The Buzz October Wine Dinner


Aero Vin at the Buzz

The Buzz is having a different kind of wine dinner this month. To celebrate Oktoberfest, they are including beer and wine to go with the dinner. This should really be a fun evening for everyone. Make sure,l though, that you make a reservation by calling The Buzz at (208) 344-4321. We usually go on Tuesday evening, so see you there!

 

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You’re invited!
Join us for our October Wine Dinner

We will be focusing on beer and wine for the dinner this month. Bring a friend on October 11 or 12 at 6:30 PM for a fun night of food, beer, and wine

Meal sample, not necessarily the one being served.
Meal sample, not necessarily the one being served.

We’ll have a four course dinner with beer and/or wine with each course.
Don’t miss the fun and festivities.
Cost is $20.00 per person
Reservations are sure to fill up fast!
Call us to book your table now at (208) 344-4321 or email at buzzwine@cableone.net
Make your reservation now!

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Cheers,
Cristi and Tommy
Buzz Coffee and Wine,
2999 N Lakeharbor Lane,
Boise, ID 83703
(208) 344-4321, buzzwine@cableone.net

Boise Has Great Food; Great Brew


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We might as well start at 10 Barrel Brew Pub here in Boise for some awesome brew – Apocalypse IPA pictured here – and some great food! We went there for a beer group meet-up, but it was jammed full of people and tables were at a premium, especially at 7:00 at night on a Friday. Great to see that they are doing well, but it was still full. The food, as always, was super and in MNSHO (My Not So Humble Opinion) serves some of the best pub food in Boise. Their Pub Burger is superb as is their Chicken Pot Pie. The Fish and Chips here are also great. Great to have them use as much local products as possible. (There are some brew pubs here in Boise that need to try some real pub food!) Here are some photos of our food. You be the judge and then we will meet you there to join you for dinner. Enjoy and Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.

Suede - Imperial Porter and Apocalypse IPA

Suede – Imperial Porter and Apocalypse IPA

The Suede on the left is probably one of their boldest brews and comes in at 9.6% ABV. And to read from their beer list, “The cross country melding of brewers minds finds them creating an Imperial Porter with avocado honey, plus jasmine and calendula flowers from stone farms. The result? Suede is described by their creators as ‘soft and seductive’ and an ‘all season wonder’.” I am not generally a Stout or Porter fan, but I will have this one again. It is good!
The Apocalypse IPA is a West Coast style beer and is their flagship beer. My first introduction to this brew was in Bend, OR – the home of 10 Barrel – in a blind tasting with Deschutes Inversion. The Apocalypse IPA was a clear winner. This brew comes in at 6.8% ABV.

Housemade Chicken Pot Pie and Green Salad with Shallot and Lemon Vinaigrette

Housemade Chicken Pot Pie
Green Salad

with
shallot and lemon vinaigrette

The Chicken Pot Pie is well worth returning for a second helping. And the salad with that dressing was awesome. Delicious!

Pub Hamburger and Sweet Potato Fries

Pub Hamburger and Sweet Potato Fries

This plate is a “stand-by” for me when I can not make up my mind what to have to eat. Both of the two plates pictured – the burger and the pot pie – went equally well with both brews pictured above, but in my opinion, the Suede Imperial Porter went best with both dinners!

Chocolate Sundae This was huge and needed more than 2 spoons and probably 4. Yes, it is that big!

Chocolate Sundae

This was huge and needed more than 2 spoons and probably 4. Yes, it is that big!

So moving on in our quest for food – as though we have not found enough yet – Saturday morning found us at the Boise Farmers Market in the winter location through December 21, at 8th Street and Fulton. So great to be able to get the fresh, local produce into December. Yum!

The sign to the market.
The sign to the market.
"Still Life" at one of the entrances to the market.
“Still Life” at one of the entrances to the market.
Main entrance to the market.
Main entrance to the market.
Robin talking to Janie Burns of Meadow Lark Farms.
Robin talking to Janie Burns of Meadow Lark Farms.
Some of the products offered.
Some of the products offered.
Karen Evans of Rollingstone Chevre.
Karen Evans of Rollingstone Chevre.

First Visit To 10 Barrel Brewery in Boise


23Apr2013_1_10-Barrel-Opening_Building-FrontFinally. After all this waiting, 10 Barrel Brewery in Boise opened! The photo here is of the front of the pub on Bannock Street at 9th, across from the Chinese restaurant, Yen Ching.
The restaurant space inside iss large and open. The noise level is tolerable. It is busy noise, not loud music or TV. That will work for us. And when the weather changes, they will probably open some very large doors and have an area where one can site on the sidewalk, but be served inside. Left-Click the photo on the left to enlarge and look at the right side of the photo. You will be able to see the stools.
And yes, they serve Apocalypse IPA. In my not so humble opinion (IMNSHO) one of the best, if not The Best, Ipa’s made. We had a Caesar Salad and a 10 Barrel Burger and the IPA went very well with both. Good beer, like good wine, is meant to be consumed with food. It might be made with barley and other grains, but it still needs food. Enjoy the photos posted here that I took on our First Visit. There will be a Second Visit and probably more. Hope to see you there. Well worth the trip. The food is good and the beer is …………. well ………. Super! Cheers and Enjoy!

Inside the brewery in a portion of the dining area. The chairs are very heavy, so be careful moving them.
Inside the brewery in a portion of the dining area. The chairs are very heavy, so be careful moving them.
The "Brewing  Center".
The “Brewing Center”.
"Reflections"
“Reflections”
Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad
romaine, Siberian kale, cherry tomato, shaved Parmesean cheese, croutons $6.00
10 Barrel Burger
10 Barrel Burger
custom ground beef patty, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, mayo, bacon. Served on Beer Bun by Acme Bakery, Boise $11.00
A really super burger and a great bun. The French Fries, though, were a little salty and came close to over powering the burger. I let the Wait Staff know. The beer in the background is an Apocalypse IPA $4.50

Overall, a good experience. Out of 5 Stars, probably one of the better pubs in Boise so I rate it a 4 Star pub. Great job, 10 Barrel! They have a complete menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizza and sweets. Stop in and say Hello for us and let them know you saw this article here. Thanks and please VOTE above. Cheers.

10 Barrel Brewing Is Coming to Boise


In an article printed in today’s Idaho Statesman, it is reported that 10 Barrel Brewing Company out of Bend, Oregon is coming to Boise. The brewpub will be located at 9th and Bannock. Read the Article from the Statesman. You can get an early start on the brewery by looking at Their Website. If you have never had one of their beers, you are in for a real treat! Here are some of their awards for their brews –

S1nist0r Black Ale – Gold Medal, 2011 World Beer Championships
Apocalypse IPA – Silver Medal, 2011 World Beer Championships
Pray For Snow Strong Ale – Silver Medal, 2011 World Beer Championships
S1nist0r Black Ale – Bronze Medal, Out of Category – Traditional Brewed Beer, 2009 Great American Beer Festival

The Apocalypse IPA is one of the best I have ever tasted. I will keep the jug that I have, that was full of Apocalypse IPA at one time, until they arrive in Boise. Cheers! YEA!!!