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Local Drinks You Have to Try From Boise

Idaho boasts some of the best soil around, making our corner of the nation a prime location for the farmers who grow fresh, mouth-watering ingredients.

We might be biased, but hey, they call it The Treasure Valley for a reason! After talking with our friends, these taprooms, breweries, and tasting rooms are the best places in town to find drinks worth raving about.

This list features craft beer, local wines, and hard ciders all made within driving distance of Boise. It doesn’t matter if you like things sweet, sour, hoppy or dry. All these flavors are worth raising a glass over.


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Top Spots for Craft Beer in Boise

Give it up for the folks at Highland Hollow Brewhouse! They were the first microbrewery here in Boise, effectively launching our craft beer community in 1992.

Since then, all our local brewmasters have been hard at work fine-tuning and taking more than a few sips of these awesome recipes. These local gems can now be found in restaurants, bars, and taprooms around town, but we think your first samples should come straight from the people who made them.

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Highlands Hollow Brewhouse

Did someone say $10 growler fills?! The “Hollow” was started with the vision to bring good people together and they have the history to prove it. This family-owned microbrewery features 9 taps with handcrafted ales with new options rotating through on a regular basis.

  • Looking for something smooth? You need to try the Spoon Tongue, a light ale that’s never bitter and hopped exclusively with Willamette hops.
  • Love IPAs? Their Thunder Monkey is layered with great flavors to give you the best bitter taste around.
  • If you’re lucky, you might even catch the seasonal Bonnie St. Nan Cherry Smoked Porter. This dark brew has a surprisingly light consistency with subtle hints of real cherry and smoked malt meld. The roasty overtones swirl nicely to give this beer an awesome flavor profile.

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Western Collective

If you’re looking for variety, then the Western Collective has you covered. Grab one of their distinctive handcrafted beers on draft or sip your favorite hard seltzer FROZEN like the Shark Attack Slush or our favorite, the Huck It Slush. Two distinctive locations allow you to taste the Western Collective creations from morning until night.

  • Western Collective Brewery is located in Garden City with plenty of beers on tap, a variety available in cans, and hard seltzer slushes. They also have a coffee menu and light food offerings so you can sit back and relax at the end of the day.
  • Western Proper is located in downtown Boise. This is the perfect spot for a night out, offering dinner, cocktails, bowling, arcade, and of course, craft beer. Be sure to check out their signature creation the cowboy hat party bowl and of course their weekend brunch menu!

Beyond the brews, Western Collective is on a mission to give back to the community. They host monthly fundraisers, designated beers with proceeds given to charity, and a focus on employee growth and benefits. A local brewery that is on a mission to do more than create handcrafted beer, it’s no wonder why it’s a local favorite.

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Payette Brewing

Payette Brewing first opened in 2010 and has quickly built one of the best reputations in Idaho. It’s a great spot to grab a drink after a short workout on the Boise River Greenbelt (just peel off at Pioneer Park and walk about 400 feet to their front door). 
They keep 8 beers on tap, rotating in seasonal brews when local ingredients are available. Order a flight or two, and if you love what you find, grab a 6-pack to take home! Here’s the full beer list.

  • For an easy summertime drink, start with the Urban Surfer. This citrus wheat beer is dry, zesty, and wildly refreshing after a long day on the waves.
  • Next up, the Sofa King Sunny. This binge-worthy hazy pale ale is well-known for its vibrant finish and radiant hops. Plus it’s pretty fun to order.

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Lost Grove Brewing

As an environmentally conscious brand, Lost Grove does everything possible to leave the right footprint. They use sustainable practices to positively impact the environment, which means you can feel even better about these brews.

  • The Teeny Tiny Cowboy Cream Ale is super light, refreshing, and usually a big hit with craft beer lovers and domestic enthusiasts alike.
  • Looking for something off the beaten path? Try the Teddy Bear Picnic Golden Session Ale. It has strong notes of tangerine and grapefruit that could easily become your new favorite drinking buddy.
  • Bonus: Lost Grove is located just off the Boise River Greenbelt, making it easy to find awesome brews while “getting lost” in their great event lineup that includes hits like a summer concert series, brewery yoga, trivia night, and more.

