Bunchgrass Rye IPA (6.5% ABV, 59 IBU)
You’ll remember this beer if you like IPAs. It’s loaded with hops, but so are other IPAs. This one distinguishes itself with the spicy richness of rye malt (about 15% of the grain bill). Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo, and Columbus hops, and a high-attenuation yeast give this an exciting mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more. I think I’ll go have one now.
Red Angus Scotch Ale (5.0% ABV, 17.5 IBU)
The desired breed of cow in these parts inspired the name (but not the brew). Like Red Angus, this ale is smart, hardy, and slightly smoky (Red Angus beef is delicious smoked!). Maris Otter British malt forms its base, with a smattering of other adjuncts (caramel, honey, Munich, chocolate) and a wee bit of peat-smoked malt. British hops contribute mild bitterness, and a traditional Scottish Ale yeast round out this nicely-balanced, all-night, all-day, beer.
Goodale’s Cutoff Pale Ale (4.1% ABV, 17 IBU)
This beer is the one for summer, and its namesake is the western migration “shortcut” along the Oregon Trail that crosses Idaho. Unlike the trail, this beer is extremely simple (Maris Otter and 60L crystal malt, Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops, water, and a traditional British ale yeast), clean, and goes down easily.
Pointing Dog Porter (6.7% ABV, 39 IBU)
Big, dirty, resilient, and charming, the Pointing Dog Porter salutes traditional robust porters with just enough Intermountain West style to keep it real. Maris Otter base malt, with a bit of white wheat, crystal, and chocolate malt, Magnum, Cascade, and Hallertauer hops, and a traditional British yeast make this a round and full mouthful with an unusually balanced finish for a higher-gravity beer. Everyone loves this one.
Black Angus IPA (6.2% ABV, 94 IBU)
Hop-heavy front to back, but malty and a hint of chocolate, and a super clean finish. Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops, Northwest Pale Malt. It’s so good I’m basically speechless about it. Probably the best all-around beer in the lineup.
Salubrious IPA (6.2% ABV, 99 IBU)
Slightly bigger-bodied than the Black Angus, but just as bitter and hoppy. Salubrious is an adjective meaning “well-being” and “healthful”; it’s also the name of the valley we live in and the name of the former town (Salubria), which disappeared after the railroad came through these parts. This IPA will make you want to stay put and have another.
Kleinschmidt Pilsener (4.3% ABV, 45 IBU)
Named after the hair-raising road plummeting from the rim of Hells Canyon to the river, this pilsener will soothe any fright with its clean, crisp, and flavorfulness (lots of Saaz hops and 2-row pilsener malt).
Where is the brewery? And more importantly, does anyone in the Treasure Valley stock it? I’m particularly interested in finding some Pointing Dog Porter!
Ha, thanks for your comment! HCB is at the current moment a non-commercial micronano. The blog’s just for fun. Sorry if it’s misleading. Kind of a (growing) dream. But you never know; if I can’t deal with teaching anymore, maybe I’ll launch something up here (we’re about 30 miles from Hells Canyon).
I hope you keep teaching because kids need good teachers. When you’re done, please open a pub. We’ll be ready to sample your tasty sounding beers after a day of upland bird hunting with our Griff and English Pointer. Leslie & Ben Voris
Thank you for your kind words! Let us know if you’re in the area this season. 🙂
Will do, thanks!
Wow this looks fantastic! Do you fill growlers and sell the etched glasses??
Thanks! Yeah, we love our beer. But it’s not commercial yet, although we’re headed that way. Stay tuned!
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Hi Bob, If you’re serious about brewing maybe contact Penny Pink at Portneuf Valley Brewing in Pocatello. She started that brewery from scratch. She used to teach at I.S.U. (that’s how I know her) and at the very least she will like to talk about beer. Cheers!