Local Beer Lovers at Home at PreFunk 3

Flynn Brothers Eye Kitchen, 
Rooftop Patio Additions in Coming Months

PreFunk Beer Bar in Boise started in 2013 with 10 bar stools and 20 tap handles.

Owner and founder Justin Flynn said his original aim was to provide a space for residents to fill up growlers of local and regional craft beer to enjoy at home. In fact, Justin says the bar was the first growler fill station in all of Boise.

But the bar’s customer’s had a few suggestions. More beer. More variety. More gathering space to kick back and have a few pints. They wanted to stay awhile.

Justin listened.

Now a popular fixture of Boise’s downtown, the bar boasts 40 different kinds of beer along with a small selection of wine and hard ciders. New selections are always available, and Justin says the bar is always looking for the best seasonal selections. Customers can even purchase beer online and PreFunk will have it waiting for pickup by the time they arrive at the bar.

It also has ample patio space complete with furniture built by Justin himself with the help of his younger brother, Jordan. Jordan serves as Justin’s right-hand man and the bar’s general manager.

“We do have some challenges,” Justin says, “but we just have the same brain wave. We think a lot of the same thoughts and are on the same page. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Justin, 28, says the Flynn brothers’ business sense came from watching their father run one of Idaho’s largest and most successful drywall businesses here in the Treasure Valley. One of the bar’s biggest challenges is getting people to take him seriously as a young business owner, Justin said.

“I never really wanted to work for anyone else,” Justin says. “I wanted to be my own boss because I genuinely thought I could be on my own. I get more pleasure generating my own revenue than I would generating revenue for someone else.”

Now the Flynn brothers want to expand the operation even more by adding a kitchen to PreFunk to serve up gourmet hot dogs by December. After that? They hope to add a rooftop patio to enjoy the view of Boise’s developing west end.

PreFunk also has a location in the Flynn brothers’ nearby hometown of Nampa.

“Putting time and energy into what we’ve started is our No. 1 priority,” Justin says. “We want to make sure we don’t veer too far from who we are.”

And “who we are” means something very specific to Justin. He trains his staff to be experts on the types of beer on tap to help people better understand what they like and what they may want to try.

He welcomes customers of any age and background, he said, because that’s what Boise is all about.

“I have 21-year-old college kids to middle-aged successful businessmen,” he said. “It’s cool to me that a lot of older people like to drink here. We want to cultivate an inviting, welcoming aura.”

That welcoming atmosphere is also extended to Boise’s four-legged friends. It’s not usual to find dogs happily lapping up drinks of their own from the water buckets always available for their use.

“Our growth from day one has been crazy,” he said. “We still have people who came here on day one to have a beer here since then.”

PreFunk in Boise is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. It is located at 1100 W. Front St. and features daily happy hour specials.

For information, go to PreFunk.MyShopify.com or call 208.331.3865.