Coeur d'Alene Brewing Co.
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Reviews by youradhere:
2.75/5 rDev -17.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Moscow ID is a college town. As such you have tons of kids floating around looking to get drunk, with a few grad students with nowhere else to go for the atmosphere. Definately laid back for a college bar (ie- not a bump and grind meatmarket.) Seating was rough as you can tell this place gets used; smells like old food and beer. The variety of beers is good, however the quality is another issue. Food wasn't too great, with the exception of the beer and gouda soup which was phenominal. Sandwiches are sloppy, so you might as well get sloppy too. Outside patio is nice in the summer, however in the winter months the inside is quite cold and drafty. After sitting at the table you really feel like washing your hands as the place just feels a lil on the unkempt side- not dirty, just careless (they are college students working there afterall.) For the only brewpub around, not back but don't go out of your way to visit. Go to Ricos instead.
03-03-2008 06:32:48 | More by youradhere
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3.85/5 rDev +15.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm not sure about all the negative reviews this place has gotten. This is about my 70th brewpub in the past 2 years, and I think it was above average. Maybe the reviewer before me shouldn't confuse "The Alehouse" in Moscow with the home brewpub an hour and a half north.
There's nothing fancy about this brewpub. It's small, friendly and welcoming. Rows of people's own mugs line every available vertical surface for members of a seemingly endless mug club. A small bar and a handful of tables are all the place has, or needs. I liked the coziness, but I thought more could be done with the location.
The menu is like the building, simple, classic and good. There are no "house" burgers, it is simply build your own. A small list of entrees and appetizers fill no more than two pages. I would think they could expand a bit on the menu like their satellite restaurant Steam Plant Grille does in Spokane, so I was a bit disappointed by my limited options. I ordered the fried fish with onion rings, and I have to say, they were the first or second best I've ever had. The beer batter is made with their Lakeside British Ale (an English brown, also maybe the best I've ever had) and the cod wrapped inside the fried goodness is fresh, moist and flavorful. The only other fried fish I've had that compares was at Northern Lights Brewing in Spokane. Delicious fried fish must be a Pacific Northwest thing.
There's roughly 8 house brews regularly on-tap with a seasonal or two thrown in. When I was there a Maibock and "pale lager" were on the menu. Neither were overly impressive, but I do love their Lakeside British Ale. Deep and flavorful, the nuttiness just lingers in your mouth. The shot of Vanilla Bourbon Stout proved a bit too un-beer-like for my tastes. I later tried their pale and porter at Steam Plant in Spokane, and found both to be bordering excellent, if not already there. They have a great variety, something to please everyone, and each is an excellent example of their craft.
I'm wondering if their beer hasn't improved since the past reviews are slightly older...
05-23-2008 16:27:16 | More by bigkingken
2.73/5 rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Atmosphere- I was about average for a vacation/college town brew pub the usual almost local decorations.
Quality/Selection- Mainly their beers which I found to be alright.
Service- The service was friendly enough but very slow and we were not checked on hardly. I found that annoying due to it being pretty slow that night and I all ordered was a beer for a friend and a sampler for me. Plus the waitress who had been working there for a while did not know much about their beers.
Value- Not too bad.
02-05-2008 13:27:49 | More by MTNboy
3.4/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I hate to use the word typical ...
The bar area and seating area run into each other, small all together and it is your typical American bar. Pool table and dart boards though the hundreds of mugs lining the walls for their mug club was pretty cool to look at.
Service was fine, knowledgeable about most of the beer being served. Food was decent as well, good garlic hummus and the ale & cheese soup was tasty.
The beer on the other hand ranged from OK to the point that they should kill their house yeast strain. I don't mind when a brewery's beer are similar but when a yeast strain starts to take over and become cumbersome on the palate it is time to renew that yeast. The one that stood out was their Huckleberry Ale ... not that I am into fruit beers but this one was by far the most interesting.
I'll tag this one as "Worth a visit" being that it is the only brewery in town.
09-04-2006 03:00:16 | More by Jason
3.95/5 rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped at the Coeur d Alene Brewing Company brewpub for lunch with my wife, while on a 2-day trailer trip in North Idaho.
The atmosphere is nice. Its a clean, well lit, place on a street corner, with windows on 2 sides of the pub/restaurant.
The quality of the beer was quite good. I had a wheat ale and a pale. Both were very good.
Service was good. The place is small and was busy. We had to sit at the bar for lunch. Not my favorite seat in the house, but they served us well. The cook came out of the kitchen and asked if everything was to our liking.
I thought the selection was good. 10 beers plus seasonals, all brewed on premises. Only three of the brews are bottled however.
The food was OK. Sandwich and salad fare for the most part. There were about two-dozen food selections for between $8 and $9. Not great, but not bad either.
Value: I think I got good value from Coeur d Alene Brewing Company. Lunch for two a couple of beers and a six-pack of British Ale to go for around $30.
There were about 500 mugs hung on hooks around the walls of the pub. Each was numbered and belonged to a regular patron. When you go in, you give the wait staff your number and they fetch your mug for you to drink from. When you leave they wash it and hang it back up. Charming.
I dont have much occasion to visit Coeur d Alene but Ill try to find more occasions. Its a nice tourist town, my wife likes that, and there are a lot of beers in there for me to try.
08-16-2006 04:47:37 | More by RJLarse
Coeur d'Alene Brewing Co. in Coeur d'Alene, ID
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.