An architectural rendering of the future Gem State Brewing Company.

An architectural rendering of the future Gem State Brewing Company.

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A long-promised local Idaho brewery is once again moving forward in downtown Eagle.

But you will have to be patient, beer drinkers.

Work on the site has begun at the Gem State Brewing Company at 293 E. State St. Vertical construction is expected to begin this spring. “They say good things come to those who wait,” Gem State Brewing said on its Facebook page. “Well, Eagle, we think you’ve waited long enough! »

In 2019, a sign in front of an empty building at 281 E. State St. stated that Gem State Brewing would debut in the spring of 2020. That didn’t happen. Chris McGinnis and his wife, Kristl Caron, owners of the property, have seen their plans further delayed during the pandemic.

Now that Gem State is back in action, a new, updated sign advertises a “brewery, bar and residence” that is “coming soon.”

“Soon”, however, is a bit subjective. “At this time, we are targeting early 2023 as a completion/opening date,” McGinnis said in a Facebook post.

Gem State Brewing will welcome families and dogs, the sign says, offer indoor and outdoor seating and offer 15 taps with beer, wine and cider. Additionally, Gem State Brewing plans to lease event space.

A kitchen is not part of the plan, but guests will be encouraged to bring food from nearby restaurants.

As for the “residence” aspect of Gem State Brewing?

“Our new approved plan for the brewery includes a two-bedroom condo upstairs,” McGinnis explained.

A sign at Eagle promises that a new local brewery is coming soon. Gem State Brewing Company Facebook

This story was originally published March 14, 2022 2:16 p.m.

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