About Us

Westwood Brewing Company was established in 2016 with a mission to build out a Restaurant, Bar and Brewery within the beautiful downtown Rathdrum corridor. Our location was built in the late 1800’s and is packed with history.

We are a full service Brewpub and are proud to serve craft beers, domestics, wine and cocktails for those over 21-ers that would like to visit our establishment. Our food and drinks are amazing, come in and see us soon.

THE FOUNDERS

We are family! Westwood Brewing Co. originated in 2016 with a concept, a dream, and a true passion, shared by two brothers and their wives.  Besides our last name (which by the way is Howell, for the curious folks), what else do we have in common? Well, for starters, we love incredible beer and we love incredible food. What else? We have great vision. And I do not mean our eyesight (although we seem to have that covered too) We are entrepreneurs at heart and we are driven to materialize our dreams into reality. Why? Because, why not?!  And this is the beginning of our Westwood Brewing Co. story.  A story that was meant to be. Welcome to the family. Cheers!

Westwood Brewing Founders
OUR MISSION

We are driven to provide exceptional hand-crafted beers, delicious flavorful  food in a casual historic setting, where families, friends, and neighbors can experience consistent quality in our products,  while greeted by friendly faces, to make you feel at home.

About Us

Westwood Brewing Company was established in 2016 with a mission to build out a Restaurant, Bar and Brewery within the beautiful downtown Rathdrum corridor. Our location was built in the last 1800’s and is packed with history.

We are a full service Brewpub and are proud to serve craft beers, domestics, wine and cocktails for those over 21-ers that would like to visit our establishment. Our food and drinks are amazing, come in and see us soon.

THE FOUNDERS
We are family! Westwood Brewing Co. originated in 2016 with a concept, a dream, and a true passion, shared by two brothers and their wives.  Besides our last name (which by the way is Howell, for the curious folks), what else do we have in common? Well, for starters, we love incredible beer and we love incredible food. What else? We have great vision. And I do not mean our eyesight (although we seem to have that covered too) We are entrepreneurs at heart and we are driven to materialize our dreams into reality. Why? Because, why not?!  And this is the beginning of our Westwood Brewing Co. story.  A story that was meant to be. Welcome to the family. Cheers!

OUR MISSION
We are driven to provide exceptional hand-crafted beers, delicious flavorful  food in a casual historic setting, where families, friends, and neighbors can experience consistent quality in our products,  while greeted by friendly faces, to make you feel at home.

Westwood Brewing's Building

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Historic Documentation

The city of Rathdrum was established in 1861 making it one of the oldest towns in North Idaho. In the late 1860’s, the pony express relay station was established and this developing town was given the name of Westwood. The name of ‘Westwood’ came from the local pony express rider Charles Wesley Wood also known as ‘Wes’.

When the postmaster Zach Lewis applied for a post office in the late 1800’s, he was informed that the town needed to choose a different name because the Westwood name was too similar to another town in the territory. Michael Crowely, a local business man, gave a list of names to the Postmaster Lewis. Lewis chose the name Rathdrum, which was named after Crowley’s place of birth (Rathdroma Ireland).

The Northern Pacific rail lines were laid in 1882 and the completion spurred the growth of the town. The county was thriving and thousands flocked to the area in search of gold and silver. By 1884 the town was booming with over 800 residents. In October of that year an unfortunate fire consumed 55 buildings and six city blocks, destroying the entire business district. Rathdrum’s booming reconstruction period began immediately and by the early 1890’s the town became incorporated. By 1908, the town had a variety of stores, two banks, five churches, two telephone exchanges and a brick school.

The Westwood building that is now home to Westwood Brewing Co, was built by Warren A. Hart in 1887. Originally named Hart Hall, Warren ran a private bank in half the building and rented the other half to Henry Reiniger. In his half, Reiniger operated a successful hardware store and sold guns, ammunition, stoves and tinware.

In 1908 the county seat was moved from Rathdrum to Coeur d’Alene and in 1924 another fire broke out. This fire ultimately leveled two blocks and destroyed 30 stores and residences in the business section. The Westwood building survived but some burned sections of brick can still be seen on the building. Hart reported damages in the amount of $2,000.00.