We interrupt this fishing excursion to bring you a beer report.
Montana has a lot of great local, small breweries to choose from. So as a public service announcement to those who might find themselves in the area at some point, we've rated some of our favorites based on the following criteria:
1) Tastes good
2) Pictures on the bottle (trout or trout related seem to taste better)
3) Tastes good
So here we go, in no particular order
#1: Cold Smoke Scotch Ale from Kettle House Brewing in Missoula, Montana. Come to find out one of the more popular draft beers in local establishments, and the fact that we found it in a pounder didn't hurt either
#2: Big Hole Mythical White. Brewed in Belgrade Montana by Big Hole Brewing Company. We stayed on the banks of the Big Hole, we fished the Big Hole, so quite naturally we had to drink it too.
#3 Beltian White from Harvest Moon Brewing Company in Belt, Montana is my personal favorite. Not too heavy, great flavor, and goes well with a cold sandwich along the bank of any Montana River. Come to think of it, it goes well with just about anything along a Montana River.
#4 Dancing Trout from Bayern Brewery in Missoula. First off, any beer that has been recognized as the official beer of Montana Trout catches our attention. Great artwork too.
#5 Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing in Missoula. Cool name. Full Flavor. Likey.
#6 PBR. We saw this in a pounder in the store, could buy only one, so we got it for Dave. No link necessary, you know where to find it if you want it.
#7 Another winner from Big Sky Brewing out of Missoula: Trout Slayer Wheat Ale. You go to Montana to fish, you end up being a sucker for the marketing but the taste is the reason you'll have another
So there you have it, a completely random sampling of beers we ran across in convenience stores across Southwest Montana. If I had to rank my top three it would look like this: Beltian White, Trout Slayer and then Dancing Trout. #1's a lock, but the next two are nearly interchangeable as far as I'm concerned.
I'll also take recommendations on any others to try the next time out there and be glad to report back the results..........