Mike Francis left the corporate life as an industrial engineer for Boeing Company in Seattle to engineer some industry of his own. After receiving an associate’s degree in Brewing Technology from Chicago’s Siebel Institute of Technology, followed by a stint at Schooner Exact Brewing in Seattle, Mike headed to his home turf of Boise in 2010 to establish Payette Brewing Company. The name was chosen because it fits the way the folks there live and work. Francois Payette was a French Canadian trapper whose name and memory is enshrined among numerous Idaho landmarks. The name is now synonymous with an adventurous spirit that pervades Idaho’s year-round outdoor life-style. Your favorite Beer of the Month Club has found that Payette Brewery lives up to its name.

Their new brew house opened early in 2016, and runs a 60-barrel brewing system with the capacity to brew 100,000 annually. They currently offer six year-round beers in cans and on tap. Payette Brewery made Idaho brewing history in 2012 when they introduced Payette Pale Ale and Mutton Buster as the first craft beer in cans from the Gem State. We’re so proud to bring you these selections:

Mutton Buster Brown Ale is a full-flavored brown ale that’s relatively tame, but fun to ride. Out of the chute, there’s a rich, roasted, nutty sweetness of cocoa and malt on the nose, with a mild kick of earthy, hop bitterness that won’t bust your chops. Mutton Buster is dark in color, heavy on the malt flavors, but sessionable for any time of year.

Just like a gunslinger, Pistolero Porter is complex, smooth and robust. It is an enjoyable brew that only intensifies as it warms. A mild hop bitterness up front enhances the roasted, chocolate finish.

Featured Beer from Payette Brewery: Mutton Buster Brown Ale and Pistolero Porter

BROWN ALE — Payette’s Mutton Buster Brown Ale: Never bitter, these medium-bodied, top-fermented ales are full of flavor, rather low in alcohol. This dark one is malty, rich and smooth, with mild bittering that’s great with grilled meats and veggies.

PORTER — Payette’s Pistolero Porter: England’s first national beer, Porter was named for the street-market porters who drank it for its nourishment. Smooth and robust, top-fermented porters are excellent with fresh raw oysters, shellfish, Porterhouse steak, and chocolaty, creamy fruit desserts! Payette’s ends smoothly with its memorable chocolate finish.


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