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Garden City brewery gets new name, owners and Meridian expansion plan

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Garden City craft brewery Bella Brewing is switching things up in 2020.

Bethany and Chris Hughes purchased the brewery last year and went about updating the brand and planning expansion.

Farewell Bella Brewing. Hello Loose Screw Beer Co.

The Hughes said they wanted to create a ‘relateable’ beer brand.

“The idea is that we’re all a little different, a little quirky. We wanted to create a place and a culture that plays on that and encourages people to be who they are while enjoying some really amazing craft beer,” Chris Hughes said.

Loose Screw hopes for expansion

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Along with the new brand, the husband-and-wife team hope to expand to Meridian next year, with a second, much-larger space. The new spot, in the Sawtooth Village Center at Linder Rd. and McMillan Rd. won’t open until 2021, but a pop-up should be in place this summer. When complete, they say it will feature 4,500 square feet of indoor space and a 3,000 square foot backyard in fast-growing N. Meridian.

 “We love Meridian. While other cities are getting the attention of the local breweries, we think Meridian has been a bit left out, and could really use a place like we have planned,” Chris Huges said.

Bella’s head brewer Marcos Moss stays on, and will now be a part-owner in the business. Nine new beers will hit the tap list, plus seasonal offerings. The first beers to pour include Screw You Amber!, Wreckin’ Wolly, and Huey Hog.

The Lose Screw Beer Co. taproom is located at 4340 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City – near Split Rail Winery and Cinder Wines.

Bella Brewing started as Haff Brewing in Garden City, before another ownership and name change in 2016.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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