Sunday, August 5, 2018


By Bob Hubler

Here's the latest Idaho Brewery News featuring a bit about Idaho's Newest Breweries: Jim Dandy Brewing in Pocatello, and Idaho and Western Collective Brewing in Boise, Idaho.


First of all, I would highly recommend visiting this brewery if you ever visit Pocatello.  The ambiance is incredible.  The crowd was made up of old, young and children, too;  but no dogs unless they are service dogs, of course.  Opened on July 4th, this place has quickly become a favorite hang out for many of the patrons that I talked to.  When we visited, they  only had three of their own beers on tap, because they can't keep up with the demand.  But they have a solution; a new fermentor is on the way which will allow them to increase their production.  

Their goal is to have ten of their own beers on tap to give everyone a chance to drink their favorite style of beer.  I really liked their Hazy IPA, it was one of the best I have tried since the style came into vogue.

Jim Dandy is the newest member of the Idaho Brewers United.

From the outside, you would never guess that a beautiful tap room and brew house was hidden inside the Jim Dandy Brewing building.

The Entrance to the Brewery
The Jim Dandy Brewery is the brainchild of owners Davis Gove and Hailee Matkin.  Both Davis and Hailee brew the beer that they sell.  Hailee, who has a degree in micro biology, is the second woman brewer in Pocatello, following the footsteps of Penny Pink, owner and operator of the Portneuf Valley Brewery.

Both Davis and Hailee grew up in Pocatello, but honed their brewing skills at breweries in Washington and Montana.  Now they are back in their hometown with a brand new state of the art brew house and tap room.

Davis and Hailee, Owners and Brewers

The inside of the brewery reflects the railroad theme of the surrounding area, once knows as the Iron Triangle. For the last hundred plus years, this area was filled with railroad workers.  The brewery was named in honor of the past Jim Dandy Bar (and brothel) that took care of many  of those rail road workers.
The Railroad light above the bar

View of the front room of the  tap house.

Customer view of the brew house

Hailee's brother, Matt pours beer behind the bar

Note the Railroad Spike Tap Handles
A food truck conveniently located next the back patio

The back patio for outdoor eating and drinking

Read the local paper's story on the Jim Dandy Brewery from the link below.


Idaho State Journal Story



We visited the new Western Collective Brewing temporary Tap House on the soft opening.  We met Cary Hampton Prewitt, his fiance Melissa, and Head Brewer Keith Forsgren; all new to Boise.  Guns and Oil beer is celebrating their Five Year Anniversary, but they have always had to contract other breweries to brew their beer.  This will be their first production brewery.

Head Brewer Keith, Owner Cary and his Fiance Melissa
This new Garden City brewery will be the production brewery for all the Guns and Oil beer, mainly distributed in Texas, but also on tap in many local restaurants in Boise.  They currently ship their beer back to Texas to be canned and distributed, put plan to add their own canning line in Boise in the near future.

Guns and Oil Brewing is all about Lagers, but the brewery in Garden City will feature special beers for the taphouse only.  Wyatt Hazy IPA was introduced last Friday with more diverse beer to be released in the coming days at the brewery taphouse.

Check them out, they are a Beer Buddies Hub.

Great Tap Handle

You can watch the Brewers Work

The patio is open for your drinking pleasure

This area will become the future Tap Room

Bob Hubler and Don Larsen discuss the opening with Cary.

Lots of Room for Future Expansion


Words and Deeds



Long Drop Cider is making cider at their tap room on Fulton Street in Boise.
Check out their kettles and fermentors on your next visit to their Tap Room.

Two kettles and two fermentors from right to left.

Get your fresh cider by the glass here




I talked to several people at the Magic Valley Beer Fest and they agree KOTO Brewing could open next week or next month.  Apparently, they are ready to brew, but are waiting  for all the licensing to be complete.  Follow them on their facebook page for the latest updates



Thursday, July 12, 2018


By Bob Hubler

Idaho could boast a total of 61 breweries at the beginning of 2018 including Heavens Gate in Riggins that did not make my 2017 year end list.  We have added FIVE more breweries since then and one brewery has reopened with a new location and new owners.


New owners Jeff and Maerene Cutler unite with the former Crooked Fence Head Brewer, Jeff Winn to bring back some of Boise's favorite Beers.  Jeff and Maerene moved the 15 bbl brewing system back to Garden City from the Crooked Flats Highway 16 location.  The new address for the brewery and taproom is 5220 North Sawyer Avenue in Garden City only a coupe of blocks from their original location.

