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The Sawtooth Brewery Story

Sawtooth Brewery opened on 11/11/11, after getting their permits 48 hours before, in downtown Ketchum, Idaho!  Making beer in a hotel was difficult but the beer flowed there for over 4 years.


Founders Paul Holle and Kevin Jones loved beer, left their jobs, and thought Ketchum needed a brewery, so they went for it.  Sawtooth Brewery opened with a 20-gallon system with the IPA and Pale Ale on the wrong taps, so there were plenty of opportunities for growth and learning.  In July 2012, Sawtooth Brewery began leasing space at other breweries to continue their growth.  As they grew, they began bottling 22oz. bottles by hand and distributing throughout southern Idaho.

Their beers are inspired by where we live, in the heart of Idaho’s mountains in the Sun Valley ski resort area.  The Sawtooth Mountains, Sawtooth Wilderness, Sawtooth National Forest, and Sawtooth National Recreation Area are our namesake and are the headwaters of the mighty Salmon River. With all the amazing public land that surrounds us, we have access to all of our favorite activities that we long to do before having a pint.

The Sawtooth Brewery Public House opened in February 2016 at 6th and Main in downtown Ketchum and won Bronze for Best New Restuarant.  The brewing operations and tap room have both moved to Hailey, Idaho, where they continue to use their 20-gallon pilot system and a 15bbl brewhouse for production.  Sawtooth Brewery began canning Sunnyside and Idahome IPA in December 2016, bringing Sawtooth Brewery to all of Idaho!

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