"COME TO BOISE ALREADY!" - Reads one of about a dozen comments we get on social media every month urging us to open a location closer to Idaho's capitol city. We'll be honest - the feeling is mutual, and it's something that we've been fantasizing about about for over 3 years. Clearly things slowed down in the way of a property search during the heat of the pandemic as we focused our efforts toward production, so haste wouldn't have been a virtue. Opening a satellite tasting room is something that requires patience and luck. The former of the two is in our control, and is likely what led us to 3rd & Broad.
Sandwiched in between the Boise Zoo, Discovery Center, and the City Centre, our newest hang will be an outstanding central location that's located on the fringe of downtown, which alleviates some of the parking issues you would expect if you were on W. Idaho & N. Capitol., for example. The Boise river flanks it on one side, and the famous Friendship Bridge is only about a 1000 ft. stumble Southwest.
What sits on the lot now is certainly not anything to write home about. A simple Google street view will reveal a dated and worn building in need of some cash and imagination. Fortunately the new owners of the property have both, and brought the idea for a brewery tasting room to Mother Earth owner and co-founder, Dan Love:
"This is a tremendous opportunity for us. Opening a Tap Room in Boise has been a dream of ours but the cards just never seemed to fall the right way. Nampa has and will continue to be our home in the Treasure Valley, but it's also not convenient to get to for a lot of folks. Our new location will provide easier access to the Mother Earth experience closer to home."
As far as the tasting room layout goes, patrons can expect a modern, comfortable, indoor/outdoor feel with open space to move about and a roll up doors opening to a beautiful patio where customers can socialize and take in the sights and sounds of the city. A combination of lush landscaping and a contemporary sensibility will provide a wonderful scene to enjoy a beer or two. The tap room will not have a restaurant, but the outdoor space allows for guest food trucks that will be semi permanent installments and allow us to support other local small businesses in the process.
A particular focus inside the bar area will be the 15' slabs of 120 year American Elm transformed into gorgeous gigantic bar tops by Idaho-native Urban Forestry Products. These centerpieces will no doubt add a dramatic and sophisticated feel to an otherwise casual space.
Timing is a moving target, but barring any major delays we are optimistic that we will be pouring beer in time for the return of Treefort Music Fest in mid September. Stay tuned on Social Media for future updates.