Slaughterhouse… It’s not what you think. It’s a small piece of Boise’s history.


If you’re a Boise native, you might have a better understanding of the name behind this beer. The Oregon Trail, the longest historic overland migration trail in North American and, yes, a wildly popular computer video game in the 1970’s, took a route through Boise in the 1800’s. Throughout Boise there are several monuments that commemorate The Oregon Trail and one of those is Slaughterhouse Gulch.


So where did the name come from? “Along the foothills of what is now Hill Road, emigrants, packers and miners traveled as they crossed the Boise Valley to connect with the emigrant trails North and West of Eagle, Idaho.

The area North of Harrison Blvd. became known as “Slaughterhouse Gulch”, the name taken from a meat packing businesses that were located near this monument for many years.  In 1901, Idaho Provision and Packing Company was organized near this spot, just outside the city limits.  In addition to the slaughterhouse, a brick manufacturing facility and kiln was established which produced fired bricks for many of Boise’s early buildings.  Following World War II, this area was subdivided and houses were constructed.”


If you head to 15th + Hill Streets, you will find a small, little triangular park. In that park is a monument that commemorates Slaughterhouse Gulch. Head there to learn more about the history behind this beer’s name!


Named after Boise's Slaughterhouse Gulch and its historical meat packing businesses, this brew is as bold and rugged as the miners and packers that traveled its path when it was known as "The Oregon Trail". This fall seasonal is an India Red Ale featuring Amarillo hops, known for their dark, fruity characteristics. While higher in alcohol by volume, a roasted malt base offsets the hops and balances the heat of the alcohol for a subtle, rich finish. 

ABV: 7.5% // IBU: 70

Hops: Amarillo, Chinook, Crystal // Malts: Crystal, Munich, Pale

Glassware: Pint Glass