The craft beer industry is incredibly cooperative. Brewers will often share solutions to common problems or lend a bag of malted barley when another brewer in town is in a bind. Not many industries are as willing to help out their “competition” quite like craft brewers do. Brewers often take it a step further by collaborating and actually brewing a beer (or even multiple beers) together! Recipes are developed together, co-branding is developed and brewery’s will cross-promote each other simply because making beer with your friends is pretty awesome.
If two breweries known for their hop-forward beers didn’t make a hopped up beer, there might be a few head scratches. Sockeye Brewing (Boise) and Barley Brown’s Brewpub (Baker City, OR) embraced the new-style on the craft beer scene and brewed First Rate B.S. Hazy IPA (or more officially known as a New England-style IPA). Not many collaboration beers are packaged because of the extra time, cost, and distribution constraints but Sockeye and Barley Brown’s made it happen! First Rate B.S. will be available in cans at both Sockeye Brewing pubs on July 28th and will be available at limited retail establishments starting July 31st. Draught and 12oz cans
Inspired by the Robert Frost quote “ Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”, neighbor breweries, separated by a natural fence of the Teton mountain range, Grand Teton (Victor, ID) and Snake River (Jackson, WY) came together and made Good Fences Flanders-style Brown Ale. Instead of your traditional collaboration brewed together from scratch, this beer is actually a blend from each brewery’s barrel program resulting in deliciously tart and refreshing sour ale. Extremely limited draught and 11.2oz Bottles
The Total Solar Eclipse has inspired many beers across the state of Idaho and path of totality across the country but how many are collaboration brews? I’m not sure but I can tell you for certain Mother Earth Brew Co. (Nampa, ID) and Payette Brewing (Boise, ID) brewed one together and took the space theme to heart. LUNARtic Anti-Gravity Ale brewed with Comet and Galaxy Hops plus Mosaic lupulin dust released August 3rd in the Treasure Valley. Draught Only.
Happy Idaho Craft Beer Month! Check out what new brews are coming out this month from breweries all around Idaho
Powderhaus Brewing (Garden City)
Peach Kühler Berliner Weisse
Additional April Releases: Bent Shaft Imperial IPA & Belgian Tripel
Wildlife Brewing (Victor) Hopstafarian Extra Pale IPA
Wildlife Brewing - the little brewery that can; or cans! Be prepared for this Extra Pale IPA brewed with a flurry of Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Simco, and Amarillo hops. The care and attention we at wildlife have given to this can will 'flore' your senses with bright aromas of floral hops giving way to welcoming hints citrus. This 'irie' brew finishes crisp and bitter, inviting you to have another... and another... and another!
Additional April Release: Spud Light Potato Malt Liquor (5.3%ABV 22 IBU)
Experimental ale brewed with local Idaho potatoes local Idaho malt and a humorous acknowledgement to the very popular macro brews. Triple Hopped for extra Spud flavor. Spud Life! We' Live'n it!
Payette Brewing (Boise)
Fly Line Vienna Lager
Even if you don’t catch any fish there’s always beer, right? This sessionable golden lager has the slightest hint of malt sweetness and a subtle hop flavor. Goes down smooth on a hot summer day while you’re telling your friends about the one that got away.
Grand Teton (Victor)
Teton Range IPA
After 18 months, 18 pilot batches and dozens of side projects with the Grand Teton pilot system, Teton Range IPA has been added to our year-round lineup.
For Teton Range IPA, Idaho grown and malted barley make up 90% of the grain bill. We use a variety of Idaho hops including one of our new favorites, Idaho 7. The combination of these unique hops makes Teton Range IPA an amazingly aromatic and flavorful beer. We focus on late hop additions in the kettle to boost the aroma and keep the bitterness low. Pungent aromas of tropical fruits like mango and papaya, hints of pine, hard candy and citrus rind are prominent. The flavor is juicy, like fresh squeezed tropical fruit with some pine in the background. The beer has a deep gold color and strong head retention. The crisp, balanced flavors of Teton Range IPA create a delicious, drinkable beer.
Laughing Dog Brewing (Sandpoint)
Bock at the Moon A Traditional German Style Bock
It has a rich malty sweetness that is not overpowering, with little hop presence. 100% German Malt is used to give this beer an authentic flavor.
Dogs of Helles German Helles Lager
A crisp and refreshing light lager. Predominantly pale malt leaves little residual sweetness. It uses corn as a subtle flavor enhancer, and gives the beer a smooth character.
North Idaho Mountain Brew (Wallace)
Blood Orange IPA & Summit Session Ale
Mad Swede (Boise) Loven 890 Summer Stout
Daft Badger (Coeur d’Alene)
Unclear Objective New England Style IPA
Downdraft Brewing (Post Falls)
Passion Fruit Double IPA & Hazelnut Brown Ale
County Line (Garden City)
Kiehl’d Over Double IPA (ABV: 9%, IBU: 90)
Barbarian Brewing (Garden City)Sif’s Passion Hibiscus, Passion Fruit, and Pink Guava Gose
Warfield Distillery & Brewing (Ketchum)
Witty Woodpecker Belgian Witbier
Sun Valley Brewing (Hailey)
Plowshares Imperial Porter
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