Saw this at the store today… May have to expand my beer storage to accommodate my stockpiles.
In case you’re in need of some beer for the summer & want to save some $$, max rebates of 5 per household is pretty generous.
Expires 5/31 though so don’t dally. #slowride #summerbeerstockpile #blog #beerrebatesrock #goslowmo
Take a moment and ponder your perfect day. Are you’re thinking about a sunny summer afternoon, 40+ regional brews on tap, live music and a bunch of beer lovers on hand? I know I am. If you’re up for a drive up North you should consider checking out the Moscow Alehouse Brewfest. If you’re not already familiar with Moscow (home of the University of Idaho), it’s a quaint college town about 5 hours North of Boise (just a few miles East of the Washington border & Washington State University) nestled in the rolling hills of the Palouse. Now, when I first rolled into town a few days before, my first stop was of course, Moscow Brewing. When you’re in the area I can’t recommend highly enough that you stop by, have a few pints and say hello. This nano brewery is a hotspot for beer drinkers to congregate, drink and talk beer. They start trickling in right at open (4pm) and by 5:00 or 5:30 you may find it hard to score a seat.
It’s no secret that I’m a beer lover who is still learning the finer points of the process involved in taking base ingredients like water, grains, hops, yeast and making them into something far more magical like Porters, Lagers, Ales, or IPA’s. Love to drink ’em, but couldn’t make much headway creating one at this point. That’s part of the beer adventure though, in my opinion anyway. One doesn’t have to be an authority to enjoy beer, or to have great conversations with other beer lovers here in the North West in my experience. If you saddle up to the bar at any brewery, order a beer and look to your right and left, chances are you’ll find one or more individuals who are happy to talk to you in great details about their love of beer and where you might like to explore yourself to get a taste of the local flavor.
This was exactly my experience at the RAM here in Boise when I was invited to spend the better part of a day in the back watching the process from start to finish. The only difference being that I wasn’t sitting at a bar with these gents, but I was darting back and forth to stay out from underfoot of head brewer Jake and his assistant Cody while getting the skinny on their beer and what it takes to keep both RAM’s fully stocked and ready to pour.
This past Sunday marked the inauguration of the 2015 League of Outlaws class at Payette Brewing. If you weren’t there or didn’t jump in to the league when you had the chance, I strongly suggest that you mark your calendar to take part next when it comes back around. Like so many brew related experiences in the greater Boise area, the thing that makes clubs like this so entertaining is that it brings a pretty diverse group together to meet, mingle, and be, under the common love for great beer.…
Well, the weekend is over, the bands have packed up and gone on their way home or off to other venues. But the biggest letdown of the entire weekend, for me at least, is the tear down of the tent that was Alefort. The most compelling part of the mini-beer festival within the larger Treefort Music Fest, in my opinion at least, was having such a diverse group of breweries (mostly local) that were all within a few feet of each other! …
The Bottle Grenade 2.0 is a fantastic piece of equipment that fits easily in your pocket or clips on to your belt loop, if you’re so inclined. It can also be fitted with a neodymium magnet during manufacturing so you can attach it to your metallic beer storage device of choice. With a bottle grenade in hand you should be able to tackle any beverage that comes your way, screw top or pry off. Even cans won’t stand in your way if you don’t have any finger nails to pry up the topper. The head can accommodate 19, 21, and 27 tooth caps for twist, the pry head not only makes short work of getting you into a bottle… but it does so without mangling the bottle cap. This little miracle really doesn’t leave a mark on the cap at all. Not sure if people still collect beer caps to track their beer history, but if you do this will be a life saver. If you don’t… maybe you’ll start now that they look less like a mangled piece of metal and more like a keepsake.
Before I leave you, I would like to share that I’m no shill for this and I won’t see a penny if all of you go buy every Bottle Grenade 2.0 that Brad can ship out. I have been fortunate enough to back a few of his Kickstarter projects and I must say that he puts a lot of care into the quality of his products. The photos attached are of my Titanium, Anodized Bottle Grenade 2.0 with magnet. Typically it lives on my fridge in the kitchen to facilitate easy opening for those after work adult beverages. The pry top also makes short work of cans if you, a loved one, or even kids have problems getting those pesky cans open.
