Idaho Beer

Today in 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state.


Idaho Breweries

Idaho Brewery Guides

Guild: None

State Agency: Idaho State Liquor Dispensary


  • Capital: Boise
  • Largest Cities: Boise, Nampa, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Meridian
  • Population: 1,293,953; 39th
  • Area: 83574 sq.mi., 14th
  • Nickname: Gem State
  • Statehood: 43rd, July 3, 1890


  • Alcohol Legalized: June 21, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 21
  • Rank: 24th
  • Beer Production: 1,052,167
  • Production Rank: 39th
  • Beer Per Capita: 21.4 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 29.8%
  • Cans: 59.6%
  • Kegs: 10.2%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.15
  • Per Case: $0.34
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $4.65
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $4.65

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $75,208,210
  • Direct Impact: $370,722,291
  • Supplier Impact: $148,157,431
  • Induced Economic Impact: $213,005,676
  • Total Impact: $731,885,398

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m. in some counties
    Off Premises:
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: Alcoholic beverages exceeding 16% ABV can only be sold in Idaho State Liquor Dispensary stores, or contracted stores.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. Brittany Shepherd says

    Idaho Falls, ID has two breweries called Snow Eagle Brewery and Idaho Brewing Company.

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