I’m Alive…Help Me Name My Store

Well, it is just about official.  I have a store!  I should sign the lease in the next day or two.  It has been, at times, tumultuous getting to this point, and now the real work begins!  I am renting a former restaurant space in Downtown Nampa, Idaho formerly called the Copper Canyon.  I will turn it into a craft beer retail store, and restaurant.

It was a stuffy, and amazingly dirty restaurant that served very expensive food, and whose clientele were anyone who’s senses were dull enough to not realize that they were sitting and eating in filth, and paying a high price for it.

My vision is to turn it into a craft beer store and restaurant that serves elevated pub style food.  Chicken wings, craft pizza, and sandwiches.  Reasonably priced and in a clean and comfortable environment.  I will have between 6 and 12 beers on tap at any given time, and the handles will rotate.  No one can claim a permanent space on my tap list.  I hope to have between 800 and 1000 different beers to purchase.  That’s a good start.

However, in all this activity, I haven’t come up with a name for the place yet.  It was going to be a Brewforia franchise at one point, but for various reasons that isn’t going to be the case, so now I need to come up with a name for the place.

I have kicked around some thoughts but want to hear from the Beer and Whiskey brain trust.  Some ideas I’ve had are: Brother’s Beer Market, Galligan’s Pub, The Mash Tun, the Copper Kettle, the Beer Depot (there is an historic train depot about 1.5 blocks away). Then Jim thought of Donny Bear’s Beer Cave, and I thought of changing Cave to Den.  Of course Brother’s plays off of the Beer and Whiskey Brothers. Galligan’s is pretty self explanatory.

None of these names really resonate with me.  I suppose my two favorites are Brothers, and the Mash Tun.  But I need ideas for the name, so let me have it.  Of course as we go I will be posting more interior photos and progress.

Oh, I almost forgot, this place comes with a full liquor license, so I can serve whiskey as well.

Give me your best ideas.  What should I call this place?

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118 Comments on “I’m Alive…Help Me Name My Store”

  1. Ryan
    October 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Galligan’s Island? Because I’m sure you’ve never heard that one before.

    • Don
      October 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      Actually that is my e-mail address for my home PC. But…no.

  2. October 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    A couple ideas…you could go new age…..Imbibe!
    You could go classic….Don’s (I would so have a craft beer at a place called Don’s)
    I like The Mash Tun, but you could also call it Sparge.
    Last idea, Heady Waters

  3. October 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    How about “The Tankard and Tumbler” Get the beer and whiskey in the name of it off the bat.

  4. rob
    October 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Way to go Don! I’d stay away from anything Copper, you might confuse people with the old place.

  5. October 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    if you go with the Mash Tun, you gotta’ collaborate with The Lauter Tun (a Craft and Jazz bar in Omaha)

  6. Rob
    October 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Den of Hops, All Grain Station, Temple of the Malt…

  7. October 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    It’s gotta have “bear” in the title. And maybe “reach around” as well…

  8. King
    October 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I’d avoid Galligans pub…too cliche..and in reality, avoiding cliche stuff is pretty good in the marketting biz. I’d love to give you the name for my future beer place with Hipster Steve, but we will hold onto it.

    How about..
    Craft (simple, could be explaining the beer an/or the food)
    The Bear Market (play on words)

  9. October 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Wait. What was your name again? All serious aside, I like Galligan’s Pub. If you want to be more formal, Galligan’s Public House. Simple, direct. If I weren’t a brewer I wouldn’t know any brewing terms, so I think one of those brewerylingual terms for a name would knock out about 95% of your possible clientele. But, hey, I’m just an old fart, what do I know.

    Welcome back, what’s-your-name.

    ‘Scuse me, I need to go run some kids off my lawn.

    • October 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      See, King knows more’n I do.

      • Don
        October 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

        Not so sure about that Norm!

        • johnking82
          October 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

          I really like Sparge.

  10. Todd Reeves
    October 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    The Grain Bill

  11. October 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Brew ‘n’ Chew?
    The Sudsy Sandwich?
    The Drunken Ass(ortment of food)?

    Kudos on your storefront! I hope it works out for you.

