Local families plan brewery in old Boise firehouse

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Boise's old firehouse six may soon have a new tenant: a brewery.

Bear Island Brewing Co. has filed for a conditional use permit with the City of Boise to convert the former fire engine bays into a brewery and taproom.  The former fire station on Fairview Ave. at Liberty St. has served a variety of uses since being decommissioned as a fire station.

Now, two large garage doors that were removed are planned to be added back to the building as part of the remodel and upgrade.

Bear Island distributes a variety of Idaho-themed ales that are currently brewed out of a garage operation. The Bechtel-Westover family owns the business, and serves its brew on tap at restaurants like Juniper, Cottonwood Grille, Cobby's and others - as well as at retail growler stations around the valley. 

The current lineup of beers includes Carriage Ride, Idaho Potato Ale, Fuse, BearFaced and Kolsch Royale.

The Bear Island folks say they still don’t have everything finalized just yet: 

  •  “Our official statement on this is that it is premature as it is still in it's infancy (this building has not been fully vetted yet and requires extensive permitting and approvals). We promise to make an announcement ourselves if we are moving forward with this or any other building. We will know more in December, until then thank you for your continued support and keep your fingers crossed!" Cheers, Beth Bechtel, CEO, Bear Island Brewing Company. 

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