Adding to the growing list of local micro breweries in the Treasure Valley, HAFF Brewing opened their doors officially with a Chamber Ribbon cutting on February 11th 2015. If you find yourself in town looking to check them out, they are on Chinden, West of Veterans Parkway on the North side of the street. It can be a little hairy to find them with an absence of street signage as you shoot down the road, but to make it easy just turn into the COBBYS parking lot and you're there. 🙂
The ribbon cutting event was a blast and the turn out, while I was there anyway, was promising. The beer was very good. I grabbed a McCallywood Porter which left me with absolutely no regrets. In chatting with the bartender I was tempted to try the White Chocolate (Raspberry) stout? I think it was Raspberry anyway and while the three other patrons near the bar that had already tried it were singing its praises and assuring me that it didn't really taste of white chocolate… my adamant distaste for anything “white chocolate” forced me to stay away. Maybe on a return trip when things aren't quite so chaotic, I'll break my cardinal rule and give it a go.
One thing that is clear though is that Boise seems to continue to open new breweries with open arms. While I can appreciate the business sense and likely lower operating costs associated with having a brewery/tasting room on Chinden it's a pretty dreadful location to try to get in or out of during peak traffic times. Hopefully this will prove to just be a temporary issue and perhaps success will lead to expansion into the downtown corridor.
So it’s been a little problematic to get new content posted as things have gotten a little more hectic with the coming of “the new year”. This however is a temporary setback and I have several posts that should be up in the next few days along with a trip to Seattle next week to check out some Washington brew.
If you have suggestions on where I should try to stop and grab an incredible brew, please give me a shout in the comments, or tweet at me @idahobrewreview
Why on earth would anyone care to battle the crowds to save a few bucks off electronics that you don’t need when you could spend 10 hours drinking amazing beer?? That’s just what we did at what will hopefully become an annual event put on by Payette Brewing at the Linen Building in downtown Boise featuring more stouts than I have ever seen in one location.
Everything on tap was a stout and they hailed from local brewers like Boise Brewing, EDGE, Crooked Fence, McCall Brewing, Sockeye, Highlands Hollow, & of course Payette. Not to be left out, a number of regional names were also in attendance like Deschutes, Ninkasi, Odell, Widmer Brothers, Full Sail to name just a few. Out front was one of my favorite local food trucks Archies Place, with perfect sandwiches to follow copious beer consumption. My only complaint was the unseasonably warm temps in Boise paired with mass stout consumption.
The crowd showed up ready to drink beer and while I was there at least, everyone was easy going, festive and chatting up other beer lovers. In fact, it was hard not to make new friends for those of us that were fortunate enough to have landed one of the few tables or barrels. After the first few hours… having a table to rally around made all the difference and as people came and went it proved fruitful in the inheritance of beer tokens as fellow patrons ran out of time, stamina, or sobriety and decided to throw in the towel. I wound up with 2 bonus beers which was both a blessing and a curse after the 5 tokens I had purchased for myself.
Payette Black Friday 2014; The event itself was free, tokens for a 5oz pour were $3 each, a commemorative glass snifter was $5 or you could forgo the glass and use a mini solo-cup. My thinking with the glass was that aside from the souvenir factor, it was also more likely to result in over-pour since it’s harder to judge the volume on the curved glass. Of course, every pour varied and some behind the tap were more generous than others. All things considered, definitely no complaints and as I understand it, some of the proceeds went to the Joe Cans project against cancer via Big City Coffee.
|Payette Brewing Black Friday 2014 Album|
I’m curious as I start to plan adventures around the North West to explore all of the beers that we have access to, are there any Pub Clubs or Beer Drinking memberships that you belong to that you think are worth sharing? Here in Boise, I recently discovered Boise Beer Buddies and so far I’ve been pleased. If you are a regular consumer of craft beer in Boise, it’s definitely going to pay for itself and then some in no time.
For $20/year you get a membership card that entitles you to various perks at local bars & breweries in the greater Boise area. Typically this is either a 10% discount on food/drink or $1 off pints, but if you go out just a few times a month and get 2 or 3 pints it adds up quickly. In fact, take a quick peek at their most current “Buddy Hubs” now! They also have a newsletter (email) which helps keep you in the loop regarding specials, events, and new breweries opening in the area. My hope of course is that they continue to expand their reach as some bars/breweries are not participating yet. Overall though, this concept is spot on, the only thing that might make it better would be to convert it to a digital format instead of the membership card.
What else is out there in Oregon/Washington? Do you have anything similar to Boise Beer Buddies? Please feel free to share in the comments with links so that we can all get on board!