Wednesday, May 8, 2013

One Block at a Time #004—The Sherm Perry Building, 10 Barrel's New Location

Posted By on Wed, May 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

10 Barrels construction continued through Spring 2013, shown above, leading to an April 22 opening.
  • Josh Gross
  • 10 Barrel's construction continued through spring 2013, leading to an April 22 opening.

On April 22, Bend, Ore.-based 10 Barrel Brewing Company swung open the doors of a new brewpub located at 826 W. Bannock St., more than a year after originally announcing plans to open the downtown Boise satellite location.

Crews retrofitted the Sherm Perry Building—an historic warehouse which formerly housed Barbara Barbara & Co.—by exposing the original brick, reinforcing the roof and peeling away three different concrete floors.

10 Barrel Co-owner Garrett Wales isn't sure of the exact age of the building.

"It's right around 100 years old. No one's quite been able to get us a straight answer on that, but I did find some fuel receipts up in the ceiling from like 1923, 1924, so we're getting right up there around 100 years old," Wales said.

10 Barrel was forced to move back its Boise opening when the Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau of the Idaho State Police put the brakes on the company's plans.

In August 2012, after signing a 15-year lease on the new location, the company hit a snag in Idaho State Code. Idaho's three-tier system governing alcohol sales barred 10 Barrel from distributing suds in the state while simultaneously selling beer at the Bannock Street location.

A few months later, Wales announced the brewpub had found a solution.

Boise Weekly checked in with 10 Barrel and the Sherm Perry Building over months of construction. In this edition of One Block at a Time, we look at the changes that were made to transform the warehouse into a brewery.

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