Tuesday, February 9, 2021

IDAHO BREWERIES WITH SECOND LOCATIONS


by Bob Hubler

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There are Thirty Craft Breweries currently operating in the Treasure Valley ranging from the very small breweries like Parma Ridge and the Gerald Turner Brewery to the large production breweries like Mother Earth, Payette and Sockeye. Eight of those breweries have added second locations or moved to a second location.  Three of those breweries moved to Idaho from other states. Two of those breweries plan to open a second location in downtown Boise within the next year. The latest breweries to add a second location are Loose Screw and Mad Swede.

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LOOSE SCREW BEER CO. MERIDIAN LOCATION

The new Loose Screw Brewery in Meridian opened Friday, February 5, 2021.  This location will be a "Meridian Community Gathering Center" featuring live entertainment.  It is a brewery with a tap house.  Owners Chris and Bethany Hughes have a opened a gathering place for families and dogs, which include a game area, rest area with couches and television to watch your favorite sports all while drinking your favorite Loose Screw Beer.  Marcos Moss, head brewer, will split his time between the original Garden City and new Meridian location.  Marcos is one of the best brewers in the valley!!

Loose Screw is the first brewery to move from Boise/Garden City to the Meridian area, since the RAM did it twenty five years ago.  But the RAM did not move any of the  brewing operations to Meridian, while Loose Screw's new location IS a brewery.

My wife and I went to the opening on Friday at noon to meet a few friends and check out the new Loose Screw Tap House and Brewery.  They have a very friendly staff that took our orders (flights all around) and talked about their new jobs at Loose Screw.  We had a great time visiting with the owners and talking about the next steps for their new location.  Chris said they still needed to add a side opening to access the patio along the East side of the building.  He also said that they would add some more capacity to the current brewing equipment.

My buddy, Mike, went next door to Jersey Mike's and returned with some great subs to eat at our tables there.  Did I mention that patrons are welcome to bring in their own food?  I should also mention that Loose Screw shares an outdoor patio with Delsa's Ice Cream Parlour.  Delsa's is a long time institution in Boise formerly located just south of Capitol High School.

While we were there, I met a guy who came to Loose Screw on a skate board from a area subdivision.  I envy all those live close to this "Meridian Community Gathering Center".  To the south, there are people that have backyards that border the tap house.  They literally can open their sliding glass door and walk a hundred feet to get a Loose Screw beer.

I should mention that in addition to their own great beer, they also serve wine, cider and seltzers.  

P.S. Not only is Loose Screw a Beer Buddies Hub, they also sell Boise Beer Buddies Memberships.


Website


Entrance



The Loose Screw Crew


Lounge Area


The Brewing Equipment

The Game Area

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MAD SWEDE BREWING TAP HOUSE IN DOWNTOWN BOISE

Located next door to 10 Barrel Brewing and across the street from City Peanut Shop, this cozy Brew Pub reminiscent of a coffeehouse, serves Mad Swedish Meatballs and New Zealand Hand Pies along with their excellent Mad Swede Beer and Seltzers.

Mad Swede Beer Hall will feature local  live entertainment.  In addition to their own beer and seltzers, they will also serve wine and hard ciders. 

With the addition of the Mad Swede Beer Hall, the Boise Pub Crawl becomes a lot more interesting.

My wife and I visited the week of their opening enjoyed a flight of their best beer while visiting with their staff.  This a great location and perfect place to stop for Dinner while visiting downtown.  Did I mention the beer?  Jerry Larson is a great brewer who took his skill set developed homebrewing and transitioned to a great commercial  brewer who brews some amazing beer.

Congratulations Jerry and Susie on your new venture.

And don't forget to use your Boise Beer Buddies card here to get that $1.00 discount off your first pint.


Now Open

The Entrance


Boise Weekly Story

Boise DEV Story

Website

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OTHER TREASURE VALLEY BREWERIES THAT ADDED SECOND LOCATIONS

Edge Brewing Pub on 10th

Edge Brewing opened it's Boise Downtown Brew Pub in 2019.  This location is a restaurant that serves their beer that continues to be brewed at their original location on Steelhead Way.

