In this edition of beer notes: County Line Brewing’s new seasonal beer is extra hoppy with a kiss of citrus, plus advice on other local spring beers to try. White Dog Brewing is opening soon in Downtown Boise, plus take a beer road trip to eastern Idaho.
It’s Idaho Craft Beer Month, and there are barrels of fun to be had. Still, don’t be shocked if a few Boise beer drinkers temporarily go Rogue. Oregon-based Rogue Ales will be in Idaho from April 10-14 for five days of craft beer festivities.
Alefort, the beer festival held at Treefort Music Fest in Boise, has made several improvements this year. Among them are rare nail pulls, the inclusion of regional breweries, the addition of more cideries and a showcase for the Boise-based Swell Artist Collective.
Check out new seasonal beers from Boise — and Oregon — breweries: One in the Chamber Imperial IPA from Payette Brewing Co., Salty Bear dark caramel gose from Sockeye Brewing, and Huckle Biere Grand Cru and Honey Rye Barley Wine from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. All are available in large-format bottles.
Less than two years after launching in Garden City, new brewery Barbarian Brewing plans to open a second taproom in Downtown Boise. Barbarian’s expansion should be open by late spring or early summer at 1022 W. Main St.
Boise Brewing, which opened in 2014 at 521 W. Broad St., generated more than $400,000 when it offered investors a chance to own part of the brewery. Now shareholders are being welcomed again to expand brewing capacity — with an initial goal of raising $250,000.
Originally based in San Diego County, Mother Earth Brew Co. quietly has raised the bar in Idaho since it opened a second brewery at 1428 Madison Ave. in Nampa last year. The brewery recently released two new six packs of cans: Sin Tax Imperial Peanut Butter Stout and Kismet IPA.
Western Wyoming-based Melving Brewing has earned a near-cult following with its dedication to huge, floral IPAs, and will celebrate National 2X4 Day in Boise on Feb. 4. The second annual Firkin Frolic will take over the Basque Center on Feb. 9. And Michigan-based Founders Brewing will hold four launch events Feb. 15-17 in Boise.