Still Another Boise Brewpub 

The newest proposal would be housed at the former West Boise home of Gregg's Autohaus.

Will the Boise marketplace embrace another brewery/tasting room?

Will the Boise marketplace embrace another brewery/tasting room?

Boise's bar scene begins 2015 looking through the same pint glass as it witnessed 2014: with yet another brewpub joining the ever-expanding market of breweries, tasting rooms and combinations of both.

The latest proposal, from Boise dentist Dr. Ryan Kowalczyk, would be called the Clairvoyant Brewing Company and would occupy a portion of 2800 Idaho Street, the former West Boise home of Gregg's Autohaus.

"Clairvoyant Brewing plans on renovating the front half of the building," wrote Kowalczyk to the city of Boise. "We are hoping that our presence will help influence growth in this developing area."

City officials have spent a lot of time, energy and public funds in revitalizing the West Boise neighborhood, primarily through the Boise River Park, where recreationists have migrated in increasing numbers to BRP's man-made waves. This past year BRP attracted an equal number of bicyclists and pedestrians to watch kayakers and surfers.

The neighborhood also includes Whittier Elementary School, one block from the proposed location for Clairvoyant Brewing. Though the brewpub would not be too near—at least legally—to the school, a letter from the Boise Independent School District to city officials stated the school's "property line to the nearest entrance of the establishment appears very close to the required minimum feet of separating distance."

Initial documents from Clairvoyant state that hours of operation would be 10 a.m.-2 a.m., seven days a week. Brewery owners said they held a neighborhood meeting in November, but only two neighbors showed up, according to Kowalczyk, and both expressed support for the proposal.

The first hurdle for Clairvoyant will be a Monday, Jan. 5, Planning and Zoning session, where owners will need to justify the city granting a conditional-use permit, due to the fact that the site is located within 300 feet of a residential zone.

Kowalczyk told Boise Weekly that he was reluctant to talk too much about the proposal just yet, but there will be plenty of questions and, presumably, answers in 2015 as Boise prepares for what appears to be yet another round of growth for the local brewing scene.

George Prentice

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