The Ultimate Southwest Idaho Brewery Guide

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Boise is one of the Pacific Northwest’s biggest craft beer hotspots. Nowadays, breweries are popping up all around Southwest Idaho. You deserve a cold one no matter where you are on your travels — and we’ve got the lowdown on the best of the best.

Boise

Boise loves beer. From microbreweries to regional powerhouses, good old classics to experimental varietals, Boise boasts the best.

Boise Brewing

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For the community, by the community. This hip brewery bills itself as “Boise’s living room.” You’ll see why when you spend some time chilling in their vibrant and welcoming taproom.

  • Boise Brewing is famous for its hops, including their Hoptober Freshtival, Idaho’s largest fresh hop beer festival.
  • Speaking of hops, let’s talk about their incredible IPA series. Better Hazy Than Never, Hip Check, Sun Cruiser, High Desert Haze, and Jillijuice… it’s a hoppy heaven.
  • Their seasonal rotations are not to be missed. In the colder months, try out their Snowboarder Porter, Red Velvet Cream Ale, and Dark Daisy Chocolate Milk Stout. Get your summertime vibes on with the thirst-quenching Syringa Pale Ale and Broad Street Blonde.
  • Boise Brewing bills itself as “Boise’s living room.” You’ll see why when you spend some time chilling in their vibrant and welcoming taproom.
  • Their downtown location means that you’re close to everything, making this a perfect stop on your day out.

Payette Brewing Co.

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From the taproom to the trail, Payette embodies the wild Idaho spirit. You could spend a whole day in their grassy beer garden along the banks of the Boise River. And believe us, you’ll want to.

  • Their modern industrial taproom is airy, spacious, and welcoming. The perfect place to spend an afternoon with your best pals.
  • Keep it classic with a smooth North Fork Lager, or get adventurous with an Aura Prickly Pear & Yuzu Sour Ale.
  • Are you a real Boisean until you’ve tried a Payette Outlaw IPA? We’re not sure, but better safe than sorry.
  • The outdoor scene is complete with bocce ball, a hops garden, a 10-foot firepit, and local food trucks. Nice.
  • Why not book a personalized beer tasting experience? Their brewery tours and beer tasting sessions are fun, laid-back, and informative.

Edge Brewing Co.

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Gourmet beer, gourmet food. Edge’s brews are fearless and their food is fabulous. It’s the best of both worlds. The atmosphere is animated and cheerful — the perfect place to wind down with your favorite people.

  • Will you opt for the juicy Pugzilla IPA or the deliciously bitter Meowthra IPA? It’s the dogs vs. cats battle of the century.
  • Edge now has two locations — one in West Boise and one in the heart of downtown. No matter where you’re at, you’re close to the Edge.
  • Can we talk about their food? It’s pub fare elevated to the next level. The 5 Cheese Baked Mac is our favorite.
  • Take a beer break and sample their famous Huckleberry Cider or their new vodka sodas.

Woodland Empire Alecraft

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This is authentic Idaho at its best. Even though this family-owned brewery has exploded in popularity in recent years, they’ve always stuck to their roots. Quirky, friendly, and bursting with flavor — welcome to the Empire.

  • Their flagship City of Trees Idaho Pale Ale is chock-full of locally grown hops. This is the classic West Coast IPA you’ve longed for.
  • The star of the show? Woodland’s Mixtape IPA series. New releases debut every other month, and they’re never repeated — so get a move on.
  • Their taproom is kitschy fun that screams Boise. Woodland knows how to keep it weird.
  • While you’re there, treat yourself to one of their taproom exclusive small batch beers. You’ll get a sneak peek at Woodland’s next big hit.

Lost Grove Brewing

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Lost Grove is a brewery on a mission. With their sustainable environmental practices and community-centric philanthropy, Lost Grove is committed to making Boise better. Get lost in the sauce at this neighborhood gem.

  • Check out ‘The People Series,’ featuring beer inspired by Lost Grove’s favorite Idahoans. We recommend the Hefe 1 W/B, a golden Hefeweizen brewed in honor of the Women and Children’s Alliance’s Bea Black.
  • Feeling bold? Give the Bidi Bidi Pom Pom Tangerine Pomegranate Kettle Sour a try for those ’90s summertime Selena vibes.
  • Their inviting taproom is lined with huge windows that look directly into the brewing facility. Watch the beer get made while you sip on the finished product.
  • Rotating food trucks deliver local flavor, and weekly trivia nights and live performances offer lively fun to enjoy with friends. Fantastic.

