|Current and upcoming Beer List|
I was pretty sure that White Dog Brewing would open the first week of September, but I was still surprised to see this message on their Facebook page on Friday: " We stayed up all night to get things ready, so our doors are open as of 11 a.m. today. Please accept our sincerest thanks for your ongoing interest, engagement, and enthusiasm. We can't wait to meet you." It was posted at 2 minutes after 11:00.
I checked Facebook a little after 1:00 as I was preparing to do some yard work. So I changed clothes and call my buddy, Mike Johnston, and told him to meet me at the old Table Rock Brewing location at 2:00 and I was on my way.
It was great to drink beer at 705 W. Fulton again; good beer and a wonderful staff. Sara, the manager was very happy to take time to talk about the brewery, the beer and their concept of a full time food truck (fifth wheel). Dan, owner and brewer, came over and talked about their beer and how they are planning to keep the history of Table Rock alive by offering two Table Rock signature beers, Hopzilla and TD's Nut Brown Ale. The Hopzilla is currently on tap and brought back great memories as I drank a pint of one of my favorite beers reborn. It was not on the untappd app, so I added it plus the new location.
My wife, Nelda and I have a long history of drinking beer at that location. We were there on the opening day of Table Rock Brew Pub 26 years ago. The original brewery was owned by Mike and Peggy Fitzgerald. Their first Head Brewer was Terry Dennis, a long-time home brewer and member of Boise's first Home Brew Club, the Boise Quaffers. Table Rock became our favorite restaurant in Boise. We only lived three miles away, so we were there a lot.
We bought our first Growler there. It was a clear bottle that still had an Apple Cider Vinegar label on it. We used to buy a couple of growlers of TD's Nut Brown Ale on Christmas Eve every year.
Over the years we drank Table Rock beer brewed by Terry Dennis, Bob McSherry, Kerry Caldwell and Derek Anderson. We drank beer brewed by Marvin Kinney when it was the Post Modern Brewery and now we are drinking beer brewed by White Dog Brewing's Dan Jordan and Troy Moore, who are both the owners and the brewers.
We are very excited to be able to take our friends to White Dog Brewing for food and drink. It is a new brewery to Boise but the location has been home to a brewery since 1991.
I checked out the new brewery on Friday and brought my wife to see it on Monday. We planned to check out the food that they served from Smoke and Thyme. Smoke and Thyme food is cooked in a fifth wheel mobile kitchen that sits in the alley next to White Dog. You don't leave the tap room to order or get the food. Your server at White Dog will take the order and deliver your food. It is included in your bill at White Dog. You can also order their food from the Longdrop Cider Company which is in the same building as White Dog.
|This is where the food is prepared|
I had the BLT (photo below). It was very good and they served it on a slice of a tree. Nelda had the street tacos that she loved. We are looking forward to trying some of their vegetarian fare, as well.
|My BLT, served on a slice of log|
When we visited Monday, Dan gave us tour of the brewery and showed us a few changes. It still has the 15BBL original system, the wall was moved to allow more room for the brewing process. The loss in floor space from the tap room was made up for by moving the wall where the former kitchen was. What's left of that space is now used for keg and canned beer storage.
|The 15BBL Boil Kettle and Mash Tun|
|Fermentor containing a Fresh Hop Ale|
|Fermentors facing west|
|The old kitchen space holding cans of White Dog Beer|
|The old kitchen space holding kegs ready to distribute|
White Dog Brewery becomes the 57th Brewery in Idaho (counting only current breweries) and 21st brewery in the Treasure Valley. White Dog becomes the third brewery in Idaho that had a brewery in another state before coming to Idaho. Ten Barrel Brewing opened it's second Brew Pub in Boise after their highly successful Brew Pub in Bend, Oregon. Mother Earth Brewing opened a huge production brewery with a tap room in Nampa, Idaho. Their first brewery was in Vista, California.
Oh....I can't forget the Frost Rail...it's fun to set your glass on its snowy surface to keep your beer cold. And another great reason to sit at the bar.
|The Frost Rail|
In other Valley Brewery news, I met Alvin Mullins at PreFunk Nampa. Alvin plans to open the 2C Family Brewery right across the street from PreFunk. He originally was calling his brewery Black Angel Brewing, but another brewery took offense and threatened to "legal up" if he continued to use that name. Alvin plans to have a tap room that will be open to families, hence the name. We wish Alvin the best of luck on his new brewery, which will be the third brewery in Nampa.
I talked to Heather and Ryan, the owners of PreFunk Nampa about their upcoming expansion. The expansion will double floor space of their business, but they do not plan to add a bottle shop. They already sell a few bottles of very special releases.