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By Bowen West

It’s always been about community for Boise Brewing.

In 2012, the original idea was having your favorite craft beer delivered with vegetables at a community garden. Jump to two years later when co-owners Collin Rudeen and Lance Chavez opened Boise Brewing to be a community-owned brewery.

Rudeen spoke with Boise Weekly about the business model and the near future for the community-based brewery.

Did you look to other businesses with that model for inspiration?

We got our start with the alternative ownership structure, which is almost up to 700 owners at this point. We wanted to do that so a normal craft beer fan could be a part of the brewery and not just be exclusive to accredited wealthy individuals.

Well, I couldn’t find any other examples to be honest. It was more a matter of me asking some financially savvy types to find a model like what we have.

Clearly, with almost 700 owners it seems successful but how has the reception from people been?

To the community owner model, that’s been solid. We’ve got an expanded family really. They become a better customer too when they own a piece of the brewery. They want to come to the place they own to have a pint.

Boise Brewing is expanding its location, right?

We are growing into your old place. (Editor’s note: Boise Weekly recently moved from the corner of Broad and Sixth Street, in a shared building with Boise Brewing.) We’ve been absolutely bursting at the seams at our current space and there’s just not enough space to operate where our operation and taproom are at right now. So we really needed to expand and find the space for more seats. Plus we really wanted to add food because we get a ton of people coming and asking if food is available and have to find somewhere else where food is available. So we’re missing out on all those customers.

Any idea when that expansion will be complete?

I’m sure folks have been hearing this a lot but who the hell knows. It sort of depends on the supply chain stuff that everybody is dealing with.

Outside of the expansion, is there anything you are looking forward to with Boise Brewing?

We’ve got a couple of beers coming up but they aren’t named yet. Towards late November we’re going to be releasing our Black Quest American Stout, it’s one of our seasonal beers. That one has got quite a few awards from the Great American Beer Festival and it’s still the best American Stout in the world according to that festival.

Is there anything that you know now that you wish you had known when you started the business?

Like, everything. We learned everything the hard way and now we know all sorts of things. We’ve learned all sorts of things like designing the layout in such a way that helps with operations. I would say every lesson we learned was learned the hard way and through the school of hard knocks.

Is there anything that I forgot to ask, maybe anything you want to add?

Just a general plug to the ownership page at boisebrewing.com/ownership.

Some local breweries to check out

The best part of Boise’s brewery scene is the journey.

For anyone looking to find their favorite beer or new hangout, the adventure of exploring every brewery in the area to find the one that feels just right is as much fun in its own right.

Boise’s brewery scene is offering award-winning beers so every destination is a win.

At the recent North American Beer Awards, 14 Idaho breweries won 18 medals; seven from the Boise area won awards — 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Boise Brewing, Edge Brewing Co., Mad Swede Brewing Co., Payette Brewing Co., Spring Creek Brewing Company and Western Collective.

Here’s your guide for breweries to check out in the area:

2C Family Brewing Company

1215 1st St. S., Nampa

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

10 Barrel Brewing

826 W. Bannock St.

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Barbarian Brewing

1022 W. Main St.

3-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon -midnight Friday and Saturday; 12-8 p.m. Sunday

Barbarian Brewing

5270 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City

4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 2-9 p.m. Friday; noon-9 p.m. Saturday; 2-6 p.m. Sunday

Bear Island Brewing

1620 N. Liberty St.

4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 2-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Boise Brewing

521 W. Broad St.

noon-10 p.m. Monday through Sunday

Clairvoyant Brewing Company

2800 W. Idaho St.

3-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12-8 p.m. Sunday

Cloud 9 Brewery

1750 W. State St.

noon-9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

County Line Brewing

9115 W. Chinden Blvd., Suite 107, Garden City

4-8 p.m. Wednesday; 3-8 p.m. Thursday; 3-9 p.m. Friday; 2-9 p.m. Saturday; 2-7 p.m. Sunday

Craft Brewers of Boise

420 N. Orchard St.

2-8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Crescent Brewery

1521 Front St., Nampa

noon-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Crooked Fence Brewing Company

5220 N. Sawyer Ave.

4-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 3-9 p.m. Saturday

Edge Brewing Company

525 Steelhead Way

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Edge Brewing Company

205 N. 10th St.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Highlands Hollow Brewhouse

2455 N. Highlands Hollow

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday

Lost Grove Brewing

1026 S. La Pointe

3-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 3-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday

Mad Swede Brewing

2772 S. Cole Road, Suite 140

3-10 p.m. Monday; 3-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 3-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday

Mother Earth Brew Co.

1428 Madison Ave., Nampa

4-8 p.m. Thursday; 4-9 p.m. Friday; noon-7 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Payette Brewing Company

733 S. Pioneer St.

noon-10 p.m. Monday through Sunday

Powderhaus Brewing Company

9719 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City

3-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-7 p.m. Sunday

Sockeye Brewing

12542 W. Fairview Ave.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

Spring Creek Brewing Company

18651 N. Streams Edge Way

noon-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday

Twisted District Brew Co.

3840 W. Chinden Blvd. Suite 110, Garden City

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

Ram Restaurant & Brewery

709 E. Park Blvd.

11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10:45 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Western Collective

111 W. 33rd St.

7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 7 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday

White Dog Brewing Co.

705 W. Fulton St.

noon-10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Woodland Empire Brewery

1114 W. Front St.

4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 2-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2-8 p.m. Sunday

Collin Rudeen talks about business and near future of Boise Brewing

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