Food Notes

Distillery prepares to open in Boise; Noodles & Co. opens near BSU

doland@idahostatesman.comSeptember 27, 2013 

Brothers Tory and Josh Corson are hoping to develop a new product for Idaho: hand-crafted, boutique whiskey made from soft Idaho white winter wheat and other local ingredients.

Tory, 33, a former intellectual property lawyer, runs the business side of Northern Pacific Distillery. Josh, 24, is a chemist who learned distilling in class at Boise State University and is the head distiller.

Both have metalworking skills and are building their stills at a home shop.

The distillery will be in a 2,000-square-foot food warehouse at 11770 W. Presidents Drive. They plan to be operating by November.

Building their own equipment will go a long way to creating their signature style.

“When it comes to whiskey, the shape of the still is key to creating a distinctive flavor,” Tory Corson says.

It’s also saving them money. The best stills can cost up to $80,000 or more.

“Building them ourselves is much cheaper,” Corson says.

He also hopes to make them for other small craft distilleries in the region. They’ve started Rocky Mountain Stills, a side venture that will custom build the equipment.

They’re also looking to help the Idaho distillery industry grow by creating the Idaho Distillers Guild, a nonprofit that will bring Idaho distillers together to promote the craft.

The Corson Brothers plan to have their stills up and producing spirits by November, initially making — at least — apple- and huckleberry-flavored moonshine and premium wheat vodka.

They’re through the federal licensing process and are waiting on approval for their labeling before starting production.

Whiskey is usually aged in charred, 53-gallon American oak barrels, but Corson says they will experiment with different barrel sizes.

NOODLES & COMPANY OPENS THIRD LOCATION

Noodles & Company will open a new location Sept. 30 at 1233 S. Broadway Ave.

Noodles is a fast-gourmet chain with locations across the country, including three in Idaho. This one, one at 2274 N. Eagle Road in Meridian, and one near Boise Town Square, 535 N. Milwaukee St. The restaurant serves every kind of noodle dish, from macaroni and cheese and Japanese pan noodles to Tuscan linguini and steak stroganoff.

The menu also features gluten-free options, including pasta dishes, soups, sandwiches and salads. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

On Sept. 30, the first 50 guests (one per household) will receive a free noodle bowl and a Noodles & Company T-shirt, as well as a gift card for a free bowl to use on a future visit or to share with a friend.

Stop by at 5 p.m. and hear the Boise State Blue Thunder Marching Band.

Phone: 433-9979; online: Noodles.com.

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