Words & Deeds

New brewery, tasting room plans to open near Boise State

Statesman file

College students drink lots of beer. So despite the seemingly non-stop proliferation of craft-beer purveyors, one could make the argument that opening yet another Boise brewery makes perfect sense — especially if it’s near Boise State University.

Proximity to campus is the obvious angle for newcomer Lost Grove Brewing, which received approval from the Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission last week to open a brewery and tasting room at 1026 S. La Pointe St. The 5,048-square-foot building, just west of Capitol Boulevard, formerly held House of Wheels, Inc. Pan through a 360-degree view of the neighborhood here. You’ll see that it’s a stone’s throw from student apartments.

Lost Grove Brewing’s owner is Jacob Black, a former sales manager at Payette Brewing Co. I phoned Black and left a voice mail March 11. The call wasn’t returned.

No prob. We have details. With the exception of when the tasting room might open, the application for a conditional-use permit provides plenty of insight. Lost Grove will be “a bike friendly and dog friendly place to go with family and friends. (Black) hopes to bring some energy and life back to this industrial block structure.”

The planned beer production? 1,440 barrels per year. That’s not huge, but not tiny, either. (Here’s the latest production data for Idaho breweries.)

Lost Grove’s specific beers? No idea, but let’s go out on a limb and guess there will be an IPA.

Incidentally, Payette Brewing is getting close to wrapping up construction on its new Boise facility, founder Mike Francis tells me. That impressive destination won’t be so far from BSU, either.