Three home brewers will take their game to the next level when they debut Clairvoyant Brewing Company (clairvoyantbrewing.com) early this summer.
Owners Ryan Kowalczyk, Mike Edmondson and Tim Carter will share the brewing responsibilities at the small brewery in Boise’s up-and-coming West End, an industrial area between Downtown Boise and Garden City. If all goes well, the brewery should be open by the end of June.
Clairvoyant will put out a bevy of handcrafted brews (draft and 22-ounce bottles) using a seven-barrel system. The focus is decidedly on hopped-up IPAs, but beer geeks also can expect to find porter, pale ale, kolsch-style lager and a California common beer.
“At first, we’ll mostly keep the beer in house, keep it simple,” Kowalczyk says. “We plan on expanding it later.”
The trio is working hard to get the industrial-looking space, a former auto repair shop at 2800 W. Idaho St., ready for business. And that means installing bright tanks and other brewing equipment, as well as building a taproom so people can get comfortable while quaffing some hoppy brews.
“It will have a modern feel, with one big room with garage doors that open up,” Kowalczyk says.
Clairvoyant Brewing Co. will be open Thursday through Sunday.
Look for Lost Grove Brewing
Keep your eye out for Lost Grove Brewing, a 10-barrel brewery slated to open later this year in the burgeoning Lusk District near Boise State University.
Owner Jake Black, formerly of Payette Brewing, is currently remodeling the 5,000-square-foot space at 1026 S. La Pointe St.
The brewery will have a small tasting room with a patio and plenty of space for bicycles to park, which makes sense considering its close proximity to the Boise Bicycle Project.
Beer festival in Idaho Falls
On June 4, head to Idaho Falls for the 22nd annual Mountain Brewers Beer Fest, which takes place at Sandy Downs horse racing track from noon to 5 p.m.
The sudsy event, sponsored by the North American Brewers Association, showcases 100 breweries that will be pouring more than 300 varieties of handcrafted brews.
Besides beer, there also will be live music, food vendors, raffles and silent actions. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities.
Road-trip brewery: Broken Horn Brewing Co.
Idaho has all kinds of microbreweries tucked away in small towns.
In McCall, everyone always thinks of Salmon River Brewery and McCall Brewing Company when it comes to handcrafted brews. But did you know there’s another brewery in town?
Broken Horn Brewing Company (brokenhornbrewing.com), 201 S. Mission St., is situated in a rustic-looking building near the McCall Municipal Airport.
Here, you can hang out in the taproom (open 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday) and quaff a bevy of small-batch craft brews.
You’ll find big, hoppy IPAs (Initial Attack IPA and Extended Attack Double IPA) and darker brews such as Sasquatch Stout and Pin-Up Porter. Or you can spice things up with a pint of Hells Canyon Jalapeno Ale.
Seasonal canned beers
With camping and fishing season fast approaching, now’s the time to stock up on cans of local seasonal beers.
Load up the cooler with some extremely quaffable Sockeye Brewing (sockeyebrew.com) beers. Celebrate the coming of spring with a six-pack of Maibock Seasonal Lager, a smooth bock beer that boasts robust malty flavors. Or go for a sixer of Lucky Peak Pilsner, a golden-hued brew that’s perfect for those long summer days.
Payette Brewing Company, which soon will be moving into its new, much larger digs near the Boise River at 733 S. Pioneer St., puts out several canned seasonal brews this time of year.
Rodeo Rye Pale Ale is a spring sipper with just the right amount of spice and a smooth rye finish. During the summer months, grab a six-pack (or a few) of Fly Line Vienna Lager, a malty golden lager that goes down easy, especially after mowing the grass. Information: payettebrewing.com.
Crooked Fence celebration
Crooked Fence Brewing Co. will host a four-year anniversary party on Saturday, May 14, at its Crooked Fence Brewing Co., 3705 Highway 16 in Eagle.
The doors open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 6 p.m., featuring Jeff Crosby and the Refugees, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats and Curtis Sutton and the Scavengers. Tickets are $5 now at Crooked Fence or at brownpapertickets.com and $10 at the door.
Also, you can enjoy a free outdoor music series at the restaurant from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, April 16 to 30. This month’s lineup features Emily Tipton, April 16; Speedy Grey, April 23; and Douglas Cameron, April 30. Music moves to Friday nights in May, starting with After Alice on May 6.
Get more details at the Crooked Fence website: CrookedFenceBrewing.com.
Beer Camp brews
Beer Camp Across America is a collaborative effort of 31 breweries around the country that have come together in six regional teams to produce a variety 12-pack of bottled craft brews. The one-time only project is spearheaded by Sierra Nevada, a popular northern California brewery.
Brewers at Barley Brown’s Beer in Baker City, Ore., are on the Pacific Northwest/Rockies team. They’ve conceived a super-hoppy Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA made in conjunction with Bale Breaker Brewing Co. (Washington), Melvin Brewing (Wyoming), Black Raven Brewing Co. (Washington) and Odell Brewing Co. (Colorado). Other regional teams — from sea to shining sea — are also putting out special handcrafted brews that speak to the nuances of their respective regions.
The 12-packs will have two beers from each of the six regions.
Beer Camp Across America brews will be available in May at stores around the United States. For more information, visit beercamp.sierranevada.com.
James Patrick Kelly, the Idaho Statesman’s restaurant critic, is the author of the travel guidebook “Moon Idaho.” The latest edition hit the shelves in March. Kelly also teaches journalism at Boise State University.