Barbarian Brewing

Barbarian Brewing opened it's Boise Downtown location in 2017.  All of their beer is still brewed at their original Garden City location.

Bear Island Brewing

Bear Island Brewing opened their first Tap House in Fire Station #9 in late 2018.  Most of their beer is currently brewed at their new location.  Their first location was a brewery in their double car garage at their house.  They became a Brew Pub in 2020 adding a food menu.

Sockeye Brew Pub

Sockeye Brewing started their brewing operations on Federal Way in Boise before opening their Brew Pub on Curtis in the former Peg Leg Annies location.  Sockeye Brewing opened their third location on Fairview Ave in Boise.  Their Fairview location houses a much larger brewery and restaurant.  Their Curtis location closed in 2019.

Crescent Brewing

Crescent Brewing was started by Jerry Fergusson in a small building on Karcher Road near the Sugar Beet Factory.  It soon moved to it's current location near the south end of the 16th Street Overpass.

Payette Brewing

Mike Francis started in Payette Brewery on 33rd street in Garden City.  Payette added their second location on River Street in Boise a few years later.  Payette Brewing eventually sold the Garden City site to Western Collective Brewing.

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OUT OF STATE BREWERIES THAT OPENED A SECOND LOCATION IN IDAHO

10 Barrel Brewing

10 Barrel Brewing opened their first location in Bend, Oregon.  The Boise location was their second location.  

Mother Earth Brewing

Mother Earth Brewing started out in Vista, California before opening a second location in Nampa, Idaho.  Their Nampa location is a production brewery with a small tap room. There is a current rumor that Mother Earth is planning to open a Taproom in Downtown Boise.

Boise DEV Story

Western Collective

Western Collective started out as Guns & Oil Brewing Co. based in Texas.  They changed their name to Western Collective when they opened their new brewery in Garden City, Idaho.  They are planning to open a second location at 610 W. Idaho street.  Their new location will be dubbed "Western Social" and they will serve the beer brewed at their Garden City Brewery.

KTVB Story

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Monday, December 28, 2020

2020, THE COVID YEAR IN REVIEW

 TEN NEW BREWERIES OPENED IN 2020

Bud and Greta Mohr at Idaho's newest brewery


by Bob Hubler

The Year 2020 will always remembered as the COVID Year.  The year that the government shut down small businesses to attempt to control the COVID Pandemic.  Many small businesses did not survive the shutdowns and there will be more that will fail in 2021 due to the impact of the COVID Pandemic. Please remember to support your local breweries!

SURPRISINGLY TEN NEW IDAHO BREWERIES OPENED IN 2020

100 Eight Twelve Main Brewery in Caldwell
101 Groundwork Brewing in Lewiston
102 Off The Rails Brewing in Pocatello
103 Loose Screw Beer Co. in Garden City (formerly Bella Brewing)
104 Trails End Brewery in  Coeur d'Alene
105 Spring Creek Brewing Company North of Eagle
106 Blue Pit Brewing in Mountain Home
107 Idaho Farm House Ales in Shelley (No Tap House)
108 Star Route Brewing in Pocatello
109 Twisted District Brew Co. in Garden City

The numbering system above is based on the number of total breweries opened in Idaho during the Craft Brewing Era.   Idaho started 2020 with 73 active brewers and ended the year with 81 active breweries for a net gain of 8 breweries.  Two Breweries closed during the year and Bella Brewing added new owners and became Loose Screw Beer Co.

THE LIST OF BREWERIES THAT CLOSED IN 2020:

16 Bertram's Salmon Valley Brewing in Salmon
31 Von Scheidt' Brewing in Twin Falls

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SUMMARY OF THE IDAHO BREWERY ACTIVITY IN  2020


  The Treasure Valley now has 29 breweries with two more ready to open in 2021, but the biggest brewery boom is in Eastern Idaho where Pocatello now has 4 breweries within one mile of one another.  Two years ago, there was only Penny Pink's Portneuf Valley Brewing.  Forty five minutes to north, Idaho Falls has 3 breweries and another forty five minutes to the east of Idaho Falls, there are two breweries in Victor and another two breweries in Driggs. Teton County in southeast Idaho can claim the most breweries per capita with a brewery for every 3,000 people. 

