Bitter Creek Alehouse

246 N 8th St, Boise, ID, 83702, United States
(208) 345-1813
Latitude: 43.61668, Longitude: -116.20248

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  • Monday: 11:00 AM 12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM 2:00 AM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM 12:00 AM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.50 | Atmosphere: 4.50 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.00
88.3
out of 100
Overall Beer Mapping Score
Based on 2 reviews.
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4.6
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Redrover (157)
Friday 9th of April 2010 10:48:35 AM
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Bitter Creek is blessed with a great location on bustling 8th street. It has a nice classic bar interior.

The bar is to your left as you enter. It has a cool bar back and the 36 tap handles are proudly displayed. The bar seats about 24 and there are also plenty of tables. These include some group tables, which are fun to share.

There is a neat patio in front that has nice western exposure. I think it seats about 30 to 40.

The beer section is very good. They have a concentration of PNW micros and even offer selections from the local brewpubs. 36 + taps and maybe 80 bottles evenly divided between imports and domestics. Added bonus, fresh cask beer!


Note they have some unexpected gems such as GI Matilda on tap and GI BCS (2 vintages) in bottles, 3 bottle selections from Jolly Pumpkin and one bottle choice from Tarpon Springs in FL. I like that they offer some aged beers such as 08 barley wines from Rouge and North Coast an 06 old ale from Fullers and JW Lees dating back to 99!

Check their website to gauge the quality of their offerings.

They have happy hour specials and sell growlers to go.

They have a better than pub grub menu that uses lots of local ingredients.


One thing I liked is that they are striving to become carbon neutral and even show how many miles the wine & beer travels to reach the pub.

Speaking of wine, they have a very solid list and also have much better than average offerings of Bourbons, single malts micro distilled spirits.

Service is friendly and professional. They will give samples, which I appreciate.

I was in Boise for three days and visited three times. Given the quality of Boise's other beer spots that says a lot!
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 4.25
88.3
Overall
Sunday 31st of May 2009 02:17:50 PM
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Bitter Creek Alehouse was originally co-owned by its current owners and the owners of Bardenay. So if you have been to Bardenay you have a good impression of what Bitter Creek is like (and vice versa).

The beer selection is always good with 20 or so beers on tap and at least as many additional choices in bottles. The selection tends to be more common (popular) beer from Western microbreweries, though they often offer local brews and a selection of Belgian ales as well.

The food is always good, with more upscale offerings than you would find in a usual beer-bar, though not as exotic as some of the offerings at Bardenay. Their bruschetta is excellent. The standard pub food is also very good, though last time I compared the two I preferred Bardenay's burgers to Bitter Creek's. This does flip-flop, though.

Bitter Creek is one of those rare places that makes a great hang-out for beer enthusiasts and those who don't like beer. The bar offers a very extensive selection of various spirits and mixed drinks.

The service is usually good. Though, occaisionally, during the busy times it seems like they are understaffed and service times can increase. Most servers have a very good appreciation for the beers they offer.

Bitter Creek has a very urban, downtown atmosphere. Late on the weekends it feels like "the place to be". But as I get older I find my tastes tend more toward places that feel comfortable and relaxed.

Bitter Creek doesn't offer happy hour pricing, which is unfortunate. But I do believe they have late-night drink specials.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.75 | Service: 4 | Food: 4.5
88.3
Overall

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