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.

~ CRY OF THE BLACKBIRDS ~
Blackbirds are mysterious, magical creatures. Almost as magical and mysterious as the spontaneous fermentation this barrel aged sour underwent before being aged in red wine barrels for a year. Blackberries and boysenberries were then added for the last month giving the beer a beautiful red hue with extra dimensions of complexity. 
8.5% ABV
0 IBU
Draft and 500ml bottles available at both Barbarian Taprooms. 

@thevoidboise will be serving food outside our Garden City Taproom from 4-8pm today (Friday) and 2-7pm tomorrow.

#friday #cryoftheblackbirds #barbariansours #spontaneousbeer #spawnofbarbarian #unleashyourbarbarian #cryoftheblackbirds2021 #barbarianbrewing #idahobeer #boisebeer #sourbeer #spontaneousfermentation
GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE. Woodford Reserve barrel aged Imperial Stout with chocolate, espresso, pecans, Madagascar vanilla beans and coconut. 
10% ABV

A very limited quantity DRAFT AND BOTTLES are available at our Garden City Taproom! It’s also one of our two Fall Membership Release bottles for our 2021 Members. 

#germanchocolatecake #barrelagedstout #dessertstout #barbarianbrewing #idahobeer #craftbeer #stoutseason #newbeerthorsday
NEW BEER THOR’S DAY with FOUR new beers and @thevoidboise serving up dinner from 5pm-8pm.
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~ DARK HARVEST ~
Butternut squash Porter with fall spices.
6.8% abv
20 IBU
Draft & 16oz can

~ EARL GREY SOUR~
Kettle sour made with Earl Grey tea, juniper and lavender. Served on nitro with a dried rose petal garnish.
4.6% abv
Draft only

~ CRY OF THE BLACKBIRDS ~
Spontaneously fermented sour aged in oak barrels and finished with blackberries and boysenberries.
8.5% abv
Draft and 500ml Bottle (Fall Membership Release)

~ GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE ~
Imperial stout aged in Bourbon barrels for a year. The barrels were blended with chocolate, espresso, pecans, vanilla and coconut. It's like a slice of rich German Chocolate cake in a glass! 
*Contains Nuts*
10% abv
Draft and 500ml Bottle (Fall Membership Release)
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Online Ordering for Quick Pickup: link in bio.

@barbariandowntown is tapping DARK HARVEST and CRY OF THE BLACKBIRDS today. German Chocolate Cake draft & bottles will be available Downtown next week on 9/23.

#darkharvest #butternutsquashale #porter #fallspices #newbeerthorsday #thorsday #barbarianbeers #barbarianbrewing #fallbeer #unleashyourbarbarian
It’s #funkytuesday at the Garden City Taproom! $1 off all sour draft pours. 

We’re gearing up for FOUR new beers on Thor’s Day 9/16! The additional three beers going away to make room are Dank Juice, Tiger Sunset and Strawberry Shortcake. 

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New beers this week:

~ EARL GREY SOUR~
Kettle sour made with Earl Grey tea, juniper and lavender. Served on nitro with a dried rose petal garnish.
4.6% abv
Draft only

~ CRY OF THE BLACKBIRDS ~
Spontaneously fermented sour aged in oak barrels and finished with blackberries and boysenberries.
8.5% abv
Draft and 500ml Bottle

~ GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE ~
Imperial stout aged in Bourbon barrels for a year. The barrels were blended with chocolate, espresso, pecans, vanilla and coconut. It's like a slice of rich German Chocolate cake in a glass! 
*Contains Nuts*
10% abv
Draft and 500ml Bottle

~ DARK HARVEST ~
Butternut squash Porter with fall spices (cinnamon, nutmeg & allspice).
6.8% abv
20 IBU
Draft & 16oz can

#sourbeer #barbariansours #tuesdayvibes #visitgardencity #idahobeer #makeroomforawesome #barbarianbrewing #barbarianbeer
CAN SALE! $8 four packs of Wolf Paw Huckleberry Hard Seltzer, JUICY PALE ALE and DANK JUICE DIPA all this week. Online and in-house. 

