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Crooked Fence Is Finally Opening

Plus Payette gets a new brewer from Ninkasi


We've been licking our chops at the thought of a 3 Picket Porter since Crooked Fence Brewing started dropping Facebook hints in September 2011. Now, five thirsty months later, the new Garden City craft brewery is finally ready to open its doors.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, customers can sample brewer Kris Price's handiwork, which includes beers like the Rusty Nail Pale Ale and the Hole Wheat American hef. The opening party runs from 3-9 p.m. at the brewery's digs, located at 5242 Chinden Blvd. The Boise Fry Co. truck will be on hand slinging frites, and Vinyl Preservation Society will spin some wax from 5-8 p.m.

But if you can't wait that long to get crooked on Crooked, there are a smattering of upcoming rollout parties, where you can sample the brews at your favorite local watering holes. For a list of those locations, visit

Speaking of Garden City craft breweries, Payette Brewing Co. recently acquired a new brewer. Ian Fuller, who formerly fermented at Northwest powerhouse Ninkasi, joined the Payette team three weeks ago.

"He brings in a lot of different experience. He has a different brewing background than I have, so he's bringing in a lot of different ideas," said Payette owner and brewer Mike Francis.

Fuller just came up with a new recipe as a part of Payette's Ales of No Return monthly series. The Sawed-Off Stout will debut next Friday, Feb. 17, at the brewery and at various outposts around town.

And in terrible brews news: Hold onto your maxi pads, ladies, there's finally a beer you, too, can enjoy. Idaho recently became the third state in the country to carry Chick Beer, a new light lager "created by a woman, exclusively for women." And somewhat ironically, the beer is being distributed by Mann Distributing of Boise.

Weighing in at 97 calories and 3.5 carbs, this gender-ogatory product can be filed in the terrible idea drawer next to those Hillshire Farm "Go Meat" ads.

According to founder Shazz Lewis: "I found that women consume 25 percent of all the beer in the United States--that's 700 million cases a year--but no one has ever addressed this segment of the market. Until now."

Yep, they have. And it's just called beer.