Foodies, grape nuts and craft beer enthusiasts, unite!
The locavore movement is alive and growing in Idaho! Indulge in the freshest fruits and vegetables, locally sourced meats, fine wines, craft beers and spirits. Stop by local restaurants and see what you’ve been missing.
Home to more than 50 wineries, Idaho is making its mark in the wine industry. While Southwestern Idaho has the largest number of wineries and is home to the Snake River Valley AVA and Eagle Valley AVA, you’ll find superb cellars in every corner of the state. The state’s third AVA in nine years was announced in April, 2016. The Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area encompasses an area in north central Idaho that was actually the state’s original wine growing region. While Idaho’s wine industry is small in comparison to some states, it is gaining notoriety, producing exceptional wine and winning awards over well-known regional competitors.
Idaho is also primed to be a craft beer destination. Hops love the same soil and growing conditions that allow for prosperous potato yields in the state. As of 2015, Idaho’s robust agriculture industry positioned the state as 3rd in hops production and 2nd in barley production in the U.S. Access to quality ingredients helps breweries in each region of the state produce award-winning beers that reflect Idaho ingenuity and pride of product. No matter where your adventure takes you, you’ll find a local brewery in nearly every pocket of Idaho.
If spirits and liquors are more up your alley, there are seven distilleries based in Idaho. From Idaho Falls to Coeur d’Alene, the Treasure Valley to Ketchum, the opportunity to wet your whistle can be found North or South. Ketchum based Distilled Resources brands 25 different labels, specializing in Idaho-grown potato vodka and organic spirits. Koenig Winery and Distillery crafts specialty vodka using Idaho-grown fruit. Stop by for a sip and taste the distilled flavors of Idaho.
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