I’m a BIG fan of beer. I live in a town with 30,000 people that has five breweries:
The top one ( Blackfoot River Brewing Company) is my home brewery. That’s where I go most and where they all know my name I usually go for the IPA as a standby (kind of basic, I know), and Blackfoot River Brewing has the best one I have ever tasted. But they also have an excellent bitter, lager, and scotch ale. Not to mention the stout, but I’ve got to be in the mood for that!
Lately they’ve been adding new styles like kolsch, pilsner, gose, mexican lager, and others to the rotation. It’s nice to have something new to drink all the time, since it gets me out of my routine.
A couple of selections from our other breweries worth mentioning:
SnowHop has a Kolsch that’s to die for and a “Grodziskie” which I had never heard of before going there. They smoke the wheat before brewing so it’s got a smokey flavor. Kind of wild in a Beer, but it works.
TenMile has a lemongrass pale that’s a great summer sipper, sweet and mellow at the same time.
Crooked furrow has a maxican lager that always on tap and awesome, as well as a good IA and Munich Helles that really hit the spot.
One of the coolest things around here is that Lewis and Clark Brewing does a “neighborhood IPA” where they collect hops that people grow around town and brew it into an IPA. It’s different every year, which is a fun thing to look forward to.
Lewis and Clark also wins lots of national awards for their hefeweizen and pale ales. They actually won small brewery of the year in the US:
Just lucky to live in Helena I guess. Storngly recommend a brewerry tour of the whole state of Montana if any of you are in the area let me know!