Payette Brewing Comes To Seattle – UPDATED


Payette Brewing Company‘s founder Mike Francis has spent plenty of time in Seattle.  A former industrial engineer for Boeing, Francis left the corporate life to work on his associate’s degree in Brewing Technology at the Siebel Institute in Chicago.  After earning his degree, he spent some time brewing for Seattle’s Schooner Exact Brewing Company.

He left the Seattle area after working for Schooner Exact to head back to his home town of Boise, Idaho and in 2010 Payette Brewing was born.  Now, Francis is ready to make his return to Seattle, when Payette beers debut here next month.

Here is the full press release from Payette Brewing Company:

Boise, ID – Payette Brewing is adding Seattle to its distribution footprint beginning mid-February with Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, and Rodeo Rye Pale (Spring Seasonal). Payette was the first Idaho brewery to can beer and it excited to bring their products in draft and canned form to more consumers in the Northwest with The Odom Corporation.

Founder Mike Francis’s brewery dreams first started in Seattle. The UW alum and former Boeing engineer has grown his post-it note brewery into Idaho’s largest brewery after moving back to Idaho and launching distribution into Seattle is a huge milestone for Payette.

“I brewed my first batch of homebrew in my Ravenna apartment almost 10 years ago. My time living in Seattle and experiencing the amazing craft beer scene inspired me to attend brewing school and want to open a brewery. Being able to share Payette beer throughout Seattle is something I’ve been looking forward to since the day I moved back to Boise.” says Francis.

A couple months shy of their fifth anniversary, Payette Brewing is available in five northwest states and looking to expand to additional markets upon completion of its second production facility in Boise, ID. Payette’s River Street brewery is expected to be up and running early April with an initial production capacity of 40,000 barrels annually.

Founded in Boise, ID by Mike Francis in 2010, Payette Brewing Company produces four year round beers; Rustler IPA, Payette Pale, Mutton Buster Brown and North Fork Lager as well as seasonal releases and single batch specials in the “Ales of No Return” series.  Payette Brewing Co. wanted to be able to take beer wherever adventure took them so in June 2012, Payette Pale and Mutton Buster Brown were the first Idaho beers to be available in cans. Visit for more information.

Payette Brewing's Rustler IPA

Payette Brewing’s Rustler IPA

Payette Brewing Company beers should start arriving in Seattle on February 15th, and they’re preparing several events at local craft beer establishments form  Feb 15 – 19 to help introduce themselves to the area.  I’m working on obtaining some more information about these events, and will update this article when I know more.  

UPDATE 2/9/2015:

Here are the details of the local Payette Brewing Company launch events here in Seattle:

Monday, February 15th:
The Sixgill
3417 Evanston Ave N
Featured Beers: Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, Rodeo Rye, 12 Gauge Imperial Stout, specialty beer (TBA)

Wednesday, February 17th
1205 NE 65th St
6 – 9 pm
Featured Beers: Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, Rodeo Rye, two specialty beers (TBA)

Thursday, February 18th
The Little Red Hen
7115 Woodlawn Ave NE
8 pm – close
Featured Beers TBA

Miir Flagship Store
3400 Stone Way N
5 – 8 pm
Featured Beers: Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, Rodeo Rye, two specialty beers (TBA)

Friday, February 19th
The Attic
4226 E Madison St
8 pm – close
Featured Beers: Rustler IPA< North Fork Lager, Rodeo Rye, Pistolero Porter, specialty beer (TBA)

Chuck’s Hop Shop
656 NW 85th St
Featured Beers: Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, Rodeo Rye, specialty beer (TBA)

Starting next Monday, you now have plenty of chances to try a beer from Payette Brewing.  A few other specialty beers may be added to the featured draft lists above for each location.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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