I love to check out the local micro-brew scene while visiting a new city! Each brewery has its own vibe and often tells the story of the area you are visiting. Some have a small tasting room and tours others have brewpubs with great food that compliments the beer you drink. The best part is that you never leave thirsty.
We visited Boise Idaho this weekend and were thrilled with the beer scene. We spotted the Ram on the way to our hotel. The Ram has several locations between Boise and Seattle. They have some good beers as well as food. I however wanted to see what the local breweries in town were and how better to find out than stopping in for lunch at a local pizza joint. Can someone say beer & pizza! I talked to my server and he suggested the Dagger Falls IPA from Sockeye Brewery to go with my pizza. I really enjoyed my beverage and began asking my server questions about the Boise Beer Scene and Boise Ale Trail. He recommended I visit Sockeye Brewery, Payette Brewery and 10 Barrel Brewing while I was in town. He said each of these breweries offered great beer and fun atmosphere.
We stopped by 10 Barrel Brewing Co. the next day for beer and lunch. This is a brewpub with good food, fun atmosphere and great beer. It had all the things I love about visiting brewpubs and I was thrilled when I found out they were having IPA wars at 3PM! This was a contest of the best IPA’s from four cities including Boise, Portland, Bend and Salt Lake City. It was a blind taste test with 4 of the best IPA’s from each of the cities competing. The public voted on their favorite beer after tasting each of the beers offered. You could taste 16 beers for $20 and you received a tasting cup you got to keep. The cities were revealed later that evening and Boise was the winner as voted by all the visitors who came to taste test. We did not plan on staying so long but ended up meeting several people and had a great time. The Boise Beer crowd was really friendly and excited to talk about their local beers.
We had a great time in Boise! We can’t wait to visit more breweries on the Boise Ale Trail!