Boise Brewing Expands, Capitol Bar Opens 

Boise Brewing's big new fermenters.

photo by Kelsey Hawes

Boise Brewing's big new fermenters.

State Street is now home to a new watering hole, Capitol Bar (6100 W. State St.), which took over former Shotsie's space. Capitol Bar opened quietly at the end of June and features a prominent stainless steel bar, a smattering of inside tables and a small, fenced patio strung with cafe lights.

The pub offers a selection of 14 beers on tap—everything from Bud Light and Blue Moon to Sockeye's Galena Gold and Cascade Lakes' Hopsmack IPA—and also features a healthy wine list with Proletariat wines on draft.

"We've had a lot of requests for local wines and beers so we're going to get more of those," said bar manager Francine Hopper, who relocated to Boise from Albuquerque, N.M., with her husband to run the space. "We've got a lot of the breweries coming in and visiting with us."

In addition to beer and wine, Capitol Bar also has a small but focused cocktail menu that celebrates the classics—everything from gin martinis to Manhattans to mint juleps. The best part is the price: $4 for wells, $5 for calls and $6+ for premium spirits. Capitol Bar also offers a selection of free bar snacks, like chili lime peanuts and white cheddar popcorn, but also plans to get its kitchen operating soon.

"Our cook is starting next week to get the bar menu up and running, so it'll be a week or two until we start serving food," said Hopper

Hopper and her husband are planning a grand opening party for the first weekend of August. For more info, visit

In brews news, Boise Weekly's next door neighbor, Boise Brewing, just completed a substantial expansion. In addition to installing a new garage door at the front of its Broad Street building, the brewery also acquired two brand new 30-barrel fermenters, which will double its brewing capacity.

Along with its new fermenters, Boise Brewing received a shipment of 425 new kegs and bottled its first brew, Roosevelt Red Rye, using Woodland Empire Ale Craft's bottling line.

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