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Boise’s Woodland Empire gets new owners: ‘it made a lot of sense’


Woodland Empire Ale Craft has new owners this week. But the names might be familiar.

Dave Krick, Jami Adams, David Roberts, and Jacob Black purchased the Boise-based brewery from Keely Landerman and Rob Landerman last week. Krick and his wife Adams own Bittercreek, Red Feather, and Diablo & Sons in Boise. Roberts is the operations manager for the restaurant group. And Black is the founder and owner of Lost Grove Brewing.

For now, the taproom on Front St. in Boise is closed – but not for long.

“It’s going to reopen as soon as our permitting is taken care of,” Roberts told BoiseDev. “It will look and feel the same way. The same staff and pinball machines and same beers. “

‘It made a lot of sense’

Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed, but Roberts said buying it fit their approach.

“When Woodland Empire became available, it made a lot of sense,” Roberts said. “We like them and their beer and we really connect with their sort of philosophy and point of view. One of my favorite things about Woodland is they have an irreverence about a lot of things, but a reverence for the beer.”

He said the ingredients, the quality and the processes are all key in the Woodland Empire product.

“They combine them in ways that have respect for tradition and history of beer, and it shows. That’s what we really liked.  We’ve been long-time admirers.”

Once the permits are straightened out, the taproom will reopen. And while the essence of the product will remain the same, the taproom will continue to evolve as it has over the years.

“Rob and Keely were such harder workers that they were constantly evaluating and changing and developing the tap room and improving the guest experience,” Roberts said. “Change is not a bad thing… but when its change in values or philosophy — that’s what would make me nervous. Long term the philosophy and approach will not change, but I can’t say for certain how changes will happen in the tap room.”

He said there are a number of routes they could take, but nothing is decided yet.

“Our entire focus is doing justice by the Woodland Empire brands. We’d hate to take these beers and brands that are already really good and cherished and loved and do them a disservice in the short term.”

Roberts said they hope to have the taproom back open early next week.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
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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