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!!

Two Boise Wine Meet-Up Groups Party!


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Two of the Boise Wine Meet-up Groups met this past Wednesday. The first group met at Tastings Wine Bar in Boise with Trey Busch, pictured here, of Slight of Hand Winery from Walla Robin and I took these with her phone. Walla, Washington doing the presentation of his wines. As I did not have my camera with me, Robin and I took these photos with her phone. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. There should be no small photos – except for the one above of Trey – so you may need to “Refresh” your screen. Cheers!

 

 

 

Tasting wine menu.
Tasting wine menu.

Pizza Crab Cakes Awesome pizza! Ham, pineapple, cheese, Chipotle sauce, Raspberry Sauce on Flatbread

Pizza
Ham, pineapple, cheese, Chipotle sauce, Raspberry Sauce on Flatbread
Crab Cakes

Awesome pizza!

Then after this tasting, we went to the 13th Street Pub and Grill for the second tasting and some substantial food.

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They had the interior of the pub all decorated out for the Holiday Season. It was nice sitting around the fire that was situated in the center of the room and seating on all four sides. Definitely warm! In order to keep the wine cool, we placed a glass of ice water between the wine and the fire. The two glasses were touching. Yes, it does work! Enjoy these photos, even though some of them are a little “artsy”. Cheers!

 

 

 

Slight of Hand and a Tempranillo de Mancha on the right.
Slight of Hand and a Tempranillo de Mancha on the right.

The fire situated in the center of the room. We sat around this awesome and warm fireplace.
The fire situated in the center of the room. We sat around this awesome and warm fireplace.
Some of the people having a good time.
Some of the people having a good time.

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Claire, the Coordinator of the event and Robin are discussing the finer things in life - Wine!
Claire, the Coordinator of the event and Robin are discussing the finer things in life – Wine!
Joe, Cindi and Jan are enjoying the company and the party.
Joe, Cindi and Jan are enjoying the company and the party.
Robin had a BLT. I guess one must now ask for a golden brown toast. This toast was not.
Robin had a BLT. I guess one must now ask for a golden brown toast. This toast was not.
Bob had aa Pub Burger.
Bob had a Pub Burger.

TVWS To Host A Party At Boise’s Pizzalchik


In September, the Treasure Valley Wine Society is hosting a party at Boise’s Pizzalchik. This establishment was voted as Food Network mag picks Boise’s best pizza. Such a great honor. Here is the Idaho Statesman’s article on the selection: The Food Network Magazine had this comment on “… their decision regarding the best pizza in the Gem State? The Wild Forest Mist at Pizzalchik, 7330 W. State St. From the September issue, which hits newsstands Aug. 9: “This pie is all about the flavors of Idaho’s forests: It’s topped with five varieties of wild mushrooms, plus a fiery house-made elk sausage.” Follow the link to find out more about Pizzalchik.

Read more: Boise’s Pizzalchik. And if you still need more information on Pizzalchik, here is their Web Site. See you there!

10 Barrel Brewing, Bend, Oregon


So this just might be the best IPA I have tasted in some time. I do believe that the name of the brew is Apocalypse – timely? Light, hoppy, a little sweet and goes great with spicy foods. We had a glass – 12 oz glass – at the Pine Tavern in Bend, Oregon last night. Now I want to visit the 10 Barrel Pub on Galveston Street in Bend. Problem is, Bend has changed a lot in 15 years and the only maps we can find are an artists impression, which may or may not be accurate. Can’t seem to locate the Visitors Bureau. Anyhow, we will try to find it. In the meantime and from their web page, here are some descriptions of the beers:

Apocalypse IPA
*Available in 22oz bottles*
*Silver Medal, 2011 World Beer Championships*

A Northwest American-Style IPA. The color comes through as a deep gold with orange hues. Fruity and citrusy hop aroma shines, with hints of pine resin. The four hop flavor dominates, re-enfOr the IPA might have beenorcing the aroma with more citrus, fruity and piney notes. The malt character is clean and smooth with a unique toasted flavor (thanks to the generous helping of Victory malt), all held together by a firm bitterness. Apocalypse has a medium-bodied mouth feel, finishing crisp and dry. All of this results in a very drinkable IPA.

Malts: 2-row Pale, Victory, Crystal
Hops: Horizon, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade
ABV: 6.5%
IBU’s: 65

OK.So the mystery is solved as to the actual brew I had. I was right – Apocalypse IPA. I called the restaurant and asked which was the Managers, Rob, Choice yesterday. I have to see if I can find this brew in Boise. Robin says she might have seen it at the Boise Coop. We’ll see. Cheers!