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Two new Boise breweries plan grand openings in October — one is open this weekend

Clairvoyant Brewing’s grand opening is Oct. 21, but the brewery is already pouring for customers on weekends.
Clairvoyant Brewing’s grand opening is Oct. 21, but the brewery is already pouring for customers on weekends.

It’s a good time to be a craft brew lover in Boise. The river of fresh local beer just keeps on flowin’.

Two long-promised breweries plan to roll out the red carpet in October: Clairvoyant Brewing and Lost Grove Brewing.

▪ Clairvoyant Brewing is already pouring. The West End brewery at 2800 W. Idaho St. held a soft opening last weekend, and has teased Facebook followers with talk of IPA, coffee beer, and amber and brown ales. Clairvoyant will be open this weekend from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

If you’re a football fan, grab an IPA and park yourself in front of a TV. Clairvoyant describes itself as “dog, kid and fantasy football friendly.” The taproom offers NFL Sunday ticket, so all the games will be available Sunday.

Clairvoyant doesn’t sell food but plans food-truck service.

The brewery’s grand opening will be held Oct. 21, co-owner Ryan Kowalczyk says.

Watch the Clairvoyant Brewing Facebook page for details.

▪ Lost Grove Brewing will give the Boise State crowd another drinking option. The brewery is in the Lusk District at 1026 S. La Pointe St. — right by popular bar and restaurant The Shed and a stone’s throw from student apartments.

Lost Grove has announced a weekend grand opening Oct. 6 and 7 on Facebook. The festivities are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 6, Americana/folk/blues band Curtis / Sutton and the Scavengers will perform. Three food trucks are planned: Sushi Shack, Il Segreto Wood Fired Pizza and Wetos Locos Tacos. Fifty percent of proceeds from the night will be donated to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, and Premier Mortgage will match that, according to Lost Grove’s Facebook page.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, old-timey acoustic trio Hillfolk Noir will provide the entertainment. Awesome Burger and Rip Snort food trucks will park on site. Fifty percent of proceeds will be donated to Boise Bicycle Project, again with Premier Mortgage matching.

Lost Grove calls these “no waste” events: “In an effort to reduce our footprint, all Lost Grove events will be plastic free. ... $6 dollars gets you a Lost Grove Stainless steel pint glass and your choice of beer, with $4 refills all night!”

So there you go. Two more new breweries to consider. It will be interesting to watch Clairvoyant Brewing and Lost Grove Brewing carve their niches in the city’s beer scene.

Has Boise’s brewery boom reached a pint-runneth-over point yet? It’s a fun debate.

Whatever the case, location will play a significant role in the success of both new taprooms. And as competition grows for all Treasure Valley breweries, beer quality and uniqueness would seem to become more crucial for everyone.

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