Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blackfoot River Brewing in Helena

   Down in Last Chance Gulch, in the heart of Helena, Blackfoot River Brewing was brewing up a storm to celebrate American Craft Beer Week (the hour was well before 8 p.m.).  A tour of the brewing works was drawing a crowd, and their usual growler fill price on Wednesdays ($7.00!) was sweetened with a first pint free for on premise consumption.
    While our Washington brewers take pride in sourcing most of their hops in-state, Montana brewers feel the same way about their barley. I chose a single malt IPA, derived from Crisp Maris Otter barley grown in eastern Montana (and then bittered with our Simcoe and Cascade hops).  The notes added that it had been floor-malted by hand on the premises. This was one of nine permanent brews; there were also three seasonals. A nice brewery in a town full of memories.
(Visited 5/18/11)

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