North Idaho has two new breweries bringing the number of their total breweries to 29 tied for the most with Southwestern Idaho.   Lewiston has a brewery again with the  addition of Groundwork Brewing.  They lost MJ Barley Hoppers in 2018.

Idaho added 75 new breweries in the last decade while closing 15 breweries over the same period.  Only 21 breweries open today started pouring their beer before this decade. Idaho has approximately one brewery for every 22,000 people living in Idaho.  That puts Idaho in the top ten states by brewery per capita.

The question is "Are there enough breweries in Idaho or are there too many?"  I know Eagle needs a brewery and Caldwell could use another Brewery.  How about Meridian?  I think there is still room for new breweries in the state and I am really looking forward to a new brewery near Melba.  Is this the year that it opens?

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CURRENT LIST OF IDAHO BREWERIES

List of Idaho Breweries - Includes a list of every craft beer brewery  that has opened in Idaho since Time Batt's Snake River Brewery between Caldwell and Notus.  Also includes a complete list of all the breweries that have opened and closed in that time.  There is a list of breweries that plan to open in the near future too.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

IDAHO BREWERY #109 TWISTED DISTRICT BREW CO

TWISTED DISTRICT BREW CO IN GARDEN CITY

By Bob Hubler

Ed Danti and Greta Mohr opened Idaho's 109th Brewery on Friday,  December 18, 2020.  Twisted District becomes the Treasure Valley's 29th brewery and the 81st Idaho brewery currently  in operation.  It also fills the gap between Western Collective and Loose Screw in Garden City.  Garden City now has 7 breweries, but only one Brew Pub!  That would be Twisted District Brew which has a kitchen.

This brewery is the most unique brewery in Idaho as the beer is actually brewed in New Zealand and Germany.  The wort is then sent to Bud Mohr where he ferments it in one of his four 5BBL fermentors.  Bud also dry hops the soon to be beer.  That means their German style beer really was brewed in Germany.  Bud works with the foreign brewers to develop the recipes for the beer brewed over there. You can't get that anywhere else in Idaho.

Twisted District Brew Co is the 11th Brew Pub in the valley which means they serve food from their own kitchen.  Twisted District is Garden Cities only Brew Pub. They have no grill, so no burgers or fries,  but a decent array of Dogs, Salads, Briskets, and Chili.  Check out their menu here.

I had the Buffalo Brat which was excellent and my wife had the deviled eggs that were very good too.  Buddy Mike really liked the Guinness Beer Brat.

Twisted District will open at 11:00 7 Days a week.  Check their facebook page for closing times.

P.S.  These guys are a Beer Buddies Hub

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Bud Mohr, Head Brewer


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This brewery is a family affair with one of the co-owners, Greta working with her son, Bud, the Brewer.

Brewer Bud Mohr with his mother, Greta Mohr

The other owner is Ed Danti, Greta's boyfriend.
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Check the Flight Holders in the photos below:

Bud preparing flights of his beer

Bud serving the Beer flights to customers


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The brewery has no HTL, Mash Tun, nor Brew Kettle.  It has four 5BBL refrigerated Fermenters.  I asked Bud if there were any plans in the future to brew their own wort.  He told me probably not, as they were very happy with the current plan.

Front View of the Fermentors

Side View of the Fermentors

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Twisted District Brew Co. is another great addition to Brewers Row in Garden City.

Twisted District Webpage

Twisted District Facebook

Current List of Idaho Breweries

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The Star Route Brewery opened in Pocatello about a week prior to the opening of the Twisted District Brew Co.  

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

BLUE PIT BREWING IN MOUNTAIN HOME

By Bob Hubler

Blue Pit Brewing becomes the 106th Idaho Brewery to open since breweries returned to Idaho in 1984.  They become the 78th Active Brewery in Idaho.

