BBQ and Beer Paring


From one of my many reference blogs, in this case Serious Eats (the photo here is from Serious Eats), I received this very interesting article on BBQ Beer Pairing, among other things such as the right beer with burgers, it is suggested too try “… Black IPAs to try: Firestone Walker Wookey Jack, Deschutes Hop in the Dark
Smoked porters to try: 8 Wired The Big Smoke, Stone Smoked Porter (for a more subtly smoky experience)
Porters to try: Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Nøgne-Ø Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.”
With chicken, they suggest “… Amber/brown German lagers to try: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel, Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen, Heater Allen Coastal Lager (if you’re on the West Coast)
Blonde bières de garde to try: Brasserie St. Sylvestre 3 Monts, Saint Germain Page 24 Réserve Hildegarde Blond
Helles lagers to try: Weihenstephan Original Premium, New Belgium Summer Helles, Ballast Point Longfin Lager.”

The list goes on and the suggestions, too. Beers to go with sausages, steaks, grilled seafood, grilled veggies and then a suggestion, “If You Had To Pick Just One”. It is a good article and a great reference. Good luck and Happy Grilling! Cheers! And here is your chance – Try to stick with your local beers. Many cities now, including Boise, have some really awesome micro breweries and Boise even has, I think, the nations first nano brewery.

Paring Grilled Foods with Wine


TheBuzzApril_2Another interesting night and wine dinner at the Buzz in Boise. And just in time for the summer season – Grilled foods and selecting the right wine to go with the food. Cristi also let everyone know that they are putting a a beer tap system for local beers and she wants our suggestions. My suggestion is (1) Cloud 9 Nano Brewery in the Albertson’s Shopping Center on State Street and (2) 10 Barrel Brewery in downtown Boise. Here are some photos from tonight’s dinner and my wine ratings. A perfect score is [20]. Enjoy and Cheers!

Peggy is grilling skewers for dinner.
Peggy is grilling skewers for dinner.
Wines prior to dinner. I did not particularly like the white one [11] and the red was just a little better [12]. I have had much better wines from both these wineries.
Wines prior to dinner. I did not particularly like the white one [11] and the red was just a little better [12]. I have had much better wines from both these wineries.
The best wine of the night was this one. I scored it a perfect [20]. Full bodied and went extremely well with the beef and chicken skewers and the corn on the cob.
The best wine of the night was this one. I scored it a perfect [20]. Full bodied and went extremely well with the beef and chicken skewers and the corn on the cob. 2011 If You See Kay
Pulled Pork Sliders 2010 Renwood Clarion a blend of Syrah and Zin [17]

Pulled Pork Sliders
2010 Renwood
Clarion
a blend of Syrah and Zin [19]

Peggy made the sauce for these and it was good. Almost a Carolina style with a hint of vinegar.

Grilled Romaine Salad 2012 Basal Cellars Estate Semillion  [17]

Grilled Romaine Salad
2012 Basal Cellars
Estate Semillion [17]

Roasted Vegetable Soup 2009 MontGras Antu Ninquen Syrah [18]

Roasted Vegetable Soup
2009 MontGras Antu Ninquen
Syrah [18]

This wine went very well with the soup. A good paring.

Chicken and Beef Skewers with Corn On-The-Cob 2011 If You See Kay [20]

Chicken and Beef Skewers with Corn On-The-Cob
2011 If You See Kay
Blend [20]

A superb wine offering tonight and a great paring with the skewers and corn.

S'mores Cake Fratelli Casa Rosa [18]

S’mores Cake
NV Fratelli Casa
Rosa [18]

Crooked Fence Brewery Releases “Little Bitch Otter” Nut Brown Ale


27May2014_1a_Little-Bitch-Otter-Release_SignCrooked Fence Brewery just released their 2014 Little Bitch Otter India Nut Brown Ale! There were probably 1000 people at PreFunk Beer, 1100 Front Street location for this release party. There was an interesting article printed in the Idaho Statesman in late March about the new location for Crooked Fence Brewery. In the article, it was stated that,

Garden City-based Crooked Fence Brewing Co. plans to relocate from 5242 W. Chinden Blvd. to Woodriver Cellars winery, 3705 Idaho 16 in Eagle.

The brewery is in the process of purchasing the 5-acre property and will begin the transition by opening a new brewpub-style restaurant there March 29.

The Woodriver Cellars space has been renamed Crooked Flats.

“From the beginning, Crooked Fence has wanted and worked towards owning a destination-style brewery,” the company says in a press release. “This will be the place to further grow the Crooked Fence brand and culture. Along with the special event structures and park-like atmosphere, there will also be a tasting room and restaurant serving great food, craft brews and Idaho wines.”

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/03/16/3084070/garden-city-brewer-purchasing.html#storylink=cpy

Here are some photos from the release party. Enjoy!
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Some of the crowd that was lined up almost 1 1/2 blocks to get into the release.
Some of the crowd that was lined up almost 1 1/2 blocks to get into the release.
Getting closer. Actually, the party was scheduled to start at 6:00pm, but at 5:45 there were already many people in the Pre Funk getting a sample.
Getting closer. Actually, the party was scheduled to start at 6:00pm, but at 5:45 there were already many people in PreFunk getting a sample.
A great parting shot. Although the lines were long, it still only took about 15 minutes to get a brew.
A great parting shot. Although the lines were long, it still only took about 15 minutes to get a brew.

And indeed, it is good to see that the Crooked Fence Brewing has opened at the old Eagle Knoll Winery site, north on Hiway 16 – the road to Emmett. You will see the sign off on the west side of the highway. A large parking lot. Ample space. Here are some photos. Cheers!