Jeff and Maerene want all the old customers to know that they will continue to honor their Crooked Fence Club Cards.  They also plan to add sandwiches to the menu soon.

New Owner Jeff Cutler prepares to fill a Growler
Crooked Fence will have a Grand Opening on Friday, July 20th from 3:00 to 10:00


Words and Deeds



Jim Dandy Brewing has opened a brewery and tap house.  They will rely on food trucks to serve food for their patrons.  They will become Pocatello's second brewery located just a half mile north of the Portneuf Valley Brew Pub that opened in 1996.


This brewery actually opened in 2017.  Heavens Gate Brewery was opened in late Spring of 2017 by Paul Gatti who is also the brewer.  The Taproom for the brewery is located in Summervilles Bar & Cafe.




Hardware Brewing was opened in March of 2018 by Doug and Christine Lohman.




Priest Lake Brewing opened at the beginning of July.




Utara Brewing Company is currently brewing beer and will begining serving their own beer in their Brew Pub in the next few weeks.  This unique brewery will  the brewery #65 in active Idaho Breweries.  Utara is unique among most craft breweries in that it well serve India Cuisine instead of the normal burgers that most brew pubs serve.  There beer will also be unique as they will brew English Style Ales.   I assume that an India Pale Ale will be one of their offerings.


The long awaited Guns and Oil Brewery is brewing and preparing to open the Tap Room around the end of July.  You will remember this location from the days when Payette Brewing brewed their beer there.




Koto Brewing in Twin Falls Idaho.  My latest response from the Koto Brewing owner when I asked about an opening date was "best we can say is soon".  So I think they will be open by the end of Summer.



I visited Bru on Tuesday tried out their pour your own beer system.  I was impressed.  I just tried a few ounces of several beers.    Total Cost $3.07!  It was easy and I really like the Idaho Only concept.
I will be taking my out of town visitors here to show off this unique venue.


Words And Deeds



I visited Hops and Bottles on opening day.  This  Boise's first true bottle shop that does not sell Brew supplies or food.  With nearly 400 beer choices, it will be the place to go as new beers appear in Idaho.  I like that you can grab a beer out of the cooler and drink it there along with the many beers on tap.  Go down and visit Mark and Barley and get your favorite beer.


Words And Deeds









Check the Idaho Breweries list to see the list of potential new Idaho Breweries.

List of All Idaho Breweries

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Latest Brewery Updates as of January 31, 2018

by Bob Hubler

Photo of Coeur d'Alene from the Beer d'Alene website

I have received a lot of input over the last several weeks about new breweries in Northern Idaho.

First of all, I would like everyone to check out Beer d' Alene,   This is a new website created by Russell Mann to track the craft breweries in the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho area.  Also check out the companion Facebook Group Page.  Russell was kind enough to provide me with information about two new breweries slated to open up in 2018.  He also let me know that the Down Draft Brewing has re-opened under new management.

Check the list below of potential up and coming Idaho breweries including Bent Tree Brewing in Athol and Westwood Brewing in Rathburn.  Thanks to Steve Armstrong, I have also added Clearwater Brewing in Kamiah.  Special Thanks to Sheila Francis for telling me about the Matchwood Brewing and Utara Brewing both coming to Sandpoint.  While researching breweries in Sandpoint, I found another planned brewery, Roots & Shoots Brewing.

Table of Idaho Breweries planning to open in the future.  New Additions in bold.

# # Brewery Name (Website) Idaho Location Brewery Type Facebook  Plan to Open
? ? Hardware Brewing Kendrick Brew Pub Facebook 2018
? ? Koto Brewing Twin Falls 2018
? ? Bent Tree Brewing Athol Facebook 2018
? ? Westwood Brewing Rathdrum Facebook 2018
? ? Guns and Oil Boise Tap Room 2018
? ? Danelion Brewery Melba Facebook 2018
? ? Spring Creek Brewing Boise Area Brew Pub Facebook 2018
? ? Utara Brewing Sandpoint Brew Pub Facebook 2018
? ? Matchwood Brewing Sandpoint ???? Facebook 2018
? ? Roots & Shoots Brewing Sandpoint ???? Facebook 2018
? ? 2C Family Brewing Nampa  Tap Room  2018
? ? No Name Brewery Caldwell Tap Room 2018
? ? Works Progress Administration Boise   Brew Pub Facebook 2019
? ? Clearwater Brewing Kamiah Tap House Facebook 2019
? ? Black Bird Brewing  Boise Area  Tap Room Facebook 2019
? ? Charter's House Brewing  Boise Area  Tap Room Facebook 2019
? ? Summit Ridge Brewing Boise Area Facebook 2019
? ? Accomplice Brewing  Boise Area  Tap Room Facebook 2019
? ? Simian Brewing Boise Area Facebook 2019
? ? Soldier Creek Brewing Fairfield Brew Pub Facebook 2022

Clearwater Brewing is currently a 30 tap Tap House.  They do not brew beer on premise, but have plans to have their own brewery in the future.

