I am always a fan of when a brewery embraces their heritage. Wallace Brewing is located in Wallace Idaho, a town known for mining. The logo of Wallace Brewing is a miner’s helmet and two pick axes. But this is not where the mining references stop. Majority of the beer names all have some sort of relation to mining, whether it be the Jackleg Stout, The Vindicator IPA, named after a “deep, dark, rich mine shaft” and lastly paying respect to the working girls in the mining town with the RedLight Irish Red Ale.
Boomer and I made a stop at Wallace Brewing. I made the stop for the beer and Boomer made the stop because he was welcome inside. We showed up about an hour before closing on a Sunday. Counting the bartender there were only 3 souls in the building. Since there was not a huge crowd I asked the bartender if it was OK to let Boomer off leash in which she allowed. Boomer loves exploring new places and being off leash allowed him to sniff to his little heart’s desire.
For my first beer I started with the Winter Ale, a seasonal beer with a 8% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and a 50 International Bittering Unit (IBU). I had never had this beer before and I decided to give it a try because it listed “hints of marshmallow”. I don’t know about you, but I do know me and I love marshmallows! There were also flavors of caramel, which I am another big fan of. This beer is considered a winter warmer and although slightly inappropriate to be drinking on a warm sunny spring day I rather enjoyed this beer.
My next beer was the Vindicator IPA. This beer has a 7% ABV and a 80 IBU and is classified as an American IPA. This beer had a nice citrus flavor with a clean crisp color. This is a delightful beer to enjoy on a warm sunny spring day.
Now you may have seen beers classified as “American IPA” or “English IPA”. We all know IPA’s originated in England while they were transporting beer to India, using additional hops to prevent the beer from spoiling before arriving to India. But what’s the real difference between an American and an English IPA? To explain it simply, without all of us going to beer brewing school is the hop profile. American IPA’s will have a citrus hop flavor where an English IPA will have a more malty/biscuit flavor. It is also said that an American IPA’s hop flavor is more prevalent and aggressive in flavor. There is of course more that goes into the difference but for the quick easy answer there you have it. I always tell people who are just getting into beers to identify which hop flavors they like and then follow the flavor to learn the beers they like. Knowing the difference between your American and English IPA’s can also lead you on your quest to finding your favorite beer.
The last beer is an old favorite, the RedLight Irish Red Ale. This beer is low on hop punch with a 28 IBU and a 5.5% ABV. This beer is a pretty red color that reminds you of the red light district that once occupied a part of Wallace just a few blocks away. The beer has a nice malty flavor with mild notes of toffee and a slight spice kick. I consider this a good gateway beer for new beer drinkers or macro brewery lager lovers.
Wallace Brewing is located at 610 Bank Street. While you are there take a few steps to the west and you will find yourself at the center of the universe! Supposedly 🙂