Mother Earth Brew Co. intends to take possession of the former Syngenta Seed building in Nampa on Feb. 1 with hopes to be brewing beer by June.
Mother Earth beer, now brewed near San Diego, became available in stores across Idaho in late October. Sixteen Albertsons stores are about to start carrying the brand, Mother Earth owner Daniel Love said.
So far, he said, the Boo Koo IPA and Sin Tax Peanut Butter Stout are his best sellers in Idaho.
Mother Earth will be the largest craft beer brewer in Idaho if it meets Love’s projection of 22,000 barrels in the first year in Nampa. Love believes he will produce 10,000 to 15,000 barrels by the end of 2016.
He expects to start the $3 million improvements in early February inside the 40,710-square-foot building at the I-84 Industrial Park. Work will start with the installation of floor drains. He expects delivery of the 40 barrel Mueller four-vessel brew house from Vancouver, Wash. in mid-March.
Love and his wife, Erin, founded Mother Earth in 2008 in Vista, Calif., and that brewery will remain in operation. But the Loves took out an eight-month lease on a furnished home in the Treasure Valley in October and are looking to buy a home in the Eagle area to live in the Treasure Valley.
“I’ve been here since the day after Christmas,” he said. “My wife and I bought snow shoes. We know where to go in Idaho to get away from the inversion.”
Love intends to have a small, 500-square-foot tasting room at the brewery. But he intends to open a real tasting room in the community once the Nampa operation is in full gear.
“At some point, 12 to 18 months after we open, I hope to open something in old Eagle or downtown Boise, on the west side. There is some interest there.”
Love said he went to a tire shop to have a flat repaired in his Mother Earth-branded car, and the repair person told him he loved the company’s peanut butter stout.
“They already know my product,” he said.