Crooked Fence Brewing to purchase Woodriver Cellars

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Why sip wine when you can drink beer, too?

Garden City-based Crooked Fence Brewing Co. plans to relocate from 5242 W. Chinden Blvd. to Woodriver Cellars winery, 3705 Idaho 16 in Eagle.

The brewery is in the process of purchasing the 5-acre property and will begin the transition by opening a new brewpub-style restaurant there March 29.

The Woodriver Cellars space has been renamed Crooked Flats.

“From the beginning, Crooked Fence has wanted and worked towards owning a destination-style brewery,” the company says in a press release. “This will be the place to further grow the Crooked Fence brand and culture. Along with the special event structures and park-like atmosphere, there will also be a tasting room and restaurant serving great food, craft brews and Idaho wines.”

About a dozen weddings had been booked at Woodriver Cellars this summer, says Crooked Fence marketing director Kelly Knopp. Crooked Flats will honor those commitments. But beginning in summer 2015, the idea is to do fewer weddings and more concerts and special events, Knopp says.

This could be cool. National acts have performed at the winery in the past. (Remember the Wilco/Fleet Foxes show in 2008?)

For the time being, Crooked Fence will continue to operate its brewing equipment and tasting room on Chinden Boulevard. (Get those $6 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday growler fills while you still can, boys!) But that site will be shut down and relocated to Crooked Flats probably by next winter, Knopp says, when the brewery is able to slow down production enough to make the jump.

Crooked Fence Brewing’s Barrelhouse restaurant on Glenwood and Chinden will not be affected by any of these changes.

When Crooked Flats restaurant opens later this month, it will have these hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Press release below:

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Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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