Words & Deeds

Payette Brewing is now Idaho’s biggest brewer

Break out the pom-poms, Boise beer cheerleaders, and build a keg pyramid.

We’re No. 1! We’re No. 1!

Payette Brewing Co. of Garden City produced 10,046 barrels of beer in 2014, making it the largest brewer in Idaho, according to newly released numbers from the Brewers Association.

That’s nearly double its production in 2013, and marks a changing of the guard. Victor’s Grand Teton, which generated 9,879 barrels in 2014, has topped the category in previous years.

Rounding out the top five in 2014: Sockeye (8,295), Laughing Dog (5,804) and Crooked Fence (4,200). The production drop-off is fast after that, starting with McCall Brewing (1,300).

The gap stands to widen. Payette has announced plans to expand to a larger brewhouse with the long-term theoretical potential to pump out as many as 100,000 barrels of beer annually.

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