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Wildlife Brewing & Pizza

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BEER AVG
3.57/5
Based on:
17 Beers
28 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Taps: 7
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

145 S Main St, PO Box 869
Victor, Idaho, 83455-0869
United States
phone: (208) 787-2623

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(Place added by: coombski on 10-14-2005)
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Reviews by bagpiper2005:
Photo of bagpiper2005
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on a trip to Victor whose main purpose was visiting Grand Teton brewery. Rather rare feat for a town of 840 people to be sporting two breweries!

At any rate, the place is small and cozy, but the surroundings and indoor acoustics make it rather noisy when full. Not a TV in sight (which I like) with only background music. I felt at home as soon as I walked in.

The service is rather slow, but they do pay attention to you. Though you have to sometimes get the attention of a server, they are generally very friendly and they got my order 100% correct.

The beer is so-so, drinkable but nothing stellar. I had the Fun Hog Oatmeal Brown and the Trophy Trout Stout. They were both alright, rather malt-forward and smooth, though rather alcoholic, and especially so for their respective ABVs (6% and 7%).

My food selection was the create your own calzone. I put together a vegetarian calzone consisting of pepperocinis, red bell peppers, black olives, and artichoke hearts (cheese included and served with marinara sauce). It was phenomenal. Good sized too, I only was able to polish off half, and I have a huge appetite.

Overall, this place is pretty good. Prices are reasonable and although the beer won't knock your socks off, it's definitely drinkable. I'd say it was worth stopping in. Give this place a try if you're in the area.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here with my dad and uncle following a round of golf at Teton Reserve just up the road. It was right arond 5:00pm (Tuesday).

Wildlife Brewing seems like the local beer hangout for Victor/Driggs residents. The restaurant area is pretty wide-open and airy, with music playing in the background, a TV in the corner, and patrons scattered throughout the interior and patio areas. It was a bit empty while we were there, but I can imagine it fills up quite a bit on weekend evenings. The bartender was kind, attentive, and knowledgeable, though not too engaging.

The beer selection was limited to five mainstream American styles - blond ale, pale ale, IPA (x2), brown ale (x2), and stout - with some slight variations: one brown ale had oats in it; the blond ale was a 7.5% "double blond." All but one, maybe two (didn't try the pale ale), of the beers were well-crafted, and I found the Trophy Trout Stout to be stellar!

We also ordered the stuffed mushroom appetizer, which was small but very good. The pizzas looked and smelled fantastic, and the patrons we spoke to validated that sentiment.

We ordered eight pints and an appetizer, along with numerous free beer samples, and were only charged $36. That's a deal in my book, but I'm also used to California prices.

If you're in Victor, this is the place to be! Grand Teton Brewing Co. was also pretty cool, but I found Wildlife to be more comfortable.

Photo of bigkingken
4.4/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Apparently I'm the first to rate this place since they expanded into a full-fledged restaurant complete with seating and a building to stay warm in.

Snow covered parking lot in the middle of nowhere. Tetons towering in the horizon. Homely wooden building complete with porch. One large room with stainless steel tabletops and a gorgeous half moon bar. Pool tables and dart boards. A trash can made out of a keg. I like the place.

Though the menu is slim, it is good. Pizzas are the name of the game, and New York style is the fashion. Large, thin slices of foldable pizza handmade from fresh dough and sprinkled with a large variety of chopped goodies. House-made sauce, spicy sauce, buffalo meat, clams, shrimp, crab, gyro meat, alfredo sauce and scallops make for some pretty interesting combinations. The crust could have been a bit more textured and chewy on the inside, but overall it was good. New York is not my favorite style, but this pizza was very good. Other dishes to try include salads, Stromboli and a pizza "pot pie."

I tried a piece of cheesecake that, while not made in house, I was told is made nearby. When you don't have the facilities, you must get the best you possibly can to fill that void, and this cheesecake was damn good. One of the best I've ever had.

The beer here is absolutely fabulous. Each of their six varieties left me wanting more. I was very disappointed that their tasters were so large because by the time I was done with each, I was becoming too inebriated to enjoy a pint of my favorite before driving home. The brown ale, porter, and stout were all in the upper 10 percent of beers I've ever had of their styles, though none are quite on par with the absolute best.

The amber is crisp and fresh, and a precursor to the Rodeo Red, which begins like the amber, but finishes with the complexity and satisfaction of a nut brown ale. I loved this beer. My other favorite was the ESB. It wasn't quite traditional, but the changes were subtle and welcome.

Excellent service. Very attentive. Maybe a bit too friendly with the constant hand on the shoulder pat, but then again, I am an attractive single fellow traveling alone. Who can blame her?

Photo of MikeFromMarsPA
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

We stopped at Wildlife after heading over the pass from Snake River in Jackson, and lemme tell ya, there's a night and day difference. Snake River is a beautiful, slick and trendy place with glossy menus and safe beers, and if that's what you're looking for, that's cool. Wildlife is the complete opposite, and far and away the better place, in our view.

The place looks like a small-town ice cream stand. You walk in to a small counter area and order some beer and some pizza. Since it's summer, you sit on picnic tables in front of the place. I guess there's not too many seating options in the winter, then. It turns out that the guy who took our order and hooked us up with the beer wasn't even an employee, just a friend of the brewer. There were only two beers on tap, the Point It! Pale Ale and the Mighty Bison Brown Ale. Both were top notch. I'd rather be at a brewery with two really good beers than a dozen mediocre ones, so no problem there.

Unlike Snake River, which was an excellent brewpub but pretentious as all hell, this place was a small town dive with working class folks who really cared about their beer. We got at least one round on the house, a tour of the facilities, and some good conversation. The guys there were genuinely happy to share their little operation.

In the end, it comes down to your tastes. If you're looking for a stylish, corporate place with a big menu and a wide variety of beer, this won't be your thing. To me, Wildlife Brewing is exactly what a small-town operation for serious beer fans should be. It's about the beer, guys, and this place gets it.

Photo of benito
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

Victor, ID is the small town that lies between Driggs (the Idaho town with a view of the Tetons) and Jackson, WY. In a rather unlikely way, it's home to a fair number of interesting eateries/food stops. The Victor Emporium, just up the street from Wildlife is famous for its shakes, and the Grand Teton Brewing Co. is just around the corner from Wildlife. As for Wildlife itself, it's really a carry-out pizza parlor with some outside seating. If standard brewpub decor is what you're looking for, Wildlife will be a big disappointment, but there's something charming and casual about the outside seating.

They only had two beers on tap (brown, pale ale), and when I asked about other brews they said that they occasionally put out an amber and porter as well. The (small) size of this operation isn't surprising, given that all of the brewing equipment is sandwiched into a space of about 50 square feet, and is flanked by the pizza oven and cash register.

Unfortunately, neither the food (pizza only) nor the beer (I had a pint of each) are anything special. The slice of pepperoni that I had reminded me of some of the pie I would try at 3 AM in college after a long night of drinking. Both beers were passable, but not inspiring.

I'll skip Wildlife next time I drive through the Teton Valley and save the time so that I can spend an extra hour or so at Snake River in Jackson. Do stop in town for the milkshakes though.

Wildlife Brewing & Pizza in Victor, ID
88 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.