Candy Beers, Kilted Pizzas and Dough Closures
The Payette Brewing crew traded the City of Trees for the City of Roses last week to officially launch Payette beers into the Portland, Ore., market.
"A bunch of us came over for a bunch of events," said Director of Marketing and Events Sheila Francis. "So we're now distributed throughout the entire state of Oregon--drafts and cans, which is pretty exciting."
Francis added that Payette is now distributed all over Utah, as well. Asked if the brewery plans to expand any further, Francis answered with a definitive "yes."
"We're currently evaluating what our brewing capacity is because we don't want to enter a market and not have the brewing capabilities to support it, so it's a slow and calculated growth. But we're definitely eyeing our next project. It'll be in the Northwest area," she said.
Payette has another exciting development a bit closer to home. In mid-February, Payette linked up with New Belgium brewer Jamie Mastin to concoct a collaborative beer for Treefort Music Fest.
"[Mastin] had this wild idea, because we wanted to do something a little off the wall because Treefort's pretty fun, he was like, 'So, what if we do something with Crunch Berries and Squirt and make it really fun?'" said Francis.
The end result is a tart, low-alcohol radler made with Cap'n Crunch Berries in the mash and blended with Squirt extract. The collaborative brew will be available at the Treefort Mainstage, a number of official festival venues and in Alefort, with a few one-off special additions. (Nerds, perhaps?)
"Our brewers are giddy with excitement to get it out there," said Francis.
In other brewery news, Kilted Dragon Brewing moved its taproom from 9115 W. Chinden Blvd. to 5865 N. Glenwood St. in order to combine forces with New York-style pizza and sandwich shop New York Richie's.
"We know you love our beer and just wait until you try a pint with a huge and deadly delicious New York-style sandwich or slice of pie at our new location," Kilted Dragon wrote on Facebook.
The Kilted Dragon Tap House will now be open seven days a week. For more info, visit kilteddragon.com.
In closing news, Feb. 23 was a rough day for Boise bakeries. Not only did Le Cafe de Paris officially shut its doors, but Ketchum bakery Rolling in Dough also quietly closed down its Boise outpost in the former La Vie en Rose space in the Idanha Building.
In other Ketchum food news, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts is hosting Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist and author of How to Cook Everything, Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Big Wood. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. For more info, visit sunvalleycenter.org.