Craft breweries have been on the rise in Idaho. Today, more than 40 microbreweries and brewpubs thrive throughout the region, ranking Idaho ninth in the nation for craft breweries per capita. These breweries offer public tasting rooms, gastropub-style restaurants, brewery tours, and a variety of community special events throughout the year.
© Barbarian Brewing
Barbarian Brewing was opened to the public by James Long and BreAnne Hovley in 2015. The Garden City brewery produces handcrafted beers in a variety of old-world brewing styles, emphasizing sour and barrel-aged brews in light and dark styles. Beers are tapped at both the brewery’s Garden City location and a downtown Boise taproom, including favorites such as its Sour Patch Kids Gose, NeoWolf 005 Imperial IPA, and Armagnac Thor’s Might Barleywine. Many brews are first offered as exclusives for the brewery’s annual club members, with remaining amounts tapped at both taprooms. A variety of special events are offered at both locations, including fire pit events and rotating pop-up food trucks.
5270 Chinden Blvd, Garden City, Idaho 83714, Phone: 208-387-2739
© Bella Brewing
Bella Brewing is located on Chinden Boulevard near downtown Boise and offers a taproom showcasing its unique scientifically-crafted beers, which are brewed using high-quality ingredients and sustainable brewing practices. Year-round and seasonal brews include favorites such as the brewery’s Bella Pale Ale, Box Cars Oatmeal Stout, Lost Dogs Strong Ale, McCallywood Porter, Garden City Golden, and Mahalo Melon Watermelon Wheat. All of the brewery’s beers are available at its taproom, which also offers nitro selections and rotating cider and wine bottles. The brewery welcomes outside food from nearby establishments such as Cobby’s Sandwiches and is conveniently located next to several wineries for visitors wishing to make an afternoon out of tastings.
4340 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714, Phone: 208-629-5623
3.Bertram's Salmon Valley Brewery
© Bertram's Salmon Valley Brewery
Bertram's Salmon Valley Brewery is owned and operated by Zimbabwean immigrants Nick and Helen Bertram, who started the brewery in 1998 following years of homebrewing experience and study. The brewery produces seven annual beers in its seven-barrel brewhouse system, which is visible to patrons behind its bar. It is located within Salmon’s historic Redwine building and offers a full-service restaurant that serves a wide variety of American pub fare, including burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers. Family-friendly seating is available at the restaurant section, with an adults-only taproom area offering bar seating. Popular beers include the brewery’s Hazelnut Ale, Sacajawea’s Stout, Savage India Pale Ale, and Lost Trail Amber Ale. Next read: Best Weekend Getaways in Idaho
101 S Andrews St, Salmon, ID 83467, Phone: 208-756-3391
© Boise Brewing
Boise Brewing was founded in 2012 by Collin Rudeen and opened to the public in 2014 in collaboration with former Sockeye Brewing brewer Lance Chavez. The unique co-op brewery allows community members to purchase stock in the brewery and receive dividends in the form of its beer output, one of only a few similar breweries across the country. Unique custom Community Supported Beers are brewed for members and owners every several months, with flagship brews such as the brewery’s Snowboarder Porter, Syringa Pale Ale, Hip Check IPA, and Broad Street Blonde also available regularly. A wide variety of public special events are offered at the brewery throughout the year, including poetry and music performances and an annual Hoptober Freshtival fresh-hop festival.
521 W Broad St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-342-7655
5.Broken Horn Brewing Company
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Broken Horn Brewing Company was opened by homebrewer Kalen Doge in 2013, initially operating out of its owner’s garage. Today, the brewery offers a public taproom in McCall, with brews also available on draft at a number of local bars and restaurants. It produces approximately 500 barrels annually, offering unique year-round and limited-edition brews such as its Initial Attack IPA, Pin Up Porter, Sasquatch Stout, and Hells Canyon Jalapeño Chile Beer. The brewery’s taproom is open to the public Thursdays through Mondays and sells to-go cans, drafts, and a variety of branded merchandise. Live music performances are also presented at the taproom periodically.