  12. October 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Pints and Plates

    • Don
      October 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      Pilates??? I’m not doing any yoga!

      • October 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

        I’d reconsider – people would pay to see you try!!

    • October 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

      That’s better than Pints and Pâtés.

  13. October 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Barley Bear’s Gastropub

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      At this point I really don’t want to call any attention to the food. Do you think Mom’s Slumgullion would be a big hit?

  14. rob
    October 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Anything with Bear might confuse locals from the monkey bar down the road.

  15. October 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm #


    • October 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

      This is good…

      • Don
        October 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

        That was actually Brewforia’s first name, but they found out quick that that name is already trademarked.

        • October 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

          What about “BrewTopiah”? See what I did there?

        • Don
          November 1, 2012 at 11:57 am #

          Or maybe BrewTopiary? You know…for the vegans.

  16. Brendan
    October 31, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Beer in Headlights

    • Don
      October 31, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

      I get the play on words, but probably not the best idea to have a name that combines drinking and driving, even though I see where you are going with it.

  17. October 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I don’t know. Don’s Beer Depot?

    What I do know is that you have to use some version of this image in your logo: https://www.google.com/search?q=beer+bear+deer&hl=en&safe=off&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=y3iRULSnIsew2gWjsYCIDA&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1680&bih=949

    Congrats, BTW!

    • October 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

      Also, this place has a good model. They’re considering expanding into an open space next door to open a “44 Taproom” with – you guessed it – 44 taps and small plates. Be sure to check out their tap cam. http://44stonepub.com/

  18. John
    October 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Galligans Pub is a no brainer and and Irish sounding! I am partial to BIG DONS. Maybe Bourbon and Beer. Then referred to as the B and B…

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      BandB has a good ring to it John! But we also have a place here in Idaho called Burger and Brew…might get confusing.?

      • November 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

        How ’bout B&WB then?

  19. Don Larsen
    October 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    How about “Don’s Place “.

  20. October 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Slaughtered Lamb Pub…….or any name as long as it ends in Pub…..

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      Appealing to the Basque folk!

  21. John
    October 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm #


    • Don
      October 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

      I would, but I’d have to change my name to Arlo.

      • John
        October 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

        But you can get anything you want…

  22. October 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Don G’s Craft Crib (hip hop themed gastropub). You’re welcome.

    Congratulations on getting the space. I sense a Northwest road trip in the near future.

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      You know Alex we have more cowboys in Idaho that Gangstas. Maybe Don G’s Craft Corral?

  23. October 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Bear O’Clock

  24. Mad Queen Linda
    October 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Getting a little complicated here. Give it something that people can easily remember and say (drunk or sober), like Donnybear’s or Donnybrews or Idabrews. Ply your local artist with alcohol to paint you a mural worth seeing on the front.

  25. October 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I like Tippler’s Tavern…there’s one in WI but that is miles away.

    Barley’s Beer Room
    The ABV
    Original Gravity
    The Brewer’s Plate (Stolen from annual Philly event)
    The Brewer’s Daughter
    Hops & Rocks
    and of course: Roadhouse

  26. October 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Grin and Beer It, The Grizzly Beer, Hibeernation, Beer Hug …

    • October 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Oh, congrats by the way! Good luck, I’ll be sure to drop in if we ever get to Idaho!

      • Don
        November 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

        Sounds good Will. I’ll look forward to it. Idaho is far from a craft beer mecca, but there are some really goood local offerings, and you can swing through on your way to Oregon!

    • October 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      I Love Grizzly Beer!

      • October 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

        That would work better in Missoula, MT.

        • Don
          November 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

          If not Missoula, at lease Eastern Idaho where they actually have grizzlies. We have lots of them out here in the sugar beet fields, but unfortunately I don’t think Varmint Beer would go over too well.

  27. rob
    October 31, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Bear on tap
    or just “On Tap”

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      Or maybe “What’s on Tap?”

  28. October 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Bear’s Head Pub – classic!!
    Can’t wait for some tasty beer selections in the 2C!

