Idaho offers many natural amenities like our beautiful foothills, historic rivers and fishing adventures, and (most importantly) great beer! While Idaho winters are majestic, the cold weather just isn’t conducive to drinking cold beer. Beer is best served as cold as possible during warm months, which is why it’s so great that spring is finally here! Let’s explore some of Boise’s best places to get (and drink) great beer.
10 Barrel Brewing Co: 830 W. Bannock St.
If you’re in the mood for a big IPA lovingly brewed by master craftsmen, then 10 Barrel Brewing Co is the perfect place for you. On their website, they say that they are guided by one simple principle: “Brew beer. Drink beer. Have fun doing it.” This truly shines through at the Boise location.
We are lucky enough to be partnering with them on one of our most popular beard care products, the “10 Barrel Brewing ‘Happy Beerd Balm.’” This luxurious balm is perfect for the bearded man in your life who also loves his beer. Scented with lavender and rosemary essential oils, with a refreshing three hop blend that combines Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic Hops for the perfect finish.
From humble beginnings in Bend, Oregon to an Idaho favorite, this place has everything you would want in a great pub. Great beer and friendly service? Check. Amazing food? Check. (Their Pubhouse Burger is beyond delicious). Modern atmosphere and design? Check. Now that it’s getting warmer outside, why don’t you bike down to 10 Barrel and grab some brews and grub with a few friends? Cheers to living it up with a beer in hand.
On The Fly Convenience Store: 4780 W. State St.
Listen. We get it. It’s not a fancy pub with stylish decor and trendy music. It’s not a place to get an $18 artisanal vegetarian bunless burger with a gluten free microgreen side salad. Sorry. It is, however, absolutely one of the best places to get good beer in all of Boise.
They have a stunning collection of microbrews both international and regional. They love to support local (as in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho) brewing companies and feature many heavy hitters like 21st Amendment, Omission, Sockeye, and Edge. This little mart is packed full of the latest and best beers by the bottle or six pack, served cold as Valley Forge. On The Fly is the perfect stop on your way to a grand outdoor excursion this spring and summer. Drop in. Grab some great beer, jerky, and gas to fuel your next adventure. Convenience at its best.
Sockeye Brewing: 12542 W. Fairview Ave.
Speaking of fantastic local operations, Sockeye is a shining jewel in Boise’s brewery crown. Dagger Falls IPA, their flagship brew, contains five different hop varieties and sports one of the best citrus finishes ever tasted. Sockeye is overseen by two of the region’s favorite master crafters, Josh King and Kevin Bolen, who manage their 12,000 sq ft facility. They have cozy outdoor tables perfect for sipping and munching great beer and food in the warmer months. Sockeye not only talks the talk, they walk the walk. Since their founding in 1996, they have won over 130 medals for their brewing talents, including two golds from the North American Brewers’ Association, for their barrel aged beers. Swim on by and grab a pint today!
With winter winding down, don’t forget to make the most of this year’s spring and summer. Gather your friends and family, plan adventures, and as always, drink responsibly.