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    Woodland Empire Ale Craft

    If you want to get more connected in Boise, this is where you should start. The brewmasters at Woodland Empire often partner with local groups to make special drafts, so if you’re willing to strike up a conversation, there’s a great chance you end up meeting some of the movers and shakers in town.
    And for those who love hops, make sure to order The City of Trees IPA and their RyePA.

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    Cloud 9 Brewery

    If you can’t help but appreciate all the nuances in a drink, then you’re going to love it here. This nanopub makes super small batch brews using only the best locally sourced, organic ingredients.

    Instead of having the exact same line-up from month to month, new beers are added to the taps as soon as the last drop from the previous batch has been poured. No two experiences are exactly the same, which is great when you need a break from your usual routines.


    Clairvoyant Brewing

    Just on the outskirts of downtown, this quiet outdoor patio is the perfect place to hangout if you’d rather spend the night in someone else’s backyard. Dogs are always welcome, drink options are plentiful, and food trucks cycle through on a regular basis.

    • Their German Hefeweizen is so light and smooth, yet so hard to pronounce. Look like a pro next time you order and say it like this: “hay-fa-vy-t’sen”
    • Ever tried a Cucumber Kolsch? You might not think these flavors would work together in a beer, but these guys are onto something here and this one is worth stepping off the beaten path for.
    • The Pepper Peach Seltzer isn’t a beer, but it’s summer for crying out loud and it’s fun to mix things up every once in a while!

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Hops & Bottles

This dog-friendly spot has a huge outdoor patio and boasts (arguably) the largest selection of beer in all of Boise. They feature 20 beer taps, plus a cooler wall with upwards of 300 beer varieties from all over the world!
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Local Wine Tasting Rooms

You don’t have to get on a plane and fly around the world to find the perfect wine tour. The rich soils and sunny climate right here in Idaho combine for the perfect vineyard conditions, which is great news considering how many airlines have been overbooking and canceling their flights lately.

It’s hard to find other places in the US with this many options right in their backyard, but lucky for you we have about 65 nearby wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms all within a short drive of Boise!

Skip the jet lag and start planning your next trip through Idaho’s wine country! Not sure where to start? Use our free wine guide to view times, dates, and locations.

Here’s a quick look at some of our favorites places to raise a glass:

Telaya Wine Co

Garden City, ID

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards

Eagle, ID

Potter Wines

Garden City, ID

Rolling Hills Vineyard Tasting Room

Garden City, ID

Cinder Wines

Garden City, ID

Hard Ciders Pressed From The Best Apples

Here’s a fun fact: Idaho, Washington, and Oregon all rank in the top 10 states for apple production in the US!

These sweet and crabby members of the rose family are officially in-season from early July through late November, giving you rare access to some of the freshest hard ciders our country has to offer. Mix in a couple brewmasters and you’ve landed on something truly special.

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Meriwether Cider Co.

Meriwether Cider Co is by far the best selection of craft ciders around. They keep five on-tap year round and feature up to 57 more year-round! Here’s the flagship selection you can expect to find everytime you walk through their doors:

  • Hop Shot – this award-winner is easy to drink and sparkles on the tongue. Brewed with citra hops for distinct citrus and floral notes
  • Foothills Semi-Dry – crisp bitter flavors with slightly sweet overtones, like a good champagne or Spanish cava
  • Strong Arm Semi-Sweet – full juicy flavor, just like picking an apple straight from the tree
  • Black Currant Crush – slightly tart, super fruity, and lip-smacking good
  • Ginger Root – not too sweet, deliciously crisp, and rich with ginger

Hops & Bottles

Don’t worry, you’re not seeing double. These guys are just so good they deserved to be mentioned twice!

When you stop by this open-air taproom, head straight to the dedicated cider cooler. They have a whole section for hometown, regional, and hard-to-find hard ciders. Standing in front of those icy glass doors is like teleporting straight into the land of cider and honey.

Vine & Branch Ranch

It doesn’t get much better than drinking cider from inside a refurbished fruit packing room. This small family business is a true farm-to-table concept that transports you right back to simpler times (something we could all use a little more often). The same family also runs Stack Rock Cidery and they keep a consistent selection of at least seven ciders on tap. 
But wait, it gets better. The taproom has incredible views of the countryside, making this a perfect summer oasis.

Let the Good Times Roll!

Finding great places for drinks is one of the little things that make any place feel more like home, whether that’s a new state, town, or neighborhood.

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