About Bear Island Brewing

Proud to be:

  • Veteran owned
  • Local, native family operated


We started out of our humble 2-car garage, so as of now we do not have a taproom. However we are working diligently towards one in the near future. If you’d like to support us, please visit the Bear Hunter section to see where you can get us on tap and follow our social media to check out our upcoming events. Thanks!


Beth Bechtel (Westover)
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Brewing Officer
Boise Native, Veteran Navy EOD

Steve Bechtel
Chief Operations Officer & Lead Brewing Officer
Veteran Navy EOD

Mike Westover
Chief Financial Officer
Boise Native

Miriam Westover
Corporate Secretary
Boise Native

Neal Didonna
Chief Brand Coordinator

Pyra Bechtel
Brewdog and security

Why the name, Bear Island?

Once Upon a time in Cascade, Idaho; the Westover family was enjoying time at the cabin. Being surrounded by wilderness, the children asked their parents about the possibility of running into a bear. The parents told their children that when the Cascade Lake freezes over in the winter, all of the bears go out to the island in the middle to hibernate. And when they wake up in the spring, the lake is thawed out and they are stuck on the island! Therefore, there is no need to be afraid of the bears because they are all on Bear Island. We have affectionately used this name for the island ever since and now proudly name our brewery after it.