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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.

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

We opened the doors to our second brewing facility in June of 2016, located in Downtown Boise along the Boise River. We currently offer six year-round beers in cans and on tap, seasonal releases and various beers in our rotating bottle series. Visit our beer page for more information. 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, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and Montana.

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

Upcoming Closures:

Friday // June 23
Tap Room Closed - All Day [ Private Wedding ] 

Friday // July 21
Beer Garden Closed - Time TBD [ Idaho Horror Film Festival ]

Friday // July 28
Brewery Mezzanine Closed - Time TBD [ RateBeer Event ]

Tuesday // August 8
Beer Garden Closed - Time TBD [ Idaho Horror Film Festival ]

Saturday // September 9
Tap Room Closed - All Day [ Private Wedding ]

Friday // September 15
Beer Garden Closed - Time TBD Idaho Horror Film Festival ]

Saturday // September 23
Tap Room Closed - All Day [ Private Wedding ]

Wednesday // October 4
Tap Room Closed - Time TBD [ Private Event ]

Saturday // October 7
Tap Room Closed - Time TBD [ Private Wedding ]

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: Sour Ale with Plum
  • AURA: Sour Ale with Guava & Hibiscus
  • A Sour Moment: Non-Payette Sour Beer Feature
  • German Hefeweizen
  • Disco Biscuits Pilsner
  • Payette Party Beer American Lager
  • Euroise European Pilsner
  • Schwarzbier
  • Fly Line Vienna Lager
  • North Fork Lager
  • Intermountain Northwest IPA
  • Pacific Pale Session IPA
  • Rodeo Citra Pale Ale
  • Rustler IPA
  • Blood Orange Rustler IPA
  • Fem(ALE) Strong Ale
  • Recoil IPA
  • Pistolero Porter
  • Mutton Buster Brown Ale
  • CIDER: Meriweather Strong Arm Semi-Sweet
  • WINE: Proletariat Red Blend
  • WINE: Proletariat Chardonnay
  • WINE: Proletariat Sauvignon Blanc
  • WINE: Split Rail Syrah
  • SODA: Bucksnort Root Beer on tap!
  • SODA: Coca Cola products available

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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