frequently asked questions

How is your beer made?

Magical Garden City water, elbow grease, time, and Keebler elves.

Where can I find your beer around Boise?

You can find our beer in both of our Taprooms and, occasionally, we will be on draft at a few restaurants or bars in town. We are a small brewery operating on a 10 bbl brew system, so most days we just brew enough beer to keep our taprooms supplied. Luckily, both taprooms are open  seven days a week now!

Why are minors not allowed at the Downtown Taproom?

The Downtown Boise Taproom does not produce beer on-site, therefore, we are classified strictly as a “bar” according to the Idaho State Alcohol Beverage Control and are not allowed to let minors on the patio or in the Taproom.

So why are minors only allowed on the patio at the Garden City Brewery & Taproom?

According to the Idaho State ABC, minors are now allowed in brewery and winery tasting rooms, but it is up to the discretion of each business. At Barbarian Brewing we allow minors on our patio only due to brewery safety concerns. Breweries are dangerous production facilities and many of our brewery hazards reside VERY close to our taproom. Therefore, kids on the patio only. We appreciate your understanding on this matter!

Can I buy your beer online?

Unfortunately, not at this time. Our town elders won’t let us dance…or sell beer over the interwebs.

Is Garden City safe?

You bet. It’s pretty respectable these days with all the new breweries and wineries popping up. Most of the old GC riff-raff have migrated east to the fertile lands between the Torch and Cabana Inn.

What's with all the wolf names?

We like wolves….But here’s the real story. The owners of Barbarian have a Siberian Husky named Conan and he was named Conan because it’s Gaelic for “Little Wolf.” The scientific name for hops is “humulus lupulus” and lupus is the diminutive of lupus (wolf). So we called the first IPA we made Little Wolf IPA and the wolf names started flowing with the rest of the IPAs: Big Bad Wolf, Beta Wolf, NeoWolf, Space Wolf, Wolf’s Bane, etc.

Who is this Brett guy you keep talking about?

Brett is short for brettanomyces, which is wild yeast. We use several types of wild yeast strains in our barrel aged funky and sour beers to help give complex flavors to the beer.

How do you sour beer?

We make two types of sours here at Barbarian: Kettle sours (quick turn around) and Barrel-aged Sours (months in the barrel!)

Kettle Sours – The wort is created and bacteria, lactobacillus, is added before it is brewed. The beer is then boiled, hence killing the bacteria, fermented, carbonated, kegged and ready for draft in 2-3 weeks.

Barrel Aged Sours – The wort is made like a normal CLEAN beer, transferred to the fermenter, where it ferments until the desired alcohol percentage is reached, then it is transferred to an oak barrel. The brettanomyces/lactobacillus are then added to the barrel for a SLOW, ORGANIC transformation of the beer. This process could take 3 months to 2 years depending on if the barrel is brand new to us or the desired outcome of the beer. Once James determines its readiness, fruit/spices may be added, then it will sit for another month or two and then kegged and bottled.

Can der drink morvan fre yer bers an stil strand uprit?

Well, our beers our a little higher in octane that most places here in town, so you should probably call an Uber or Lift if you plan on staying a while.

It’s only Tuesday, but we’re already dreaming of the weekend.

Speaking of Tuesday ~ $1 off sour draft pours at the Garden City Taproom today. We have SIX sours on the board. Open 4-9pm. #funkytuesday 

#unleashyourbarbarian #barbarianbrewing #ogkoozie #lakebeers #summervibes #drinkbeeroutside #summerbeer
After 5 years with Barbarian, Brock will be bidding us farewell to start his teaching career. Tonight from 4-9pm and tomorrow from Noon-6pm (Saturday) are his last official shifts at the Garden City Taproom.

On Sunday, August 1 from 2-4pm we are throwing Brock a going away party. Come on down to the Garden City Taproom to cheers with Brock! *21 and older*

#ogemployee #barbarianbrewing #unleashyourbarbarian #goingawayparty #idahobeer #sundayfunday
Cold beer, Air Conditioning and 19 beers on draft. It’s also the last chance to get TROPIC THUNDER IPA! We’ll be tapping a fresh batch of DANK JUICE DIPA and SOUR GUMMY GUYS on Thor’s Day 7/29.

Monday is Medical Industry Night and medical industry peeps get 10% off draft pours.

FUNKY TUESDAY ~ $1 off draft pours of our sour beers.

