The Boise company is committed to charitable giving and community outreach, including October’s Cans for Cure
Sockeye Brewing, located in Boise, is a 17-year-old company that continues to see growth each year and prides itself on its charitable giving as much as on the quality of its craft beers. To support October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sockeye’s Dagger Falls IPA is available in pink six-packs to raise awareness and funding for two beneficiaries, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) and Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Center.
Sockeye Brewing was founded in 1996 by an Idaho family who are longtime outfitters on the South Fork of the Salmon River. Sockeye started out as a brewery only, selling kegs to local tap houses, but eventually expanded to its current Cole Road location, Sockeye Grill and Brewery, expanding the brew house to accommodate both the pub and tap accounts. In 2004, Fred and Linda Schuerman purchased the company and the original small system was replaced, doubling capacity to a seven-barrel brew house.
In 2012, Sockeye added a second facility to meet the demand for the IPA, seasonal brews, and a lineup of favored styles. The new building is 12,000 square feet and houses a 20-barrel brew system, a canning line, and will soon be the home to Sockeye’s second restaurant. The company’s goal has always been to provide fine craft brews all over Idaho, and in its first year of canning the company concentrated on fulfilling the demand for the flagship Dagger Falls IPA.
“In the first six months of 2013, retail sales landed our IPA as the #11 ‘top new craft beer brand’ in the U.S. based on dollar sales in supermarkets,” said Josh King, head brewer at Sockeye. “We are thrilled to see our name among bigger, longtime breweries like New Belgium, Anchor and Samuel Adams even though we’re only sold in Idaho.”
Sockeye will be launching its Powerhouse Porter in cases at all five Idaho Costco stores by this November. Having made it through the first year of meeting demand for the Dagger Falls IPA, Sockeye now is offering additional styles in kegs and cans to retail partners and beer fans across Idaho.
Additionally, the company utilizes its ability to create specialty batches with local businesses and non-profits to raise awareness and funding to help such organizations as Idaho Rivers United, Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association, the Boise Co-op, and the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation among others. Sockeye is a proud member of both Idaho Preferred and Buy Idaho.
Sockeye’s “Cans For Care” project allows the company to help in the fight to cure and care for the community’s cancer victims. Sockeye Brewing, Stein Distributing and all Treasure Valley Albertson’s stores, the Boise Co-op, Whole Foods, Brewforia, Bier:Thirty and Brewer’s Haven all are matching Sockeye’s per case donation for the fund. The company is determined to give back to the community for the support and success that has allowed it to reach its goals over the past 17 years.
To learn more about Sockeye Brewing, visit www.sockeyebrew.com.