201 Mission St, McCall, ID 83638, Phone: 208-315-5472
6.Clairvoyant Brewing Company
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Clairvoyant Brewing Company is located within a former automobile repair shop in Boise, offering a tasting room with a modern industrial vibe. The brewery is Boise’s West End’s first microbrewery and strives to serve as a community gathering place, welcoming well-behaved children and pets. A variety of craft brew styles are available on tap, including the brewery’s Frog’s Fix Köffee Kölsch, Blood Orange IPA, Chamomile Wit, Telepathy American Pale Ale, and Coffee Brown Ale. Though the taproom does not serve its own food, a variety of rotating food truck pop-ups are available throughout the week. Public special events include a summer trivia league offered on Wednesday evenings.
2800 W Idaho St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-996-0095
7.Cloud 9 Brewery
© Cloud 9 Brewery
Cloud 9 Brewery is a nanobrewery in the heart of Boise that was opened in 2014, focusing on crafting brews made with locally-sourced, organic, and sustainable ingredients. Each small batch beer is brewed in batches of four barrels at a time, exploring classic brewing styles made with unique twists. Many brews emphasize unique fruit and herb ingredients, rarer European styles, and regional American IPA variants. The brewery’s restaurant serves a variety of classic American pub fare, including cheeseburgers, macaroni and cheese, street tacos, and appetizers. The restaurant is open to the public daily for lunch and dinner, offering eight tables of outdoor seating accommodating well-behaved pets.
1750 W State St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-336-0681
© Crescent Brewery
Crescent Brewery has been nicknamed the “Cheers of Nampa” for its laid-back, welcoming community gathering place atmosphere. It takes its name from the eponymous historic brewing company that was one of Nampa’s founding businesses, which opened to the public in 1907 and continued its production through Prohibition under the name the Overland Beverage Company before closing its operations in 1950. Today, the new brewery offers a variety of unique American and European-style brews, including its Altmaier Hefeweizen, Cherry Chocolate Porter, Highland Hammer Scotch Wee Heavy Ale, Skull Splitter Imperial Black IPA, and Tilted Kilt British-style Pale Ale.
1521 Front St, Nampa, ID 83651, Phone: 208-461-3148
9.Daft Badger Brewing
© Daft Badger Brewing
Daft Badger Brewing is housed within co-owner Darrell Dlouhy’s former painting studio in midtown Couer d’Alene. Today, the building has been converted into a brewery and restaurant owned by Dlouhy and co-owners Keith Bertram and Jake Capaul, offering indoor and seasonal outdoor seating. A variety of hop-forward and malt-heavy beers are offered year-round and seasonally, including the brewery’s Red Letter Amber Ale, Hoppypotamus Pale Ale, Josiah’s Revenge Imperial Stout, and Badger’s Bounty IPA. Experimental small-batch ales are also offered periodically, including imperial and barrel-aged varieties. The brewery’s full-service restaurant menu showcases a variety of house-made American fare, including macaroni and cheese, sandwiches, nachos, and bar appetizers.
1710 N 2nd St, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, Phone: 208-665-9892
10.Edge Brewing Company
© Edge Brewing Company
Edge Brewing Company brews a variety of traditional American and European brewing styles with a unique Pacific Northwest edge. The brewery was the vision of a local community of beer enthusiasts and offers a variety of year-round and seasonal beers, including its flagship IPA, lager, cider, and amber ale styles and its Edge’ier series, which emphasizes imperial style variants. Its brewpub restaurant, considered to be the Treasure Valley’s leading gastropub, crafts a variety of American bar fare made from locally-sourced Idaho ingredients, including regionally-produced meats, cheeses, and produce. Menu items include creative street tacos, craft burgers, and a variety of unique bar appetizers.
525 Steelhead Way, Boise, ID 83704, Phone: 208-995-2979
11.Grand Teton Brewing Company
© Grand Teton Brewing Company
Grand Teton Brewing Company was Wyoming’s first modern microbrewery at its opening as the Otto Brothers’ Brewing Company in 1988 and is credited with reinstating the popularity of the European-style growler as a means of enjoying fresh draft beer on the go. Since 200, the brewery has operated out of Victor, Idaho under its current name, offering a brewhouse and tasting room near the foot of the Teton Pass. Year-round beers include the brewery’s Sweetgrass American Pale Ale, Teton Amber Ale, Teton Range IPA, and Old Faithful Ale, while seasonal offerings include a sour series and imperial stout and IPA variants. Though food is not served at the tasting room, the seasonal Taste Buds Mobile Kitchen food truck is parked on site periodically, and visitors may bring their own food from surrounding restaurants. Brewery tours are offered daily in the afternoons based on staff availability.
