Garden City is comically less verdant than its name implies. Which is why we're suggesting Boise's industrial little bro officially change its name to Beer City. With Payette, Crooked Fence and Kilted Dragon already cranking out craft brews there--and Haff Brewing and Powderhaus Brewing on the way--Garden City is shaping up to be the suds capital of the Treasure Valley.
Tyson Cardon and Tyler Schmidt, co-owners of Garden City's latest beery addition, Powderhaus Brewing Company, recently announced it will be constructing a 15-barrel brewery on an empty lot at 9719 W. Chinden Blvd.
"We're going to be building a production facility; it's only going to be production with a tasting facility. ... We're not a restaurant," explained Cardon.
He said the brewery plans to be "fairly large from the get-go" and will work with a distributor to get its beers on tap around town.
"We're looking to distribute throughout the Treasure Valley to begin, and then we'll go from there," said Cardon.
The name Powderhaus merges "powder," referencing Idaho's ski culture, with the German word "haus," or house. And the German is germane.
"Germany is known for their beers and we want to brew good quality beers that you'd see in those classic styles from Germany," said Cardon, adding, "Really what we're going to be focusing on is brewing very, very well-brewed, quality, classic styles."
Though Powderhaus is still finalizing recipes for its flagship beers, Cardon said the brewery is planning to offer seasonal releases and one-off brews throughout the year. The brewery will also feature an outdoor entertainment area with a stage, where local and national bands can perform.
"The majority of it will be local bands," said Cardon. "We like to support the idea of local entertainment. ... I understand it's hard to find places to play so we want to be a good venue for that."
Cardon said Powderhaus is hoping to be open by December.
"We're shooting for the holidays right now and that's about as best a guess as I can give," he said.
For more info, visit powderhausbrewing.com.
In other brewery news, Grind Modern Burger released more details about the brewery it's opening in the former TableRock space at 705 W. Fulton St. in Boise. According to partner Rick Boyd, Post Modern Brewers is aiming to "create a bridge between those that have already embraced craft beer and those that may not have warmed to it just yet."
"In the five years that I've been with Brewforia, we've seen a lot of changes in the craft beer market," said Boyd. "Obviously, a lot of people have moved over from the fizzy light lagers to something a little bit more substantial, and we're trying to take it to that next level by creating beers that are a little outside the norm. What most of the breweries that start out tend to focus on are pretty traditional light pilsners, IPAs, pales, so we'll have those as well, but we'll also have some more unique offerings that appeal to wine and cocktail drinkers."
Boyd explained that one the brewery's initial offerings will be a Berliner weisse, a mildly tart German-style beer that's traditionally served with a flavored syrup.
"We'll be doing a Berliner weisse year-round and instead of just focusing on, say, a raspberry syrup, we'll be developing a line of seasonal syrups so throughout the year that beer will change. ... We'll be doing things like strawberry rhubarb in the summer and we've got a pineapple sage that we're working on, watermelon syrup--that way we can produce one beer but always have it be something different."
Post Modern Brewers is also developing specific brews to pair with specific Grind burgers.
"We'll be playing with a lot of savory flavors and trying to accentuate certain aspects of the beer and the burgers as a pairing. ... So if we have an Asian-inspired burger, we may create a beer that has some Asian characteristic, whether it's chilies or maybe it's tamarind, so it's kind of sour," said Boyd.
The brewery is also toying around with some more creative, interactive approaches to serving its beer.
"There's a popular trend in craft beer bars called 'randalling,' which is kind of filtering beers through a container as you pour it from the tap and introducing flavors into them," said Boyd. "We have a little system that we've been playing with that would allow people to do a customization right there at the table with each beer. ... Think of it as the 'build your own frozen yogurt of beer.'"
Post Modern Brewers has hired home-brewer Marvin Kinney as its head brewer, and has also consulted with former TableRock Head Brewer Derek Anderson, along with brewers from Selkirk Abbey in Post Falls and Laughing Dog Brewing in Ponderay. Post Modern Brewers will mostly focus on producing beer for Grind, but also plans to do some limited keg distribution and is considering buying a bottling line.
Boyd said the brewery should be up and running soon, in time to pour brews at Grind's late-August opening.
For more info on Post Modern Brewers and Grind Modern Burger, visit facebook.com/grindmodernburger.
In brewery event news, Deschutes Base Camp is rolling back into Boise this week bringing with it a range of sudsy events. On Wednesday, July 16, from 5-9 p.m., Brewer's Haven is hosting a parking lot party; on Thursday, July 17, Whole Foods is offering beer and charcuterie pairings from 5-8 p.m.; and on Friday, July 18, Pengilly's will get into the swing of things with Beer-Lesque: Tastings and Tassels from 7-10 p.m. For a complete calendar of Deschutes Base Camp events, visit deschutesbrewery.com.
And in local brewery event news, Crooked Fence Brewing has partnered with Duck Club Presents to host a Summer Lawn Bash, Saturday, July 19, from 1-10 p.m. at the Crooked Flats compound, located at 3705 Idaho Hwy. 16 in Eagle. The bash will feature bands Roadkill Ghost Choir, Desert Noises, Hollow Wood, Virgil and Edmond Dantes, along with a wake skating competition, lawn games, beer and food. The event is all-ages and tickets are $10. For more info, visit theduckclub.com.