Friday, November 11, 2011

New Ketchum brewery opens today

Main Street taproom tries to fill niche

Express Staff Writer

Beer connoisseurs and the beer curious have an extra reason to keep it local following the opening of Ketchum's own brewery and taproom.

Sawtooth Brewery opens its doors today, Nov. 11, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2. The brewery and taproom are at 600 N. Main St. in downtown Ketchum. The tap room entrance is on Sixth Street.

Proprietors Kevin Jones, business manager, and Paul Holle, head brewer, started planning the business over a year ago. Obtaining approval from the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as well as state, county and city permits made the opening a somewhat lengthy process. But bringing to Ketchum a hometown brewery motivated them to keep forging ahead.

The taproom will focus on having all five Sawtooth Brewery regular beers on tap in addition to seasonal and "irregular" beers that will show up on an infrequent basis, according to a news release.

Sawtooth Brewery will also feature locally produced Frenchman's Gulch wines and Bucksnort Root Beer.

Initially, Sawtooth's beer will only be available at the taproom, but the owners plan to make it available to local businesses in the future.

Patrons can bring in outside food to consume while at the brewery. Some food will be available on site.

For its soft opening this weekend, taproom hours will be 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., today, and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The taproom will then be open weekly Thursday through Saturday for the remainder of the month. Regular hours in December have yet to be determined.

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