NAMPA — Former consultant and whiskey enthusiast Don Galligan of Marsing is opening a new beer house in downtown Nampa where Copper Canyon used to be. The Idaho Hop House is set to open in January.
Copper Canyon moved out in September because competition over the 6,000-square-foot location drove the lease rate up.
Galligan’s original plan was to open a Brewforia franchise, but he later decided to move in a slightly different direction.
“It’s kind of like the Flying M meets Brewforia,” Galligan said. “... The idea here is to make a comfortable environment where people feel like they can hang out and enjoy craft beer.”
Pub house food like burgers and sandwiches will also be on the menu. Galligan might serve whiskey in the future, but for now he’s focused on featuring up to 1,000 different types of beer, with six to 12 rotating on tap.
“I’m expecting one or two of those to always be a local Idaho beer,” he said.
For the past three years, Galligan has written a beer and whiskey blog with his brother.
“We do far more on there than just reviewing beers and whiskey,” he said. “We talk a lot about the culture and lifestyle and what makes it fun.”
He hopes the beer house draws in something Nampa currently lacks — an “after 8 p.m.” crowd.
“I’m looking to stay open until 11 on a nightly basis and have a place where people can go and kind of hang out for the evening.”
Neighboring business owner Adam Haynes of Rolling H Cycles is excited about the clientele The Idaho Hop House could draw downtown.
“I feel like the clientele that will be going there has a very close correlation to cycling, so we’re excited to see that type of traffic in downtown,” he said.
The building will also get a new look, inside and out, said Colliers International commercial real estate agent Lincoln Hagood, who handled the transaction with Bryant Jones.
Galligan, who worked in the restaurant business before becoming a consultant for 20 years, said he hopes to be a part of downtown Nampa’s revitalization.
“I really like this city,” he said. “I love the vibe of the downtown.”