Sockeye Grill & Brewery

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3019 N Cole Rd
Boise, Idaho, 83704-5919
United States

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Notes: All brewing is done at:

12542 W Fairview Ave
Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed by Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
Great place to chill for time with the wife or have the kids with you. Good selection of beers and they always have a selection of specialty ales. Food is pretty darn good too.
Mar 15, 2020
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
this is their original location, but i believe they have since moved most or even all of their brewing to the newer spot just a little bit west of here. its a cool place, almost looks and feels like an old diner, with most of the seating being away from the bar area, just a small little bar and a few tables around it, mellow and sort of old school feeling. they have a cool selection of beers on tap, a handful of what seem to be their classics and flagships, and then a few more interesting offerings. i enjoyed the hell diver pale ale, very familiar to me, and i also liked the coconut cream pie golden ale, weird as it was, it kind of hit the mark for me. nice to see a mix of safe and ambitious beers on the list. the space is kind of minimal now, some cool chalk art on the walls, but it probably has a better feel when the patio is rocking. really slow service, even with a number of people working the bar area, but everyone was really nice, so it balances out. i had a tasty sandwich here and the other food going out looked pretty solid as well. i liked the beers better than the vibe in here, and look forward to checking out their other space when i get the chance. i see why these beers are well respected locally.
Mar 27, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by Zond from Idaho

Jul 26, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by KingisLegend from Idaho

Jul 16, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by SCW from New York

Jun 02, 2015
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
One of Boise’s breweries off the main track. Standard restaurant vibe, beer selection limited to six flagships and up to two seasonals/casks. Food is decent, place is usually fairly crowded. Patio, kids welcome, Wifi. Not my choice for best in Boise, but adequate.
May 22, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by bvilord from Idaho

Mar 07, 2015
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Reviewed by ucsbmullet from Colorado

3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25
Older bar/grill style setting. Bar area was out of date and tired looking. Just an overall dull vibe compared to the other places in Boise. Aside from that, the service was quick, friendly and knowledgeable. A barrel aged version of their winter beer is also available in bottles to go during our stop in Dec.
Dec 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by Shaimless from Oregon

Oct 09, 2014
Rated: 3.6 by steve2tb

Aug 25, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Varls

Aug 14, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by JoelClark from Idaho

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by MikeDAdams from Idaho

Jul 07, 2014
Rated: 3 by juicebox from Kentucky

Jul 07, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by LXIXME from New Mexico

May 25, 2014
Rated: 5 by Noe from Idaho

Apr 29, 2014
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Reviewed by jellikit from Washington

3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
A: pretty sweet little pub. Nothing flashy. Mellow.
Q: beer was good. Not outstanding. A couple of beers seemed pretty grainy.
S: service is good. Friendly.
Selection: pretty standard. Pale, IPA, Amber, stout, winter seasonal, Tripel.
All of my friends from Boise rave about the beer. Although it is good, definitely drinkable; it is not supreme craft beer.
Apr 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by Juno_Malone from Idaho

Mar 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by LuckyJohn from Colorado

Feb 18, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Recless7 from Idaho

Feb 10, 2014
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Reviewed by bigkingken from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
This place is ginormous. I got lost trying to find my way to the bathroom to change out of my work clothes before headed to the airport for my flight home. I then proceeded to get lost again trying to find my way back out to the patio. There are back hallways, conference-sized dining rooms, halls lined with tables and a room with the bar. All of this is in addition to the outdoor patio seating.

The service was impeccable. If the bartender/server who took care of me wasn’t the owner or the brew master, then he’s one of the most knowledgeable barkeeps I’ve ever met. He kept my glass full and was very attentive even though it was an odd time of day to be eating and nearly nobody else was there.

The food is great. They have sweet potato fries that fully satisfied my craving for my favorite side dish. And they have a ton of salmon – all of it fresh – all of it delicious. The form I chose came in a sandwich, which was also quite good.

I get fuzzy when it comes to the beer. This obviously means I was not impressed with any or all of the offerings. I remember that one had won several awards, but I couldn’t tell why. If I remember correctly, my favorite offerings were a seasonal (can’t remember what” and the Power House Porter.
Mar 14, 2012
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Reviewed by Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Checked this place out on a trip up to Boise. Really big place, seating all over. Service was nice, they took real good care of the kids, coloring books, crayons etc. . .

Drank the dagger falls ipa, loved it, bummed I couldn't get the barleywine though, but hey, its a pretty seasonal beer all around, so no big deal. Figured with a name like Sockeye, I should probably get the salmon, it was damn good as well. Their harvest ale was unique, one of the least hoppy harvests, but still good, an octoberfest and ipa hybrid at times.

A pretty unassuming place, right off Cole road, didn't have to wait long, I'd check it out again just for the dagger falls.
Dec 15, 2010
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I like this place ok, been 3-4 times?

Atmosphere is ok, I've only sat in the bar-area though. Lots of growlers and cool stuff on the wall. Pretty private feeling usually, even with other patrons present.

Quality is good +. In my opinion Sockeye takes their products seriously and doesn't try to be too big.

Service is usually good, there is a guy there who has helped me a few times thats not extremely friendly but is knowledgable and efficient. Thats ok by me.

