Beer Run: Hops & Bottles to Open in West Downtown Boise 

click to enlarge Hops & Bottles swings open its garage door to the public on Tuesday, June 26.

Harrison Berry

Hops & Bottles swings open its garage door to the public on Tuesday, June 26.

Hops & Bottles is low key and high volume. Greeting guests at the media opening was a golden retriever named Barley, who can shake, roll and whisper on command. For the people who work there, he's practically the boss. In the back of the room are refrigerators stacked with cans and bottles of beer from all over the world—375 different beers in all, said Owner Mark Sieber.

Hops & Bottles is Boise's newest bottle shop. It opens Tuesday, June 26, at noon, and in addition to its bulging fridges, it has a growler program and 20 taps, as well as some cold-brew coffee and local wines for sale. It's a place to drop in, maybe with a pet, toss one back on the patio and fill a six-pack or two with beers for home, a party or a night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

click to enlarge HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
The beer is the main point, though. Sieber opened the shop after a 13-year career with Anheuser-Busch. Ready to hop on the craft beer train, he plied his contacts in the industry and amassed a truly grand selection of beers that includes everything from local favorites to rare regional one-offs.

Although lately he has been pulling Head Full of Dynamite—a hazy (and fragrant) IPA from Fremont Brewing in Seattle, Washington—from the taps, he said he isn't too picky about what he drinks, in keeping with the shop's vibe of experimentation and trying new things.

Though the City of Trees has its own thriving beer culture, Sieber said Hops & Bottles will help introduce Boiseans to other beer cultures from around the Northwest and the world.

"We wanted to bring some craft beer to Boise, to get people excited," he said.

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