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Bittercreek Alehouse & Red Feather Lounge
Taps: 40 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
246 N 8th St
phone: (208) 345-1813
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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I hit the BA/RFL on a snowy Saturday afternoon in January while in B-town on biz and sat at the bar to witness firsthand their formidable row of taps. I was impressed with the range of their offerings; both West Coast [Stone, Sierra, etc] and East Coast [Dogfish] were well represented as were some hard-to find brewers from in between. I stuck to the Idaho offerings as I subscribe to the "support your local brewer" rule and wasn't disappointed. I had beers from Table Rock, Highland Hollow and Payette all of which were outstanding. My selection process was ably assisted by Sean, who was extremely knowledgeable about his offerings. I also ordered a Cobb Salad off the menu, which was generous in ingredients and well presented. Although it looks like a high-end downtown establishment, the scene is very laid back; I met several of the locals who like all beer people, are rewarding to talk to.
02-06-2013 02:20:32 |
More by SudsTerkel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite places to drink in Boise. The beer selection is constantly rotating and they often have some great events (Sour Fest, Tap Takeovers, etc). The bottle selection is great too, but hard to not find something wonderful on tap so I rarely go that route.
Food, service and price are all spot on. The inside atmosphere is good, although it can be very busy and loud. It is a great place in the winter when it is cold and dark outside. During the summer, their patio is too small and I would rather drink somewhere else with bigger beer gardens.
02-04-2013 23:49:47 |
More by KetchumSuds
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in here around 10 PM on a Wednesday night. The place was surprisingly busy, but we were quickly seated and served.
There was a very impressive bar and numerous TVs displaying all sorts of sporting events and news channels. Interesting and diverse collection of artwork and a view into the kitchen. Considering the number of people inside the dining room, the layout seemed spacious enough to not make it unbearable.
The real special thing about this place is the selection. There were about three dozen taps and a menu that was updated just that day was given to us along with our food menu. About four different breweries from the Boise-area itself had offerings on tap, not to mention some incredible stuff from throughout the West-coast (Stone Smoked Porter, Black Butte XXIII, etc.) My first pint was a cask-conditioned IPA from Hale's Ales in Seattle, where my boss used to work. There was also what looked like a large bottled selection, but I didn't even really check it out with all of the offerings on tap.
Service was great. Prompt, helpful, informative, but not annoyingly pushy.
Food, however, was not as impressive. My girlfriend tried the trout and I decided, given the prices, to opt for the $8 black bean burger since at $8 it was the cheapest burger on the menu...and although not a vegetarian, I love black bean burgers. The food was just... bland. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't exactly good either. Typical pub food at a slightly higher price.
All in all, this place was a great bar, but a very mediocre restaurant. Beer is priced reasonably, food is definitely overpriced for what you get.
07-31-2011 21:00:22 |
More by Phocion
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
The best ale house in boise, of this I am sure.
Atmosphere is above average, the place is usually packed and I wish it was a little bigger but no real complaints. Nestled in beautiful downtown Boise.
Quality is good. Everything is well maintained and clean.
Service is always pretty good for a place that busy. Servers are knowledgeable and friendly as well. Thats a +
Selection is the reason this place is so great. Dozens of great microbrews on tap, from the West Coast to Goose Island. Selection is awesome. There are options to try a couple ounces of each beer for like a buck too. Love it.
Food is above average. Typical pub food but with fresh, local ingredients. Always tastes good.
Pretty good value I'd say for what you're getting. Two thumbs way up.
12-13-2010 18:50:39 |
More by Scotchboy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
My review may be a bit high, but that's what happens when the situation conspires to make a beer bar the absolutely perfect place to be.
Perhaps it was the excellent company, or the fact that I was watching Boise State trounce another opponent, or that all the new wet and fresh hopped beers were in season, for whatever reason, I was perfectly happy sitting in the Bittercreek sampling some of the most amazing beers. I ate a locally produced lamb burger with fresh Idaho potato fries: both excellent.
The beers were wildly creative and exciting, and I enjoyed sampling eight for a dollar or two each in generous 4oz sample glasses, clearly and accurately labelled in chalk on their great three-per wooden taster racks. Perhaps it was that the gem of the evening, a pale green fresh-hopped beer, came complete with two fresh Emmet's hop flowers for garnish floating on the top. The beer and wine menus also showed milage from the alehouse to where they had been produced. Excellent bit of locavore info, and I tried to order within 5 miles of the location. I felt like I was being treated like an honored guest and had a great time.
