Posted by Andrew Mentzer.
Woe is me. It’s shoulder season. I can’t ski yet and it’s far too cold to jump in the river. It only makes sense that this happens to be the finest time of year for seasonal beers and comfort grub at many Idaho brewpubs. While fall temps may have dropped, it’s the perfect time of year to dust off that old cruiser bike and pedal down to one of Boise’s brewing establishments.
Crooked Fence Barrelhouse
5181 Glenwood, Garden City, ID 83714; (208) 376-4200
One of the area’s newest brewery/brew houses, Crooked Fence mixes traditional recipes with innovative branding. Their fall offerings include a Grim Reaper Imperial Black IPA to go along with soul-warming shepherd’s pie and lasagna seasonal menu additions.
2455 Harrison Hollow Blvd Boise, ID 83702; (208) 343-6820
This little north Boise gem is home to some of the Treasure Valley’s finest polenta, oysters, and halibut. Fall seasonal brew offerings include the Red Ryder (a rye ale) and Bonnie St. Nan (a cherry smoked porter).
Payette Brewing Company
111 W 33rd St Boise, ID 83714; (208) 344-0011
One of Idaho’s most prolific beer makers in recent years, Payette hosts local food trucks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Chase down gourmet wagon eats with this fall’s Slaughterhouse Imperial Red Ale, or Barrel Aged Imperial Stout—which debuts at Payette’s Black Friday event the end of November.
10 Barrel Brewing Company
830 W Bannock St Boise, ID 83702; (208) 344-5870
This new downtown Boise hot spot offers a diverse menu with weekly food specials and a robust rotation of seasonal beers, including five fall pumpkin beers (get them while they last), an Oktoberfest, Suede Imperial Porter (a collaboration with Stone Brewing Company), and a Cascadian Dark Ale (aka Black IPA).
3019 N Cole Rd Boise, ID 83704; (208) 658-1533
One of Boise’s most storied breweries, this brewpub offers legendary beer-battered Alaskan Halibut on Friday nights, daily grub specials and a nice fall line-up of beers. Settle into the robust Winterfest seasonal, Seven Devil’s Imperial Stout or one of Sockeye’s “benefit beers,” like the Spruce’n Trail (a spruce tip beer benefiting the Selway-Bitterroot/Frank Church Foundation) or Dagger Falls IPA in the pink can which benefits the Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI).
705 W Fulton St Boise, ID 83702; (208) 342-0944
Boise’s oldest microbrewery, this popular downtown pub & grub spot boasts daily food specials and a nice line-up of fall beers. On tap are Tablerock’s old go-tos, Kristalwizen (a wheat beer) and Munich Hellis. Seasonal offerings include an American Stout and the Rye Saison—aged seven months in a whiskey barrel.
Slanted Rock Brewery
2374 E Cinema Dr Meridian, ID 83642; (208) 288-2192
This Treasure Valley newcomer boasts a wide range of fall flavors, including an Oktoberfest Marzen lager, a Vanilla Baltic Imperial Porter, an American style Imperial Stout, and a malty Scotch Ale. Grub from area food trucks is available for some special events as well.