Why you should check out Beaverhead Brewing Dillon Montana

Beaverhead Brewing Dillon Montana

Beaverhead Brewing Dillon Montana

The phone rang with the question “Are you enjoying your beer at Beaverhead Brewing?” I quickly looked around the tap-room perplexed, looking for my dad. His voice was on the other end of the phone. He was of course not there, but he did have a very detailed itinerary that I had left with him, as I do before any trip I take. I leave the itinerary with him just in case I go missing. So far, so good. I have not gone missing and apparently I show up to where I am supposed to be at the time I scheduled myself to be. Continue reading

Beer Tasting At Daft Badger Brewing, Coeur D’Alene Idaho

Daft Badger Brewing Beer Tasting

Looking into the brewery of Daft Badger

You know the saying “don’t poke the bear”? So it means don’t provoke the person, right? Well I have a similar saying except I replace the bear with a badger. Why? Because a badger is way more scary than a bear. Badgers are rarely seen, somewhat vicious and nocturnal. These are all things I can relate to.

OK… sometimes I’m awake during the day. Continue reading

Butte Montana Mining History: Berkeley Pit and Would Museum of Mining

Berkeley Pit and Would Museum of Mining

Berkeley Pit, Butte Montana

Mary stands atop the Continental Divide overlooking the town of Butte Montana. She is not hard to miss and always draws in a look from me while driving into Butte. Mary is of course the Virgin Mary.  She stands at an impressive 90 feet (27 m) keeping a watchful eye over the town of Butte. Mary also overlooks the Berkeley Pit, a former open-pit copper mine.  The pit is a slight eye sore but is one of Butte’s many signs of a classic mining town. Continue reading

A Historic Brewery In An Old Mining Town: Butte Brewing Butte Montana

Butte Brewing Butte Montana

Butte Brewing Butte Montana

I have been frequenting Butte Montana a lot in the past year. Although Butte is probably best known for it’s mining history, Butte does have a pretty decent beer scene. Butte Brewing is fairly new on the beer scene however.  Well sort of. The original Butte Brewing was established in 1880 and closed in 1965. After a brief 50 year nap, the rights to the name, logo and root beer recipe became available and were snatched up by a local home-brewer. In 2015 a new and shiny Butte Brewing opened their doors. Continue reading

Yellowstone National Park Shows Off In The West Thumb

Yellowstone West Thumb

A bison herd at Yellowstone National Park

After entering Yellowstone National Park traffic slowed to a crawl. Cars were pulled off to the side of the road and the faint sound of camera shutters were snapping. A small herd of bison were taking their leisurely stroll for the day and the park visitors were consumed by the opportunity of capturing a photo of these large mammals.

Yellowstone West Thumb

Too close to the bison!

Brave, yet dimwitted people, were literally taking their lives into their hands as they encroached upon the herd. People will never learn. A safe distance and a zoom lens is all you need… to stay alive. Continue reading

Exploring the moon without leaving Idaho: Craters Of The Moon National Monument

Craters Of The Moon National Monument

Craters Of The Moon National Monument

On a bright sunny day in late September I was traveling along the back highways of Southern Idaho. This part of Idaho is somewhat desolate with low rolling hills, limited vegetation and light-years away from the lushness of Northern Idaho that I call home. As my car crested a small hill I was taken back by what had folded out before me. It was a sea of rippling black lava frozen in time. I stopped my car in a small pullout to get a closer look of the lava that has pushed its way up through the Earth’s surface 15,000 years ago. The warm wind whipped across my face as I stood on the side of the highway. Looking out as far as my eyes could see was The Craters Of the Moon National Monument. Continue reading

Catching Up With A Friend At Sockeye Brewing, Boise Idaho

Sockeye Brewing Boise Idaho

Sockeye Brewing Boise Idaho

It was the day after my friend’s wedding and I was on the move. I had left the reception early the night before.  When I say early I mean 11:30 pm. My friends and the wedding party had fun well into the morning.  I had to drive to my accommodations so the responsible thing to do was cut myself off and turn in for the night. This of course resulted in me being up at 7 am while the rest of my friends had only had a few winks of sleep by that point. I milled around Boise until a reasonable texting time, 10 am, to see if anyone wanted to meet for breakfast.  They were of course still asleep. There is nothing worse than having the responsible person text you after a long night.   Continue reading

30 Days 30 Recipes: Beer Cocktail Recipe June 30th

Beer Cocktail Recipe

Beer Cocktail Recipe

I know it is the last day of the month and I am a slacker. It is currently 10:38 pm pacific standard time and I am just now posting today’s beer recipe. Technically I am in the clear but I do have to tell you this was not the original recipe I was going to post. I had a great risotto planned but time got away from me. Alright, really it was that my friend came into town today and I went to go drink beer with her instead of make something with beer. You can forgive me right?

This beer cocktail recipe is inspired by not only Sandra Lee of the Food Network but also my friend Jen, who was with me tonight visiting with our out of town friend. Jen drinks lite beers. This is of course much to my dismay however to each there own. When Jen orders a beer she often orders a shot of orange juice to pour into the beer making it a shandy beer. I took it upon myself to make my own shandy tonight. One to fulfill my goal of thirty recipes in thirty days but also it is about one billion degrees outside still at 10:38 pm and a huge 12% beer does not sound appetizing. Continue reading

30 Days 30 Recipes: Potted Beer Cheese Recipe June 29th

Potted Beer Cheese Recipe

Potted Beer Cheese Recipe

There is nothing better than a beer cheese dipping sauce. Am I right? This potted beer cheese recipe is divine with only one drawback. It requires 24 hours to set before devouring. I guess we all have our flaws. Mine are too many to list but like this potted beer cheese recipe I am worth the drawback.

This recipe is inspired by The Country Cat

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe:
4 cups sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
1/4 large yellow onion (chopped)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup beer
1/4 cup olive juice (from a can of olives)
4 dashes Tabasco sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Crackers

Start with a stand mixer adding in the cheese, onions, mayonnaise, beer, olive juice, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Mix on medium for 5 minutes. Cheese mixture will become a sauce like texture.

Move the mixture to a container and chill for 24 hours. This cheese mixture can last up to a week in the refrigerator however needs to be at room temperature when served.

Once the cheese mixture has reached room temperature scoop away with crackers. This potted beer cheese recipe has taught me one thing. It is dangerous to have beer and cheese mixed together as it often results in a delightful combination that will not only be enjoyed by you, but all of your friends. The dip was surprisingly spicy as it only has a few dashes of Tabasco. But hey who is complaining? Certainly not me this dip is tasty!