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.

Cloud 9 Nano Brewery Opens


17March2014_2_Cloud-9-Opening_FrontThe Cloud 9 nano brewery opend on March 17th in the Albertsons Shopping Center at 18th and State Streets, 1750 W. State St. It was a full house! In the following quote from their website – link above – we see that they are trying very hard to use locally produced products, both in their beer production and their food preparation. I know their hamburger rolls come from Gaston Bakery here in Boise.

We are Boise’s first nanobrewery, and the only certified organic brewery in the state, producing only four barrels per hand-crafted batch. We are focused on sustainable, local, and organic beers and our brewery also houses an amazing restaurant with a similar focus.
By keeping batches to only four barrels in size, we are able to vary our beers to match seasonal ingredients and provide a wealth of variety for craft beer lovers.
Expected Hours:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Wednesday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Thursday – 11:00am to 10:00pm
Friday – 10:00am to Midnight
Saturday – 10:00am to Midnight
Sunday – 10:00am to 9:00pm
Happy Hour from 4-6 with $1 off pints and a limited Happy Hour Menu is coming soon.

Their seasonal menu includes such items as Classic Burger – $9.50 and photo below, Chicken Pesto – $9.50, Roasted Veggie – $9.50, Shepard’s Pie – $10.50, Vegetarian Shepard’s Pie – $10.50, Corned Beef and Cabbage – $10.50 and Corned Beets and Cabbage – $8.50. I had the burger and it was very good. They use Gaston Bakery buns and 3/1 burgers (3 burgers to the pound).They also serve a wide variety of appetizers ranging from $5.00 – $7.00. Some of the folks there were getting their salads and they looked good. $2.50 – $8.95. They serve beer, of course, and their own made root beer which I had earlier and it was very good.
Good to see that they serve Idaho wines, Indian Creek Winery and 3 Horse Ranch Winery. Seating is limited, about 35 seats at tables and at the bar. They hope to have outside seating when the weather changes. Enjoy these photos and hope to see you there!

The bar area and menus.
The bar area and menus.
The menus and an empty Irish Dark Lager - good lager!
The menus and an empty Irish Dark Lager – good lager!
Irish Dark Lager
Irish Dark Lager
The beer menu. They do have samples and from what I saw, three different sizes of servings. Great idea.
The beer menu. They do have samples and from what I saw, three different sizes of servings. Great idea.
Classic Burger. Very good!
Classic Burger. Very good! I think I would rate this a 4-Star pub. Remember the size. It is small and not near the size of 10 Barrel Pub downtown or Kilted Dragon or Sockeye. The beer is good. The food is delightful and the service is good. Don’t be in a rush. They are just getting started and give them time. Enjoy!!

TVWS Oktoberfest Celebration


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Happy Oktoberfest and Halloween everyone! On October 9, the Treasure Valley Wine Society (TVWS) broke from tradition and held a beer tasting for Oktoberfest. There were about 26 people who enjoyed the beers that were presented by Dave and Cody from the HomeBrewStuff here in Boise. They carry over 600 beers in stock for our enjoyment. You can see a link to the shop in the sidebar. We owe them a great big Thank-You for helping this event to be a success in such short notice. (Other breweries here in Boise backed out in the last minute and the folks at the HomeBrewStuff came to the rescue!) Here are some photos from the event. Enjoy!

Dave and Cody who presented the beers. They are from HomeBrewStuff in Boise.
Dave and Cody who presented the beers. They are from HomeBrewStuff in Boise.
The beers that were presented. 3-5 oz pours were supplied.
The beers that were presented. 3-5 oz pours were supplied.
Some people brought their own steins. Here are some of them. These happened to be ours.
Some people brought their own steins. Here are some of them. These happened to be ours.
Some were really decorated!
Some were really decorated!
Beautiful metal stein.
Beautiful metal stein.

Here are the beers that were presented.They are listed in order of presentation. And as the saying goes, “In Heaven there is no beer, That’s why we drink it here ………..” Awesome!

TVWS Oktoberfest Beers
October 9, 2013

Hofbrau German lager.
More than any other, Hofbräu Original embodies Munich’s character as a city of beer, spreading its fame throughout the world. Full-bodied with an alcoholic content of approximately 5.1% by volume, and offering a truly fine hops aroma, it is a superbly well-balanced lager.

Hofbrau Oktoberfest.
The Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, is an event of superlatives – it’s the largest popular festival in the world, held in the beer metropolis of Munich. Millions of visitors from all over the world come every year to enjoy its very special atmosphere. For this occasion, Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. It is an absolutely natural product; brewed from pure water, the best quality malt and exquisite hops. Offering 6.3% alcohol by volume and a clean, crisp edge, it is a vital part of the Oktoberfest experience. As unique as the Oktoberfest itself! Hofbräu imports the same beer, from the same batches that are made for its own tent at the Oktoberfest.

Hofbrau Dunkel.
Dark beer existed in Bavaria long before light beer. This was the first type of beer to be brewed at Hofbräuhaus when it was founded. Today, when beer-lovers all over the world talk about dark beer, they usually mean a Munich style dark beer. Today, Hofbräu Dunkel – the archetypal Bavarian beer – is still as popular as ever. With an alcohol content of around 5.5% by volume and a subtle spicy and rich flavor, this is a refreshing beer that suits all kinds of occasions. A beer in the traditional Munich style!

Hofbrau Maibock.
By tradition, the first barrel of Maibock is tapped at the Hofbräuhaus in the last week of April, in time for the merry month of May. The success story of Munich’s oldest bock beer goes back as far as 1614. Hofbräu Maibock has the longest pedigree of all Munich’s Bocks. Its aromatic flavor and alcoholic content of approximately 7.2% by volume makes it one of the best creations from Hofbräu’s brewing kettles. Hofbräu Maibock marks one of the high points in the beer-lover’s calendar!

