After 28 years in warehouse logistics, Rob Bienapfl decided it was time for a career change. Bienapfl and his wife, Carmen Bienapfl, were inspired by several Boise breweries they visited on a bike tour last July and decided they wanted to bring a similar atmosphere to Meridian.
“It just was such a neat experience for us, and we thought, ‘We could do this,’” Rob Bienapfl said. “We always wanted to have a business of our own.”
The couple plans to open Good Apple Taphouse in early November, offering locally sourced beers, ciders and wines. Situated on the northeast corner of North Locust Grove and East McMillan roads, the taphouse will be the only one of its kind in a 2- to 3-square-mile radius, Rob Bienapfl said.
With a closing time of 10 p.m., Carmen Bienapfl likened the taphouse to a coffee shop with a quieter, more laid-back atmosphere where people can “come after work and sit and talk,” or play card or board games together.
“We’re hoping to create a place where people can gather and meet their neighbors,” Carmen Bienapfl said. The couple plans to get community feedback over time to gear the taphouse’s offerings to local patrons’ tastes.
Good Apple Taphouse will offer some snacks, and the Bienapfls plan to partner with local food trucks and encourage patrons to bring their own food or use Uber Eats for larger meals.
Neither Carmen nor Rob Bienapfl have experience in craft brewing or taphouse management, but Rob Bienapfl said they’re excited to bring what they learn to customers — providing patrons with new locally made beers, wines and ciders, and educating people who aren’t familiar.
Carmen Bienapfl said there have been some concerns from the businesses’ next-door neighbors about noise. The taphouse, she said, isn’t going to be loud or noisy.
“Don’t worry. Come have a beer,” Rob Bienapfl said.