Garden City

Garden City is Boise’s scrappy younger sibling. In recent years, the town has emerged as a center for art and artisans. Hip. Fresh. Experimental. Garden City is all grown up — and so is their brewery scene.

Western Collective

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It’s Instagrammable and easygoing at the same time. Who’d have guessed? Your new weekend plans are waiting, so call up some friends and get ready for this wild Western.

  • With its chic decor and sophisticated character, Western Collective just oozes cool.
  • Indulge your sweet tooth with their caramel-y Gravity Check Barleywine or the Hella Tasty Huckleberry Lemon Shandy. Or keep it simple with their hoppy Peak Juice Hazy IPA.
  • Friends not as nerdy about beer as you are? No worries. Western Collective has them covered with coffees, hard seltzers, and their famous alcoholic slushes.
  • Donuts. Charcuterie. Rotating food trucks. They’ve got something that’ll hit the spot any time of day.

County Line Brewing

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Nothin’ fancy. Always first-rate. County Line is a neighborhood watering hole with no pretensions — just good beer and good people. Comforting, relaxing, and delicious. Settle in and take it easy.

  • The beer’s as cozy as the location. Try a creamy Slow Draw Oatmeal Stout or an easygoing Ruth’s Lager.
  • Cupcake and beer pairings. We won’t say more. You’ve gotta try it for yourself.
  • On the move? County Line is your place for a growler fill. While you’re at it, pick up a pack of Maple Bacon Cashews for the perfect sweet and salty kick.

Barbarian Brewing

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No rules. No limits. We’ve taken a real viking — sorry, liking — to this Norse-inspired brewery. Time to leave civilization behind and unleash your inner barbarian.

  • Barbarian Brewing is the place for the black sheep, the rebels, and the iconoclasts — and their beer is the same. They have the classics on tap, but experimentation is the name of the game.
  • Get in the barbarian mood with a Barbarian Lite Golden Ale, a Norwegian style Kviek beer. Head for Valhalla with an Odin’s Wrath 202 Belgian Strong Golden Ale.
  • We’re partial to their pop culture-inspired offerings, like the Fight Milk Imperial Stout or the I Told You I Was Krieky cherry-infused sour.
  • Their Garden City taproom is welcoming and airy, perfect for a relaxing afternoon of sample flights and conversation. Same with the patio.

Nampa & Meridian

These cities on the outskirts of Boise used to be anything but trendy — but don’t get it twisted. Nampa and Meridian are getting in on the craft beer scene, and they came to play.

Mother Earth Brewing Co.

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Here’s where SoCal vibes meet an Idaho perspective. Mother Earth takes their beer seriously, with a big brewhouse producing big flavors. It’s the perfect place to relax and drink in that summer feeling.

  • Mother Earth started in San Diego, but it’s our favorite California transplant with their new Nampa location. They’ve made themselves at home — and we’re glad they did.
  • Start off your session with the Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale. It’s light-bodied, dry, and aromatic. Be transported back to the cream sodas of your youth, but with an adult kick.
  • Craving something comfy? Check out the Milk Truck Latte Stout, a malty, oaty stout that’ll have you feeling snug as a bug in a rug.
  • The tasting room is a spacious, pared-back space full of stainless steel and upcycled barrels. It’s a great spot to kick back, enjoy some live music and forget the world for a while.

Loose Screw Beer Co.

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Loose Screw’s Meridian taproom is more than a place for great beer. It’s a place to celebrate. They put the focus on fun, friends, and family. And, of course, great beer. Fabulous.

  • Savor all-day sips like the pillowy Huey Hog IPA or the Batty Bombshell Blonde Ale.
  • There’s live entertainment, arcade games, skeeball, basketball, shuffleboard, and food trucks. What more could you want?
  • They welcome friends, dogs, and kids. Whether it’s a drink with friends after work or a lazy Sunday afternoon with the whole family, you’ll want to dawdle at Loose Screw.
  • The star of the show? In our opinion, it’s the Snake River Tea Party German Weiss, made with a rooibos tea blend from Snake River Tea Co.
  • Don’t miss out on Tuesday Trivia, catered by Foxy Frank’s. Or swing by for Brewery Bingo Night and delicious chicken & waffles from Waffle Love.

