A great way to start any trip is to make your first stop at a place that serves beer. And what better way to start my spring 2015 trip than making my first stop at City Limits Pub in Wallace Idaho. Not only was it a pub but they also serve craft beer from North Idaho Mountain Brew, which comes in handy because I loves me some craft beer.
I recently brewed up the California Steam Beer, a beer with an interesting history. I’ll start out with the most fascinating part, this beer is an ale but brewed with lager yeast… Blasphemy. OK maybe not really but it is odd. The yeast is what determines what kind of beer it is going to be. A lager yeast ferments at the bottom of the beer whereas an ale ferments at the top. Temperature is also taken into consideration, lagers ferment at colder temperatures, ales are warmer. The California Steam beer takes the lager yeast and ferments at an ale temperature. It is a true unique beer.
What to hear something strange? I love India Pale Ales (or IPA for short). But that’s not the weird part. I’ve been home brewing beer for over a year now and I have yet to brew an IPA. Now that’s weird, right?