Idaho is famous for its breathtaking, raw natural scenery, but it also has a decent craft beer scene. As the top barely producing state and second-largest hops producer, it’s no surprise it has one of the fastest-growing craft beer industries in the country. It’s undoubtedly worth a visit during beer season in April, celebrated as Idaho Craft Beer Month.
If you’re looking for something more local, you can check out our other Idaho brewery articles below.
You can also look at our best breweries in America article if you are looking for something in a different city or state.
Boise has the largest concentration of breweries in the state. Here’s a list of the best breweries in Idaho.
- Grand Toten Brewing
- Laughing Dog Brewery
- Woodland Empire Ale Craft
- Bombastic Brewing
- Crooked Fence Brewing
- Boise Brewery
- Highland’s Hollow
- Milner’s Gate
Grand Toten Brewing
The Oldest currently open brewery in Idaho, crafting since 1988, is a piece of living history. If you haven’t drunk Grand Toten, you haven’t experienced Idaho. They produce the best ales and lagers from the best ingredients exclusively from Idaho, including glacial run-off spring water.
We recommend their award-winning sweetgrass pale ale from their core values collection. The flavor is a delicate balance between malt and hops. With its rich golden color, a white head with excellent retention, and an earthy aroma with pine notes, it’s the perfect refreshment after a long day.
Laughing Dog Brewery
The Laughing Dog Brewery was founded in 2005 as a small dream that took over and became a mission to fetch fantastic beer of all flavors for all tastes. They have a dog-friendly patio and taproom so long as you keep your best friend on a leash. The laughing dog values community above all else, so you can’t go wrong with choosing them as the spot to watch a game with friends.
Try their flagship beer, the Mountain Dog, Huckleberry Cream Ale. First off, it’s a flagship beer that’s not an IPA. If that hasn’t impressed you, let us tell you that it starts out as their regular cream ale, but they add fresh huckleberries at the end during the final boil for a subtle flavor and aroma punch. The combination of creaminess, sweetness, tartness, and fruitiness makes us go wild like mountain hounds during a full moon.
Woodland Empire Ale Craft
Started by three friends, Tom Dolan, Keely Landerman, and Rob Landerman, in 2014, it has quickly become the third-largest brewery in Boise and the sixth largest in the state. They Take pride in using pure ingredients sourced only from Idaho. They are IPA experts and make every style besides IPA after breaking every rule.
We’ve got to recommend Ada Country, their barrel-aged imperial stout, released once a year when it’s ready. It is currently topping the charts on BeerAdvocate in the state. It’s a sweet, easy drinker that is nothing like the stout your grandad used to drink.
Three friends came together to contribute to the craft beer scene. A brewer, a beer connoisseur, and a businessman. They met and befriended each other by chance, only to find out they all shared the same dream. Now they are growing at a tremendous rate, with their beers topping the rating charts within the state.
Currently, their highest-rated beer is called Attempted Murder. A smooth, rich, and aged imperial stout with cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla. The vanilla and cinnamon are bold and brilliant against the espresso, licorice, and dark chocolate malt base. It has an amazingly thick, creamy, and smooth mouth feel that puts a smile on everyone’s face. The jet black beer has a dense tan head, and the impressive 10.5 ABV will leave you nice and tipsy. It’s hard to believe that a beer that reminds us so much of a decadent chocolate dessert isn’t sickeningly sweet.
Crooked Fence Brewing
Since 2012, crooked fence brewing has been sharing great beers and lagers. They have successfully made their name in the dynamic Idaho craft scene. Have fun with your friends in their inviting taproom and extended patio. Enjoy bite-sized foods and food trucks from Thursday to Saturday.
While the Sins of Our Fathers is an old favorite, we’d like you to try their Garden City Lite. A tribute to the gem state, an easy-drinking, moderately hopped, smooth, and silky lager that is fantastic for first-time craft beer drinkers. There’s nothing better than this chilled minimalist on a hot day!
From a modest community garden to a backyard Kickstarter and finally, to downtown Boise, Boise brewery’s journey was colorful and unique. Have you ever thought you could own a piece of your favorite brewery? Boise brewery allows craft beer enthusiasts to stand beside investors as equals. They have opened up their third IPO to enable more people to invest in a kitchen for the bar.
If you are a fan of chocolate, then we have a hoppy treat for you. Try Boise Brewery’s Black Cliffs. Their award-winning and highest-rated American stout are dark brown to black with an impressive creamy light brown head. The lacing will last forever as you savor the coffee and chocolate tones with the citrus, pine, and rich malty aroma. As a delight for all the senses, it tastes great, smells great, and has a classic stout mouth feel. You can’t go wrong with that all-American hop presence!
The favorite place for people of all walks of life to get award-winning crafted beer and great food. Highland’s Hallow was initially opened as the Brass lamp by Davidson, & Chas Allan, in 1968. Since then, people have cared deeply about serving their customers’ great beer and food made with love. They partner with locals to get great bread and meat for their food, and their hand-cut fries are hand-cut.
We recommend stopping by and ordering their delicious Harrison Street Tacos and pairing it with their refreshing Spoon Tongue Ale. The light ale is made exclusively with Willamette hops. The trademark spicy and peppery hops aren’t bitter, which is fabulous for lapping up lots of beer.
This brewery was named after the engineering marvel of its age, the Millner dam. Along with the Twin Falls canal system, it turned the once desert-dry country into the magical valley it is today. The restaurant aims to quench the thirst of its patrons as the dam quenches the earth’s thirst. A state-of-the-art ten-barrel brewery system and a menu full of creative renditions of classic American food we know and love. What more could you ask for right in the heart of downtown?
Visit them for lunch, dinner, or a brunch buffet. Try their fantastic Bavarian Helles-Style Lager developed by their Brewmaster Quay Marshall. Brewed with Mount Hood hops, a hybrid between the local northwestern Hops and traditional German Noble hops. The malt-forward golden beer is slightly spicy and hazy and goes great with the ribs and rings available from their lunch menu. Nothing like a uniquely refreshing beer with some rich ribs and sweet crispy onion rings. A meal to remember!