Spaten Opimator (dopplebock)
Deep and dark colored, rich and malty taste and full-bodied, Spaten’s strongest beer is considered by many beer connoisseurs as the world’s finest dark beer. Shelf life up to 12 months. In the dark and cold times Spaten Optimator brings a warm light. Spaten Optimator is the classic German bottom-fermented dark beer “Doppel-Bock.”

Petrus aged red.
Categorized as a Wild/Sour Ale, Petrus Aged Red Ale is loaded with cherries and drinks more in the style of a Lambic than a Sour. Only the sweet tartness will give you any indication of the very respectable 8.5% abv so be careful with this one.

Thanks, Dave Griffin
HBSbeerguy@gmail.com
Cell (208) 371-9247

Like wine, you can’t have beer without food, or at least one should not. Here is what we had for dinner.

Cheese and Fruit Plate

Cheese and Fruit Plate

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage

Sauerbraten

Sauerbraten

German Potato Salad Red Cabbage Acme Bake Shop German Rye Sauerbraten

German Potato Salad
Red Cabbage
Acme Bake Shop German Rye
Sauerbraten

Some of the people who attended the event. Thank You all for being there!
Some of the people who attended the event. Thank You all for being there!

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President Gail McClellan Parker. Maybe we can make this an annual October event? It would be nice.
President Gail McClellan Parker. Maybe we can make this an annual October event? It would be nice.

TVWS Hosts An Oktoberfest Gala!


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Just a reminder – The Treasure Valley Wine Society (TVWS) will be holding an Oktoberfest/Beer Tasting and German Buffet on October 9 at the Meadow Lake Retirement Center in the Grand Lodge. A map is on the previous posting or you can find one on the page listed here, Various Society Forms and Interesting Printable Graphics. The event starts at 7:00pm. Please contact a Board member to reserve a spot. $25/person for Members and $30/person for Non-Members. This should be a fun and exciting change of venue for the society. The program will contain some great information on Oktoberfest and the beers of the festival supplied by members of the Home Brew Shop in Garden City. Cheers and hope to see you at the event!

Board Activities This Month


And it all started on Saturday morning …… Early, for me! 5am. It was a tailgate weekend as BSU was playing Southern Mississippi (BSU won! 60 – 7). Seeing as how we did not have a “tailgate”, we renamed this Saturday event as a “Backgate Party”! We do have a back gate. Started the smoker at 5:30am and smoked 3 racks of pork ribs for 2 hours. But before I could do anything, we needed breakfast. Look at what I made.

Shrimp and Asparagus Omelet with Hollandaise Sauce and Toasted Acme Bake Shop Sourdough

Shrimp and Asparagus Omelet
with
Housemade Hollandaise Sauce
Toasted Acme Bake Shop Sourdough

And then to prep for the game. But it does not start until 8:30pm. Lots of time. Smoke the ribs for 2 hours in Alder. Then finish off some of them in the oven and the others in the crock pot. Slow … Slow … Slow cooking and low heat.

Smoked Pork Ribs Finished off in the oven for 7 hours at 200 degrees F.

Smoked Pork Ribs

Finished off in the oven for 7 hours at 200 degrees F.

Paleo Smoked Ribs Finished off in the crock pot on low for 7 hours. Yum!

Paleo Smoked Ribs

Finished off in the crock pot on low for 7 hours. Yum!

Add to the ribs some Slaw, Baked Beans, Beer, Apple Crisp (thanks Marnie), Brian, Marnie and Mac and we’ve got a party. It was a long day for me. From 5am until close to 12 mid-night. Brian made breakfast on Sunday morning. Robin has this awesome recipe for Chiles Rellenos and Brian used it. Super job, Brian!

Brian preparing the Chile Rellenos.

Brian preparing the Chile Rellenos.

Chile Rellenos

Chile Rellenos

But then, next Tuesday we have a Board meeting with the TVWS. October finds the group trying beer! Yes, beer! Not wine this month. And to keep in the “bier frame of mind”, we are also doing an Oktoberfest theme. This should really be fun. For the Board meeting, we are trying some Samuel Adams Oktoberfest Bier, German Potato Salad, Acme Bake Shop Rye Bread and I know some other goodies. (It pays to be a Board member!) I am making a Sauerbratten, click the link for our recipe. Busy, busy, busy. But fun, fun, fun! Tonight we are going to some friends house for dinner. Going to take them some wines and stuffed cream puffs. Cheers!

Highlands Hollow Brewhouse


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Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, formerly known as Harrison Hollow, was thee site of a Meet-Up group tonight. We only ordered appetizers, namely the Loaded Fries, which are really loaded, and the Black Bean Nachos which were very good! Both are pictured below. We also had a beer sampler of 10 samples. Personally, I liked the Doolie’s best. To copy from their menu, “Doolie’s is a dark ale with ruby overtones which show up if you hold it to the light. A slightly roasted flavor profile and the darker color comes from the use of three different specialty malts that are roasted in varying degrees, to stringent specifications.” The food was good, understanding that it was Happy Hour Fare and the service was good. It would be interesting to order something from their main menu. The food and the sampler that we got was $22.00 for the two of us. They have a full menu of salads, pasta, a variation of entrees, vegetarian, sandwiches burgers and desserts. Our visit here was good and we will probably return. Where 10 Barrel and Table Rock are 5-Star pubs, Highlands Hollow is a 4-Star pub. Enjoy the photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Bean Nachos
Black Bean Nachos
Loaded Fries
Loaded Fries

The sizes of these two appetizers is really quite large. We probably could have had just one between the two of us and shared it. Visit their website at Highlands Hollow Brewhouse.

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.