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Boise Brewing to expand brewery location in Downtown Boise

Boise Brewing announced it will take over the Boise Weekly building in Downtown Boise, which is also home to the Idaho Press Boise bureau.

Boise Brewing said BW decided to relocate. The building is owned by Z Investments, which is controlled by former Boise Weekly owner Sally Freeman. Freeman sold the paper to Adams Publishing Group in 2018, but retained the building and property. Rudeen said they signed a letter intent for the property.

“But this will be an absolute game changer for us,” Boise Brewing co-owner Collin Rudeen wrote customers. “We’ve been positively bursting at the seams in our current space. Between increased production and more demand for customer seating, there simply wasn’t room for everything. This changes everything.”

[‘Flagship’ brewery taproom proposed for Downtown Boise]

Rudeen said they plan to keep the current space next door and expand into the old Boise Weekly building. A kitchen is also planned, according to his note.

“There is much to plan out,” he wrote. “But in broad strokes, the idea is to use our new space for seating. And a kitchen! The current taproom will operate largely the same, but (brewers) Lance (Chavez) and Lynlee (Gardside) will finally be able to operate the brewery without fear of running someone over with a pallet.”

Rudeen said they hope to raise $100,000 through the brewery’s ownership program to finance buildout on the expansion.

Boise Brewing launched in 2015 along Broad St. in Boise. Last year we told you about how the brewery worked to adjust during the pandemic – with expansion and other offerings.

Idaho Press and Boise Weekly publisher Matt Davison says they don’t have a new location to share, but says “we have every intention (of) remaining downtown.”

Don Day - BoiseDev editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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