Jeff Paradis, an Air Force Veteran, and his wife Melissa realized their dream on Friday, October 16th as their brewery (formerly a tattoo shop) opened to the thirsty patrons of Mountain Home.  The Mayor and City Council were there for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00,  the doors were then open to the public.

Mountain Home gets their first brewery! Located downtown, Blue Pit Brewery will certainly help revitalize downtown Mountain Home.

We arrived at 4:30 and milled around with other anxious customers awaiting their chance to drink a few brews from the new brewery.  We met up with Stacy from Boise Beer Buddies and talked about the excitement surrounding the new brewery.  As the clock counted down to 5:00, the ribbon was there and the scissors, but no mayor.   In the nick of time the mayor arrived, gave a short speech welcoming the new business to downtown, the ribbon was cut and the crowd poured in to the new brewery.

We found a small table (whiskey barrel) to sit at and watched as the noisy crowd fill up the new venue.
I ordered the porter for my wife and the IPA for me.  A little later we ordered the flight so we could try all five of the beers on tap.

List of Beers on Tap:
  • Gunfighter Blonde
  • The Shocker (JalapeƱo)
  • Wonder Dog Rye Pale
  • Lucky Dog IPA 
  • Pit bull Porter

In a few weeks a sixth beer, a Belgian Triple, will be added to the tap list.

The Food Truck was conveniently located in the alley behind the brewery, easily accessible by the back door.  Friday's Food Truck was Main Street Tacos.  I ordered tacos and they paired well with my IPA.

While enjoying our beer and tacos Nelda, Stacy and I were joined by Matt Roth, a local member of the Air Force and a Craft Beer fan.  Matt is part of the Hops News group that vlogs about craft brewing across the nation.  Matt is the Northwest representative.

Overall, our group had a great time.  The people of Mountain Home will love this place and if you are passing through, make sure to stop and try some Blue Pit Beer.




The new sign out front

The Front Entrance



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People wait for the ribbon cutting ceremony:



Here come the Scissors

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The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Complete with a speech from the mayor.


Jeff and Melissa Cutting the ribbon







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The Interior of the Brewery is set up for 50% capacity to allow for social distancing during the COVID restrictions.


Our Whiskey Barrel Table







Bob and Stacy ordering their beer



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You can buy a flight of their beer served on the fancy flight tray.




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Check out the photos of the Seven BBL Brewing System







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Remember:  Blue Pit Brewing is the latest Boise Beer Buddies Hub.  Use your Boise Beer Buddies card to receive a dollar off of your first pint.


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Blue Pit Brewing on Social Media

Untappd

Facebook


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Friday, August 14, 2020

AUGUST 2020 BIT & PIECES - IDAHO BREWERIES

By Bob Hubler

MIDYEAR UPDATE ON WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH IDAHO BREWERIES

LOCAL BREWERIES WITH UPDATE STORIES

2C Family Brewing in Nampa adds new outdoor seating in front of the brewery.  Great place to sit outside and watch all the people walking around downtown Nampa while drinking beer and eating a chorizo.


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Bear Island Brewery becomes a Brew Pub with the addition of Food Menus

Beth and Steve opened their small production brewery in 2014.


Beth and Steve in their garage brewery

Brewery in the Garage
 

After years of searching,  they found Fire House #6, a perfect location for a brewery.  They opened their new tap house in 2019, but were unable to use their new brewery equipment until July 2020 due to government paperwork.

The new Fire House  Brew Pub

Recently, they turned their brewery and tap house into a Brew Pub with the addition of a food menu.  Matt Gelsthorpe is their new chef.  You may remember Matt as the beer guy at Boise Coop.

I had the opportunity to visit the new Brew Pub last week and loved their food which can be paired with one of their own great beers.

