Where are they now?

Those who watch the entrepreneurial reality show Shark Tank know one of the most interesting parts of each episode is when they feature updates on the businesses a year or two later. We’re taking a page out of their book and doing the same with the Boise companies we’ve profiled over the past year.

Let’s get started…Read more

From Vine to Wine

The difference between crushed fermented grapes and exceptional wine lies in the decisions made along the way.

The location of the grapes, the soil where they grow… the way the vines are maintained and the fruit is harvested… the decisions around removing the skins… the type of wooden barrel where the juice will ferment — for Cinder Wines husband and wife founders Joe Schnerr and Melanie Krause, every decision matters.Read more

Picking up the Pieces

To locals, Usful Glassworks is a place to drop off used wine and alcohol bottles. To foodies, it’s the place that supplies upcycled drinking glasses to popular restaurants like Fork and Red Feather.

And while both are true, there’s more to it than that.Read more

Cider Education

Chris Blanchard knows a lot of things. He holds a doctorate degree in urban studies, a master’s degree in applied historical research, and has spent years working as a professor, legislative assistant and more. All accomplishments that require knowing a lot about a lot.

But, as Chris found out launching his new hard cider company, all that education didn’t quite prepare him for the realities of a craft brewery.Read more