I am a microbrewery fanatic. When I travel, I search for microbreweries in advance to include them in my itinerary. At the end of a recent trip to Yellowstone and Big Sky, MT, I was driving south through Idaho and hunted for Portneuf Valley Brewery. As an out-of-towner with no GPS, I got lost. I asked a local if she could direct me and she said "Easy-peasey, I go there all the time!" This was a good sign!
The hunt proved well worth it. My partner and I shared two pints (alas, the remainder of the day's drive to SLC would not allow for more). The Twisted Stick Amber was rich and delicious with beautiful color - very smooth. Even better was the Grog IPA. This beer was crisp and hop-licious, one of the best IPA's I've ever had (and that has been many!). As we had just stopped for lunch an hour before, we didn't eat but the menu looked great. The service was top notch, our bartender indulging all my questions about the operation, distribution, and the story about brew mistress/owner Penny.
A special nod to bar manager, Luke. Upon arriving in SLC that night, I discovered that I had left my camera at the brewpub. Knowing I could not make it back that night and still make my flight, I was beside myself. I called the brewpub and spoke with Luke. He had found my camera and offered to mail it back to me in Florida. He even called me the next day to confirm that he had done so. He refused to let me reimburse him for the postage, let alone for his kindness. I owe him a debt of gratitude for saving my trip pictures and restoring some of my lost faith in the kindness of my fellow man!
Kudos to Penny for making her dream come true. The beer is great, the merchandise art work is creative and fun, and the character of her staff is second to none. I will be back to PVB next time I'm out West! Cheers!!
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