Friday, September 22, 2017

Clairvoyant Brewing Becomes the 22nd Brewery in the Treasure Valley

by Bob Hubler

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Clairvoyant Brewing opened it's doors to the public last Friday, September 22, 2017, becoming the 59th Active Brewery in Idaho and the 22nd Brewery in the Treasure Valley (if you include Ontario, Oregon).  The blog I wrote two weeks ago was about White Dog Brewing and I claimed that they were the 57th Brewery in Idaho, failing to count the Shattuck Brewery in Elk River, Idaho. So White Dog Brewing was actually the 58th Brewery in Idaho.

Mike Edmondson actually opened the doors to Clairvoyant Brewery for the very first time on Thursday, September 14th to the members of the Snake River Brewers homebrew club with an offering of four of their beers and giving the members a tour of the Clairvoyant 7 bbl brew system. He described it as being a "hands on" brew system without any automation.  It takes a lot of attention to brew 210 gallons of beer and it is a long brew day.

Mike behind the bar at Clairvoyants soft opening for the Snake River Brewers Club

Mike giving tour of the 7 bbl Brew System

It was a "Long and Winding Road" for Mike Edmondson, Ryan Kowalczyk and Tim Carter as their original target date for opening their brewery was way back in 2015.  Once they found their location and drew up their original plans, many changes pushed back their opening.

They originally were going to occupy half the the former garage/car repair shop at 2800 West Idaho street in Boise and brew their beer on a 2.5 beer barrel system.  After the business that was set to occupy the other half of their building pulled out, they decided to continue their plans, but now they would occupy the whole building and build a 7 bbl brew system.

Clairvoyant already had three competent brewers, but all of them had full time jobs.  The decision was made to add a full time brewer.  The following is a short story about their full time head brewer from their website:

Head Brewer, Eric Brooks 

Originally from Rockville, Maryland, Eric moved to Colorado after college to study and brew craft beer. There he met his fiancee Lindsey, a native Idahoan, who also worked in the craft beer industry. After having a baby named Madison, Lindsey and Eric decided it was time to move back home to her family in Boise.
Eric has been in the beer industry for almost 8 years. He brings his craft beer knowledge, artistry and practical skill to your pint glass. He enjoys brewing stouts, kettle sours, and non-traditional experimental beers. He also has a solid foundation in brewing the traditional favorites. 

Clairvoyant Brewing is located about a mile west of Boise City Center and just a few blocks from the Ester Simplot Water Park. It is a short walk for many customers in the neighborhood of 27th street and State Street.  There is very little parking in the brewery parking lot, but many of their regular customers will probably be able to walk or bike the short distance to this neighborhood pub.  There is a lot of on street parking in a two block radius of the brewery also.

Clairvoyant has a taproom but no restaurant.  It will rely on food trucks like many other Boise area breweries.

Statesman Video Story about Clairvoyant from 2016


The Shattuck Brewery

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And now a little bit about the brewery that I overlooked earlier.

Idaho's 58th active brewery is easily the most remote brewery in the state.  It is about 50 miles east of Moscow, Idaho, nearly an hour & half drive through the scenic mountains.  It has a 10 bbl brew system.  Owner/Brewer Nate Schwartz is very proud of the pure mountain water that he uses to brew his wide variety of beer for the locals and the tourists.

The Current list of Treasure Valley Breweries

*Breweries with Food  #Breweries with Tap Rooms

  1. Highlands Hollow* - Boise
  2. Sockeye BrewPub* - 2 Locations - Boise
  3. The RAM - 2 locations* - Boise & Meridian
  4. Crescent Brewery# - Nampa
  5. Beer Valley Brewing Company- Ontario, OR
  6. Payette Brewing# - Boise
  7. Crooked Fence Brewing - Ada County
  8. Slanted Rock# - Meridian
  9. 10 Barrel Brewing* - Boise
  10. Woodland Empire Ale Craft# - Boise
  11. Edge Brewing* - Boise
  12. Cloud Nine* - Boise
  13. Boise Brewing#- Boise
  14. Bear Island Brewing - Boise
  15. Bella Brewing#  - Boise
  16. County Line Brewery# - Boise
  17. Barbarian Brewing# - Boise 
  18. Powderhaus Brewing# - Boise 
  19. Mother Earth Brewing# - Nampa
  20. Mad Swede Brewing# - Boise 
  21. White Dog Brewing* - Boise
  22. Clairvoyant Brewing# - Boise



  1. Lost Grove Brewing - Boise October 2017
  2. Spring Creek Brewing - 2018
  3. New Caldwell Brewery at Stewarts - 2018
  4. 2C Family Brewing - Nampa - 2018
  5. Black Bird Brewing - 2019
  6. Charters House Brewing - 2019
  7. Summit Ridge Brewery  - 2019
  8. Accomplice Brewing - 2019
  9. Simian Brewing - 2019
  10. Dandelion Brewing - 2019
  11. WPA - 2019


Latest Idaho Breweries List

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