BOISE, IDAHO (December 8, 2015) — Longtime Boise restaurateur Dave Krick said today that he is launching a new craft beer brewery named “Works Progress Administration,” with an opening planned for late 2016.
Krick, who along with partner Jami Adams owns and operates the Bittercreek Alehouse and Red Feather Lounge restaurants in downtown Boise, has not selected a location for the new brewery, but is reviewing sites of 10,000+ square feet in and around downtown Boise and hopes to make an announcement soon.
“We have a growing craft beer industry in Boise with great breweries around the Treasure Valley,” said Krick. “We intend to complement this thriving scene through the different styles of beers we will brew and a unique business model that embraces public benefit and ‘Progress Through Beer.’”
Works Progress Administration (WPA) will build beers based on modern interpretations of traditional styles that represent knowledge handed down over centuries by generations of brewers. This includes using time-honored and largely forgotten production methods such as open fermentation and an authentic coolship (a shallow vessel for cooling wort), along with a healthy amount of creativity.
Krick will serve as president and oversee brewery operations. Between 2010-2012, he attended Siebel Institute in Chicago and Doemans Akadamie in Munich, Germany. He graduated in Munich with a Brewing Science and Technology Diploma and certified as a Master Brewer.
WPA will incorporate public benefit into its business by minimizing environmental impact and considering the community’s well-being as measures of profit alongside financial returns.
The brewery was named in the spirit of a long-ago public works program, Works Progress Administration, established in the Great Depression to re-engage our country’s greatest resource—its people.
“Our central idea is to create ‘Progress Through Beer’ by engaging the talents of creative people in meaningful work, building world-class beer, while adding value to our community,” said Krick.
Krick, who hopes to be open for the holidays next year, has ordered a 5-vessel 25HL brewhouse from JV Northwest of Canby, Oregon. JV Northwest was selected because of the unique brewhouse design, an emphasis on quality, its location—the closest and most local option to Boise—and because 100 percent of its stainless steel is made in this country.
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