Mad Swede Brewing set to open in Boise
Mad Swede Brewing is shooting for a mid- to late-September opening in a 4,800-square-foot industrial space near the Boise Costco.
The brewery (madswedebrewing.com) at 2772 S. Cole Road will operate a 15-barrel system to produce a wide variety of handcrafted brews, including a super-hoppy IPA, rye wheat, brown ale, stout and an array of seasonal beers — offered in pints, growlers and 22-ounce bottles.
“We’re always developing beers. What will become our mainstays will be decided by our customers,” says owner Jerry Larson, who retired as an engineer at Hewlett-Packard earlier this summer.
Larson has been brewing beers at home in small batches since 1979, but in recent years he’s turned his attention to the idea as a business venture.
“About eight years ago, I got back into making beer big time and started thinking this could be something more,” Larson says.
The 1,000-square-foot taproom will pour six house brews and keep two local ciders on tap, as well as offer a selection of wines. In terms of design, Larson and his wife, Susie, are going for a shabby-chic décor.
“It will have a rustic, comfortable feel, with mismatched tables and chairs like you would find at your house,” he says.
The brewery will not serve food but will host food trucks on occasion. Larson is also cool with people bringing in food (a platter of Costco poached shrimp, perhaps?) and having pizzas delivered to the brewery.
The Larsons haven’t yet nailed down the hours and days of operation, but it’s looking like the taproom will be open Wednesday through Sunday.
Clairvoyant Brewing coming soon
Clairvoyant Brewing Company (clairvoyantbrewing.com) is now hoping for an October opening in Boise’s up-and-coming West End, an industrial area between Downtown Boise and Garden City.
Owners Ryan Kowalczyk, Mike Edmondson and Tim Carter will share the brewing responsibilities at the small brewery. The trio of beermakers had originally hoped to open the brewery in June, but they had to push the date back a few months due to construction and other considerations.
The brewery’s lineup of handcrafted brews (draft and 22-ounce bottles) will be made from a seven-barrel system. The focus is decidedly on hopped-up IPAs, but you’ll likely also find porter, pale ale, kolsch-style lager and a California common beer.
Housed in a former auto repair shop (2800 W. Idaho St.), the brewery will have a 99-person taproom that will be open Thursday through Sunday. A sidewalk patio also is in the works.
New brewpub in Buhl
Magic Valley Brewing (magicvalleybrewing.com) recently opened in Buhl, a small town in south-central Idaho known more for dairy cattle and farm-raised trout than handcrafted beers.
The diminutive brewpub (208 Broadway Ave. N.), owned by Rich and Judy White, keeps 10 taps flowing and dishes up homespun pub fare.
Rich White, formerly of White Water Brewing Co. in Rio Vista, Calif., handles the head brewing duties. He puts out a half dozen or so mainstay brews and some seasonal beers, which he makes in 1.5-barrel batches.
The draft lineup typically includes an IPA, jalapeno IPA, brown ale, pale ale, stout and more. One of the taps gives rotating play to beers made by other breweries in the area. Beers from Von Scheidt Brewing in Twin Falls make appearances from time to time.
In terms of food, expect to find Scotch eggs, Idaho potato skin nachos and a meat, cheese and cracker platter that’s good for soaking up the beer. The menu also includes hot and cold sandwiches and a few entrées.
Magic Valley Brewing is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Road trip brewery: Barley Brown’s Beer
Next time you’re in Baker City, Ore., stop by Barley Brown’s Beer (barleybrownsbeer. com) for a burger and a brew.
The microbrewery (2200 Main St.) has been putting out handcrafted beers in its taproom along the main drag in historic Baker City since 1998. You will find 22 taps flowing with Barley Brown’s brews, including Jubilee Golden Ale, Handtruck Pale Ale, Disorder Stout and a super-hoppy Forklift Double IPA, to name a few, as well as the award-winning and much-loved Pallet Jack.
The nearby restaurant (2190 Main St.) serves lots of beer-friendly food. Appetizers include deep-fried green beans, nachos and deep-fried pickles.
Besides salads, sandwiches and burgers, expect to find entrées such as bangers and mash, beer-battered halibut and chips, juicy steaks and grilled salmon.
The taproom is open 2 p.m. to close (late) daily, and the restaurant is open 4 to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
James Patrick Kelly, the Idaho Statesman’s restaurant critic, is the author of the travel guidebook, “Moon Idaho.” The latest edition hit the shelves earlier this year. Kelly also teaches journalism at Boise State University.