Idaho State Police's Official Response to 10 Barrel Brewing

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It's not getting any easier for a Bend, Ore., brewery's expansion plans, which include a proposed downtown Boise brewpub.

In the current edition of Boise Weekly, we chronicle how 10 Barrel Brewing had leased a building at 830 W. Bannock St., hoping to manufacture beer on site in a restaurant atmosphere. However, the Oregon-based brewer also currently holds a license to import beer into the Gem State and, according to Idaho law, the company can't do both.

A Citydesk public records request submitted to the Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau of the Idaho State Police returned only one document, a letter sent by Clements to 10 Barrel Brewing Co.'s co-owner and co-founder Garrett Wales.

That letter, included below, outlines the provisions of Idaho State code that bar an out-of-state brewery from operating a brewpub while shipping alcohol into the Gem State.

Clements writes that "it would be unlawful to do so because to hold all three types of licenses would be contrary to the three-tier system of distribution that maintains the separation of manufacturer to distributor to retailer."

The bureau said the letter was the only document from Idaho State Police related to their application for a license.

"Currently, there are no licenses issued to 10 Barrel Brewing Co.," wrote ABC records custodian Jaimy Adams.

In this week's issue of Boise Weekly, we look more into the legal gray areas of Idaho's licensing laws and the three-tier distribution system.

In response to 10 Barrel Brewings application for a brewpub, the Idaho State Police division of Alcohol Beverage Control bureau chief Lt. Robert Clements informed the company that their business plans violated Idaho State law.
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  • In response to 10 Barrel Brewing's application for a brewpub, the Idaho State Police division of Alcohol Beverage Control bureau chief Lt. Robert Clements informed the company that their business plans violated Idaho State law.