There’s a new brewery debuting this weekend, and you’ve never heard of it.
But you might have been inside of it.
Newly created Western Collective Beer will open “under construction” at 2 p.m. Friday at 111 W. 33rd St. in Garden City. The building was the original home of Payette Brewing Co., which moved to a larger new space near Downtown Boise in 2016.
The temporary Western Collective taproom is bare bones. A single handle will pour Guns & Oil American Lager — a sessionable, established brand operated by Western Collective — along with a handful of other canned Idaho brews. You’ll also be able to buy Garden City wines served in plastic cups.
The first Western Collective-branded beer, Wyatt hazy IPA, will be available in the taproom starting Aug. 3.
By early November, a new taproom will be unveiled on the north side of the building, owner Cary Prewitt says. It will be at least twice the size it was during Payette’s tenure, he adds, with an emphasis on a comfortable atmosphere.
“The beer business is changing,” says Prewitt, who founded Guns & Oil Beer in Austin, Texas, in 2013. “At the end of the day, it’s better to have a little bit nicer space. It should be a great place for people to hang out all day.”
The idea of soft opening this summer is to introduce Western Collective to Idaho while the brewery finishes remodeling and ramps up beer production at its 15-barrel brewhouse.
“Come hang out with me,” Prewitt says. “We’ve got a great beer garden.”
Outdoor drinking will happen behind the brewery. Four 10-foot picnic tables with umbrellas are being set up. Misters will be added by next week, Prewitt says.
What about cornhole? Every brewery has cornhole.
“I gotta go buy that,” Prewitt says. “Thank you for reminding me!”
Originally, Guns & Oil was slated to be the brewery’s name. Instead, Prewitt created Western Collective. It allows him to offer adventurous beers that don’t fit the blue-collar craft model of Guns & Oil, which is distributed in seven states including Idaho.
Currently, Guns & Oil beer in cans is contract brewed in Fort Worth, Texas. (Yep, it’s hauled all the way to Albertsons in Boise.) Guns & Oil beer sold in kegs is being brewed in Garden City.
Prewitt is excited to unleash his less-constrictive Western Collective brand. Soon-to-flow Wyatt hazy IPA is made with Comet and El Dorado hops from Idaho. Next on the agenda: A pale ale made with Comet and Idaho 7 hops.
When Western Collective brewery finally hosts a grand opening in a few months, it will carry about 10 of its beers on tap, Prewitt says.
But he’s hoping Idahoans will come say hello right now. After this Friday’s debut, the brewery’s hours will be noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sundays and 3 to 10 p.m. the rest of the week.
If you’re hot, be sure to try a cold pint of Guns & Oil American Lager, which Prewitt describes as “poundable.”
He bought a condo in Garden City two weeks ago, moving from blazing, humid Austin to Boise’s smoky, 100-degree days.
“The difference is in Austin I have AC everywhere,” Prewitt says. “Here, I don’t have AC at the brewery — yet. Yet! I’ve got a lot of fans.”