Mountain Home

Mountain Home mixes small town hospitality with a big city attitude. Spend the day exploring the desert landscape before heading back to town for incredible Mexican food and some tasty ale.

Blue Pit Brewing

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Blue Pit feels like home. No matter where you’re from, you’ll feel like part of the family in this unassuming neighborhood watering hole.

  • Blue Pit is Mountain Home’s first brewery. Named in honor of the owners’ beloved pitbull Pinot, Blue Pit is setting the standard for Mountain Home’s beer scene.
  • Cozy up around a whiskey barrel table and sample a flight. The choices range from the approachable Pitbull Porter to the audacious Shocker Jalapeno Chili Beer.
  • Friendly staff, a chilled-out atmosphere, and a food truck out back make Blue Pit the place to unwind after a long day.
  • As you might have guessed, your pup is more than welcome here.

McCall

McCall is Idaho’s hottest resort town, but that doesn’t mean it’s lost its backcountry charm. After a long day on the lake or the slopes, there’s nothing better than an evening in one of McCall’s familiar and neighborly breweries.

McCall Brewing Co.

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Handcrafted. Hearty. Happy. McCall Brewing is Idaho’s second-oldest brewery, and the experience shows. The old-school cool is everywhere, from the handcrafted microbrews to the saloon-style atmosphere.

  • The beers are mature and refined, perfect for an intimate evening with friends and family.
  • It’s not just the beer — let’s talk about the food. From the German Pretzels to the Spicy Bleu Burger, this is pub grub at its best.
  • We recommend the Wobbily Man Smoked Scotch Ale. It’s a sweet, earthy ale with a hint of smokiness that pairs perfectly with their bangers & mash.
  • Catch the BSU game at the bar, or head to the patio for views of downtown McCall and Payette Lake.

Salmon River Brewery

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Salmon River’s serving up gold medal brews with gold medal hospitality. Loosen up after a long day of adventure at this laid-back pub. Views of the lake and mountains, great food, and delectable beer are a recipe for relaxation.

  • This award-winning craft brewery is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
  • Lounge on the rooftop patio in the summer and cozy up to the outdoor fire pit in the winter. Their rustic wood-lined pub is sublime year-round.
  • The taps, too, have something for every season. On those hot summer days, order up an Inland Surfer Hazy IPA. In the cold months, warm up with a malty Winterfest Bavarian Marzen Lager.
  • Feeling snacky? Order up a plate of beer battered jalapenos for the table. Or wolf down a grilled tri-tip or chicken pot pie after a long day in the great outdoors.

BONUS

Meriwether Cider Co.

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We know this is our brewery list, but we think beer lovers should check out this cidery that might just give your beer a run for its money. Fizzy, light, and not too sweet, Meriwether ciders are the perfect brew for an afternoon of leisure or a night of laughter.

  • They use fresh-pressed Northwest apples as well as contemporary flavors like blackberry, cherry, ginger, plum, and botanicals. The focus is always on flavor and sophistication.
  • Beer-lovers should check out their hopped cider, an award-winning blend that will give your favorite IPA a run for its money.
  • We’re particular to their Foothills Semi-Dry, the perfect blend of bitter and sweet that’ll remind you of champagne. The seasonal taps, like Apricot Sage in the spring and Grumpy Scumpy in the fall, are to die for.
  • If you’re there at the right time, you’ll get a chance to sample their Neighborhood Crush, made of leftover backyard apples from friends and neighbors. All proceeds go to benefit the Treasure Valley Food Coalition.
  • Both their Garden City taproom and their cider house in downtown Boise are airy, modern spaces that are nothing but good vibes. Time to unwind.

For more local brews & bites, check out our guide to the Idaho Wine Trail and our Food and Wine Guide. Want to explore more of Southwest Idaho’s cultural scene? We’ve got the lowdown on live music and small town celebrations.

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