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Farmer hip! Grain silo to be installed Downtown outside Boise Brewing

A rendering of the new grain silo that will be installed at Boise Brewing.
A rendering of the new grain silo that will be installed at Boise Brewing. Boise Brewing

Boise Brewing is going rural.

The Downtown brewery at 521 W. Broad St. plans to install a grain silo directly in front of its building by June. Situated on a concrete pad next to an expanded patio, the 26-foot-tall structure will offer multiple benefits.

Such as looking cool.

“It’s primarily a cost-saving measure for us,” brewery founder Collin Rudeen says. “A side benefit is looking kind of badass.”

(How awesome would it be to drive a combine to the brewery, park next to the silo and plug your meter? Totally awesome, right?)

As Boise Brewing has expanded production — including its recent move into canned beers — the community-supported brewery has begun to run out of space, Rudeen says. The silo will help alleviate that, storing up to 48,000 pounds of Boise Brewing’s base pale malt, Rudeen says. Buying grain in bulk saves money and shipping costs, he adds.

Truck traffic will be reduced, too. Instead of a grain vehicle parking outside and requiring a bunch of palette-moving every two weeks, a truck will appear every few months. It will simply attach a hose and fill the silo to the brim.

When all is said and done, the grain silo addition will cost about $30,000, Rudeen says.

Online: boisebrewing.com.

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