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$$$ - a bit pricey
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8049 N Wayne Blvd
phone: (208) 772-7371
(Place added by: Jason)
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| Reviews: 3
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Decided to take a Friday jaunt over to northern Idaho and visit a couple of places in BeerFly. I'd been curious about Daanen's for a while, so I decided to check out the selection.
After finally geting off HWY 95, where a driver is in a constant state of slowing down, I found Daanen's in a vaguely Bavarian-looking building with a fairly large number of cars in the parking lot. The place seems to be pretty popular as a place to eat. I quickly passed through the dining area on my quest for beer.
The beer selection isn't enormous, but it made up for the 40 mile drive by boasting a lot of beers I can't get in Spokane. The beer section is in one aisle that is a little narrow. Much of it is in coolers on one side of the aisle. On the other side is shelving. Most of the rarer import stuff is located here. It's not too brightly lit, and the shelves seem well-tended, as there was no dust and nothing seemed to have slipped past it's sell-by date. The selection leans toward European imports. There were a number of Belgians in 750ml bottles that I hadn't seen before. Domestic micros are well represented also. I picked up two Ommegang beers I'd never had before, along with a couple of Bayern beers, a Montana micro which has yet to make it to Spokane. Two of Fish's 10th anniversary barleywine rounded out my mixed 6pk. Unfortunately, many were lacking price tags.
This leads me to my main complaint about this place. Prices are too f@%king high! If you want a single bottle of any Deschutes beer that is regularly available at a local supermarket, it would cost you $2.50! This was their standard price for domestic micros, according to the checker, who also said that ales were more expensive than lagers. An odd way to (over)price beers. I walked out with a 6-pk of not terribly exotic beers with $15 less than I had when I came in.
Despite their weird and high prices, the service I had was quite good. When the girl at the register had to go check a price on an unmarked bottle, I was subjected to a flury of "have you been helped"-style questions. They are keen to lend you assistance quickly. I didn't get a feel for whether or not they knew anything about beer, however.
If you are seeking beers you can't get in Spokane, a visit to Daanen's is worth it. Just be sure to pick up more commonly available craft beers somewhere else, as it will be cheaper.
05-21-2005 21:10:20 |
More by woemad
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I washed down a delicious, large, tuna salad sandwich on rye ($5.95) with a 16oz. Paulener Hefeweisse ($4.25) fresh from the tap and served in a frosty glass - both excellent. They have lots of deli choices, which all looked good, and the portions they were serving up were generous. The bottled beer selection is huge, I'd guess at least 50 different beers available, and they also serve and sell wine (selection also huge). In fact, there was a tasting going on while I was dining there; I was told they have them frequently. The staff was friendly, courteous and quick. I wish I lived a tad closer; I want to return again soon. The only thing that keeps me from giving "5.0" is the small number of draft beers, only three (Paulener, Stella, Spaten Optimator), but with so many bottled choices who's to complain?
05-14-2005 18:03:13 |
More by sirxtasy
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
My father grew up in Hayden and the family has a cabin nearby so I put this in my plans for a beerfly visit. I expected a great place to find great beer but I was a little dissapointed. As far as Hayden is concerned this place is heaven as they supply the must needs. The great thing is locals will ask for a certain beer and they will order it for you. The service was okay, I tried a stout from the nearby Couer d Alene brewing co. and was a litte dissapointed. The selection was average as well, while they had beers most stores around didn't have it wasn't the best of the best. I wouldn't mark this on my map for a must see but if in town give them a try.
04-01-2004 07:06:29 |
More by beertaster13
Daanen's Delicatessen in Hayden Lake, ID
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