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Very disappointed to see that you recommended two beers in green bottles. Never drink beer package in a green or clear bottle. Can or brown glass only. Green and clear glass allow in UV light which causes that sulfury smell referred to as "skunky".
Pilsner Urquell is a fine beer but enjoy it on draft or if you can find it from a can.
The bigger issues of quality is bars and restaurants putting in to many tap handles for the volume of beer being sold. Its easy to blame a brewery for beer past its prime but a bar that puts on a beer that can't sell through it within a couple of weeks is on them. Boise is fairly unique in the number of tap handles a bar may have. Its really a arms race around town right now with people trying to claim they have more handles than the next guy. This isn't a good way to promote quality or freshness. More is not always better and this is a instance where that is especially true.
The question of saturation in Boise is one that has been debated for some time now. In reality it all depends on how the scene develops. There's absolutely no reason Boise couldn't support more breweries if they are more on the size of Cloud 9 or even Boise Brewing. A smattering of bigger regional breweries like Payette and Sockeye, independent brewpubs like Crooked Fence and Highlands Hollow and then smaller boutique breweries producing small batch beers to fill in gaps around town.
Thanks for the clarification Karl. I for some reason was thinking they were owned by the same group that owns a sports bar chain out of Texas. We should be releasing 5 beers next week assuming the feds have finalized our license by then.
Actually 10 Barrel moved from Stein to Hayden a few months back. At this point it would be difficult for them to move back to the Bud house since Stein would have to buy out the contract so its unlikely that they will be back at Stein anytime soon.
As for breweries owned by big companies in town there's only one other one. The Ram is owned by a restaurant group out of Texas I believe but they did start here in Boise and have managed to grow and eventually merged with the other company.
Ann Morrison Park is an open public park and admission can not be charged. The Zoo is a paid venue and can therefore deny access for special events.
Had lunch there yesterday. It was fantastic. Service was a little out of sorts but worth the wait.
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