Idaho breweries, long an adults-only haven for craft beer enthusiasts, are fair game for children starting July 1. That’s when a new law, House Bill 649, takes effect and allows minors into licensed breweries.
After a soft opening April 29, the brewery tapped a catering permit to operate in Boise. But legally, that keg has run dry, so the new taproom has closed until it secures full licensing to serve beer and wine. That paperwork is expected soon.
Boise breweries and beer bars are enjoying various events during American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22), but nothing has been quite like the three-week happyfest at Payette Brewing Co., 733 S. Pioneer St.
Two microbreweries plan to open in the coming months as demand for craft beer — and the number of breweries making it — swells in the Treasure Valley and across the nation. While breweries like Sockeye and Payette brewing are expanding operations, some in the industry say the Valley can’t support this kind of growth forever.
The Yard House restaurant at The Villagein Meridian recently added 31 new beers to its 140-tap system, including notable locals. Yard House has beers from eight Treasure Valley and McCall breweries, bar manager Bryan Christensen said.
Crooked Fence Brewing in Eagle has consolidated, closing its Garden City brewery and selling its Garden City Barrelhouse restaurant. This summer, Crooked Fence will offer concerts including rock band Sugar Ray in hopes that beer drinkers from Boise will make the short trip to its destination brewery.
San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing — one of the most creative breweries on the planet — will invade Albertsons growler stations in Boise for tap takeovers Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2.An Idaho brewery representative will bring beer samples and Ballast Point swag to each location.