Like many of you, I received a Facebook message last week proclaiming the reopening of Von Scheidt Brewing’s taproom in downtown Twin Falls. This intrigued me for a couple of reasons. For one, I had tried only two Von Scheidt brews and found them to be OK. Secondly, it would mean that we finally have a brewery taproom here in Twin Falls. I went over and found the owner, Pat, to be very welcoming and the rest of the staff to be ready and willing to pour a beer or two.
I will start with the taproom. It is a very spacious, open-aired room with some tables set up alongside a big, beautiful bar. Next to the bar sits a sunroom which could stand to get a pool table or foosball table in the future. Along the backside of the room is a giant fireplace that could come in very handy this winter. The room is nicely decorated with sacks of malt and barrels. This can be a wonderful space to enjoy a pint.
The beers were pretty good. There were high and low points to the beers that Von Scheidt had on tap that day. On one hand, the Catalpa Brown Ale was quite nice, with notes of brown sugar, cinnamon and a light hop bitterness to bring it all together. I found this beer to very drinkable. I also enjoyed the Hangfire IPA, which is one I had tried previously in a 12-ounce bottle. The bottle wasn’t great. It had some diacetyl off-flavors (These problems happen when the sparge water is too hot or when the mash is oversparged and they create a buttery flavor in the beer), and the hops tasted old and stale. The tap version of this beer is much better. The grassy and piney hops stand out, giving this beer a bright, fresh flavor while the malt backbone gave it some complex flavors. The other beer I enjoyed was the Hollow Point Porter, which was a nice porter with chocolate and roasted malt notes that finished smoothly.
Knutcase Pecan Ale was an interesting, creative beer that utilized maple syrup to create a sweet, drinkable ale. However, it was a little thin and could stand to have a little more base malt to give it a more malty backbone. The Deadeye Summer Ale was a decent blonde ale that also felt a little thin at 5 percent abv.
Get on down there and try a pint, or a flight, and let me know what you think!