In 2015, beer and wine were king and queen in Boise and the Treasure Valley. Every other week another watering hole would swing open its doors for business, and it was in that season of brewers' yeasts and fruit presses that Meriwether Cider got its start, handing out samples, and selling bo…

Twenty years ago, Boise institution Dawson Taylor was more or less the only provider of quality coffee beans roasted in the City of Trees, or for that matter in the state. But just a few years after DT opened in 1995, Post Falls-based DOMA Coffee Roasting Company joined the party, and in the…

Drinking matcha is like sipping on regular green tea that's been turned up to 11; the brew is mixed using a powder made from whole green tea leaves, giving it a more intense herbal flavor and bigger antioxidant boost than the typical cup. It's also said to have a plethora of health benefits,…

Blues legend John Lee Hooker cut the barroom classic "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" in 1960, but it was George Thorogood & The Destroyers' version, which came out in 1976, that got stuck in America's craw through near-continuous radio airplay. On days when things seem like they coul…

In simpler times, coffee was good because it was hot. Over the last few years, though, a trend has begun to emerge in Boise: local baristas talking about coffee the way sommeliers talk about wine and cicerones about beer. Even as coffee gets complicated, some companies have made it easier th…

According to the International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture, offering a toast before drinking is rooted in partaking of "ancient sacrificial libations in which a sacred liquid was offered to the gods... in exchange for a wish, a prayer summarized in the words 'long life!' or 'to your heal…

Hovering over his two 37.5-pound bags of Washington-grown blackcurrants, Bardenay Distillery Manager Scott Probert looked like the proverbial kid on Christmas morning. His excitement was partly because the round, purple-black berries are rare in the U.S.—Probert explained that their producti…

While plastic straws haven't yet gone the way of DDT, bithionol-containing makeup and grizzly bear hunting (a recent development courtesy of Federal Judge Dana L. Christensen of Montana), they've been well on their way since a worldwide explosion of anti-plastic straw sentiment this spring.

In 2015, beer and wine were king and queen in Boise and the Treasure Valley. Every other week another watering hole would swing open its doors for business, and it was in that season of brewers' yeasts and fruit presses that Meriwether Cider got its start, handing out samples, and selling bo…

<p>Dark and sleek interiors will help you decompress any weeknight while you knock around some billiards. But stop in on a weekend and you'll be able to peruse what seems like the city's entire population of beautiful 20-somethings.</p>

<p>The mall zone sibling of the downtown Boise cantina, this Mexican eatery offers needed respite from the head-spinning chaos of the Boise Towne Square (with a little help from Patron, of course).</p>

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