Slanted Rock Brewing Co. expected to open in Meridian by fall

Craft beer enthusiasts in Meridian will finally get a brewery to call their own this fall now that Slanted Rock Brewing Co. is set to open a new production brewery in a shopping center across from the High Desert Harley Davidson store.

Slanted Rock Brewing Co. has leased a 3,500 square foot space in the High Desert Marketplace, 2374 E. Cinema Drive. Co-owner Alesa Lonseth says company has a 15 barrel brewing system on order and hopes to have that installed, all the permits taken care of, and the brewery open by fall.

Slanted Rock is going to use the same model Payette Brewing Co. and Crooked Fence Brewing have done this year — open a production brewery with a tasting room for some on-premise sales but concentrate on selling kegs to local restaurants and beer bars. The brewhouse will not have a kitchen or sell any food, but the Slanted Rock folks will try to work out arrangements with local food trucks to stop by the brewery on busy days, Lonseth said.

The brewery should be able to produce about 480 kegs a month, she said.

The Slanted Rock brewmaster is Bob Lonseth, Alesa’s husband, a long-time homebrewer who currently works as a software engineer for Micron.

Bob Lonseth began homebrewing in Texas and kept brewing after moving to Idaho. Alesa Lonseth said the couple got the idea to open a production brewery because so many people seemed to enjoy Bob’s brews and have been working on a business plan for a long time before finally finding the right situation and location on Cinema Drive.

“We live in Meridian and we wanted to brew beer in Meridian and support the local economy,” Alesa Lonseth said.

Bob Lonseth has four recipes nailed down for house beers — a Kolsch, a regular IPA and an imperial IPA, and a Scottish Red Ale. He is very close to finishing the recipe for a malty strong ale (think Alt-beer type), Alesa Lonseth said.

The couple hopes to one day open a bigger production brewery, which would include a bottling line. They would also like to open a second brewery in Texas, where their business partner and co-owner still lives, Lonseth said.

Alesa Lonseth said name Slanted Rock was somewhat of lark.

“Everybody tells us we have to come up with a better story, but what happened is we were really struggling trying to come up with a name for about a month and we just wasn’t figuring it out” she said. “We were going to McCall and drove by International Stone (near the State Street/Idaho 55 intersection) when Bob just said, “It doesn’t matter ... it could be slanted rock or something like that.’ The name just stuck.”

cheers

Good news!
The more the merrier.

That model needs a twist though. A production brewery attached to a dinner. Seperate business but a walk through for the restaurant side to sell to the brewery patrons. Beer sales go up!

All those bottle willroll off and break on a slanted rock...

----------

"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

Sloshed Brewing CO.

Good luck to these folks...with the number of breweries vying for tap space in the normally conservative marketplace, I am not convinced you can sell enough brew to justify the investment. Micro brew is very tasty ...most of the time...but more expensive too. BUD and Coors will still fill the majority of mugs followed by PBR...just cuse its cheap.

Craft Beer

Boise has a big market for craft beer. Now the brewing market has taken off in the Treasure Valley. The majority of people that drink the Commercial Beer is not the demographic. The 5% of America wants more craft beer and now we are getting it.

coffee

tasty but more expensive.

Can you say Starbucks?

give me the chocolate and step back

----------

"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

so Stack Rock Brewing Co. wasn't available?

:p

nice

good one hitter.

labels with cairns.
the balanced rock s. of Buhl.

makes me think of the breadloaf rock on old Hwy 55.

And then there's always

pinched loaf.

Neither was a white label with BEER in plain black letters!

----------

"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

Where can I get a...

...15 barrel brewing system?

You mean grandpa never left you one?

Oh yeah, you mother always liked you better,

----------

"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

Great!

"Beer he drank - seven goblets. His spirit was loosened. He became hilarious. His heart was glad and his face shown." - from the Epic of Gilgamesh, 3000 B.C.

They he went in the fountain, passed out and we called a chariot

Gilgamesh the Elder ended up with the tab. Those women never did return a parchment.

----------

"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?