It’s hard to beat sipping a beer in the Sawtooth Range. Those majestic mountain peaks reach for the sky.
So it makes sense that Sawtooth Brewery aims high, too.
Ketchum’s local brewery soon will expand to a two-town operation that includes a full-service restaurant, canned-beer production and increased distribution.
In December 2015 or January 2016, Sawtooth Brewery Public House plans to open at 291 6th St. N. in Ketchum. Serving burgers, brats and other quality pub food, the brewpub will feature 21 taps including Sawtooth beers, cider, kombucha and cask options. Growler fills, crowlers, bottled and canned beer are part of the plan. Sawtooth’s taproom — across the street at 600 N. Main St. — will close when the public house opens.
Then in spring 2016, Sawtooth will move its beer production to Hailey. A 15-barrel, 8,100-square-foot brewery and taproom will fire up at 110 N. River St.
CEO and head brewer Paul Holle says the new Sawtooth Brewery and Tap Room will have the capacity to quadruple output, although the initial ambition is to double or triple production.
“The building would allow for about 10,000 barrels annually,” he says. “We won’t have that to start, but it’s nice to have room in your building.”
As part of the evolution, Sawtooth will can its beers for the first time — starting with Sunnyside Session Wheat and Freeheeler Rye IPA.
Sawtooth also will enlarge its distribution footprint, reaching into North Idaho. The brewery is exploring other territories, Holle adds.
Powderhaus opens in Garden City
Boise beer enthusiasts are checking out Powderhaus Brewing Co., which opened Nov. 6.
The long-awaited, hard-to-miss brewery and taproom at 9719 W. Chinden Blvd. is housed in an impressive 8,000-square-foot facility.
Head brewer Tyler Evans — formerly of Edge Brewing Co. — plans to offer seasonal brews to augment Powderhaus’ flagship offerings, which are First Turns IPA, Hinterlander Robust Porter, Deadfall Ale and Prusik Pilsner.
Powderhaus doesn’t include a restaurant, but food trucks offer grub.
Boise Co-op fills growlers. Yes!
Like other area grocers, Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., fills growlers. Unlike other area grocers, you won’t find everyday craft beers being poured. (OK, most grocers actually do a pretty good job. But does Mac and Jack’s African Amber have to be at every growler-fill location?)
It’s not unusual to find a couple of choices among the Co-op’s six taps that aren’t available anywhere else in town.
“We’re going to have that same kind of interesting selection that we have on the bottle side,” Co-op beer buyer Matt Gelsthorpe says. “You’re going to have the hop bombs, you’re going to have the sour funky things, you’re going to have the barrel-aged, you’re going to have something kind of light and approachable.”
Beer is priced at Tier 1 ($3.99 pint, $6.99 quart, $12.99 half gallon) and Tier 2 ($6.99 pint, $12.99 quart, $24.99 half gallon). Here’s what’s pouring: Widmer Smoked Cheesehead Lager (Tier 1), Barley Brown’s Hand Truck Pale Ale (1), Lagunitas Doppel Sticky (1), Anderson Valley Briny Melon Gose (1), Grand Teton American Sour (2) and New Belgium Perennial Salted Caramel Stout (1).
Growler fills will be sold at the new Village at Meridian location of the Co-op, too. It’s slated to open Friday, Nov. 13.
Here’s the Meridian lineup: New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsner (Tier 1), Breakside Passionfruit Sour (1), Ninkasi Mango IPA (1), Barley Brown’s Breakfast Stout (1), New Belgium Le Terroir Dry-Hopped Sour (1) and Widmer/Deschutes Barrel-Aged AltBitter (1).
Check tap lists online: boise.coop/beer.
Payette/Three Creeks party
Payette Brewing and Three Creeks Brewing (of Sisters, Ore.) are partnering for a release party at Whole Foods River Room, 201 S. Broadway Ave. in Boise.
The beer of honor from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, is a collaboration called Yam It Feels Good to be a Thankster Brown Ale. It was brewed with yams and marshmallows. (Gotta love the creativity.)
In addition, a tap takeover will feature Payette’s Slaughterhouse India Style Red Ale and Twelve Gauge Imperial Stout, and Three Creeks’ Crowdpleaser Fresh Hop IPA and Knotty Blonde. Show up to sample beers and snag some brewery schwag.
Pints will be $3, except for Twelve Gauge, which will cost $4.
Brewery for sale?
You, too, can jump on the Boise brewery bandwagon.
Idaho business brokerage Arthur Berry & Company is listing a Treasure Valley brewery for sale at $370,000.
Which brewery? Good question. Additional information will be provided if you sign a confidentiality agreement.
That said, it is an “upscale brewery in a highly sought after area,” “managed and owned by a husband and wife team” and has gross sales of $60,000, according to the listing. ($60,000? How long has it been open?)
I welcome brews clues from beer detectives.