430 Old Jackson Hwy, Victor, ID 83455, Phone: 888-899-1656
12.Highlands Hollow Brewhouse
© Highlands Hollow Brewhouse
Highlands Hollow Brewhouse is a local favorite in Boise’s North End neighborhood, operated out of the former Brass lamp building by its original builder, Nat Adams. The laid-back brewpub serves a variety of craft beers on draft, including its Fiegwild English-style Pale Ale, hop-forward Hippie Shake Ale, Spoon Tongue Light Ale, and Thunder Monkey Bitter. A variety of rotating seasonal taps are also offered, emphasizing fruit ingredients, imperial variants, and seasonal and holiday flavors. The brewery’s restaurant menu features a variety of casual American fare, including burgers, pasta, and unique sandwiches. Live music is showcased at the brewery on Wednesday evenings, and catering is available upon request for private special events.
2455 N Highlands Holw, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-343-6820
13.Idaho Brewing Company
© Idaho Brewing Company
Idaho Brewing Company is an award-winning Idaho Falls brewery known for its unique handcrafted ales and lagers, including year-round offering such as its Intimidation IPA, Maggie’s Dog Slobber Brown Ale, Wolf’s Oatmeal Stout, and Highland Scotch Ale. The brewery utilizes a 10-barrel brewing system and more than 200 fermentation barrels, tapping a dozen of its craft beers at any given time. Seasonal offerings include its Razz-Beary Wheat, Foxy Blonde Lager, Bad Badger ESB, and Old Grey Wolf’s Barleywine. Tours are available at the brewery’s tasting room, which overlooks the Snake River and hosts a variety of live music performances. Indoor and outdoor seating is offered seasonally.
775 S Capital Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402, Phone: 208-534-7232
14.Laughing Dog Brewing
© Laughing Dog Brewing
Laughing Dog Brewing has operated its brewhouse and pet-friendly taproom since 2005, striving to bring the Ponderay community together with the love of excellent craft beer. It offers award-winning brews on tap and to go, including its Premium 219 Pilsner, a gold medal winner at the 2011 North American Beer Awards. Other year-round offerings include the brewery’s Huckleberry Cream Ale, Pacific Northwest IPA, and Alpha Dog Imperial IPA, while seasonals include coffee and pecan-flavored porters, both NABA gold medal winners. An annual special release beer also lets the company’s brewers show off their skills in crafting unique one-offs. The brewery’s taproom offers a variety of public special events, including live music performances, yoga events, and live broadcasts of popular sporting events.
805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr, Ponderay, ID 83852, Phone: 208-263-9222
15.Mad Bomber Brewing Company
© Mad Bomber Brewing Company
Mad Bomber Brewing Company is a veteran-owned brewery founded by former Army member Tom Applegate that was founded in 2013 with a Kickstarter campaign. The brewery is decorated with military gear and memorabilia to instill a sense of American pride and patriotism in its taproom visitors and welcomes the stories of fellow veterans. Signature beers include the brewery’s Fatman IPA and St. Nicholas Pale Ale, which donate 50% of all proceeds from sales to the Wounded Warrior Project. Other popular brews include its Black Ops American Black Ale, MK-84 Porter, Powder Keg India Brown IPA, and Project Classified American Brown Ale.
9265 N Government Way, Hayden, ID 83835, Phone: 208-762-7343
16.Mad Swede Brewing Company
© Mad Swede Brewing Company
Mad Swede Brewing Company was founded by passionate homebrewers Jerry and Susie Larson, who perfected their innovative brewing methods for more than 30 years prior to opening their own brewhouse. The brewery operates its Viking-themed taproom around a philosophy of Gemytlig, a German word evoking a sense of togetherness, social acceptance, and joviality. Year-round brews on tap include its Danegeld Golden Ale, Longship IPA, We Found the Village Burning Rye Wheat Ale, and Naked Sunbather Nut Brown Ale, while seasonals focus on imperial and creative stout flavors. For non-beer drinkers, the brewery also offers a selection of local wines, hard ciders, and sodas. Brewhouse tours are offered periodically, along with rotating food truck pop-ups, trivia nights, and live music performances.
