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Prost Boise Brings German Fare to Eighth Street

Plus PostModern Brewers releases beers and Bittercreek celebrates Dark Days

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Schwarzbier and sauerkraut fans will soon have a spot to raise their steins and bellow "prost!" in downtown Boise. Prost German Pubs, which owns four German-themed concepts in Seattle and two in Portland, Ore., plans to open a seventh location, Prost Boise, on Eighth Street adjacent to Red Feather Lounge. Part-owners Missy and T.J. Sayles recently relocated to the Treasure Valley to run the German pub, which has a projected opening date of March 1, 2015.

"I worked for the owner of Prost for six years in Seattle before I moved to California with my husband," said Missy. "My husband has done several of the remodels, as well as one of the original build-outs in Portland. We just had a baby and we were wanting to move to a new place where there were more recreational opportunities."

Prost Boise will only serve imported German beers, including iconic brands like Bitburger, Hofbrau and Paulaner, along with rotating rare and seasonal selections.

"We'll have some wheat beers, lagers, ales, pilsners—all classic styles," said Missy. "Obviously we don't do any IPAs or anything like that; they'll all be German handles."

Prost plans to serve its German beers in the traditional glassware.

"We have the proper glassware for the actual drink, so for instance, if you order a Kostritzer lager—which is like a Schwarzbier, one of the dark ones—it will come in the proper Kostritzer glass. But you can get either a 0.3-liter, a 0.5-liter (which will be somewhat comparable to an American pint) or you can get 1 liter."

In addition to 11 or 12 tap handles pouring imported German beer, Prost Boise will offer an array of German bar food. Since the space has a small kitchen with no hood, Missy and T.J. also plan to utilize the pub's Eighth Street-facing patio to grill up sausages.

"We'll have bratwurst, bratwurst sandwiches, liverwurst pate, a Brotzeitteller—which is an assortment of meats and cheeses with rye bread—we'll have beet salads, potato salad," said Missy. "It's pretty standard German fare. ... We're wanting to step it up a little bit, too, with making some specials once a week with local produce that has a German flair."

T.J. will be doing the build-out on the space, which will include wooden flourishes and shared community tables.

"It's dark wood, warm and cozy and just feels like an awesome neighborhood bar," said Missy.

In other Boise brews news, Grind Modern Burger's in-house brewery PostModern Brewers finally received federal licensing approval and released its first few beers Dec. 6.

PostModern's initial batch includes an India pale ale, a rye Irish stout served on nitrogen, a Berliner-Weisse served with house-made seasonal syrups, a hard root beer and a hard ginger beer. Over the next month, PostModern will also release a double IPA, a Baltic porter, a pale ale and TableRock Brewpub's original Nut Brown recipe. The brewery will also unveil a beer celebrating Boise Art Museum's new exhibition, Hidden in the City, by Chinese artist Liu Bolin. The oyster stout with Szechuan peppercorns will be released Friday, Jan. 30, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit BAM.

In dark brews news, Bittercreek Ale House is currently in the midst of its monthlong Dark Days celebration. On Sunday, Dec. 14, the pub will host a Big Dark Beer Party and Whiskey Pairing from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Beers on tap include Firestone Walker's 2014 Parabola bourbon barrel stout, Deschutes' Black Butte XXIII barrel-aged porter with orange and green chiles, Laughing Dog's 2011 The Dogfather imperial stout, Epic Brewing's 2011 Big Bad Baptist whiskey barrel stout with coffee and chocolate and Olvisholt Brugghus' Lava Smoked Stout.

According to Beverage Manager David Roberts, Bittercreek will also offer whiskey and food pairings during the Big Dark Beer Party.

"The kitchen is going to be doing an imperial stout-braised short rib pot pie, which will be pretty awesome," said Roberts. "And then for Dark Days we're going to be doing all of our chicken in a porter marinade that's got mustard and porter. Then our grilled cheese is going to be like a Welsh rarebit with stout in it."

Other upcoming Dark Days events include an event with Stone Brewing Co. Wednesday, Dec. 17, featuring the brewery's 2011 Imperial Russian Stout, their 2013 W00tstout 1.0, a rye stout aged in whiskey barrels and the Suede Imperial Porter. On Thursday, Dec. 18, Bittercreek will host the Super Stouty Surprise/Ugly Sweater Party with Payette Brewing Company, and on Monday, Dec. 22, Bittercreek will tap its only keg of the "elusive and mysterious" barrel-aged Narwhal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

"Narwhal is their imperial stout that they release for about three to four months every year and this is the first time they've ever done a wide release of barrel-aged Narwhal. ... It's one of the more anticipated beers that will be released in Boise in recent memory," said Roberts.

Finally, on Tuesday, Dec. 23, Bittercreek will unveil kegs of Uinta Brewing Co.'s 2013 Labyrinth, their 2014 Sea Legs barrel-aged Baltic porter and a firkin of the Dubhe Imperial Black IPA with hemp seeds.

For more info on Bittercreek's Dark Days events, visit their Facebook page: facebook.com/bittercreekalehouse.