"It took a little longer than we wanted, but we wanted it to be the right place, not just a place," said Beth, "It couldn't be more perfect. ... The conversion of an old fire station to anything is a process, but in our case we really wanted to bring honor to this building and we've definitely preserved the history and have some neat little nuances that remind you that it's a fire station."
- Courtesy Bear Island Brewing
- Fire Station 6, circa 1964.
The grand opening festivities will include free commemorative pint glasses for the first 200 guests, bites from B-Town Bistro and Foxy Franks, giveaways from local merchants (including one from Craftsman Unlimited Haircuts, which will offer the winner a chance to pick a funky cut for co-owner Steve's beard) and limited releases of two beers: the annual favorite Lady M, an imperial lavender chocolate stout brewed with local ingredients from Red Chair Lavender and Box Chocolates, and 99 Bears on the Wall, an oak-aged ale made with rosemary and Idaho potatoes in collaboration with Oregon's Old 99 Brewing Co. For those worried about finding parking for the 21-and-over event, Bear Island has even organized a shuttle service through Boise Party Bus that will run from 4-8 p.m., picking up guests from 1491 N. Eldorado Street nearby.
Going forward, the taproom will boast 11 Bear Island beers, as well as a rotating selection of local wines and ciders (currently from Potter Wines and Meriwether Cider, respectively). There will also be a few packaged options and BuckSnort Root Beer. Last but certainly not least, Beth noted that as a special perk to her fellow veterans, both they and first responders will always get happy hour pricing and discounts at Bear Island.