2772 S Cole Rd #140, Boise, ID 83709, Phone: 208-922-6883
17.McCall Brewing Company
© McCall Brewing Company
McCall Brewing Company has been serving up handcrafted ales at its McCall brewpub since 1994. The laid-back microbrewery and restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, showcasing its open-format brewhouse in the middle of its seating area. Up to a dozen of the brewery’s ales are tapped at any given time, including its Mackinaw Red American Amber Ale, Overhung and Minimalist Bane IPAs, Hippie Hopped Pale Ale, Lemon Ginger Hefeweizen, and Devious Intent Imperial Stout. A wide variety of creative American gastropub fare is also served, including craft burgers, bar appetizers, and steak and seafood entrees. Seven large-screen televisions are offered, along with outdoor patio seating overlooking Payette Lake.
Address: 807 N 3rd St, McCall, ID 83638, Phone: 208-634-3309
18.North Idaho Mountain Brew, Ltd. Co.
© North Idaho Mountain Brew, Ltd. Co.
North Idaho Mountain Brew, Ltd. Co. was founded in 2008 and opened its City Limits Brew Pub in Wallace in 2011. The brewpub is housed within a former historic warehouse facility and serves a full menu of classic American gastropub fare, with all items cooked from scratch to order. A variety of family-friendly menu options are available, including gluten-free and vegetarian sandwich and entree choices. To-go growler fills are available of the brewery’s popular beers, including its Baldy Blonde, Loft Honey Pale Ale, Idaho River Session Ale, Mountain Top Amber Ale, Blood Orange and Citra Peak IPAs, and Pulaski Porter.
108 Nine Mile Rd, Wallace, ID 83873, Phone: 208-556-1120
19.Payette Brewing Company
© Payette Brewing Company
Payette Brewing Company was established in 2010 by former engineer Mike Francis, who began his brewing career working at Seattle’s Schooner Exact Brewing. The brewing company’s name is an homage to French Canadian trapper and explorer François Payette, whose legend throughout the Idaho community has become synonymous with the state’s adventurous spirit and rugged outdoorsiness. Its all-ages taproom welcomes well-behaved pets and highlights rotating food truck pop-ups. Year-round and seasonal brews available on tap include tart, light, pale, hoppy, and dark beer offerings, including its Guava and Hibiscus Sour, Pioneer Pathway Lager, Rustler IPA, Rodeo Pale Ale, and Pistolero Porter. Free brewery tours are offered on Saturdays, and periodic Kegs 4 Kause events benefit local charities.
733 South Pioneer Street, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-344-0011
20.Portneuf Valley Brewing
© Portneuf Valley Brewing
Portneuf Valley Brewing was opened in 1996 and remains Pocatello’s only brewpub, offering a wide variety of year-round and seasonal brews, including its Ligertown Lager, Twisted Stick Amber Ale, Belligerent Ass Nut Brown Ale, and Midnight Satin Stout. Its full-service kitchen serves creative American and Southwestern fare for lunch and dinner, including unique burritos, wrap sandwiches, and made-to-order pizzas. An extensive wine menu is available, highlighting local and international offerings. Food and growlers are also available for takeout and delivery service throughout the Pocatello region. The brewpub hosts a large number of public special events throughout the year, including live music performances, acoustic jam sessions, DJ trivia nights, and dance events.
615 S. 1st Ave. Pocatello, ID 83201, Phone: 208-232-1644
21.Ram Restaurant and Brewery
© Ram Restaurant and Brewery
Ram Restaurant and Brewery is a deluxe tavern franchise that originally opened in Lakewood, Washington in 1971. Since 1995, its ales have received more than 100 medals from prestigious national brewing competitions such as the North American Beer Awards and the Great American Beer Festival. Today, the chain operates more than 30 locations throughout seven states, including locations in Boise and Meridian. The casual, family-oriented brewpub restaurant offers year-round brews such as Big Red’s Authentic IPA, Original Big Horn Hefeweizen, Total Disorder American Porter, Hometown Blonde Ale, and Butt Face Signature Amber Ale. Menu options include bar appetizers, craft burgers, and a full gluten-free menu.
