Whenever I travel to a new place, I like to visit as many breweries and beer bars as possible. So when my wife and I recently took a road trip to Idaho to climb some mountains, beer stops were definitely in the plans. We even made hotel reservations based on how close they were to breweries.
In my opinion, Idaho is a bit neglected. Montana’s Rockies, Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, Wyoming steal attention to its east, and Washington and Oregon steal attention to its west. But this Northwest state has a lot to offer.
For outdoorsy types, it has more undeveloped backcountry than any other state except Alaska; and for beer lovers, it has a rather vibrant craft beer scene that continues to grow. Naturally, I felt right at home.
In total, we made it to seven breweries and two beer bars over seven days (not including one in Oregon and one in Washington).
Many cities across the country are exploding with breweries (including Bellingham, of course), and Boise, Idaho’s capital, is no exception. According to boisebeerculture.blogspot.com, this city (population 214,000) now has 17 breweries, 10 of which have opened in just the last year or two. And it’s not stopping there, as at least five more breweries are planning to open in the next year or two.