016

Mother Earth Brew Is Up And Brewing In Nampa

Mother Earth Brew Co. started brewing beer in mid-September in Nampa at a retrofitted seed building that’s expected to produce the largest volume of beer in Idaho in 2017.

A 500-square-foot tasting room with capacity for 33 people opened at the brewery on Oct. 8.

Owner Daniel Love forecasts his 40-barrel Mueller four-vessel brew house will produce 7,000 to 10,000 barrels through the balance of 2016 and he anticipates 25,000 barrels for 2017, “fingers crossed.”

“Currently, the way I’m set up, I can do 60,000 barrels,” Love said, adding that future capacity in the 40,710-square-foot former Sygenta Seed building at the I-84 Industrial Park could reach 100,000 barrels a year.

Payette Brewing Co. is the largest Idaho brewer at 12,000 barrels a year. That total is projected to increase to 15,000 to 20,000 barrels in 2017, the first full year for Payette at its new downtown Boise brewery, owner Mike Francis said.

Mother Earth expanded to Idaho from the San Diego suburb of Vista, where the original Mother Earth will remain to serve the southern California and Arizona market. In Vista, Mother Earth has a 22,000-square-foot brewery and 6,000-square-foot tasting room.

But Daniel and Erin Love have sold their home in San Diego and now live in Eagle.

Beer from Nampa is already distributed in Idaho (100 Jacksons Food Stores, 24 Albertsons, 10 Fred Meyer stores and 250 rotating taps at bars), Oregon, Washington, northern California and Nevada. Expansion to any other states will also be handled from Nampa.

“We’re close on Colorado and Chicago,” Love said. “We’re working on Philadelphia, New York and Texas next year. We have a pretty good following in New York City. I don’t know how the beer gets there.

May. 6, 2015

Payette Brewing Co. Named Finalist for Prestigious Award

by Payette Brewing Company

A Boise Valley craft brewery, Payette Brewing Company has been selected as a finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce annual DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award and the Community Excellence Award. One of the leading craft breweries in the state, Payette Brewing Company has continuously supported the Boise Valley community through their Payette Forward programs, which donate proceeds from beer sales to a featured Idaho non-profit. 

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Jan. 5, 2016

Slideshow: Get a First Look at Payette Brewing’s Huge New Downtown Boise Facility

Payette Brewing's downtown Boise brewing facility, now under construction at the intersection of Pioneer and River streets, is titanic. At 32,000 square feet, it's big enough for mid-size passenger plane manufacturing. It will open with a 40,000-barrel production capacity and if the owners want, they can expand to 100,000 barrels. It's big.

Feb. 23, 2015

Five Boise Businesses Receive U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2015 Blue Ribbon Award

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded the 2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award to five businesses in the Boise Valley, recognizing their success and contribution to economic growth. Winners were evaluated in four areas, including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement and customer service. Among the recipients, the U.S. Chamber named Auction Frogs, LLC, CTR- Cleanup & Total Restoration, Payette Brewing Company, Telaya Wine Company and Thornton Oliver Keller Real Estate as award winners.  

May. 18, 2015

Payette Brewing Co. to open $4.5 million production facility in Boise

by Payette Brewing Company

Idaho’s largest brewery is about to super-size itself. With the goal of further pushing distribution of popular beers such as Outlaw IPA into neighboring states, Payette Brewing Co. plans to open a second production facility and tasting room near Downtown Boise in the first quarter of 2016. 

Payette’s original brewery at 111 W. 33rd St. in Garden City will stay open. The new flagship location and main offices will be a $4.5 million expansion in the former home of Bronco Elite Athletics at 733 S. Pioneer St. On Tuesday, the Boise City Council gave Payette permission to proceed on the 32,000-square-foot building between Pioneer Pathway and the U.S. Post Office. 

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Apr. 25, 2016

Meridian Brewer Experiments with Fruit Powders Produced at Nampa Plant

Slanted Rock Brewing Company’s CEO and Brewmaster, Bob Lonseth, said that his rule with fruit in beer is that it still has to taste like beer.

Lonseth recently crafted a beer with a subtle peach flavor called “Señor Jalapeacho” using a dried fruit powder produced at Milne Fruit Products in Nampa. Slanted Rock, which is located on East Cinema Drive in Meridian, is the only brewery in Idaho, so far, that has used Milne’s powders to add fruit flavors to beer.