The Ale House
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Reviews by woemad:
3.43/5 rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
On my way back to Spokane from Clarkston, I decided to try the Alehouse. The Palouse is fairly barren when it comes to good beer choices (bad beer is abundant, however - we are talking about WSU's home region, after all), so I figured it would be my best bet, despite knowing it was an outpost of Coeur d'Alene Brewing. I don't hate on CDA beers, but for the most part they are nothing remarkable.
Back in my one year spent at UofI (long story, that) - 14 years ago - this was a fairly cozy Italian restaurant. It's now a cross between a bland pub (I won't say brewpub, because I think everything gets trucked down from the brewery in CDA) and college hangout, mostly the former. Sure, there's the odd Vandal banner and there's a beer named after the school (a cream ale, I believe), but a college bar needs to try harder than that, with crazy-ass memorabilia cluttering up the place. At the Alehouse, it seems a bit half-hearted.
In terms of beer quality, besides the above-mentioned UofI theme beer, it's the usual suspects found at the Steamplant in Spokane (excepting the non-Idaho abv laws version of the Vanilla Bourbon Stout) and CDA's home pub in it's namesake city. They seemed to be really pushing the Huckleberry Ale, with merchandise being sold bearing the motto, "Real men drink Huckleberry." These beers are thoroughly mediocre. I had the IPA, which sat on the fence between the UK and US styles in terms of hoppiness, and the Lakeside British Ale, a brown ale that is unspectacular but sessionable, like most brown ales.
Service was prompt and solicitous, without hovering, which is always good. The young lady didn't seem to know much about the beer, but down the street from a university, I suspect she doesn't get asked about abv's, hops or IBUs all that often.
The menu was just like the brewery's pub in CDA - slightly upscale-priced pub grub. I wasn't travelling on a lot of coin, so I opted for a cup of the Beer Cheese Soup, which was warm, tasty and came acompanied by popcorn.
The soup and two pints of beer came out to $10 and change, which wasn't unreasonable at all. Some of the other entrees seemed a little over-priced to me, but so does everything in our nation's current economic bliss.
Bottom-line: If you are passing through and want to drink local, this isn't a bad option, but it's not essential, especially if you're heading north to Spokane or Coeur d'Alene, where you can try these and other beers in more interesting settings.
12-02-2008 03:18:46 | More by woemad
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4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
I stopped in here over the weekend to get dinner and I was quite happy with this place. To begin this place has a nice atmosphere, it's clean and there was a lot of Idaho Vandals stuff on the walls, and tv's turned to the Mariners game.
The service was quite quick, in fact one of my firends forgot his ID and ran back to the place we stayed to get it, and in the 15 minutes he was gone we ordered our food and almost finished it by the time he returned.
The food here is standard pub type fare, but it is done really well and is quite good.
The selection of beer was decent. It turns out they are no longer associated with the Coeur d'Alene brewing company so they didn't have any of their beers. Instead their selection consisted of various NW micros such as Rouge, Pike, Ninkasi, and a couple of other small ones I hadn't heard of.
The other positive about this place was the prices. While the food was about standard prices, the beer for students at least was really cheap. I managed to get 2 pints for about 5 dollars.
So all in all if you find yourself in Moscow I would reccomend stopping in. While it is really nothing to special, it might be the best place in that town to grab a beer and some food at a reasonable price.
04-25-2011 16:16:26 | More by beerandcycling88
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Passed through on my trip out West and left impressed. Probably the nicest, most courteous and knowledgeable wait-staff I have have met. Took time to explain the options and the brews; they just seemed very into "it" and the scene.
Served a list of nine local brews (sampler of each for under $7), I tried the Rockford Bay IPA (nice flavor and solidly bitter) and the Vandal Gold (just your average pub golden brew, but above-average flavor for the style). Other choices that stood out included a Huckleberry Ale -- the local berry of choice) and a Bourbon Vanilla Stout.
If you visit in the summer or any mild time; the outdoor seating and garden is the place to enjoy a good brew or 3. Grub was fresh and good, I recommend the club with turkey. Just a great experience here and a must visit for any beer fan visiting the area.
08-19-2010 07:01:21 | More by saintwarrick
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I am a big fan of the alehouse, and I've only been there once. To start, the plae has a dinnerish feel, and I've been told it used to be an italian restaurant... it doesn't so much have that feel, but it's still nice, with booths and tables and a few tvs. The quality of everything was between good and excellent. The beer quality was most excellent. Everything I had was good to great. The huckleberry wheat was amazing, and they had a strawberry hefeweizen that was really a strawberry american wheat... but was still very very good. For food I had the beer cheese soup in a bread bowl and I give it an A+, while ciderfaerie had the reuben, and she said it was good... I'm guessing that's a B. The menu didn't have a lot of uncommon things, but I've never had beer cheese soup, and I suggest everyone try it. Lunch for two and a taster rack ended up being $25. Good place I would like to return to again.
06-22-2008 00:54:35 | More by dbalsock
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I visited the Alehouse with three friends on a College football game day. Most of the people in Moscow, ID seemed occupied by the Saturday Market or they were at or on their way to the game. Our game in Pullman, WA began later so we took the opportunity to enjoy a few beers and lunch at the Alehouse.
The place was nearly empty when we arrived at about 11 am. There were a few small TVs playing various football games. We were seated promptly and had the nearly undivided attention of the wait staff. The quality of the service was outstanding. The food (we tried fries which the kitchen, at our request, coated with cheese and bacon; burgers, a Ruben, and the special...a turkey and bacon sandwich) was good.
We were provided three ounce samples of each of 9 available beers brewed by the brewery. After our samples we each ordered a pint of our favorite. Other than the beers from the brewery there was a limited selection of Bud products. Since the Brewery products were poor we had limited selection.
The service was great, the food was solid but the beers were brewed for a female patrons or for microbrew newbies...thin, sweet and low ABV.
10-28-2007 05:45:39 | More by dnichols
The Ale House in Moscow, ID
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.