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Payette Brewing Expansion in the Works

And Sheila Francis dishes on Payette's No Girls Allowed beer


Payette Brewing Co. has been expanding its capacity ever since it opened in Garden City in 2011. Now, according to documents submitted to Boise's Planning and Development Services, it appears the brewery also plans to expand into a new facility at 733 S. Pioneer St. in downtown Boise.

Payette wants reconfigure the existing 31,676-square-foot building, located off of River Street near the Boise Greenbelt, to allow for a production brewery with an office, a tasting room, an outdoor patio, new truck docks and vehicle ramps with "glass roll-up doors to allow passersby a view into a working brewery." According to PDS documents, the tasting room will be open seven days a week from 3-10 p.m., and the outdoor patio will feature a fire pit, an area for food trucks, lawn games and live music. Payette Brewing owner Michael Francis declined to comment on the expansion at this time.

In other Payette news, the brewery has once again partnered with Treefort Music Fest to release an official beer for the festival. According to Payette's website, this year's brew, the Axe Handle India Pale Lager, has "notes of lemon and a tangy hop bite." Past Treefort beers have included: Reckless Radler, Imaginary Friend and No Girls Allowed.

The last beer, now called Rodeo Rye, recently stirred up a bit of a controversy when the brewery distributed a handful of treefort-shaped tap-handle toppers with tiny signs that read, "No Girls Allowed." Sheila Francis, Payette's director of Marketing and Events, addressed the issue in a witty blog on the brewery's website.

"I can get why people are bothered by a little cardboard sign on a Popsicle stick treefort but channel your inner eight-year-old and think, 'Screw you, I drink what I want,'" she wrote. "Be that strong female with an opinion and don't let anyone tell you can't do what you want because of your gender."

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