WEST COAST WEDNESDAY ~ $1 off draft pours of all IPAs.

#barbarianbrewing #unleashyourbarbarian #mondayfunday #idahobeer #barbarianbeer #craftbeer #barbariansours

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE is a gold stout with vanilla, dairy-free whip cream and 130 lbs of strawberry shortcake topping and strawberry purée. Lactose free and non-sour. 
8.5% ABV
20 IBU
Available on draft and in 16oz cans at both the Garden City and @barbariandowntown Taprooms. 

#newbeerthorsday #thorsday #newbeer #strawberryshortcake #strawberryshortcakebeer #barbarianbrewing #barbariandowntown #barbarianbeer #dessertale #craftbeerlover
It’s hot. It’s smoky. Drink more beer and relax! 

It’s #funkytuesday at our Garden City Taproom. $1 off all sour draft pours. 

#barbarianbrewing #unleashyourbarbarian #drinkbeer #idahobeer #craftbeer #idahosummer #juicypaleale #barbarianbeer #craftbeer #itshotoutside🔥
Rolling out two more light, easy drinking beers to help endure this crazy summer heat! 

Light, crisp, refreshing German style Helles Lager that lagered in tank for 6 weeks. Great lawn mower beer for a hot summer day!
4.7% ABV
10 IBU
Draft and Crowlers available.
Pale Ale with Azacca, Citra, El Dorado and Moutere hops. All the juicy, fruity hops of a hazy but without the haze!
4.3% ABV
30 IBU
Draft and 16oz cans.

Curbside: link in bio

#helleslager #barbarianbrewing #juicypaleale #paleale #lager #lagerbeer #thorsday #newbeerthorsday #patiobeers #hotaf #boisesummer #visitgardencity #visitboise
Where are you taking your Barbarian beers this summer? Make sure to tag us on your summer getaways! 

#unleashyourbarbarian #barbarianbrewing #idaho #idahosummer #heyarnold #barbariansours #drinkbeeroutside #showdeer
Happy Friday! Stock up on beer and #wolfpaw seltzer to get you through another triple digit weekend. Freshly canned TANGERINE RADLER and HEY ARNOLD! help beat the heat 🔥😉.

#barbariantogo #boisebeer #itstoohotoutside #weekendvibes #summerbeer
TANGERINE 🍊 RADLER now on draft and in 16oz cans for #newbeerthorsday !! 

This German style Helles Lager is mixed with real tangerine 🍊 fruit purée and Meyer lemon 🍋 juice. Another awesome easy drinking summer beer! 
3.7% ABV 
10 IBU

The Garden City Taproom opens at 4pm and the @barbariandowntown opens at 3pm. 

#thorsday #tangerineradler #radlerbeer #barbarianbrewing #unleashyourbarbarian #summerbeer #drinkbeeroutside #fruitbeer #helleslager #itstoohotoutside
Happy 4th of July! Both Barbarian Taprooms are open today for the holiday. 

~ Sunday, July 4~ 
Garden City: 12-5pm
@barbariandowntown : 12-8pm

~ Monday, July 5 ~
Garden City: 12-5pm
@barbariandowntown : 12-10pm

#july4th #beertogo #drinkbeer #boise #visitgardencity #visitboise #barbarianbrewing #idahobeer
*NEW SOUR ALERT!* The 2021 WATERMELON SOUR is on draft at both Barbarian Taprooms just in time for the 4th of July weekend!

WATERMELON 🍉 SOUR ~ Spontaneously fermented barrel aged sour finished with 200 lbs of freshly puréed watermelons. 
6.5% abv
Draft and crowlers. 

Garden City holiday hours:
Saturday: Noon-9pm
Sun & Mon: Noon-5pm

@barbariandowntown holiday hours:
Saturday: Noon-Midnight 
Sunday: Noon-8pm
Monday: Noon-10pm

#watermelonsour #barbarianssours #july4th #visitboise #visitgardencity #oldworldstylenewworldflavor #unleashyourbarbarian #barbarianbrewing #boisesummer #sourbeer


Boise Downtown Taproom

Mon-Wed: 3-10pm
Thurs: 3-11pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm-12am
Sun: 12-8pm

1022 W Main St
Boise, Idaho 83702

Mon: Closed
Tues-Thurs: 4-9pm
Fri: 2-9pm
Sat: 12-9pm
Sun: 2-6pm

5270 W Chinden Blvd
Garden City, ID 83714

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