Before last week I had never had a beer from the state of Idaho. I honestly did not find this surprising because I didn’t know a whole lot about Idaho beer. What sparked my interest was learning that Idaho grows more barley than any other state and they rank 3rd in hop production. Why wouldn’t Idaho be considered a beer destination?
We traveled to Boise for President’s Day weekend and were impressed. They have over 15 breweries within 20 minutes of Boise and many were downtown or in close proximity to each other. We first focused on the downtown breweries and did an “urban beer hike” inspired by Chris & Meredith from The Beer Geek who routinely walk from brewery to brewery on their beer trips. This was a first time for us and I loved the concept. I feel like we walked by so many local establishments and mainly beer bars that we would not have noticed in a car. You can visit 10 Barrel Brewing, Boise Brewing, Postmodern Brewers, Woodland Empire Ale Craft all within 2 miles. Make sure to also stop by the City Peanut Shop who collaborates with local breweries to create peanuts that pair with their beer. This was seriously one of the highlights of the trip! You can also find their peanuts and nut mixes at most of the breweries.
Another area we really liked were the breweries along highway 26 in Garden City. It reminded me a lot of The Hops Highway in San Diego with one brewery after the next. Our favorites were Barbarian Brewing for their IPA’s and sours and County Line Brewing for their porters and stouts. Payette Brewing was another standout. They were the first brewery in Idaho to can their beer and now they also have crowlers (can growlers) to go. Our favorites were the seasonal Rodeo Rye IPA and their Pistolero Porter.
In the end it’s always who you meet that makes your trip memorable. We met so many locals who were very proud of their town and showed us why they valued it. Boise is defiantly a beer town. I would highly recommended Boise for a quick and relatively inexpensive beer vacation. You can hit a bunch of breweries within a short distance and not pay that much for your hotel, rental car or brewery tab.
This brings us to 420 breweries visited in 9 states + D.C.
10 Barrel Brewing Boise – 830 W. Bannock St, Boise, ID 83702
Barbarian Brewing – 5270 W. Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714
Bella Brewing – 4340 W. Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714
Boise Brewing – 521 W Broad St, Boise, ID 83702
Cloud 9 Brewery – 1750 W. State St. Boise, ID 83702
County Line Brewing – 9115 W. Chinden Blvd #107, Garden City, ID 83714
Crooked Fence Brewing – 3705 Idaho 16, Eagle, ID 83616
Edge Brewing – 525 Steelhead Way, Boise, ID 93704
Highlands Hollow Brewhouse – 2455 N. Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise, ID 83702
Payette Brewing – 111 W. 33rd St, Boise, ID 83714
Postmodern Brewers (Grind Modern Burgers) – 705 W. Fulton St, Boise, ID 83702
Powderhaus Brewing – 9719 W. Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714
Slanted Rock Brewing – 2374 E Cinema Drive, Meridian, ID 83642
Sockeye Grill & Brewery – 3019 N. Cole Rd, Boise, ID 83704
Woodland Empire Ale Craft – 1114 W. Front St, Boise, ID 83702