I usually never put much effort into finding a place to eat. Since I noticed this about myself I decided I would try to seek out interesting places to grab a bite while on our trip this go around. I can usually nail down the breweries with no problem (duh) and more often than not I eat at the breweries because I believe there is nothing better than a burger and a beer. Unless it is nachos and a beer… or tacos and a beer – OK it’s really burgers and beer – but I won’t lie – I love pub food!
Located just down the street from the Idaho State Capitol building is Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise Idaho. The street is lined with many restaurants to choose from but let’s be honest am I really going to pass up a place called an “alehouse”? Most likely not.
I approached the host and asked for a table outside and as usual had to brush off the “is someone meeting you?” I could rant about this for an hour, sometimes people eat alone.
I perused the beer list and quickly found out that the “alehouse” did not produce their own beer. I asked the waitress to confirm and she said “we support the local breweries by showcasing their beers”. No worries, but I always love to drink crafted beer at the “source”. I tried Angel’s Perch from Sockeye Brewing which is a brewery from Boise Idaho, so at least I kept it local. It was a tasty amber beer with a 15 International Bittering Unit (IBU) and a 4.5 Alcohol By Volume (ABV). I probably could have spent all day drinking this beer (not the same beer, but several of them. If you have not figured it out by now I am no lightweight.
My food arrived and I was delighted. I had ordered the street tacos. After one bite I have to say – amazeballs! I ordered the chicken taco (your other choice is braised pork – which I’m sure is delightful as well). What made this tacos extra amazing was the spicy habanero sauce. I know I did not try anything else on the menu but I totally recommend the tacos!
I finished my lunch and it was time for my next beer. Although it was a warm summer day it was rare to see this beer on a menu and I just had to have it! I ordered the W00tstout (also known as Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout). W00tstout is not made in Idaho but California. If you’re a treky nerd (I’m not to the point that I know star dates and stuff – but I did watch Star Trek) you may know who helped craft W00tstout in conjunction with Stone Brewing. The one and only Wesley Crusher. Well OK actually Wil Wheaton. I had been reading about W00tstout all over twitter (because yes I follow Wheaton and PS he’s hilarious) for months now and figured if I had the opportunity why not take it, even if a stout was an odd choice for a warm summer day.
The beer arrived and I took a sip. It was an interesting combination of sweet and heavy, does that make sense? Probably not. It really was unlike any beer I have ever had. I am no expert on stout beer but it had a unique taste to it and if I were more accustom to drinking stout beer I sure it would have been amazeballs. The W00tstout has a 13% ABV and 65 IBU.
In my old age I have gravitated to lighter beer – I’m not saying to the Buds and Coors Lights but to Ambers and IPA’s, I still have my dignity. Although in my earlier beer drinking days I could be quoted as to saying “I don’t drink it if you can see through it”… that was before I realized Guinness (one of my favorites) had one of the lowest alcohol contents and highest calorie contents. I have already admitted that I am a drinker and that combination spells disaster 🙂
If you would like to visit Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise Idaho they are located at 246 North 8th Street. They are open 11am to “late”. Note that the kitchen closes at 10pm Monday – Thursday and 11pm Friday and Saturday. Their menu is an upper class pub menu with reasonable pricing (nothing above $20). There is indoor and outdoor seating but if it is a nice summer day I recommend the outdoor seating as they have a cool covered awning that shades you from the heat!