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Woodland Empire is a craft brewery and brewpub with a lively atmosphere and seasonal ales on tap. Started by husband and wife duo, Rob and Keely Landerman, the brewery has evolved and expanded to produce an array of quality beers from sustainably farmed ingredients. With quirky names and a creative spin, these beers come with names like Beast Moans, Moondog Amber, Cozy Up and Invincible Summer. From classic lagers to European-inspired bitters, there is something here for every palate.
For a small escape from downtown's hustle-and-bustle, visit this fun spot. Swallow some succulent steamers from the East Coast, chew on a finger steak and grab your favorite drink. If you get bored, try your luck at the horseshoe pits in the beer garden, football, pool, arcade games or darts. The Dutch Goose makes great drinks too.
Experience Boise's Basque scene at this cozy, charming downtown eatery. Lamb stew, beef tongue (served on Saturdays), chorizo and solomo sandwiches decorate this funky menu. Standard fare exists for the less brave, too. Indulge with a 22-ounce Guinness or a glass of Basque wine. For a taste of Basque, try the croquetas. Tables are sparse, and prized if found. Outdoor seating is also available during the warmer months.
At Sockeye Grill and Brewery, there are over 20 brews on the menu, all of which are made onsite. Take a tour around the brewery and check out their brewing methods and follow it up with some food in their tap room. The food menu is as comprehensive as the beer menu and includes "pub grub," wraps and salads. The log cabin setup of the interior with stone fireplace and rustic decor gives the interior a cozy feel which is perfect for a cozy conversation over some beer. Local bands play live music on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Offering a beer for every season, this pub brews a variety of handcrafted beers, including the Maui Light for summer sippers to darker ales for winter tastes. The food menu also includes something for every month of the year from steamed clams to sausage served over red beans to Snicker Pie. Be sure to check out the photographs of Boise's oldest breweries. The restaurant also hosts a variety of live music events. Check website for upcoming performances. Open daily from 11a to closing.