Oftentimes, sipping on a cold beer is just something to enjoy?not something to ponder the origins of. But for the two guys behind Kilted Dragon Brewing, it's a labor of love. When Jeremy Canning and Cory Matteucci met, they shared a common interest, not just in homebrewing, but in brewing something different. Joining forces, the two eventually outgrew their homebrew rigs and upgraded on all fronts?starting their brewery in a large space with brand-new equipment and eventually launching a tap house, where they can regularly be found pulling pours. Today, the two hand craft a dozen unique, original beers, including seasonal favorites that rotate through the taps throughout the year.
Seasoned potter and glass blower Zion Warne has been exploring the freedom of three-dimensional medias for more than 15 years. At his eponymous art studio, he continues to turn vibrantly colored molten glass into delicate ornaments, intricate sculptures, and dangerous toothbrushes. In his downtime, Zion teaches this intricate art to others during private lessons and workshops. He and his experienced staff help students of all abilities safely carve out shapely paperweights, vases, and bowls while unleashing their creative sides.
Payette Brewing Co. is an interesting mix of tradition and rebellion. It's founder, Mike Francis, gave up the corporate life to roll the die on a new venture in one of America's most time-honored industries. Using a 15-barrel brewing system, Mike and his staff cultivate high-quality brews in traditional styles—stouts, ales, and lagers—that aim to embody the adventurous spirit of Idaho and their own penchant for skiing, hiking, and kayaking. Inside the tasting room, they pour pint glasses or offer smaller samples for those who can't commit to one beer just yet.
What makes a chili recipe the best there is? The judges at this year's Chili & Salsa fest will have to figure that out for themselves as they award entries of chili—and salsa—in this year's competitions. At Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, the scents of fall food mingle in the air, making it tricky for patrons to decide whose wares to sample. And as evening comes on, so does the crowd, as the event shifts to watching college and NFL football on the big screen.
With its name gracing a new 6,500 square-foot training facility, Asana Climbing has officially come full circle. Founded in 1999, the company has long been designing and manufacturing gear specifically for the sport of bouldering, including branded apparel, chalk bags, and chalk for gripping holds. In 2013, the company made the move to not only outfit climbers, but provide the climbing wall they aim to master. The company began inviting longtime brand ambassadors and newcomers alike to use the 2,000 square feet of bouldering space inside the new Asana Climbing Gym. In addition to challenges designed for experts and tournament-level competition, the facility offers a designated area for beginners and young climbers, a weight and cardio training zone, and a changing area with showers.
Throughout the year, Promote Idaho’s staff oversees expos that showcase local vendors that cater to events such as weddings and holiday parties. In the spring, the business partners with the U.S. Army to host the Treasure Valley Man Show, where guests listen to live music and mingle among muscle cars before entering duck, goose, and turkey-calling competitions.