  29. Nick
    October 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    The Tipsy Tankard
    The Brothers Galligan

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

      Yeah Nick, we could have a Big Bad Wolf as our logo!

  30. October 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Congrats! It sounds awesome! How about “What Ales You”?

    Also, are you hiring? 🙂

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

      I’m not sure about employees yet. I know I will need to hire fairly soon after we open, but I want to see what kind of traffic we generate first. So we will begin with family and friends, then look for employees once we know the kind of demand we need to fill.

  31. Joe
    October 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm #


    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

      Maybe Beervana?

  32. John
    October 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    “Tap That …”

    • October 31, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      Tap that Glass

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      I’m not running a brothel, John! 😉

  33. Tim Moore
    October 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Brother Bears Beer Den
    “Hibernate Here!”

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      Don’t wanna tangle with Disney. That mouse has TEETH!

  34. October 31, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    The Half Gainer so when anyone asks you can tell them it’s a dive.

  35. Hobart
    October 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    The Place We’re Spending Too Much Money In. Yeah, probably won’t work for your sign, but pretty sure that’s what my wife and I will be calling it.

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

      I’ll hold you to it Hobart! 🙂

  36. October 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Nice! Congrats, Don!

    I’d throw my vote to Grizzly Beer!

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      We need to talk my friend! Since I don’t have any good ideas of my own, I wanna steal them from you.

      • unequivocalnotion
        November 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

        Anytime, just let me know! I love that craft beer is finally coming to Nampa, and downtown to boot!

  37. Sean
    October 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    My favorite watering hole is called “The Village Green”. Simple, generic even, but elegant and evokes community and good times.

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

      Yeah, but in Idaho everything turns brown in the summer, and “The Village Brown” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. 😉

  38. Rick
    October 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    2nd Mister Larson’s suggestion:
    Don’s Place – For Great Beer & Great Food
    (You have to emphasize the food if you want my wife to visit)

  39. Michael
    October 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Congratulations to you on the new venture.
    Beer Session Plus
    Craft Session Plus
    Not Your Mother’s Craft Store
    Food and Drink
    Brew Bear’s Tavern
    Better Barley Session Plus
    Brew Session Plus
    Growler’s Food and Drink
    Wolfs Head Tavern
    USA Beer Pub
    Best USA Beer and Food
    Bear and Weasel Pub
    Pictures as appropriate
    Good luck with the future.

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

      Those certainly are a lot of suggestions. Lots to think about 🙂

  40. October 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    How about the obvious… Beer and Whiskey Brothers. Whatever the name. Congrats!

    • November 1, 2012 at 3:30 am #

      I second that.

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

      I’m pretty sure Jim doesn’t want anything to do with this.

      • November 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

        I’m sure he would grant you naming rights though. Although, he might be expect to drink for free when in town…

  41. Wendi
    October 31, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Grizzley Beer Pub & Grub

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      This has got to be my sister, because she is the only person in the world that spells Wendi with an “i”.

  42. October 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Awesome idea guy’s best of luck with the store! As far as names maybe Cheers…lol

  43. BeerBear
    October 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    I’ve always been partial to the “pub & grub” descriptor. See below:

    Pirate Don’s Pub & Grub
    Pirate Bear’s Pub & Grub
    Pirate Bros. Pub & Grub
    DonnyBear’s Pub & Grub
    DonnyBear’s Joint/Joynt
    DB’s Bar & Grill/Pub & Grub
    Beer & Whiskey & Food

    Last but not least:

    Please come in and spend some money

    • Rick
      October 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      “Beer & Whiskey & Food” = BFW’s!!!

    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      I don’t want “some” of their money, I want it all…maybe the Pick Pocket! 😉

  44. Brett
    November 1, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Galligan’s is the best option. It sounds Irish, so people will assume “pub” and “beer”, which is good. Once the general population starts stopping in for a beer, they’ll realize that you specialize in “good” beer and the word will get out to all the craft beer nerds in your area. I unfortunately don’t think you can rely on the craft beer audience alone keeping you afloat…….even the best beer places around me still have Bud Light signs in the window, ya know what I mean?