10-10-2010 22:27:48 |
More by salvo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a good pub in the heart of downtown Boise.
It is a pretty nice place, especially the outdoor seating. The inside is more bar-like, darker and gets really packed even in the middle of the day but is pretty good. The street seating is really nice, with hops growing on an arbor at the entrance from the sidewalk and it is one one of the most lively and pleasant blocks downtown.
The beer choice is pretty good, with a nice range of local Boise/Idaho beers as well as more craft beers from Oregon, Washington, a few from California, and others from elsewhere and several imports, but the latter tend to be pretty standard. they do apparently rotate their beers a lot, though, and they have a lot on tap at any given time.
Food is good, a notch above usual pub/brewpub fare and rather varied.
Service seemed friendly and efficient.
08-05-2010 03:23:14 |
More by Offa
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Bitter Creek is blessed with a great location on bustling 8th street. It has a nice classic bar interior.
The bar is to your left as you enter. It has a cool bar back and the 36 tap handles are proudly displayed. The bar seats about 24 and there are also plenty of tables. These include some group tables, which are fun to share.
There is a neat patio in front that has nice western exposure. I think it seats about 30 to 40.
The beer section is very good. They have a concentration of PNW micros and even offer selections from the local brewpubs. 36 + taps and maybe 80 bottles evenly divided between imports and domestics. Added bonus, fresh cask beer!
Note they have some unexpected gems such as GI Matilda on tap and GI BCS (2 vintages) in bottles, 3 bottle selections from Jolly Pumpkin and one bottle choice from Tarpon Springs in FL. I like that they offer some aged beers such as 08 barley wines from Rouge and North Coast an 06 old ale from Fullers and JW Lees dating back to 99!
Check their website to gauge the quality of their offerings.
They have happy hour specials and sell growlers to go.
They have a better than pub grub menu that uses lots of local ingredients.
One thing I liked is that they are striving to become carbon neutral and even show how many miles the wine & beer travels to reach the pub.
Speaking of wine, they have a very solid list and also have much better than average offerings of Bourbons, single malts micro distilled spirits.
Service is friendly and professional. They will give samples, which I appreciate.
I was in Boise for three days and visited three times. Given the quality of Boise's other beer spots that says a lot!
04-09-2010 15:50:48 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is just ok. I would go plenty of places that are with in a one block walk of it before I would head there though...
They have good seating in a good size place for the crowd they get. Only once have I thought "crowded" while there. That is a plus in my mind.
I have had good food here with some great beers or even whiskey's before but the common theme is horriable service. Lunch bad service...Dinner bad service....Drinks later at night...even worse.
I have tried to like this place but I just can't. All well Boise has others..
12-17-2009 02:44:56 |
More by isualum12
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Was visiting some family in Boise and knowing how much I love good beer, my sister-in-law took us here for lunch. We rolled in at about noon-ish and was able to grab an excellent shady spot on the patio. We had little ones with us, and that wasn't a problem, got highchairs, and all that good stuff.
The waitress was friendly, returned often to be certain we were doing well, and very knowledgeable. I was generally impressed with her.
The selection was fantastic. They had a huge offering of great northwest beers, such as Rogue, Deschutes, and Widmer, as well as plenty of Belgium, and California brews.
Food was great, I had the fish and chips which were quite tasty, although I kind of wished the portions were a little bigger, but for the price, it was reasonable. My compatriots had burgers and sandwiches, all of which looked great.
Prices were pretty standard, not much more to say about that.
As a side, this is one of very few bars where I've gotten appropriate glassware for the beer I ordered. Always a plus.
07-22-2009 02:01:05 |
More by Athabaska
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
There is hope for Boise after all.
After swearing off the corporate quasi-craft brews at R*m, and getting royally lost due to Mapquest dyslexia, finding it nary impossible to find on-street parking, the quest was worth the venture. 40+ beers on tap, with an number of Northwest favorites (Mac and Jack's, Hales, Rogue), an amazing bottled list with a plethora of Belgians, etc. along with the usual Left Coast culprits (Lagunitas, Stone) topped off by a few of Idaho's better brews (Sockeye). The food was quality pub grub in BIG portions, the staff friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely worth a visit when in Boise.
12-19-2008 02:01:11 |
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Bittercreek Alehouse & Red Feather Lounge in Boise, ID