With the recent opening of two brewpubs, Southern Idaho is now home to four breweries making the area a destination for connoisseurs of craft beers. Locals are keeping these businesses hopping and visitors are coming from miles away to see what the Magic Valley is brewing.
Koto Brewing Company, which opened in late 2018 in downtown Twin Falls, offers “gourmet pub grub,” a full dinner menu and an extensive wine and beer list. New recipes by head brewer Pierre Tusow are a staple, and Koto’s owner Shane Cook says many of the grains and hops they use are grown in Idaho.
Cook says hop-forward hazy IPA’s are a focus of Koto, and the crowd-pleasers include Swollen Ego Blonde Ale, 80 Grit Porter and Bunnies Strong Ale. Koto is now canning its beers, which are sold at the brewery and in specialty shops in Twin Falls and Sun Valley.
“We love hoppy beers here at Koto, and the local water profile is perfect for our style of beers,” says Cook, who also owns Twin Falls Sandwich Company.