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Beer Pioneer

Mike Francis left the corporate life as an industrial engineer for Boeing Company in Seattle to engineer some industry of his own. After receiving an associate's degree in Brewing Technology from Chicago's Siebel Institute of Technology, followed by a stint at Schooner Exact Brewing in Seattle, Mike headed to his home turf of Boise in 2010 to establish Payette Brewing Company. 

Our Story

Living up to our Name

We chose the name Payette because it fits the way we live and work. Francois Payette was a French Canadian trapper whose name and memory is enshrined among numerous Idaho landmarks. The name has since become synonymous with an adventurous spirit that pervades Idaho's year-round outdoor lifestyle.

Rustler can sitting on rock outside

Idaho’s Beer

Our new brewhouse opening Spring 2016 runs a 60-barrel brewing system with the capacity to brew 100,000 barrels annually. We currently offer six year-round beers in cans and on tap: Payette Pale Ale, Rustler IPA, Mutton Buster Brown Ale, North Fork Lager, Pistolero Porter and Blood Orange Rustler IPA. In 2012, we made Idaho brewing history when we introduced Payette Pale Ale and Mutton Buster as the first craft beer cans from the Gem State. You can find our beer in bars, restaurants, and retail locations including grocery and specialty stores throughout Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Utah.

Our Manifesto

When it comes to making uncompromising, awesome beer, we go against the grain. We are passionate, rebellious, beer pioneers. We stick to our guns and venture down the road less traveled to make the best beer in the west. This isn’t just our livelihood, it’s our life and we've tapped into something good.


Our mission is to continually brew awesome beers while building a culture that connects, educates, makes a difference and champions the craft brew industry to our consumers, community and partners.


We’re here for the beer. It’s all starts with quality and consistency in our process and products.
We have a responsibility to our local community. We support our roots. Payette Forward allows us to give back through community organizations and events.
Making beer is a labor of true love and we work harder than anyone. But it’s the after hours skiing, hiking, camping and kayaking that recharge and inspire us.
We are advocates and authorities in the craft brew industry and we look to promote it and educate others whenever possible.
We believe in sustaining partnerships with suppliers, vendors and organizations that share similar values.

The Tap Room

Our Tap Room is a great place to enjoy any one of the current brews we have on tap. In June of 2016, we finished construction on our 60-barrel brewing facility and Tap Room which is just a few miles from our other original brewery and open seven days a week. Located along the Boise River in Downtown Boise, our new brewery offers over twenty Payette beers on tap, local wine and cider on tap, non-alcoholic options, merchandise for sale, a wide variety of beers to-go, a large tap room connected to our beer garden and a mezzanine that overlooks the brewery.

Note: Our Tap Room is all ages and dog friendly! We don't offer food but have a unique partnership with Boise's local food truck scene. Check out: Payette Food Truck Schedule to view the upcoming trucks!


We at Payette Brewing love dogs. Please help us make your dog's visit to the brewery a pleasant one for you and our other human and canine patrons by following this etiquette guide provided by DogEtiquette.info. Leash up your pup and come grab a pint!

733 South Pioneer Street, Boise, ID 83702

Hours at River Street Tap Room

Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Saturday  11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Click Here for Current Food Truck Schedule

Brewery Tours: Every Saturday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. No registration required. Includes behind the scenes glimpse of the brewery with history of Payette and brewing process information.

On Tap at River Street Tap Room

  • AURA: Kettle Sour with Elderberries & Black Currants
  • High Side American Wheat Ale
  • Axe Handle India Pale Lager
  • North Fork Lager
  • Inspectah Czech- Czech Style Pilsner
  • Black Lager
  • B.U.G.S.- Witbeir with Coriander & Orange Peel
  • 8 Second Ry'd- Imperial Citra Pale Ale
  • Rodeo Citra Pale Ale
  • JS-02- Experimental IPA
  • Rustler IPA
  • Blood Orange Rustler IPA
  • Nelson- Experimental IPA
  • Recoil IPA
  • Furving- Experimental IPA
  • Sophie's Choice- Irish Red
  • Pistolero Porter
  • Belgian Table Bier
  • American Strong Ale
  • Long Drop Cider: Semi-Sweet
  • Proletariat Wine Co: Red Blend, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Split Rail Wine: Syrah

Contact Us

p: 208.344.0011

Looking for a keg? Want us to sponsor your event? Wondering how we make our beer so delicious? Use the form to the right to get in touch.

Retail Kegs

Payette Brewing does sell 1/2 barrel kegs at the brewery for private use. Please send a keg request with what style you are wanting as well as the desired date of pick-up. Must be AT LEAST 14 DAYS prior to the date you're requesting a keg. There are no guarantees the style you request are available but we will do our best to accommodate you.


To host an event at the Tasting Room, or If you would like Payette Brewing to participate in an event you are hosting, use the form to the right to get in touch and start planning your event. Please explain to us in detail what the event is, when and where it will be and your contact information. In order to comply with city regulations and alcohol laws, requests must be submitted AT LEAST 14 DAYS prior to the event date.
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