Drinking in the Super 8 Motel!

Well I find myself back in Grangeville, Idaho.  Another project meeting at the highway district tomorrow at 1:00pm.  With the weather being unpredictable I chose to come up the day before and hang out at the hotel room for the evening while I watched the end of the Independence Bowl and the final broadcast of Monday Night Football for the season.  MNF was great, and I had some great beers to go along with the game…


I knew I would have some time on my hands so I decided to bring a few brews with me and give a multiple review post from my command bunker at the Super 8 Hotel!  First of all food was called for!  I was starving when I got here so the Pizza factory was called and my order was made.  While I waited for my pizza to show up I popped the cap off of the Black Session Beer.  This was a black lager with 5.4 % ABV from Full Sail brewing in Hood River, Oregon.  I must say I wasn’t very impressed.  I can’t say that the black coloration added anything to the rather boring lager flavor.  I was hopeful that the rest of the evening would be better.


Antipasto Salad and Pizza from the Pizza Factory!  First time I have ever tried this pizza and it was very good.  That is always a relief because there is little worse than bad pizza.  I paired it with Schmaltz Brewing’s He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA.  This is their tribute beer for Lenny Bruce a Jewish Comedian that died 40 years ago at the age of 40.  The RIPA is a double IPA brewed with Rye Malt.  This was a very good brew.  It was hoppy and malty and I could taste the rye.  It was a big flavor and has 10% ABV.  This had a nice bitterness at first that was followed by the intense maltiness with almost a coffee like flavor.  The rye flavor on the backside added spiciness that tasted like black licorice.  The high alcohol made an appearance on the finish and gave a nice warm finish.  As it warmed up a bit complementary flavors of caramel and grapefruit showed up as well.  It also got a little creamier as it warmed too.  This was very big, bold, complex, and delicious.  Get some and drink it!

Once my meal was complete I drank the Oscar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout–Goodness in a can! The pour was inky black with a thin dark brown head.  The nose on this 10.5 (ten fidy) ABV brew is licorice and chocolate.  This is a solid stout, but I think it is given a little more credit because it is from a can.  The flavor was good.  Unlike the RIPA I really couldn’t taste the alcohol too much, and 98 IBUs were hidden as well  in the BIG maltiness of this brew.  It reminded me of chocolate covered coffee beans, and the mouth feel was like 2% milk.

Web Sits says:

Ten FIDY Imperial Stout – This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt.  Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer.

That about says it.  Go buy some now,  its that good.


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14 Comments on “Drinking in the Super 8 Motel!”

  1. December 29, 2009 at 6:41 am #

    Hated the days of hotel rooms. At least you had some good beer!

    • Don
      December 29, 2009 at 6:54 am #

      The beer made it tolerable. Can’t count the number of times I’m stuck drinking shitty tap beer at a dive bar or restaurant in a rural area. I guess it comes with the territory. Nice when I remember to plan ahead.

  2. mikemoriendi
    December 29, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    I love Lenny’s RIPA.

    • Don
      December 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

      It was very good. I wish I had an easy way to get it. I picked it up in Pullman, WA when I was up there about a month ago. Probably won’t get back there for a few months. Oh well it is something to look forward to.

  3. mikemoriendi
    December 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Do you get other Shmaltz (He’brew and Coney Island) stuff near you? If so they should be able to get you Lenny’s if you ask.

    • Don
      December 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

      I haven’t found it yet, but a new beer store opened up in Boise, and I think that they are open to trying to get new things. My go to beer store at the Boise Co Op is great, and have a good selection, but the beer guy isn’t real open to getting new things in. Not sure why, but he has very strong opinions as to what he is willing to carry. The Brewforia store seems to have an open mind. In Boise we are limited to thos breweries that will actually ship to that market.

  4. December 29, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    That’s a good story Don, glad you got to pass the time in a more wholesome way than pay-per-view and such! I haven’t had any of those beers yet, but I only hear good things about the Oscar Blues stuff!

    • Don
      December 30, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

      Yeah the Oskar Blues stuff is solid, but not over the top terrific. I think it gets a lot more credit because it is from a can. Who would have thought that beer from a can would be innovative in this day and age, but I guess what is old is new again. Good brew but it didn’t rock my world. I guess they leave that to the can.

  5. December 30, 2009 at 12:28 am #

    Hey Don. This is Zak Davis from Shmaltz Brewing Company. Thanks so much for picking up that bottle of RIPA. Between that and the Ten Fidy, must have been an early night. As a fellow frequent-hotel-room-crasher I can definitely get behind your appreciation for a one man hotel room beer pairing dinner. Hopefully you’ll be able to find some of our other brews locally. You can check out a short list of stores that have carried us on our website (go to the HE’BREW section). Thanks again for the love and hope you have a happy, healthy, and debacherous New Year. L’Chaim!! ~Zak

    • Don
      December 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

      Zak I just want to say that I think it is very cool that you guys scan the blogs to hear what people are saying about your brews! It shows a lot of corporate Hutspa (I’m sure that is spelled wrong being the Irish Protestant that I am). The Lenny’s RIPA was really the highlight of the evening. I knew I would be by myself in the hotel, and I knew the Vikings and Favre were playing on Monday night football, so what better pairing than Pizza and good Beer and the game? And what a pairing it was! I’ll check out your web site to see if you are sold in Boise, Idaho. I picked up the RIPA from a wine shop in Pullman Washington. There is a new craft beer store in Boise called Brewforia, I’ll make sure I check there for the He’Brew beers. Thanks again for dropping by the site.

  6. December 30, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    Nicely done. I have to agree. Buy anything you can by Oskar Blues. My personal favorite is their Old Chub. Incidentally, I’m hanging out with my family from Boise right now (of course it’s in Houston). Drinking plenty of good stuff. I’m really hoping to hang out when I come to Idaho.

    • Don
      January 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

      That would be great Mike. I’m not sure what we’ll want to do, but we can figure that out once you figure out when you might get back to the Gem state. Funny I have an Old Chub in the fridge right now. I picked it up based on your comments to Jim about his video Post on Dales Pale Ale. Looking forward to it eventually. I don’t like to get too backed up with posts before I get onto the next thing. That is why I have several non-reviewable beers and Whiskeys on hand so I can just enjoy something without feeling compelled to review. But I will make my way to it eventually. I think the hit of the evening was the RIPA, but the Oskar Blues wasn’t too shabby at all. Let me know when your travel plans have you coming this way. You can let your inlaws know we got a few inches of snow yesterday too. That will make them glad they are in Texas.

  7. January 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    They were commenting on the snow before we left. I’m glad that you picked it up based on my recommendation. It’s funny you mention getting backed up on reviews and writing. I’m so bad about it but homebrews slow me down a little.

    I’ll certainly let you know about my travel plans when the time comes. I also want to mention that I didn’t forget about the Stagg review. I’ll get a hold of you about it before long. I can certainly do my review based on the format you use.

    • Don
      January 2, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

      That sounds great Mike. Let me know when you want to do the guest review. We’ll have to figure out how to get it posted. I’m guessing that just e-mailing me a word file would work best. As far as format goes I like to do the neat, on the rocks, and with a splash. It amazes me how different some bourbons taste when you try them that way. I had one last night that I’m writing up now. Wathen’s Single Barrel 94 proof that was really interesting all three ways. OK let me know once you get back in the swing here next week. BTW all the snow is melted. Had a Chinook Wind come through yesterday and melt everything.


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