    • Brett
      November 1, 2012 at 7:56 am #

      Plus, Galligan’s (or any variation of your name) will build familiarity………..it’s a lot easier to picture someone saying “let’s swing by Galligan’s” than “let’s stop off at Craft Beer World and Brew Emporium”….

      • Don
        November 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

        I think Galligan’s is a strong contender, I’m just a little wary of setting the expectation that this is an Irish pub, which it most certainly is not.

  45. johnking82
    November 1, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Capt. Douche’s Beer and Mush

    • November 1, 2012 at 10:36 am #


    • Don
      November 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

      I thought you were saving that name for your place?

  46. November 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    The Bear’s Cave!

  47. November 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    BTW Don, congrats again and make sure to feature plenty of those beer-centered recipes that you and others have discussed.

  48. November 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Don – great news. Off the top of my head…..

    Hop ‘n Cask
    Suds and Grub
    Suds and Shine
    Whiskey Brewski
    Barley Sandwich

    • Rick
      November 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

      Chotski’s, and don’t forget to wear your flair!

  49. November 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    Congrats!!! Sounds like it will be a great place for beer lovers!!! I’m going to suggest:

    “Not Another Beer Store”
    “Don’s Crafty Beer Store”
    “Hops, Barley, Water and More”
    “Don’s Beer House”
    “Hop to It!”
    “Great Beer, Great People” or GBGP.
    “Don’s Beer Tavern”

    Probably for best results though….”We Sell, KBS, Hopslam, Dark Lord and Darkness!”

  50. Diss Content
    November 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    I want to consume beers which represent the apex of man’s (and lady’s) creativity, and have gathered in a place where they can be appreciated, in one magical spot. The Norsemen have Valhalla and Adam had the ‘Garden of Eden’, so it’s time to create a Shangri-La for humans that love beer:


  51. November 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    “Don’s Yeast Hole”

    • Don
      November 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm #


  52. November 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Don’s Dram

  53. November 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Is everything OK with Jim out East?

    • Don
      November 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

      Jim is fine for now. He came through it remarkably well. Didn’t even lose any shingles, and still has power, and has had all along. However all around his neighborhood is chaos. He is rationing gas and I’m not sure if he needs to hit the grocery store yet or not. But I know he and his family are having to deal wi that scarcity. He has been working from home because of the gas shortages and I’m not sure when he will actually be able to get back to work.

      But as far as the important things are, he is in good shape. Everything and more importantly everyone came through the storm fine.

  54. bdivvy
    November 6, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    The Imbibery?

  55. Tomas
    November 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    2C Pints Place

  56. November 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Has a decision been made???? About the Name…….

  57. November 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    and….is there are website or facebook page for it?

  58. Crash
    November 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    ParDon me!

  59. November 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Any updates on the store? Name? ETA?

    • November 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

      I think he’s going with the Idaho Hop House, but I’m not sure of the ETA – he’s working on Idaho time!!

  60. December 12, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    I guess I’m late on this one, but as it’S a place to whet the appetitie, how about “Whet Dreams”

  61. N
    December 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Pour Public House or just Pour would be good.

  62. altered states
    December 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Waiting patiently for your place to open. We need a craft beer oriented establishment like this in Nampa.

  63. Rob Wallace
    December 22, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Moderation (after all, you should always drink “in moderation”!)

  64. Scottie
    January 25, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    What is the statis on your opening? That place was a mess, so I can only imagine you are doing some major renovations to the space right?

    • Don
      January 25, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      Scottie, you are correct! That place was a mess, and with a lot of elbow grease and a sazall and about 30 gallons of paint it has been transformed. Just working on paperwork to open now. Depends on how long permits take.

      • Scottie
        January 25, 2013 at 11:14 am #

        That’s great Don. Our office is just down the block from you. Radix Construction. We specialize in restaurant construction and design. We built most of the restaurants down eagle rd. Buffalo Wild Wings, chilies, on the border, old Chicagos through out the US. I am in Gillette Wy now building a Jordan’s Steak House. Let me know if we can be of any assistance. FYI, you scared me by telling me how gross it was there. I have had several lunch meetings there. Feelin a bit ill right now……….

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