Home state homage: Idaho is built into this brewery from the ground up, starting with an iconic namesake—the Payette River, which originates in the Sawtooth mountains at the center of the state. The river is well-known for its world-class recreation, and if you're out running the river, you should probably have a few cans of Payette brew with you. The aptly named North Fork and Fly Line Lagers just beg to be go-to river beers.
Payette Forward: Payette Brewing is all about involvement with the community. Every Monday it hosts a Kegs 4 Kause event, and half of the proceeds in the tap room are donated to a rotating non-profit. The brewery also makes a special beer every fall, the Payette Forward IPA, the sales of which are donated to a selected Idaho non-profit. In addition, Payette adopted the Polecat Loop trail in the Foothills to maintain and clean up for the local bikers, hikers and trail enthusiasts.
Drink, play, drink some more: Payette has one of the largest taprooms in town, and adds to that with an extensive outdoor area. Cornhole, giant Connect Four, pool, darts, weekly movie screenings and rotating food trucks ensure that there is always something to do (although isn't drinking a beer enough?). There is also the added perk of being located on the Greenbelt, so a walk, run or bike ride can start and end right at the front door.
What's the happiest hour? Take $1 off beers Monday-Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 and all day on Wednesday. Sundays also feature bottomless mimosas and $10 pitchers.
Where to Find It: Payette Brewing is located at 733 S. Pioneer St. in Boise.