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SIX NEW IDAHO BREWERIES HAVE OPENED IN 2020

100 Eight Main Brewery in Caldwell

101 Groundwork Brewing in Lewiston

102 Off The Rails Brewing in Pocatello

103 Loose Screw Beer Co. in Boise

104 Trails End Brewery in  Coeur d'Alene

105 Spring Creek Brewing Company in Boise

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TWO IDAHO BREWERIES ARE LICENSED TO OPEN IN 2020


106 Idaho Farm House Ales in Shelley.  This brewery does their own fermentation, but has no brewing equipment on site.  They contract other breweries to brew their wort.  They plan to have their own brewing equipment in the near future.

107 Blue Pit Brewing in Mountain Home.  Equipment has been delivered.

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ONE IDAHO BREWERY WILL OPEN IN 2020 WAITING FOR LICENSE

108  Star Route Brewing in Pocatello. Equipment has been delivered.

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TWO IDAHO BREWERIES THAT MAY OPEN IN 2020

??? Danelion Brewing  - Melba

??? Black Lodge Brewing - Coeur d'Alene

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THREE IDAHO BREWERIES OPENING DELAYED TILL  2021

??? Gem State Brewing in Eagle

???  Bench House Brewing in Boise

??? Vantage Point Brewing - Coeur d'Alene

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TWO BREWERIES CLOSED PERMANENTLY IN 2020

Bertram's Salmon Valley Brewery in Salmon opened in 1998

Von Scheidt Brewing in Twin Falls opened in 2009


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BREWERY THAT CLOSED IN 2019 REOPENS IN 2020

26 WolfTrack Brewing in Cottonwood



List of Idaho Breweries - 76 Active Breweries are open in Idaho

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

IDAHO BREWERY #105 SPRING CREEK BREWING CO.

 by Bob Hubler

SPRING CREEK BREWING COMPANY IS A DESTINATION BREWERY  AND PIZZA RESTAURANT LOCATED IN THE AVIMOR COMMUNITY ABOUT 2 MILES NORTH OF SHADOW VALLEY GOLF COURSE ON HIGHWAY 55 ON THE BANKS OF SPRING VALLEY CREEK.

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Jeff & Lori Badigian and Marc & Gina Grubert's new brewery at Avimor is Idaho's most beautiful brewery in my opinion and I have been to nearly every brewery in the State of Idaho.  Spring Creek becomes the 28th active brewery in the Treasure Valley and the 76th active brewery in  the State of Idaho.  It is the second brewery in Idaho to be built from the ground up.  Almost all Idaho breweries took over buildings that housed a different business prior to being converting into a brewery.


Check HERE to see a list of all the breweries in Treasure Valley.

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Lots of outdoor seating in the back and on the southside of the brewery.

Southside of the Brewery

Backdoor Deck of the Brewery


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This is where the pizza is made and cooked over a wood fire.

Plenty of wood to keep the fire going

Big Pizza oven to cook multiple pizzas at one time



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The Brew System

Seven Beer Barrel Brew System with fifteen bbl fermentors and bright tanks.  It should be  big enough to have eleven Spring Creek beers on tap. 


View from the left side of the Brew System

View from the front of the brew system

View from the right side of the brew system

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Indoor Seating Area


View from setting at the bar.
Ample space between tables for social distancing

Note one of the overhead doors behind this group of Happy Customers.

Large Overhead doors connect the main dining area to the West Side Out Door seating area.

As you enter the dining area, you can see all the overhead doors to the deck

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View from the backside along Spring Valley Creek over looking the creek and bike path.



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Other Links

Spring Creek Facebook
Spring Creek Webpage
Spring Creek Brewing Background story about the owners

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The last blog I wrote was about Idaho's 100th brewery, Eight Twelve Main in Caldwell.  Here is a list of the breweries that have opened since then.

101 Groundwork Brewing in Lewiston
102 Off The Rails Brewing in Pocatello
103 Loose Screw Beer Co. in Boise, formerly 62 Bella Brewing
104 Trails End Brewery in  Coeur d'Alene

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Sad to report that 2 breweries have closed in 2020

16 Bertram's Salmon Valley Brewery in Salmon opened in 1998
31 Von Scheidt Brewing in Twin Falls opened in 2009

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List of Idaho Breweries