Beer and Wine

Friday, January 23, 2015

Elysian Brewing Purchased by Anheuser-Busch

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:20 PM

In late 2014, beer giant Anheuser-Busch purchased Bend-based 10 Barrel, which had opened a brewpub in downtown Boise in April 2013. This morning, the multi-billion dollar brewer struck again, adding Seattle-based Elysian Brewing to its list of acquisitions, Capitol Hill Seattle reports

In a statement released by Anheuser-Busch, Elysian CEO and co-founder Joe Bisacca wrote that he and his partners will continue working at Elysian with its new owners.

"After a lot of hard work, we've grown from one Seattle brewpub to four pub locations and a production brewery. With the support of Anheuser-Busch, we will build on past successes and share our beers with more beer lovers moving forward," he wrote. 

Elysian now joins Anheuser-Busch's "Local Champion Brands," which includes 10 Barrel, Busch, Goose Island, Kokanee, Michelob, Modelo, Natural Ice, O'Doul's, Rolling Rock and Shock Top, among others. Financial details of the acquisition have not been released.

Elyian beer can be found on numerous taps across the Treasure Valley, and in this week's edition of Boise Weekly, we examine whether the City of Trees can support its growing number of microbreweries. 
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Crux Rings In New Year With No Beer License and On-Loan Sound System

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Left to right: The Crux Owner Bob Cooper and his son, Quentin. - TALYN BRUMLEY
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  • Left to right: The Crux Owner Bob Cooper and his son, Quentin.
Rumors of The Crux’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Word got out that the all-ages music venue/coffee shop/beer bar might close its doors for good after the Dec. 28 Paper Gates album-release party featuring Phantahex, Jake Saunders and For Fuck’s Sake. That’s when Eric Gilbert, who had loaned the The Crux the public address system it had been using for music acts, dismantled the system and left, leading some to believe that the equipment was being repossessed.

“I’ve been really disappointed in how the place has been operating, so I decided to disassociate with it, having my sound system living there,” Gilbert said.

The next evening, Gilbert said he received a phone call from the police regarding the PA system. Gilbert described his conversation with the police as “a non-issue,” and said he remains hopeful that The Crux will be a venue for Treefort Music Fest music acts in March.

“I really believe in everything that’s been happening there on a surface level,” he said.

Additionally, the Crux has had a tenuous history with Alcohol Beverage Control, managed by Idaho State Police. Patrons may have noticed that the establishment hasn’t served beer since Oct. 9, when ABC revoked its license to serve alcoholic beverages for "administrative violations" pertaining to unpaid taxes. And this isn’t the first time it has gone dry: In May 2012, The Crux came under fire for serving beer w/ no food at an all-ages venue and temporarily lost its license. At the time, the venue’s owner, Bob Cooper, told BW that beer accounted for 30 percent of its profits. A revamp of the Crux's kitchen facilities cleared the way for the license to be reinstated.

The Alcohol Beverage Control board reconvenes Wednesday, Jan. 7, and will consider reinstating The Crux’s license to serve beer then. When asked for comment on whether the tax issues that precipitated the loss of The Crux’s license to serve beer would be resolved by that time, Cooper was brusque.

“Fuck you. Fuck you. Print that. Fuck you.”
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Video: Anheuser-Busch Buys 10 Barrel

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Bend, Ore.-based microbrewery 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has been bought by beer titan Anheuser-Busch for an as-yet undisclosed sum.

According to a video released on 10 Barrel's Facebook page, the brewery has been purchased. 10 Barrel partner and co-founder Garrett Wales explained the sale will not cause relocation or displacement of brewing operations. 

"Things aren't changing. We've still got the same brew team intact," he said.

The purchase does, however, mean the microbrewery will have new branding tools at its disposal, as well as new products. 

10 Barrel opened its Boise location, which serves both beer and food, on April 22, 2013, after settling issues with Idaho's Alcohol Beverage Control over whether the brewery could sell beer brewed in Oregon.

Big News from 10 Barrel Brewing Co on Vimeo.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

PreFunk Adds Nampa Location

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

PreFunk Beer Bar partner Ryan Driscoll conducts quality control tasting at PreFunk's downtown Nampa location. - ADAM ESCHBACH/IDAHO PRESS-TRIBUNE
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  • PreFunk Beer Bar partner Ryan Driscoll conducts quality control tasting at PreFunk's downtown Nampa location.

Boise-based taproom PreFunk Beer Bar has opened a second location in its owner's hometown of Nampa, the Idaho Press-Tribune reports.

The downtown Nampa location opened Sept. 22 at 1214 First St. S., and features 30 taps, as well as a "penny floor"—50,000 pennies cover the floor of the establishment, with an Idaho mosaic made from nickels in the center and an Idaho quarter in the center.

"I had a dream one night that we did it all pennies, so we came in and did that," said owner and Nampa native Justin Flynn.

A third location in Meridian is also planned, with no opening date yet scheduled. 

The Nampa location initially ran afoul of a municipal ordinance prohibiting drinking establishments within 300 feet of a place of worship. In PreFunk's case, that place of worship is the Tabernacle of Faith church. 

