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Powderhaus Brewing Comes to Boise; Bueno Cheapo Vino Closes

Where will Powderhaus hang its shingle?


A couple of weeks ago, we filled you in on seven new breweries setting up shop in the Boise area. Well, now you can add another to that list: Powderhaus Brewing Co.

"Currently we are small, a 1 bbl [barrel] system, but have funding and will be rapidly expanding. ... Our production schedule puts us about 1-2 months out, and we are currently in talks with many local bars that have committed to purchasing our product," co-founder Tyson Cardon wrote via email.

The nano brewery will serve beers like the Snake River Special Oak-Aged Bourbon Stout and Joe's Porter. No word yet on where it will be located. For more info, visit

And in other article-update news, we recently highlighted the new restaurants opening in the Village at Meridian, which include permanent spaces for local food trucks Calle 75 Tacos and RiceWorks Asian Food. Another local food truck, Cacicia's Cucinas Old World Sicilian Foods, also snagged a storefront in the Village's Fountain Square. Cacicia's has closed its space inside the Dhondalicious Co-Op, at 8716 W. Fairview Ave.

In other closing news, Bueno Cheapo Vino has packed up its wine bottles and shut down its Vista Avenue storefront. The shop hosted a final winetasting Nov. 8, before closing up for good Nov. 9.

According to owner Pat Brubaker, "It's been slow and so we're going to have to hang it up for the time being." When asked if he had plans to open another wine shop, Brubaker said, "Not currently."

Bueno Cheapo Vino penned a heartfelt goodbye on its Facebook page: "Well, folks.... it's been fun. It's been heartwarming and hilarious [and] a million other really wonderful things. Sadly, the time has come to say goodbye. ... We're so sorry to have to say adieu, but infinitely grateful for your patronage, friendship and all the memories."

In expansion news, Ketchum-based coffeeshop Java-Wake Up and Live Inc.--with locations in Boise, Hailey and Twin Falls--is expanding to the East Coast.

"Java Wake Up and Live Inc. soon will make an appearance in Westport, Conn., with four more East Coast locations on the horizon," wrote Joe Cadotte, of the Twin Falls Times-News.