by Andrew Crisp
Over the last year, many a whistle has been wetted by Mike Francis' concoctions at Payette Brewing Company.
Sunday, May 13, marks the first anniversary for the upstart brewery, and Payette is throwing a bash to celebrate.
"Mike worked really hard for a few years to even get the brewery open," said Sheila Francis, Payette director of marketing and events. "Within six months, we more than doubled our capacity. Let's just say we're Boise's biggest brewery."
Since May 13 is also Mother's Day, Sheila said moms can have their first brew for free.
Boise band Hillfolk Noir will play from 3-5 p.m., while all eight taps flow in the bar. According to Francis, this is the first time that will happen.
"We'll have our three standards: Mutton Buster, Payette Pale Ale and Outlaw, with a special anniversary beer as well," she said. "That's an Imperial IPA. The name is kind of in limbo right now."
Payette will also pour some rare varieties, including an American Wheat called Bronco Billy, the Red IPA called Caboose, the forthcoming Idaho Collaboration Beer (a joint pursuit with four other local breweries) and 8 Penny Ale, a partnership with Old Chicago.
Food truck vets Riceworks will sling spicy Korean tacos from noon to 5 p.m., with the Calle 75 street taco team taking over from 5-10 p.m.