Must set up the grill. Clean it. Make sure gas cylinder is full. Clean the racks. Try it out! And that we did.
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.
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!
Thought we would give this a try. Plus we signed up to be with the Meet-Up Group, but did not really see them. I think they were in another room. But we did have Marnie and Mac with us. Mac was a little upset that they did not honor his Idaho Brewers Association Passport Program. Can’t say that I really blame him because the program is supposed to cover all Idaho breweries. Can’t say that the visit was all that great either with service being somewhat slow and the food was not up to the standards of 10 Barrel Brew Pub in downtown Boise or Table Rock Brew Pub. (10 Barrel is the best of all three of these places in my opinion.) Here are some photos of our visit. I will rank this visit as a 2 1/2 Stars out of 5. Not a good showing.
And we’re off! The start of a beautiful weekend …. Our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Friday night, Robin wanted Cheese Steaks. Make our own. Anyone remember “Steak-Ums”? Can’t get them here in Boise, as far as I know. Are they even made any more? Albertson’s Markets says, “No.” OK. Slice down some bottom round really thin and then chop it. Grill up some onions, and you get what is pictured here on the grill. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. Please VOTE above. Thanks and enjoy!
Two scrumptious meals. But wait …… There will be more. I promise. Cheers and keep watching!
Yes, election day here in Idaho, at least parts of it. Local elections, so you can guess how the turn-out was. All I will say is that if you did not vote, you don’t have any complaint. But we started out in the morning at the Wild West in Eagle for breakfast where we met up with our friend Deborah Cantrell – her husband Geno was working. It was good to see the baker, Donna again, too. We are waiting for the notice that she has perfected the Coinut! Pictured above, is one of our breakfasts – a Breakfast Croisant. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged.
And then later that afternoon we voted then ended up at 10 Barrel Brew Pub for a meeting – after work of course – with some of the folks about the Fledge Watch Team this year in Boise. While we were waiting, Robin and I had a beer sampler.
But you cannot have beer, or wine for that fact, without some wonderful food. Especially, when it consists of Beer Buns from Acme Bakery here in Boise. Great job, Mike!
And we met with Bill Bosworth and Bill Heinrich about the Fledge Watch program this year. We are starting to assemble a team. Fun stuff! It’s going to be a great season.
Finally. 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. It is nice to report too, that they try their best to use local products, i.e., the Acme Bakery for their buns and rolls. 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!
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.
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.
|(Photo 10 Barrel Brewery)|
The 10 Barrel Brewery out of Bend, Oregon, is opening a Brew Pub in downtown Boise at 9th Street and Bannock on the Northeast corner across from Yen Ching. The pub is scheduled to open – the last time I heard – late summer. Their web page says, “… tentative opening date for Aug 1st”. This is a photo that I saved off of their FB page. Their comment was, “Demo started yesterday on the Boise Pub. What a mess….” The ceiling has been opened and the insulation removed. This will be one very large brew pub; maybe the largest in Boise. I for one, am really looking forward to the opening. In My Not So Humble Opinion (IMNSHO), their Apocalypse IPA is by far one of the best I have ever had. They have other brews, too, but this one is superb. I put it up against a Deschutes Inversion IPA and the Apocalypse took the challenge. It’s not that the Inversion is bad,
I always have some in the refrigerator waiting to be liberated, it’s just that the Apocalypse IPA is better. It was great to see that the Boise COOP started to carry the 10 Barrel brews.
The photo to the right, I took this morning. Beautiful blue sky! This is the building at the corner of 9th and Bannock in Boise. It used to be a woman’s clothing store. Sorry, but it now has another use.
So now, I guess we wait for the Grand Opening. I do hope they keep me informed, or I am lucky enough to get some “fresh” information from the brewery. I will do what I can to keep “on top” of this fabulous event. Below is the artists rendition of the brew pub. Not too much difference, but enough. It’s the interior which will change the most. It is a very large area. Cheers!
|(Artist Drawing 10 Barrel Brewery)|
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!