A look back on the 12 new breweries that opened in Idaho in 2018 and other big events in the Craft Beer Scene in Idaho.
Read about the first 9 breweries in Part 1!
Since Part 1 was published, I have found 3 additional Idaho Breweries that should have been included in the year end blog. Actually Sheila Francis found them and passed on the information to me. Many Thanks Sheila.
Idaho Currently has 70 active breweries. In the last 34 years, 92 breweries have opened and 22 have closed.
Check out my List Of Idaho Breweries.
Check out The Idaho Brewers United List of Idaho Breweries.
GARDEN CITY BREWERY CHANGES OWNERSHIP
62 BELLA BREWING IN GARDEN CITY
On December 27th, 2018, Bella Brewing was purchased by Marc Impastato and Chuck Bannock.
Head Brewer Rahn Thomas will continue brewing the Bella Beers and name Bella Brewing will remain the same. As you may recall, this brewery was opened as the Haff Brewery by Brian Haff, and was later purchased by Tom Dey, who changed the name to Bella Brewing.
|Chuck Bannock & Marc (Moose) Impastato|
THREE MORE NEW BREWERIES THAT OPENED IN 2018:
90 TETON THAI IN DRIGGS
The owners of Teton Thai, Ryan Haworth and Peter Smith, have opened a small brewery and tasting room in Driggs, just down the hall from their Thai restaurant and sushi bar.
91 KASSIANA IN BURLEYBrek Pilling and Brian Tibbets wanted to bring and upscale restaurant and event center to downtown Burley, Idaho. That restaurant is the Kassiania Restaurant, Bakery, and Events specializing in with exceptional food and live music. They also have a micro-brewery that supplies their restaurants with hand-crafted beer brewed by two brothers that learned to brew beer in Germany. The restaurant with brewer opened in November 2018 becoming Burley's first brewery in the modern era.
92 CRAFT BREWERS IN BOISE
Craft Brewers of Boise is a Bottle Shop and Tap room featuring a walk-in cooler. They also sell home brew supplies. Opened by Eli Taylor, a long time Boise homebrewer. You may notice a familiar face when you visit. Jeremy Jones now calls Craft Brewers of Boise his home away from home.
And they are also a licensed brewery that will serve the beer they brew on site with budding home brewers. Great way to start your home brewing hobby with your beer on tap for all your friends to share.
|From left to right: Levi, Jeremy, and Marjorie|
TWO MORE IDAHO BREWERIES CLOSED IN 2018
25 MJ BARLEY HOPPERS IN LEWISTON
MJ Barley Hoppers ceased brewery operations, but continues on at the Red Lion Motel as a Sports Bar.
56 TRESTLE BREWING IN FERDINANDThis little brew pub known for their finger steaks is still open, but took a hiatus from brewing in 2018. Watch for their return to brewing in 2019.