Selection is good, and they have the best selection of any brewery in Boise of quality hoppy beers IMO. I'd like to try more brews here. Their sampler is pretty cool in my opinion; good quality.

Food is above average. Love their fish.

Good place in my opinion.
Dec 13, 2010
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Reviewed by jdense from Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3
Visited afternoon 11/10/2010.

Located in a dying strip mall in north Boise, the building is split into a rather large dining area with custom wood booths and a bar with a separate entrance featuring a 10 seat bar and about 10 tables. Given the time of day the clientele consisted almost entirely of regulars. 7 House beers were on tap, including a Kolsch, Porter, APA, IPA and an Amber. Apparently I was about two days early for release of their winter seasonal, which I understand is probably their best beer. Most of the people were drinking wine, maybe there's a local rule about drinking beer two early in the day. I saw several people having a late lunch, typical looking pub grub. I had an IPA and left. Wine and beer only. Service was OK, I was given tasters of some of the beers, pleasant help.While the brewer certainly knows how to make hoppy beers, the lack of ambience along with limited beer selection, makes this not a place I'd hang out regularly if I was a local.
Nov 20, 2010
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Reviewed by gixxerman from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
It was a long day and still about 99 degrees outside at 7:00 PM when I arrived, so I probably didn't catch the best vibe at this place.

The spacious outdoor area was empty (due to the heat) and it was not crowded inside either.

I ordered up a Dagger Falls IPA, nice and hoppy and hit the spot. For a closer I tried a Purple Haze Espesso stout, which was another tasty offering. I had eaten early, but the menu seemed to have some quality offerings and the food they brought out looked really good.

I sat at the bar, but did notice a few families inside eating (there is a sign on the door that says no one under 21 after 10 PM) so I guess they are somewhat family friendly, bring the kids early.

Seems like a cool place to come and enjoy the outdoor area and live music on a Tuesday or Friday.
Aug 23, 2010
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Reviewed by Japerrault from Idaho

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This is a great brewery/restaurant. The staff seems to have a passion for good beer and are eager to answer questions and give suggestions. Samples were brought to the table without asking. All of the beers tasted were respectable and some were great. $3.00 pints while we were there. Purple Haze stout and Crooked Tail Harvest Ale were both exceptional. The "Widow Maker" IPA has tremendous hop aroma and big flavor from several hop varieties without being overly bitter.

I have had several items from the menu and have not been disappointed yet. Good portions and flavors, and the price is right.
Nov 12, 2008
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
Their motto was "Drink like a fish!" and if anyone was up to the task, it was me. I began with their highly recommended Purple Haze Stout, and then I moved to the Dagger Falls IPA. More on beer in a bit.

Out front, on the approach, was a fenced-in patio area to the left of the doorway and a small fountain to the right. Entering, the m.d.s. was to the immediate left and included a glass cabinet of logo items, among which were embroidered work shirts and growlers. To the left was the bar area with a Golden Tee machine and a red felt pool table, followed by high tables and captain's chairs. The "L"-shaped, green Formica-topped bar was all of the way aft on this side and the brewhouse was off to the right of the bar with the lavatories just beyond. Lots of black & white photos hung on the wall as a reminder that this was first and foremost sportsman's territory. I know how to fish and to hunt, but neither is really my bag, you dig? I just sat and gazed out the window, taking in the scenery, thank you.

My server that afternoon was Summer and a friendlier, more enthusiastic, knowledgeable hophead never existed in my estimation.

Beers: Their six (6) standards included Galena Summit Kolsch; Hell Diver Pale Ale; Wooly Bugger Wheat; Dagger Falls IPA; Angel's Perch Amber; and Power House Porter. The seasonals included Horse Thief Hefeweizen; Velvet Falls Cream Ale; Dubbel Tail; and the highly recommended Purple Haze Stout. Upcoming seasonals included Rusted Hook Rye and Stone Fly Wit.
Mar 01, 2008
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Reviewed by benito from Oregon

2.38/5  rDev -38.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 4
I visited Sockeye on a Saturday night in early Summer. Strangely, I was the only person sitting inside the entire brewpub (there were a few tables taken out on the patio, but even so, this place was more or less empty). I should have taken this as my first sign and headed back to some of the brewpubs and beer bars in downtown Boise.

I'm not sure where to start with Sockeye because I don't have very much nice to say. I hate panning local craftbrewers outright, but this place is more or less unforgivable. They've got the ambience of a converted Big Boy: wooden booths with virtually no decorations on the wall, save a few old posters of Idaho's mountains lining the hall to the bathroom. Their food (which I can't fairly rate overall since I only tried a soup and salad) tasted like something straight from a can and bag, and then their beer...well, how do I say this diplomatically, at best their beers are overly malted, exhibiting what seems to be a ideological rejection of the hop, and at worst they taste like sweaty socks.

Fortunately, they have decent service and enough beers on tap--11--that even in a crowd of duds, they maanaged to put out a passable pale ale and porter. And again, I feel sorry for having pointed out so many flaws with this place, but caveat emptor--Sockeye, craftbeer or no, is just no worth your money.
Jun 04, 2006
Sockeye Grill & Brewery in Boise, ID
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