Bittercreek Alehouse & Red Feather Lounge
Taps: 40 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woodychandler:
4.72/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
First thing on the 4th of July 2007 and I was starting in. My CouchSurfing host had some things to do at work and so he dropped me off with a plan to meet later for fireworks, if I were still horizontal. I was concerned about the foreshortening of the day, so my schedule included both copious amounts of H2O and eating.
Entering, I had to bypass the canopied, fenced-in patio area; pass the maitre d' station immediately to the left; and then I was able to plunk myself down at the polished dark wood bar with its swiveling stools. I sat almost directly in front of the bank of twenty-eight (28) tap handles and one cask pump that lined the back bar. The back bar was one of the most elegant that I had ever seen - constructed of dark wood, extremely clean mirrors, and a Turkish onyx (I asked) geode-like design that was illuminated from behind. I was drinking IPA (Dagger Falls and XSIPA - both now reviewed) and lunch was salmon.
That salmon was the most gorgeous, tastiest piece that I had ever seen or tasted. The color was a rich, dark pink and its natural oiliness went beautifully with the citrus tang of the IPAs. It was at that moment that I had an epiphany (that will be explained later in Flagstaff, AZ) as well as making a resolution that I would eat salmon and drink IPAs as much as possible for the remainder of the summer.
Tearing myself away from my repast, I returned my attention to my surroundings. Aft of the bar and running most of the length of the back wall was the kitchen. In the center of the space were an admixture of standard tables and chairs as well as high tables and chairs, plus two high "islands". Along the right wall were high-backed booths with high tables and chairs in front of them. For me, it was an atmospherically correct environment with soft, dim lighting; exposed I-beams and rafters; rotating ceiling fans; and exposed ducting and piping. The right wall had vintage advertising, vintage saloon posters, and even a Leroy Neiman print (!).
The waitstaff was friendly and attentive while remaining unobtrusive.
A goodly number of cocktails was also available, including a Sazerac Cocktail, made with Sazerac Rye. I did not partake, but I would have liked to.
A great first stop to celebrate our country's independance.
02-12-2008 03:25:25 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
4.83/5 rDev +14.7%
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
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite places to drink in Boise. The beer selection is constantly rotating and they often have some great events (Sour Fest, Tap Takeovers, etc). The bottle selection is great too, but hard to not find something wonderful on tap so I rarely go that route.
Food, service and price are all spot on. The inside atmosphere is good, although it can be very busy and loud. It is a great place in the winter when it is cold and dark outside. During the summer, their patio is too small and I would rather drink somewhere else with bigger beer gardens.
02-04-2013 23:49:47 | More by KetchumSuds
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
The best ale house in boise, of this I am sure.
Atmosphere is above average, the place is usually packed and I wish it was a little bigger but no real complaints. Nestled in beautiful downtown Boise.
Quality is good. Everything is well maintained and clean.
Service is always pretty good for a place that busy. Servers are knowledgeable and friendly as well. Thats a +
Selection is the reason this place is so great. Dozens of great microbrews on tap, from the West Coast to Goose Island. Selection is awesome. There are options to try a couple ounces of each beer for like a buck too. Love it.
Food is above average. Typical pub food but with fresh, local ingredients. Always tastes good.
Pretty good value I'd say for what you're getting. Two thumbs way up.
12-13-2010 18:50:39 | More by Scotchboy
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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
Bittercreek Alehouse & Red Feather Lounge in Boise, ID
93 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.