709 E Park Boulevard, Boise, ID 83712, Phone: 208-345-2929
22.Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
© Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company is a Belgian-focused brewery operating out of Post Falls, featuring an abbey-themed taproom housed within a renovated industrial building. Though its production brewhouse utilizes a large 15-barrel brewing system, it produces less beer annually than its capacity allows in order to give each brew extra time and attention in order to produce the best ales possible. Core and seasonal beers include its Chapel Belgian Witbier, Deacon Belgian-style Pale Ale, Infidel Imperial Belgian IPA, St. Augustine Rye Saison, and Selkirk Grace Scottish Ale. Specialty brews include a Celebration series, which focuses on barrel-aged beers and styles such as quads and tripels.
6180 E Seltice Way, Post Falls, Idaho 83854, Phone: 208-292-4901
23.Wallace Brewing Company
© Wallace Brewing Company
Wallace Brewing Company is a collaboration between Wallace residents Dean Cooper, Rick Magnuson, Tony Zanetti, and Chase Sanborn and was opened to the public in 2009 after its founders purchased the operations of southern California’s Jergensen Brewery. The brewery aims to pay tribute to the town’s colorful Old West history, brewing bordello and mining-themed beers, including its Dirty Blonde Ale, Idaho Select Light Lager, Red Light Irish Red Ale, and Jackleg Stout. Its Orehouse Tasting Room is open to the public seven days a week and offers pool tables, backgammon, giant Jenga, and board games for visitors. A variety of branded merchandise is also available for purchase at the taproom.
610 Bank Street, Wallace, Idaho 83873, Phone: 208-556-5600
24.Woodland Empire Brewery
© Woodland Empire Brewery
Woodland Empire Brewery was founded in 2014 by former Austin, Texas musician and homebrewer Keely Landerman, who relocated to Boise with her husband Rob to take advantage of the Idaho region’s less-saturated up-and-coming craft beer scene. The brewery has grown to produce 1,800 barrels annually, including music and literature-inspired ales such as its Electric Warrior Oatmeal Stout, named after an album by rockers T.Rex, and its Return of the Rivers Porter, which pays tribute to a poem by author Richard Brautigan. Its tasting room is open seven days a week, with distribution also available at bars and liquor sellers throughout much of the Pacific Northwest, including Vancouver and Seattle.
1114 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-426-0510
25 Best Idaho Breweries
- Barbarian Brewing, Photo: Barbarian Brewing
- Bella Brewing, Photo: Bella Brewing
- Bertram's Salmon Valley Brewery, Photo: Bertram's Salmon Valley Brewery
- Boise Brewing, Photo: Boise Brewing
- Broken Horn Brewing Company, Photo: Broken Horn Brewing Company
- Clairvoyant Brewing Company, Photo: Clairvoyant Brewing Company
- Cloud 9 Brewery, Photo: Cloud 9 Brewery
- Crescent Brewery, Photo: Crescent Brewery
- Daft Badger Brewing, Photo: Daft Badger Brewing
- Edge Brewing Company, Photo: Edge Brewing Company
- Grand Teton Brewing Company, Photo: Grand Teton Brewing Company
- Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, Photo: Highlands Hollow Brewhouse
- Idaho Brewing Company, Photo: Idaho Brewing Company
- Laughing Dog Brewing, Photo: Laughing Dog Brewing
- Mad Bomber Brewing Company, Photo: Mad Bomber Brewing Company
- Mad Swede Brewing Company, Photo: Mad Swede Brewing Company
- McCall Brewing Company, Photo: McCall Brewing Company
- North Idaho Mountain Brew, Ltd. Co., Photo: North Idaho Mountain Brew, Ltd. Co.
- Payette Brewing Company, Photo: Payette Brewing Company
- Portneuf Valley Brewing, Photo: Portneuf Valley Brewing
- Ram Restaurant and Brewery, Photo: Ram Restaurant and Brewery
- Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company, Photo: Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
- Wallace Brewing Company, Photo: Wallace Brewing Company
- Woodland Empire Brewery, Photo: Woodland Empire Brewery
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