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  • Writer's pictureJenna King


There is nothing quite like a cold brew on a hot Summer day. With the numerous local breweries located in Boise, it’s easy to find a new favorite beverage (or beverages!). Peruse the list below to find your new favorite brewery – and don’t forget to check out my previous blog post with even more breweries listed!

Payette Brewing Company

Payette Brewing Company is an institution in Boise, with popular offerings such as the Rustler India Pale Ale and Mutton Buster Brown Ale often making an appearance at BBQs and outings. Located along the Boise River in downtown, Payette’s Tap Room and beer garden is a go-to spot for beer enthusiasts who want to gather with friends. With 20 beers on tap, local wine, cider, and non-alcoholic drinks, Payette has something for everyone. Check the calendar on Payette’s website to find out what local food trucks will be on hand.

Sockeye Brewing

If you are in search of local beer and a full dining experience, then Sockeye Brewing is the place to be. Pair a sockeye salmon dinner with an imperial IPA, or nosh on pulled pork tacos while sipping on the Power House Porter. Beer aficionados who want a more unique pour might consider Sockeye’s Soaked in Oak rotating specialty series. These limited edition brews provide a drinking experience that changes over time thanks to methodical aging and blending.

Western Collective

Western Collective is the summer hot spot thanks to its eclectic atmosphere, refreshing slushes (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and Instagram-worthy photo ops. Thanks to COVID, Western Collective now offers pickup and delivery of its beer, slushes, frosé, and hard seltzer. This Garden City spot is also a coffee shop!

Woodland Empire

Founded in 2014, Woodland Empire in downtown Boise is known for its unique creations utilizing Idaho-grown ingredients. Woodland Empire specializes in IPAs and its Mixtape Series is the brewery’s most well-known beers. A Mixtape IPA is released every other month and never repeated, focusing on crafting an interesting, unique experience. Try your hand at one of the many pinball machines located in the brewery’s downtown tap room. You can also enjoy a meal from the restaurant next door, Manfred’s Kitchen, while sampling one of Woodland Empire’s small-batch experiments on tap.

I hope you find a new favorite brewery at one of the locations listed here! I am always on the hunt for new local businesses in the Treasure Valley. Send me any suggestions you may have for favorite breweries, restaurants, etc.

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