And it was a rousing St Patrick’s Day celebration and birthday party!! The turn out was superb. The food was awesome as usual and the beer/ale was outstanding! Glad they are so close to us – about 1 1/2 blocks. A nono brewery produces less than 5oo cases per year. They are small but they are sure delicious! Here are some photos from the evening. They had to put a tent up outside in addition to the patio seating. It must be a Rite of Spring, because it sure did feel like it. Happy Birthday Cloud 9! Here’s to many more! You are definitely a 4+-Star Pub (Out of 5-Stars). Love it!
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.
Only the photo from our motel room is bleak and dark. (Great effect using black and white on this photo.) The weekend, however, was a super weekend in Bend, Oregon. Along with some other tasks to complete – see the Retirement in Idaho blog – we also had a great time visiting some brew pubs in Bend. As it turns out, we had a comparison tasting of beer. Look at these photos and the story should become clear. Cheers!
Mount Hood from Brothers, Oregon. It’s a long way to the mountain from this vantage point.
Buddy wanted to go to bed after an eventful day. This is the first time we have taken him with us for any distance or period of time. He did very, very well!
Our first stop was at the Pine Tavern in Bend. They have a good Happy Hour. I asked the manager, Rob, what beer he suggested to have with our appetizers. He suggested a 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA and the discussion of this beer is in the previous post. It was an awesome brew!!
Fried Green Beans
These were both very good!
Trader Joe’s in Bend, Not Boise! Why not?
Robin trying to make up her mind in Trader Joe’s.
Deschutes Brewery and Pub
Inside the pub.
Here is the Special! Only problem is, they were all out of the house sausage. Too bad, they were probably good!
Here is the flight we had. Reading the top row, left to right:
Deschutes Brewery Hefeweizen (Good with oyster shooters), Trees From Doom Dunkel (Sweet) and Green Lakes Organic Ale (Best with brats)
Front Row, Left to right:
Welcome Back Wit (Rated this best), Hop Henge Experimental IPA (Rated second), Inversion IPA (Rated at the bottom. This was supposed to be better than the 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA. It was not.)
The Inversion just did not meet up to the 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA. See below.
10 Barrel Brewery and Pub
The building. Look close if you are driving … You can miss it.
The patio with the fire going – it was cool – is very inviting.
Their pizzas are good, but not as good as the Flying Pie Pizza here in Boise. (We didn’t throw any away, though.)
Apocalypse IPA, 22 ounce is all they sell. This is an awesome brew! It definitely is a benchmark for me. Slightly – very slightly – sweet and very, very smooth. Light with a long finish. It went very well with the Pepperoni Pizza we had. I did tell our Waiter that we were there at the suggestion of the Pine Tavern Manager, Rob, and that we had done a comparison tasting between their Apocalypse and Deschutes Inversion. 10 Barrel won … substantially. He was happy!
So there you have our brewery tour in Bend, Oregon. I guess we will have to go back and finish our tour. That sounds like fun!! And let’s see if we can get the 10 Barrel Brewery Apocalypse IPA here in Boise! Bet you won’t keep it on the shelf. It’s that good. If it were a wine, it would be a 98! Cheers!