Wallace: North Idaho Mountain Brewery
Wallace brewed beer is the stuff of legend. Literally. This may be the only town on the planet where beer has been an actual lifesaver—rescuing local townsfolk from the largest land fire in U.S. history.
It was in the aftermath of 1910’s Big Burn that beer came to the rescue here. One third of the town was incinerated in the blaze, part of the 3 million acres burnt in 36 hours across the West.
Local water drinking supplies were severely polluted with ash. So much so that authorities forbid anyone in town to drink anything but beer for three days after the flames were extinguished. With that history, brewing and consuming beer in Wallace has become a natural.
Two highly crafted breweries operate in Wallace today. Brew masters mix top quality hops, barley and some of the sweetest, purest water into supremely satisfying and awarding winning brews.
North Idaho Mountain Brewery: Established in 2008, NIMB’s motto is “brewing one great beer at a time.” They offer a full complement of ales brewed on site. Choose from Baldy Blonde, Sunset Red , or dark Black IPA. We suggest you try their Pulaski Porter with hints of chocolate and coffee. The brew is named after one of the heroes of that Great Fire, Forest Ranger Big Ed Pulaski. (If you get real lucky, you might happen upon the local amateur brew club that meets at NIMB regularly. They may be persuaded to offer up a taste of some of their home brews). North Idaho Mountain Brewery is located inside the City Limits Brew Pub at 108 Nine Mile Road, 208-556-1120 northidahomountainbrew.com