Bent Tree Brewing is planning to be a nano-brewery in the small town of Athol, Idaho.  They are in the early stages of getting permits and ordering equipment.

Westwood Brewing is a currently restaurant and bar.   They plan to build the brewery addition in 2018.  They currently serve liquor, beer and wine. 

Matchwood Brewing is in the building stages and will open in 2018 in Sandpoint.

Utara Brewing is also in Sandpoint.  They also have a restaurant specializing in Indian food and English style beer.

Roots & Shoots Brewing will become another Sandpoint brewery specializing in Gluten Free beer.


Also Check out the Complete List  of Idaho Breweries.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Idaho Craft Breweries Opened Since 1984
 #  # Brewery Name (Website) Idaho Location Date Opened Head Brewer's/Owners
1 X Snake River Brewing Caldwell 1984-1991 Tim Batt Owner/Brewer
2 1 Sun Valley Brewing Company Hailey 1986-Present Sean Flynn
3 X T. W Fishers Coeur d' Alene 1987-1999 Chris Patterson
4 X Brownstone Restaurant & Brewhouse Idaho Falls 1987-2010
5 2 Grand Teton Brewing Victor 1988-Present Various
6 X Table Rock BrewPub Boise 1991-2014 Terry Dennis - First Brewer
7 3 Highlands Hollow Brewhouse Boise 1992-Present Chris Compton
8 X Thunder Mountain Brewery Ketchum 1993-2003
9 4 McCall Brewing Company McCall 1994-Present Tom Cash,Edgar Newstadt
10 X Treaty Grounds BrewPub Moscow 1994-2003
11 X Star Garnett Brewery Boise 1995-1998 DeWain Hughes
12 5 Ram Restaurant & Brewery Boise 1995-Present Jake
13 X Gem State Brewing Caldwell 1996-1998? Wayne Wright
14 X Hollister Mountain Brewing Co Coeur d' Alene 1996-2001
15 6 Bertram's Salmon Valley Brewery Salmon 1998-Present Nick Bertram
16 X Coeur d'Alene Brewing Company Coeur d' Alene 1999-2010  CDA/TWF History
17 7 River Bend Brewing  Hailey 2001-Present Chris Harding
18 8 Portneuf Valley Brewing Pocatello 2002-Present Penny Pink
19 X Idaho Brewing Co (Dr Hops) Idaho Falls 2002-2009?
20 9 Sockeye Brewing Boise 2003-Present Josh King, Kevin Bolen
21 10 Wildlife Brewing & Pizza Victor 2003-Present Ric Harmon
22 11 Laughing Dog Brewing Sandpoint 2005-Present Fred Colby
23 12 Mick Duff's Brewing Sandpoint 2006-Present Mick and Duffy Mahoney
24 X Pend Oreille Brewing Co Sandpoint  2007-2009
25 13 MJ Barleyhoppers Brewing  Lewiston 2008
26 14 Salmon River Brewery McCall 2008 Matt Ganz, Matt Hurlbutt
27 15 Wallace Brewing Company Wallace 2008
28 X Muggers BrewPub Twin Falls 2008-2011
29 16 Idaho Brewing Company Idaho Falls 2009
30 17 Crescent Brewery Nampa 2009 Jerry Fergusson 
31 18 Von Scheidt Brewing Twin Falls 2009 Patrick Scheidt
32 19 Kootenai River Brewing Co. Bonners Ferry 2010
33 20 Payette Brewing Company Boise 2010 Mike Francis, Ian Fuller 
34 X Trail Creek Brewing Twin Falls 2011-2012
35 21 North Idaho Mountain Brew Wallace 2011 Mark Burmeister
36 X Biplane Brewing Company Post Falls 2011-2014
37 22 Sawtooth Brewery Ketchum 2011 Paul Holle & Rob Curnutt
38 X Moscow Brewing Co. Moscow 2012-2016
39 X Kilted Dragon Brewing Boise 2012-2014 Cory Matteucci/Jeremy Canning
40 23 Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company Post Falls  2012 Jeff Whitman
41 24 River of No Return Brewing Challis  2012
42 25 Crooked Fence Brewing Boise 2012 Kris Price
43 X Slanted Rock Brewing Company Meridian 2012 Bob Lonseth
44 26 Snow Eagle Brewing Idaho Falls 2012
45 27 Sockeye Production Brewery Boise 2012
46 28 Trickster Brewing Coeur d' Alene 2012 Matt Morrow
47 29 10 Barrel Brewing Boise 2013 Shawn Kelso
48 X Slate Creek Brewing Coeur d' Alene 2013
49 30 Wolf track Brewing Cottonwood 2013 John Candalot
50 31 Broken Horn Brewery McCall 2013 Kalen Dodge 
51 X Leaky Faucet Brewing McCall 2013-2016 August Wheeler
52 X Haff Brewing Boise 2014-2015 Brian Haff
53 32 Woodland Empire Ale Craft Boise 2014 Rob Landerman
54 33 Edge Brewery Boise 2014 Brian
55 34 Cloud 9 Brewery Boise 2014 Jake Lake
56 35 Mad Bomber Brewing Hayden 2014 Tom Applegate
57 36 Paragon Brewing Coeur d' Alene 2014
58 37 Trestle Brewing Company Ferdinand 2014
59 X Down Draft Post Falls 2014-2017 Brayman/Garrett
60 38 Boise Brewing Boise 2014 Lance Chavez
61 39 Bear Island Brewing Co. Boise 2014 Beth Bechtel
62 X Post Modern Brewers Boise
Marvin Kinney
63 40 Bella Brewing Boise 2015
64 41 Daft Badger Brewing Coeur d' Alene 2015 Jake Capaul
65 42 County Line Brewing Boise 2015 Zack Kiehl
66 43 Warfield Distillery & Brewery Ketchum 2015
67 44 Barbarian Brewing Boise 2015 James Long & Bre Hovley
68 45 PowderHaus Brewing Boise 2015 Tyler Evens
69 46 Rants & Raves Moscow 2016 Tyler Hawkins
70 47 Magic Valley Brewing Buhl 2016 Rich White
71 48 Post Falls Brewing Post Falls 2016 Dan Stokes & Alex Sylvain
72 49 Hunga Dunga Brewing  Moscow 2016 Graham Lilly
73 50 Mother Earth Brew Co. Nampa 2016 Chris Baker
74 51 Mad Swede Brewing Boise 2016 Jerry Larson
75 52 Radio Brewing Co. Kellogg 2017 Fred Mehaffie and Ashley Malcolm
76 53 Moscow Brewing Co Moscow 2017 Andy Severson
77 54 Shattuck Brewery Elk River 2017
78 55 White Dog Brewing Boise  2017 Troy & Joe Moore/Dan Jordan
79 56 Clairvoyant Brewing Boise 2017 Eric Brooks
80 57 Lost Grove Brewing Boise 2017 Jake Black

