Words & Deeds

Boise area brewery sold, will change name

The Boise beer scene is about to get a new brewery — at least in name.

Haff Brewing, nestled behind Cobby’s sandwich shop at 4340 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City, will rebrand itself as Bella Brewing in mid-February.

The brewery changed hands on Dec. 14, 2015, just more than a year after it opened. This revelation solves the mystery of the husband-and-wife brewery for sale.

Bella Brewing owner Tom Dey said he does not plan to change the beer lineup, so tasty, popular Haff recipes such as Watermelon Wheat will continue to be brewed. Plans are for the staff to be retained, too.

“I really think the beer is good,” Dey said. “My plan is just to kind of keep it going the way it’s going right now and make some small improvements and see where we are financially. Down the road, I want to start canning and bottling and start selling it that way, too.”

Dey moved from Colorado to Boise in 2014 with his wife, Patricia. A pilot for 42 years, he’s essentially given up flying helicopters to run a brewery. That could be a good thing, right?

“We’ll find out,” Dey said good-naturedly.

The Deys also enjoy wine. They are developing a vineyard about four miles west of Ontario, Ore. They own 20 acres; five are planted with grape vines, Tom Dey said.

“We’ve been struggling with the weather the last two winters,” he said. “There’s been a lot of dieback like everybody else.”

An official grand opening for Bella Brewing is in the works. That should happen next month, Dey said.