Food Notes: Redefining 'local' beer with TVA

mdeeds@idahostatesman.comMay 10, 2013 

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Treasure Valley Ale, brewed in Ontario, has hopped to the front of the pack when it comes to keeping ingredients close to home.

Sure, the Boise area feels like the biggest little craft beer mecca in the universe. And yep, it feels awfully fine to consume nothing but local beer.

But when is local truly local?

Beer Valley Brewing Company is taking the definition to a stricter level with its golden-hued Treasure Valley Ale. Pete Ricks, founder and brewer at the Ontario brewery, says it's the first "commercially available beer to be brewed, kegged and bottled with all Treasure Valley hops."

TVA is concocted with Cascade, Chinook and Zeus hops from Treasure Valley-based hops broker Alpha Hop Sales. At 4 percent alcohol by volume, it should be a welcome addition to the area beer lineup during the warmer months.

"We're kind of known for brewing big, aggressively hopped beers like Leafer Madness and Black Flag Imperial Stout," Ricks says, "but we've also built a nice stable of lower-alcohol beers over the years, and that is where we wanted to position TVA.

"We wanted a lighter beer that was sessionable, but would let the local hops shine through as well."

Treasure Valley Ale is either on tap or should be by the weekend at Brewforia, Bardenay (Boise), The Red headed Finn, The Front Door, and Gramercy Park Pizza in Meridian. Ricks says 22-ounce bottles should appear on store shelves by early June.

It's a seasonal beer for now but could turn into a year-rounder. Online:,


Enthusiastic food fans will gather for another magical mystery tour on May 15. That's when the latest Dishcrawl will happen.

What is Dishcrawl?

About 40 ticket holders take a tour through four restaurants in a night, tasting dishes and meeting the chefs and owners.

The eateries are kept secret until two days before each Dishcrawl happens - and only the first restaurant is revealed initially.

Tickets are $45 and include food in the ticket price. Online:


Don't worry: Deli Days, the annual smorgasbord of pastrami, corned beef, lox and other tasty Jewish food, isn't going anywhere.

The annual chow down will be held as usual at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel Synagogue, 11 N. Latah St., Boise, on June 20 and 21.

But it will be part of a larger theme this year: the first Idaho Jewish Cultural Festival on June 19-23.

Other events will share Jewish culture with the Valley. Those include a dinner theater performance (at the Riverside Hotel), an art exhibit, workshop and concert (at Boise Art Museum), a Jewish-themed film screening (at the Flicks) and more.


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