Note the updated numbering system above.  The first column is the number of all Idaho breweries in the modern era (Post 1980). The second number is the list of Active Idaho Breweries.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


By Bob Hubler

What is on the horizon for Idaho breweries in 2018?  The following five breweries will most likely open in 2018.  All five are in various stages of construction:

# # Brewery Name (Website) Idaho Location Brewery Type Facebook Owners/Comment
81 58 Hardware Brewing Kendrick Brew Pub FB Currently Restaurant Only
82 59 Koto Brewing Twin Falls Brew Pub FB Shane Cook
83 60 Guns and Oil Boise Tap Room  Original Payette Brewery location
84 61 Danelion Brewing Melba Tap Room FB Nathan Guidinger
85 62 Spring Creek Brewing Boise Area Brew Pub FB Jeff Badigian/Marc Grubert

The Hardware Brewing Company was started by Doug and Christine Lohman.  They already have started their restaurant in a former Hardware store on Main Street Kendrick, Idaho and working hard to start brewing.  They could be serving their own beer as soon as March 2018.

The Koto Brewing Company aka "Twin Falls Brewing" aka "Nameless Brewing" is planning to open in the first quarter of 2018.  Shane Cook, the owner, currently operates a Coffee and Sandwich shop in Twin Falls.

Three of the new breweries will be in the Treasure Valley bringing the local brewery count to 25 breweries.  See the list at  Two of these breweries are being built from "ground up" like Powderhaus Brewing in Boise.