"We did a little bit of construction before we found out that we'd need to get a conditional use permit. We put a lot of time and money into the building, and then we had to wait. It was a stressful month," Flynn said.

Flynn said that the snafu led to misconceptions in the community. Nevertheless, the Nampa City Council unanimously voted to grant the permit at an August meeting, 

"The City Council gave us an exception to the rule. Everybody thought it was the church not letting us in, so I wanted to clarify that. They're not the ones; it's just that law," he said.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Third Annual B'Arc and Brew Craft Beer Fest Benefits Disabled

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 7:32 AM

A lot of job training and skills can be learned from something as simple as making dog biscuits. The Arc Idaho launched B'Arc, a business that produces dog biscuits, to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain job skills.

Those working for B'Arc "hand-make the dog bones, use a dough sheeter machine, hand-cut, package and label the products," said Nicole Lang, Program and Development Director of The Arc Idaho. "They are an amazing part of the marketing and selling, too. They go to businesses to see if we can sell the bones out of the shop."

After working at B'Arc, Lang said individuals can take those skills into the community, and transfer them into other jobs.

The Arc wants to expand the B'Arc program—which needs a new dehydrator—so it's teaming up with seven breweries for the third annual B'Arc and Brew Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27. The fest will be outside Highlands Hollow Brewhouse and feature beer from them and Payette Brewing, Sockeye Brewing, Boise Brewing, Slanted Rock Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing and Ninkasi Brewing.

Highlands Hollow will provide food, and The Wooly Buggers, Emily Tipton with Kayleigh Jack, and Like a Rocket will provide music, starting at 2 p.m.. 

The festival welcomes dogs, of course, and will have activities just for them like a parade at 1 p.m., followed by a "best dressed" doggie costume contest. A silent auction will include pet-related and beer-related items, and both the Idaho Humane Society and Fuzzy Pawz Rescue will have mobile adoption units set up. 

Lang said last year, the event drew about 150 people but almost didn't happen this year.

"But Highlands Hollow invited us to join their monthly deck party," she said. "So we hope to at least double attendance." 

The event runs from noon to 8 p.m., and costs $15 for a tasting mug and eight beer tickets. All proceeds go toward B'Arc's expansion and a new dehydrator. 

Last year's B'Arc and Brew helped raise money to keep the B'arc bone business operational. - THE ARC IDAHO
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  • Last year's B'Arc and Brew helped raise money to keep the B'arc bone business operational.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Do you like to nosh? Are you fond of sipping?

You can do both of those things, as well as listen to jazz, at the McCall Jazz Festival Nosh and Sip, an event hosted by Curtis Stigers that benefits the Shepherd's Home. You'll also get to meet the musicians. It will be like VH1's Behind the Music, except you're right there when it all goes down. 

6:45 p.m. $75-$130, Rupert's at the Hotel McCall, 1101 N. Third St., McCall, 208-634-8108,
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Reading is fun. It enriches the mind and livens the soul. Sometimes we read and wonder about the person who wrote the words we consume. And sometimes, you get to have beer with those people. 

Head over to Payette Brewing Co. and have a cold one while you mingle with fellow literature lovers and Christian Winn, author of Naked Me, a short story collection published by Dock Street Press. If you leave thirsty or without a book in hand, it's your fault. 

7 p.m. FREE. Payette Brewing Co., 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-344-0011, 
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Pugs seem to be love-them-or-hate-them type dogs. Well, hate is a strong word, but you either want them as an animal companion or you don't. You don't have to be a pug enthusiast, however, to lend them a helping hand. Payette Brewing Company has prepared a way for you to do them a solid.

Fifty percent of beer sales from tonight will benefit Pug Pals Greater Boise Pug Rescue and Placement, so you can be at ease the next time you see one of their scrunchy little mugs. Have fun, save a pug.

5 p.m. FREE. Payette Brewing Company, 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-344-0011,
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Leave your 21st century life behind for a night and slip into the underworld of the Roaring Twenties. The Bouquet will transform from a modern nightclub to a swingin’ speakeasy complete with live jazz, blues and swing performed by the Jack Hale Five. If you’re not confident in your dance moves, leave your worries behind, because Joel Hunter and Stephanie Hinton of Heirloom Dance Studio will teach you everything you need to know.

Channel your inner Gatsby, enter through the tea room and meet the door man, just like you would at The Cotton Club in the Big Apple of the 20s. Ditch the boring dinner date and don a fedora; fake pearls and feather boas are encouraged.

9 p.m. $10. The Bouquet, 1010 W Main St., 208-345-6605,
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 2:04 PM

You've made it through another week and you deserve to relax. You also deserve a freebie.

Tastings is celebrating its third anniversary with - what else - free wine tastings from 4-7 p.m. Have a sip and be serenaded by Innocent Man, The Qwahitas and the Boise Rock School Adult Band. Summertime, makes you feel fine. 

4 p.m. FREE. Tastings Wine Market & Bar, 2447 Apple St., Boise, 208-385-9463.
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