Chain establishments are a little harder to come by in Downtown Boise. Off the top of my head, the only one I remember seeing Jamba Juice. Other than that, it seems like all the businesses in the area are primarily local, which is pretty great!
10 Barrel Brewing Co. is one of those places.
This pub caught my eye while I was walking around when I first visited the city in 2014. When I came back again two years later, I was intent on trying out some of the food and craft beer it had to offer, and managed to squeeze it into the trip.
I absolutely loved the experience of dining and drinking at 10 Barrel. With a rustic industrial interior, the vibe inside is low key and reminded me of how you might feel at someone’s casual backyard barbecue or get-together.
A friend of mine came along during my time there. She ordered a sandwich, while I opted for fish and chips. The food is really flavorful!
My favorite part of the experience was trying the craft beer. We primarily opted for light beers, but the menu has about two dozen you can choose from. If you like light beers, I recommend trying the Boise 150 Blonde.
I later found out that 10 Barrel started in Oregon in 2006. Since then, it has grown to five locations: one in Boise, two in Oregon, one in California, and one in Colorado. The 10 Barrel website has a cool webpage that sums up its history as you scroll down the page.
Overall, I was very fond of the experience at 10 Barrel – probably more than the food itself, though I enjoyed the beer. I would love to go back and spend a few leisurely hours with some good company there. Highly recommend this spot if you’re near any of the locations.