Mondays are MEDICAL INDUSTRY NIGHT at the Garden City Taproom and SERVICE INDUSTRY NIGHT at @barbariandowntown . Enjoy draft discounts if you work in medical or service industry.

#wolfpaw #dankjuice #juicypale #cansale #barbarian #mondaymood #monday
Our brewing crew got the best birthday present today in the form of a new-to-us forklift and keg washer! 

We’re gearing up for our big move down the street, one piece of equipment at a time. Speaking of the big move to 32nd & Clay in Garden City ~ it’s still happening! We’re just stuck in permitting purgatory and will hopefully be able to start construction soon. Unfortunately, that means we do NOT have a timeline for when we will moving the brewery and taproom. Don’t worry, progress updates will be reported as they occur! 

#barbarianbrewing #newequipment #unleashyourbarbarian #idahobeer #gardencitybeer
*NEW MERCH ALERT!* Long sleeve lightweight pullover hoodies now available in Navy Blue with Tiger Sunset design. Available at both Barbarian Taprooms and online for curbside pickup and shipping. 

Labor Day Hours:

Garden City ~ Noon-5pm

@barbariandowntown ~ Noon-10pm

#labordayweekend #tigersunset #barbarianbrewing #unleashyourbarbarian #beer 
#newmerch
We’re pouring 7 different Barbarian beers down at @experience_gardencity until 7pm tonight (Saturday)! Our booth is located near 34th and Clay. 

Both Barbarian Taprooms are also open today, starting at Noon. 

#visitgardencity #experiencegarden #gardencityidaho #barbarianbrewing #idahobeer #drinkbeer #labordayweekend #unleashyourbarbarian
It’s FIRST FRIDAY NOODLE NIGHT! @crisp.boise will be serving up dinner in front of our Garden City Taproom from 5pm-8:30pm tonight. Open until 9pm. 

Garden City Labor Day Hours:
Saturday Noon-9pm
Sunday 2-6pm
Monday Noon-5pm

@barbariandowntown Labor Day Hours:
Saturday Noon-Midnight 
Sunday Noon-11pm
Monday Noon-10pm

#noodlenight #firstfriday #firstfridaynoodlenight #barbarianbrewing #labordayweekend #laborday #visitgardencity #boisebeer
Only SIX bottles of OLD MAN DIRK left at each Barbarian Taproom and a very limited amount of draft. Get some while you can! First come, first serve on these bottles. 

The Garden City Taproom is open until 9pm and @barbariandowntown is open until 11pm. Cheers! 

#oldmandirk #barrelagedbeer #scottishale #unleashyourbarbarian #ripbubba #oldman #barbarianbarrelaged
Fresh batches of FALL ALE and THE DIRK today for New Beer Thor’s Day!
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~ FALL ALE ~
Rye Saison made with traditional Belgian malts and brewed with a blend of expressive yeasts.
5.6% ABV
20 IBU
Draft & Crowlers available.

~ THE DIRK ~
Our traditional Scottish Wee Heavy ale made with the highest quality UK malts. 
7.6% ABV
30 IBU
Draft & Crowlers available.
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Curbside: link in bio.

#fallale #fallsaison #newbeerthorsday #thorsday #newbeer #barbarianbrewing #fallisintheair #idahobeer
It’s FUNKY TUESDAY! Enjoy $1 off sour draft pours and $2 off all sour flights every Tuesday at our Garden City Taproom.

Taproom Hours:
Mon-Thurs 4-9
Friday 2-9
Sat 12-9
Sunday 2-6

#unleashyourbarbarian #barbarianbrewing #sourbeer #funkytuesday #drinkbeer #barbariansours #idahobeer #craftbeer #craftbeerlover

Locations

Boise Downtown Taproom

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

Address
1022 W Main St
Boise, Idaho 83702

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

Address
5270 W Chinden Blvd
Garden City, ID 83714

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