The Guns and Oil Brewing Company is an established brewing company out of Texas.  They currently brew their beer at other breweries.  They purchased the original Payette Brewing facility and are currently upgrading it to have a larger tap room.   The Guns and Oil Brewing Company specializes in lagers.  They will make a majority of lagers at their new production facility in Garden City

The Danelion Brewing Company is not on a lot of local craft beer fans radar.  This brewery is being built by Nathan Guidinger on his small farm near Melba, Idaho.  His building is  complete and most of his equipment has been delivered. He is building this brewery on his own.  All the work is being done by his friends and family.  So this brewery could be up and running in the second half of 2018 or the first half of 2019.

The Spring Creek Brewing Company is the brain child of Jeff Badigian and Marc Grubert.  This brewery is being built from the "ground up", meaning that they did not buy an existing building for their brewery.  Their brewery and pizzeria will be located in the Avimore Community just northwest of Boise.  They are currently seeking investors.  Check here for investment opportunities.  They also plan to open in the second half of 2018.

The Three Breweries below are still in the planning stages and will probably open after 2018:

# # Brewery Name (Website) Idaho Location Owners Comment
86 63 2C Family Brewing Nampa  Alvin Mullins Building Aquired
87 64 No Name Brewery Caldwell Tony Stewart Next to Stewart's Bar & Grill
88 65 Works Progress Administration Boise  Dave Krick


We are very sad to say goodbye to Bob Lonseth's Meridian brewery that will close at the end of January 2018.  Bob is optimistic that Slanted Rock Brewing will open again somewhere in the Treasure Valley.

Vinnie pouring beer in the last days of Slanted Rock Brewing


# # Brewery Name (Website) Idaho Location Head Brewer/Owner Comment
43 23 Slanted Rock Brewing Company Meridian Bob Lonseth  2012-2018

A Toast to our Favorite Slanted Rock Beers:












And it looks like big changes in our local cideries:

Meriwether Cider Company to open a Cider House in Downtown Boise:
Story Here

Longdrop Cider Company sold to Washington company:
Story Here


List of Idaho Breweries

List of Boise Area Breweries and Craft Beer Locations

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Monday, January 15, 2018



By Bob Hubler

When the Lost Grove Brewing brewery and tap room opened in Boise in 2017, they became the 80th brewery to open in the State of Idaho since 1984 when Tim Batt opened his Snake River Brewing brewery just west of Caldwell, Idaho.  Check out the current list of breweries in Idaho:  List of  Idaho Breweries

Idaho added six new breweries in 2017 albeit one brewery was a reopening of a brewery that closed the year before.  Moscow Brewing was the name of a brewery that operated in Moscow, Idaho from the 1882 until 1908.  Lucas Rate started a brewery in Moscow in 2013 and named it the "Moscow Brewing Company"  in honor of that first Moscow brewery.  His brewery shut down in 2016.
The Moscow Brewery reopened in June 2017 with new equipment and new owners.  See full story here.

New growth from old roots — Moscow Brewing Company grand reopening marks a continuation of a rich Moscow brewing history

The Radio Brewing Company became Kellogg's first brewery since the 1800's when it opened in April 2017.  They are a Brew Pub offering a full range of food to compliment their craft beer on tap. Check their blog out at

The Shattuck Brewery became Idaho's 77th brewery when it opened in Elk River, Idaho in 2017.  This very unique Idaho brewery is on the road to nowhere located just outside of Idaho's remote Elk River.  This area is known as a great area to hunt in the fall.  Nate Schwartz is the founder, owner and brew master.  He plans to keep his taproom closed in the Winter months.

Three new breweries opened in Boise in the last half on 2017.  Clairvoyant Brewing and Lost Grove Brewing opened in buildings that were converted to breweries, while White Dog Brewing opened at the Table Rock Brew Pub location.

Check out the list below for information on each of the new Idaho breweries:

75 55 Radio Brewing Co. Kellogg Brew Pub Facebook
76 56 Moscow Brewing Co Moscow Brew Pub Facebook
77 57 Shattuck Brewery Elk River Tap Room  Facebook
78 58 White Dog Brewing Boise   Tap Room Facebook
79 59 Clairvoyant Brewing Boise  Tap Room Facebook
80 60 Lost Grove Brewing Boise  Tap Room Facebook

It is always sad to see any brewery close it's doors.  Both of the breweries that closed down in 2017 were from North Idaho, just a few miles from each other. Click on the links below for their stories.

48 21 Slate Creek Brewing Coeur d' Alene Tap Room 2012-2017
59 22 Down Draft Brewing  Post Falls Tap Room 2014-2017

That's a wrap on the 2017 Idaho Brewery News.

The next BoiseBeerCulture Blog will be the forecast of the Idaho new brewery openings in 2018.