Move over Garden City, the Linen District is now vying to become the hotbed of handcrafted hooch. Mouvance Winery recently flung open the doors to its tasting room at 1414 Grove St. The Boise-based winery produces limited quantities of pinot noir and white wine varietals using fruit from their vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills of Willamette Valley. The tasting room is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays. For more info, visit mouvancewinery.com.
And in microbrewery news, Woodland Empire Ale Craft has snagged a yet-to-be-named 5,000-square-foot spot in the Linen District, where it will install a 15-barrel system. Rob and Keely Landerman relocated their young family to Boise from Texas, where Rob worked as the head brewer at San Antonio's Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling. He and Keely have long dreamed of opening their own brewery.
"We're going to have a lot of the classic, usual suspects available for the people that expect the IPA and amber and things like that, but we're more focused on artistic creations of beer," said Rob.
The Landermans will use 95 percent Idaho-grown ingredients, including wheat, spelt and hops. In addition to a Belgian-style wit brewed with Idaho lavender, Woodland Empire will also make a 3.4 percent English dark mild using Doma Coffee.
"The idea is that it's a sessionable beer, something you can drink a lot of," said Rob.
Rob and Keely gleaned inspiration for this brew from the Built to Spill song, "In the Morning." The couple crafts a number of other beers inspired by songs.
"We're into music; we're into art and gardening," said Rob. "We just do more creative stuff, that's how we operate and what makes us happy, so beer is the amalgamation of all that--it's the crux of where all our artistic stuff comes out."
Though the Landermans launched an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign to fund the brewery in September 2012, they said the effort succeeded in linking them up with local investors.
If things go according to plan, Woodland Empire hopes to open its naturally lit, plant-filled, TV-free, 10-tap tasting room in the Linen District by August or September.
Moving from imbibing to feasting, Boise's Charm School is hosting its inaugural Feast event at the Visual Arts Collective Wednesday, March 13, from 6-8 p.m. Attendees can chow down on tamales with cotija cheese made by Archie's Place, while 10 presenters pitch their creative ideas. The audience will vote on a winning project, and proceeds from the doors will be awarded as a micro-grant. Tickets are $20 and available at the VAC until sold out March 13.