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One of Boise’s original ‘big three’ local breweries closes its brewpub

Crooked Fence Brewing Co. has closed its restaurant in Eagle, but it will keep brewing and selling beer.

The land and brewpub at 3705 Idaho 16 have been sold, Crooked Fence co-owner Travis Krawl said. The new owners are expected to remodel and reopen the restaurant, plus continue the 5-acre site’s use as an event venue called The Flats.

“They plan on putting up a permanent structure out there for outdoor events,” Krawl said. “They’re going to bring it up a notch. But that’s all going to happen in the future. Right now, the brewery’s still going full bore out there.”

Crooked Fence is one of the Boise area’s best-known breweries. Along with Sockeye Brewing and Payette Brewing Co., Crooked Fence helped jump-start the wave of local breweries that flooded the Treasure Valley over the past five years. Crooked Fence’s brewpub poured beer made on-site and strived to serve fun, sometimes whimsical food.

Crooked Fence launched its original brewery and taproom in 2012 at 5242 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City. A year later, the brewery opened the Barrelhouse restaurant at 5181 N. Glenwood St.

In 2014, Crooked Fence relocated its brewery to the former site of Woodriver Cellars in Eagle, opening another restaurant at the location. The Barrelhouse in Garden City remained open but was sold to a different owner. The Garden City taproom was closed.

Crooked Fence co-owner Kris Price told the Statesman in 2016 that he envisioned Crooked Fence as a destination brewery and event venue. Last summer, the brewery hosted a significant outdoor concert: The Summerland Tour, a ’90s-themed rock festival featuring Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge.

Commenters on the Crooked Fence Facebook page have expressed disappointment about the brewpub closure. Some reflect the challenges of the Eagle location.

“Sorry to hear,” one man wrote, “just too far to drive for us.”

Known for its inventive artwork, Crooked Fence beer will still be widely available at restaurants, bars and retailers. In 2016, Crooked Fence Brewing ranked as the fourth largest brewery in the Treasure Valley behind Payette, Sockeye and Mother Earth Brew Co.

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