The sign that is at the entrance to Crooked Flats.
The sign that is at the entrance to Crooked Flats.
The times of operation are posted on the front doors. I wonder if the brewery is actually located here.
The times of operation are posted on the front doors. I wonder if the brewery is actually located here? And why didn’t they hold the release party here? So much more room and better parking.

10 Barrel Brewery


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Yea! It’s finally opening here in Boise. It seems like it has been forever since we first heard that they were coming. It looks like this will be a great week to visit them as they are having many specials. Here is from their Facebook page.

The day is upon us!!! Opening for lunch at 11! We’re kicking things off with a bang. Everyone who shares this status will be entered to win a $100 gift card that will be ready at four o’clock today, just in time for some after work drinks! Get to sharing, and stay tuned for more give-a-ways all week!!

And I did share the status . Maybe ….. Just maybe. I plan to go tomorrow while the motorhome is being looked at. Hope to see you there! Cheers! And please VOTE above. Thanks.

American Craft Beer Week


I know, it’s almost over. Sorry I missed it. But there are still 3 days to celebrate and to help you do that, look at American Craft Beer Week in the Boise Weekly. Here is some more information on the remaining events from the Boise Weekly.

-Crooked Fence will feature specialty beers on its Garden City taps Wednesday, May 16, through Saturday, May 19, including Sins of Our Fathers Imperial Stout, Trainwreck Red, Derby Oatmeal IPA and Dark Unicorn Black Ale. Also on Saturday, May 19, Crooked Fence will host a Craft Beer Week Finale from noon to 10 p.m., featuring Calle 75 Street Tacos and a free concert by The Ringtones from 7-9 p.m.

-Highlands Hollow is offering rotating daily specials for Craft Beer Week, including Bratwurst and a Full Moon Stout for $8 on Thursday, May 17, and a Brewers Dinner on Saturday, May 19, for $11.95.

-Payette Brewing is involved in a number of other Craft Beer Week events, including a pizza and beer night at Sun Ray Cafe Tuesday, May 15, a sold-out brewer’s dinner at The Front Door on Thursday, May 17, and a blind IPA tasting at the Boise Co-Op Wine Shop on Friday, May 18.

-Tablerock Brewpub will showcase an array of aged specialty brews on its taps all week, including a port barrel-aged Winter Cheer on Wednesday, May 16, and the Hopocalypse pitched with Belgian strong ale yeast on Friday, May 19.

Craft Beer Week is a national celebration of craft beer’s culture and community. In Boise, it will include collaborative and specialty beers on tap, as well as events and specials at bars.

Craft Beer Week is also a rare opportunity for brewers to work together to carve out a niche for local craft and specialty brews in a market flooded with mass-market domestics like Budweiser, Coors and Miller.

So there is still some time left to join in on this event, albeit, short. I feel confident that the breweries listed in the articles referred to here, will be more than willing to share some of their craft with you. Cheers!

10 Barrel Brewing coming to Boise?


There is a story in the Idaho Statesman by Patrick Orr entitled Patrick Orr: 10 Barrel Brewing coming to Boise?. Follow the link to read the full story. But here is a teaser from the article.

“We are thinking about Boise, I can say that,” Wales said, confirming 10 Barrel is the business that has discussed the 9th and Bannock property with the Idaho Department of Lands. “We are looking at a few different cities. We just love the city (Boise). We like the vibe.
“We like the proximity to Bend. We like the size of (Boise). The site is Downtown, and it’s close to the North End. We think there could be a good lunch business. We just really like everything about it.”
Boise has two brew pubs (TableRock and The Ram) in the Downtown area already, but neither is in the core. I really like the idea of a new unique brew pub in the middle of Downtown, and how it would be close to 8th Street and Basque Block restaurant nexuses but expand that area to the west, where it would be across the street from Yen Ching.

Let’s cross our fingers that 10-Barrel Brewing comes to Boise. They offer some fantastic IPA’s. Be sure to follow the link above to read the full article. It is really informative. Cheers!

The Barley Brothers Was a Good Venue


If you missed this event this year, see you next year!! Four large tents housed about 100 different breweries from around the Northwest. No! I did not try them all … Only about six of them. The $25.00 entry fee covered a 5-ounce glass with unlimited refills. The BPD were outside the entrance with the Paramedics to “escort” anyone who may have partaken far too much. I think the main sponsor was Brewforia here in Boise. Look at their web site. Here are some photos from today. Cheers! This really was a good experience. And Thanks Marnie, for driving..

10 Barrel Brewery, Bend, Oregon was there with their Apocalypse IPA. I think all of the brews that were offered from all of the breweries represented, were served far too cold – The coldness covered the flavors. I hand warmed all of my selections, as in warming wine that is served too cold. With that in mind, the Apocalypse IPA still stole the show!!! But, why do I like this so much? As Terry Theise states in Reading Between the Wines, “I like something that tastes like something and not everything. Anything can taste like everything, and too often does, and that bores the crap out of me.”

Remember this brewery around Halloween or Thanksgiving. This Harvest Pumpkin Ale would be a welcomed addition to the festivities at either of these special days.

Please Brewforia, bring this Dogfish Head Ale to Boise! Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales from Lewis, DE. No, the ale was not at this tasting. But my T-Shirt was! Thanks Carlynne.

Here are some of the people in one of the four tents that were setup to house the breweries.

The main avenue of breweries and food.

The brewery servers.

Mac making up his mind on what to eat!

Mac eating ribs! One happy Dude!

And here he is with a Secesh Scotch.