The Alehouse
226 West 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho
Visited consistently 2008-2010

The Alehouse was the local arm of the Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company and is now defunct. I’d be sad, except that it’s not that big of a loss to the town of Moscow. Coeur d’Alene Brewing had some decent beers, but certainly not on par with most of the offerings coming out of the Pacific Northwest.

As for this particular location, the kitchen was nothing more than an oven, a few flat tops and a deep fryer. I think my kitchen was bigger and better stocked. True, you can still have some good food come out of such a place, but The Alehouse was always mediocre at best. Outside of burgers and fries, you were treading on thin ice when ordering.

The wait staff was pretty awesome once you went often enough to know everyone – which wasn’t difficult in the tiny town – but it could be pretty spotty otherwise.

Original Review

If you happen to be in Idaho and are looking for a brewpub, do yourself a favor and head north. The branches of Coeur d’Alene brewing in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane are much, much better.

Located just off of Main Street in downtown Moscow, the Alehouse is little more than a glorified college pub. The outdoor seating is quite nice, one of the few true patios to be found in Moscow, but the interior lacks any clear direction or any nice things in general. In fact, seating is pretty sparse compared to some of the bigger restaurants around town, and it can get very busy very fast.

The main staple of food is pub fare. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. The glorified BLT was uninspiring, and the fish and chips could be better, especially compared to their counterparts up north. The fries are very good, as is the chili, and the burgers are decent. But don’t expect much past that.

Even though they serve the same beer as their alternate locations further north, the beer just doesn’t taste quite as good here. I’m not sure if the tap system isn’t as clean, or perhaps just not as good equipment, or if it takes a while to ship the kegs from an hour and a half north, but for whatever reason, the beer is just decent. And they rarely carry the brewery’s seasonal, or at least as many seasonal as can be found at their other locations.

Location: 15
Beer: 16
Food: 13
Service: 17
Overall: 15
Total: 76

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