Idaho Breweries Clean Up at North American Beer Awards 

And Cloud 9 Brewery plans to move into State Street space

Idaho breweries cleaned up at the 2013 North American Beer Awards, which were handed out May 31 in Idaho Falls by the North American Brewers Association. The competition was open to breweries across the country.

The Ram's Boise location stole the show in Idaho with six medals, including four gold.

Sockeye Brewing Co. took home gold for its Powerhouse Porter, beating out Deschutes' Black Butte porter, and TableRock garnered four awards under new brewmaster Kerry Caldwell. Ram brewer Jake Schisel said he's hoping to organize a tap takeover featuring Idaho's NABA-winning brews.

Speaking of local suds, Cloud 9 Brewery has submitted an application for a conditional use permit to Boise Planning and Development Services to open a nanobrewery in the former Moxie Java space at 1750 W. State St.

Owners Jake and Maggie Lake plan to be the first certified organic brewery in Idaho and will operate on a small four-barrel system.

The tiny 380-square-foot restaurant area will offer seating for approximately 25 and feature "warm [decor] with an industrial edge," including glass walls so customers can check out the brewing equipment.

"The very small kitchen will have a limited menu of upscale pub food and comforting classics made from scratch, as well as healthy salads. We will focus on local ingredients to create our varied menu," the Lakes wrote in a letter to BPDS.

Cloud 9's CUP application will go before Planning and Zoning Monday, July 1. From there, Cloud 9 hopes to have architectural plans drawn up by mid-July. For more info, visit cloud9brewery.com.

And in other suds news, 10 Barrel Brewing is hosting a free grand opening party Friday, June 14 from 5-10 p.m. in the parking lot next door to its building at 826 W. Bannock St. Musical acts include Michael Lewis Martinez, Customary and Seattle's Ben Union.

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