Boise, Idaho - St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) began as an annual feast day to celebrate St. Patrick, the most commonly recognized patron saint of Ireland. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years and it is currently recognized by people of many other ethnicities. The day is widely celebrated by wearing green clothing and items such as shamrocks and by Irish farmhouse cheeses and other staples like Irish beer. According to Irish tradition, those who do not wear green on St. Patrick’s Day face the risk of being affectionately pinched.
It’s a great day for the Irish and everyone else when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around in McCall Idaho, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) would like to celebrate too! Regional Administrator Calvin Goings said, “Idaho is home to many micro-breweries who will be offering lots of crafted beverages on St. Patrick’s Day. Many of them got their start or expanded with the help of the SBA.”
McCall Brewing Company is one of them, and they been brewing handcrafted ales at their microbrewery restaurant since 1994. As McCall’s popularity as a destination vacation location has exploded, so has the demand for McCall Brewing Company’s beverages. In 2004, Louie Klinge purchased the brewery with the help of an SBA 504 Loan guarantee.
“Without the SBA loan, there’s no way I would have been able to buy McCall Brewing Company,” said Klinge. “We have survived the recession and our business continues to grow.”
Earlier this year, McCall Brewing finished a substantial expansion of their brewing capacity and is now bottling and distributing kegs throughout Idaho.
“We are tucked up here in McCall but clearly there is demand for our beer statewide. I am thrilled to make the capital investment in our facility, create additional jobs and deliver quality products to a wider geographic area,” remarked Louie. “St. Patrick’s Day is terrific, but it is just one of many great days to drink beer.”
“The SBA is thrilled to support business development in rural communities,” commented District Director Norm Proctor of the SBA Boise District Office. “To see the success McCall Brewing Company has enjoyed should be an encouragement to other aspiring entrepreneurs.”
For more information about SBA programs and resources visit the Boise District Office webpage at www.sba.gov/id.