Last September, BoiseDev told you about the Warfield in Ketchum’s expansion plan.
The two-year project is almost complete.
“It’s up and running from a brewing standpoint. We’ve brewed a few batches, maybe six or seven batches on the new brewhouse,” Ben Bradley, Warfield Distillery & Brewing’s Co-founder said. “The distilling side is still getting finished up. So we are kind of lingering here in the last throes of the project. It should be about another two to three weeks and I think we should be finished with the expansion.”
Part of the expansion includes an event space and tap and tasting room. These rooms have yet to open to the public regularly.
Staffing a challenge
“Staffing out here in Ketchum is always hard to find enough people to work,” he said. “We have not found enough staff to open that new part of the building just yet.”
Bradley plans to have at least a portion of those rooms open by mid-August.
The new taproom has large slide open doors, so an indoor or outdoor option will be available.
The first batches being brewed at the new location are almost ready to go. They are being conditioned and carbonated, but there is a delay in cans.
“We’re waiting on cans to arrive so we can begin our canning process and getting the beer in cans and out to Albertsons,” he said. “As with many supply chains, our can’s have been delayed by about a month.”
Warfield sells beers all over Southern Idaho. Albertsons offers Warfield’s products across the state, and offers beer in both bottles, and soon — cans.