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There are so many great places to sample and taste in Garden City that you could spend the entire day savoring syrahs or pounding pilsners. In fact, there are more wineries, cideries, and breweries per square mile in this town than anywhere else in Idaho. The question is: Which one will be your favorite?
Who knew a barbarian could be a good thing? According to the Barbarian Brewing crew, European barbarians made many of the beer styles that we know and love. Their taproom’s imaginative brewers meld the barbarians’ old-word style with a new-world flavor that comes from aging their beer in wine, whiskey, and bourbon barrels and adding regional fruits. The result is a delightful variety of traditional and experimental ales that’s anything but crude.
What do cinders have to do with wine, you might ask? In Idaho, a lot. Cinder sources its outstanding grapes from the volcanic soil (hence the “cinder”) of the Snake River Valley for truly local wines. Winemaker Melanie Krause has racked up countless awards for her chardonnay, dry viognier, off-dry Riesling, and more. Cinder’s warehouse tasting room is a favorite for private parties and group wine tastings.
Winemaker Leslie Preston is an industry powerhouse who was one of the pioneers of Idaho’s modern era of winemaking. She and her team create all their products from “vine to wine” at Coiled’s location in Garden City. And what products they are, too. You’ll discover easy drinking reds like Black Mamba and the groundbreaking Rizza, Idaho’s first Champagne-method sparkling wine.
Meriwether is owned and operated by the Leadbetter family, four self-described firefighters, nomads and adventurers. Gig, Ann, Kate, and Molly make their cider with Northwest apples and other pure fruit juices. You might find hops, blackberries, or ginger in your cider, but no artificial flavors or essences, and no added sugars. It’s fizzy, refreshing, and delicious.
Par Terre Winery
This new winery was founded by two professional dancers, and they create wines as elegant as a ballet. Par Terre’s selection is small but carefully made and includes a rose, chardonnay, Gewurtztraminer, merlot, and Semillon. Their 2017 rose was made with grapes from Washington and has racked up multiple awards.
You’ve never had anything like a Potter wine. This winery is best known for its jalapeno wines, which balance spiciness with light sweetness. Other offerings include the Liquid Lunch chardonnay and the Swanky Devil syrah, as well as bagged wine lemonade — perfect for your next camping trip.
Powderhaus Brewing Company
Tyson Cardon and Tyler Schmidt are the brewers behind this mountain-inspired brewery and taphouse. Made with Idaho-grown barley, Powderhaus is known for craft beers that are uncompromising in their quality and taste. Brews like Prusik Pilsner and Bent Shaft IPA pay tribute to all the outdoor enthusiast, adventurers, and wanderers who, like Tyson and Tyler, love life outdoors and out of bounds.
Rolling Hills Vineyards
About 50 years ago, Clarence Mattox started making wine as a hobby in California’s bountiful San Joaquin Valley. Fast forward to the present, when Clarence’s granddaughter Lori, an Idaho transplant, expanded the family’s hobby into a full vineyard in Eagle. You’ll discover everything from off-dry Idaho Riesling to big, Chianti-style Sangiovese at Rolling Hills’ inviting Urban Tasting Room in Garden City.
Split Rail wines are fun. As the folks at the winery put it, they’re meant for people with an “unfettered love for drinking, eating, and debauchery” — and that comes through loud and clear in their approach to winemaking. Here, you’ll find Daft Pink, a dry rose that comes in either bottles or cans; huge reds with names like Horned Beast and Swamp Donkey; and a classic tempranillo called Bearded Quixote. Irreverent? Yes. But flimsy? Never.
Telaya Wine Co.
Classic, traditional, and crafted in Idaho and Washington grapes, Telaya wines are known for their consistency and elegance. Telaya is regularly celebrated for its Turas, an earthy syrah-based blend, as well as a carefully curated selection of European-style whites and reds. The Telaya tasting room is a gem nestled along the Boise River that attracts both a weekday after-work crowd and blowout private bashes.
What’s so twisted about Twisted District? Maybe it’s the tap list that’s chock full of inventive brews like Stoned Fruit Hefner and Uncle Rico’s All Day Hazy IPA. Maybe it’s the craveable menu laden with sinful twists on classics, like Bloody Mary deviled eggs. Maybe it’s the two patios that promote lounging long into the evening. Whatever makes Twisted District twisted seems to be working, because this family operation regularly lines up customers to its 57-foot segmented bar.
You know how they say you can’t be all things to all people? Well, Western Collective comes pretty darn close. Their gorgeous taproom opens at 7 a.m. and caters to the daytime crowd with food, a shop, and an artisanal coffee bar. When it’s time for a drink, Western not only serves a beer for just about every taste, they’ve also got wine and frozen adult beverages (Frosé is the new mimosa).