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New Boise brewery to open tasting room Saturday

Mad Swede Brewing Co. owners Jerry and Susie Larson will debut their brewery, which is a half mile south of Costco, this weekend.
Mad Swede Brewing Co. owners Jerry and Susie Larson will debut their brewery, which is a half mile south of Costco, this weekend. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Planning a trip to Costco this weekend? Or just happen to live in that neighborhood?

Make time for a beer stop at Mad Swede Brewing Co., 2772 S. Cole Road.

The newest Boise brewery will unveil its tasting room at a grand-opening party Saturday, Oct. 15. The doors will open at 2 p.m., and festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and run until about midnight.

So, what can patrons expect at the party — aside from copious amounts of beer drinking?

“We hope that’s the primary feature,” co-owner and brewer Jerry Larson quips. “But we’re going to give away door prizes, and not surprisingly, there’s a high probability our name might be on those door prizes. Shirts, glassware, growlers, that type of thing.”

Food trucks Dave’s Real Foods and Genki Takoyaki will be on site. Local indie musicians Great Pogwah (5 to 6 p.m.) and Aaron Mark Brown (9 to 10 p.m.) will perform.

Mad Swede, which has a 15-barrel brewhouse, plans to serve six beers at its grand opening: an American stout, a nut brown ale, two IPAs, a fresh-hop pale ale and a rye wheat. Pricing is $5 for a pint, $3 for a half pint and $1.50 for a taster. Growler fills are $11.

Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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