Daft Badger Brewing
1710 N. 2nd St., Coeur d'Alene, ID
The name may sound British, but it’s a “honey badger don’t care” vibe at this popular brewpub nestled in a neighborhood setting in Coeur d’Alene’s Midtown (with heated outdoor seating). Menu items take full advantage of an in-house smoker, including bacon candied with a huckleberry/chipotle/stout glaze. Beers run to the big and hoppy side, with a more mellow Blood Orange IPA among the crowd favorites.
Opened: January 2015
The story: Darrell Dlouhy, a longtime Coeur d'Alene contractor, community activist and brewpub fan, decided to open his own place, with a name inspired by the Internet-sensation honey badger video ("honey badger don't care").
The scene: Dlouhy has transformed his former painting operation (two blocks due west of Slate Creek Brewing) into a tasteful, inviting space. It's done up in brick and black both inside and out, including an open ceiling with exposed ductwork. The brew system is visible through large windows behind the bar. Fir tops for the bar and the high tables add a rustic touch, while large black-and-white photo prints of regional nature scenes provide an outdoorsy vibe in keeping with the business name. Glass doors open onto a heated patio out front under a covered pergola (enclosed in colder weather).
Food: Concise but creative menu of upscale pub-style appetizers, salads and sandwiches starring smoked turkey, pork, bacon and sausages from the in-house smoker.
TVs: Two, for occasional sports.
Live music: Special occasions only.
Specials: New small-batch beers and weekly food specials released each Wednesday.
Brewhouse size: 10 barrels
Beers: Regular selections include Final Mile Golden Ale (5.5 percent alcohol by volume, 25 International Bitterness Units), Red Letter Amber (7, 47), Hoppypotamus pale (6, 59), Piney For You pale (7, 52), Summer's Envy Citra IPA (7.6, 80), Badger's Bounty IPA (8.1, 80), Windigo India brown (8.5, 39), Scotch Scotchy Scotch (8.8, 20) and both the regular Josiah's Revenge imperial stout (10, 11) and a bourbon version.
Other options: Wine and cider, homemade root beer.
Don’t miss: The Badger's Bounty, full of citrus, pine and spice from a combination of Simcoe, Centennial and Willamette, is the pride and joy of hophead Dlouhy, but don't overlook the stout, rich and smooth with cherry and dark fruit flavors.