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.

@pranompopup tonight at Garden City! 5pm until SOLD OUT! 

Menu for Friday night:

$14 Tom Ka (slow braised brisket ) Coconut Milk Noodle Soup: Lemongrass, mushrooms, tomatoes, galanga, Bok Choy, bean sprouts, dry chilies, rice noodles, and lime citrus.


$14 Vegan Red Curry Noodle Soup: coconut milk, cauliflower, tofu, mix green veggies, dry chilies, and rice noodles. 

Menu for @barbariandowntown on Saturday tbd. Pranom will be serving Downtown from 2pm until SOLD OUT.

#pranompopup #thaistreetfood #visitgardencity #pranomthaifood #travelingfoodtruck #barbarian #barbarianbrewingidaho
It’s TATER PATCH TUESDAY at our @barbariandowntown Taproom! Tater Patch serenades from 7pm-9pm every Tuesday. 

Need some dinner while listening to music? Place an online To Go order from our downtown neighbors @calle75streettacos and they’ll run your food to your table at Barbarian!

📸 @steveboundless 

#taterpatchtuesday #tacotuesday #barbariandowntown #downtownboise #barbarianbeerbar #boisebeer #taterpatch #barbarianbrewing #tacosandbeer #bluegrass #bolotietuesday
With 20+ Barbarian beers on draft the choices can sometimes be overwhelming. Beer flights are the perfect way to try out some of our selection! 

Garden City is open Noon-9pm on Saturday and 2-6pm on Sunday. @barbariandowntown is open Noon-11pm on Saturday and Noon-8pm on Sunday.

#beerflight #barbarianbrewing #boisebeer #drinkbeer #trynewbeer #independentbrewery #supportlocalbeer
*New Merch Thor’s Day* We just got in brand new 7-Panel embroidered hats and birch colored waffle knit beanies! Come and get ‘em!

No new beers today but we’ve got @eatkismet outside Garden City Taproom from 4:30-7:30pm and @barbariandowntown has @cutthroatbanjo and @popsbeek playing from 7-9pm tonight. 

Thank you Keaton and Dan for modeling hats this afternoon. 

#barbarianbrewing #newmerch #thorsday #barbarianthorsday #unleashyourbarbarian #brewerymerch #visitgardencity #brewerybranding
💧Attention!💧To all of our #dryjanuary participants and non-drinking Barbarians~ we canned and kegged a fresh batch of our HOP WATER! This is a ZERO alcohol sparkling water with hop essence. It also has zero sugar and is gluten-free! Available on draft and to-go in both Barbarian Taprooms tomorrow for #thorsday. 

#barbarianhopwater #hopwater #barbarianbrewing #hoph2o #bubblywater #quenchyourbarbarian #visitgardencity #nodrinkjanuary
Our Garden City Taproom may not be open on Tuesday, but @barbariandowntown is open from 3-10pm AND has a super limited amount of FENRIR and ERIK THE RED available on draft. 

Garden City opens back up on Wednesday from 4-9pm. 

We’ve got a fresh batch of DOUBLES FOR YOUR TROUBLES double hazy IPA to tap for Thor’s Day this week at both Taprooms (draft & 16oz cans). @eatkismet will be serving from 5-8pm at Garden City. Kismet also has a pre-order Take n’ Bake Caesar salad and Lasagna option - link in @eatkismet bio. Orders must be placed for Take n’ Bake by Thursday at noon. 

#barbariandowntown #barbarianbreweryboise #barbarianbrewing #craftbeer #smallbrewery #fenrir #erikthered #idahobeer #boisebeer
Comfy PJ Party at Barbarian Downtown Taproom tonight from 9pm-1am.
Leave your fancy clothes at home and bring out your inner couch potato by ringing in the New Year in your PJs at @barbariandowntown ..... or wear your whatever you’d like ~ we don't care! We just want to drink some beers. 

No cover charge. Must be 21 and older. ID required.

We will be dropping THOR'S HAMMER at midnight and ringing in the new year with a champagne toast.

#pjparty #newyearseve #itscoldoutside #barbarianbrewing #pajamasallday #barbariandowntown #barbarianbeerbar
Join us for the FINAL Thor's Day of 2021! We are tapping a fresh batch of our KIWI SAMUARI Japanese Rice Lager and PISCO SOUR (pictured).

Garden City is open 2-9pm today and @barbariandowntown is open 3-10pm with THE JUKE & THE JOINT performing from 7-9pm. 

Japanese style Rice Lager dry hopped with Motueka hops from Hop Revolution in New Zealand. There is NO kiwi fruit in this Lager.
5.6% abv
20 IBU
Draft & 16oz Crowlers available.

Golden kettle sour made with Sauvignon Blanc juice, grapefruit and lime. Served on Nitro for the creamy mouth feel, with a dash of bitters, similar to the famous cocktail of the same name.
5.5% abv
10 IBU
Draft Only (because it's served on nitro)

#piscosour #barbariansours #barbarianbrewing #idahosours #newbeerthorsday #thorsday #newbeers #visitgardencity #sourbeer
Grab some Barbarian cans for your snow adventures!❄️ Garden City is open at 2pm and @barbariandowntown opens at 3pm. Please drive careful! These roads are no joke. 

#snow #barbarianbrewing #idahobeer #snowbeer #visitgardencity #idahowinter #unleashyourbarbarian
Looking for a light, sparkly, sour beer to toast at Midnight on New Year’s? Grab a 4-pack of our POM SPARKLER! We hear it also mixes well with champagne for a beer-mosa. 

Garden City opens at 2pm and @barbariandowntown opens at 3pm Tuesday-Thursday this week. Both Taprooms open at Noon on New Year’s Eve.
The Barbarian Taprooms are open EVERY DAY this week!

• Monday- Wednesday: 2-7
• Thor’s Day: 2-9 (@eatkismet  4:30-7:30)
• NYE: Noon-7
• New Year’s Day: 2-9
• Sunday: 2-6

• Monday- Thor’s Day: 3-10
(Thursday The Juke & The Joint 7-9)
• NYE: Noon-1am (Comfy PJ Party 9pm-1am)
• New Year’s Day: 2-11
• Sunday: Noon-8

#barbarianbrewing #holidayhours #newyears2022 #visitgardencity #visitboise


Boise Downtown Taproom

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

1022 W Main St
Boise, Idaho 83702

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

5270 W Chinden Blvd
Garden City, ID 83714

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