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SiG MT 20 Text by Mark Baune BEER MAN NOW AVAILABLE GREAT FALLS HELENA HAVRE The Beverage Company malt Munich, Vienna, Victory hops Perle, Hersbrucker adjunct n/a 5.9% 15 4.4 4.0 O K T O B E R F E S T -Tis The Season- OKTOBERFEST It's interesting to think about cra breweries as an indicator of larger civic revival. For as long as I can remember, doctors, lawyers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, mail carriers and the average joe gathered for a pint at the business day's end and the local pub or tavern provided a haven "where everybody knows your name." Today that haven is the local taproom of cra breweries mostly established by young entrepreneurs who are hell bent on renewing their small town's downtown vibrancy. In fact, a recent study by C+R Research found that cra breweries are becoming a major part of Montana's business landscape and, if you dig into data collected by the Montana Brewers Association, you will find that the Big Sky state is ranked second nationwide, with roughly 80 breweries –about 9.6 per capita. e annual economic impact from breweries, according to the Montana Brewers Association, is about $417 million statewide, with roughly 800 direct jobs. It's not surprising since Montana is the nation's second leading producer of malt, and with key ingredients in abundance it makes sense why there are so many breweries scaered across our fine state. In my travels, I'm always on the lookout for the local people magnet, the place that draws the curious beer lover in to try a pint of locally made IPA. Recently, I found myself surrounded by the Crazy, Big Snowy and Lile Belt mountains in the small central Montana town of Harlowton. If you are familiar with the history of this town, you may recognize the 106-year-old Montana Bar building. is historic landmark became home to Gally's Brewing, the brainchild of brother and sister team, Drew Galahan "Gally" and Shanda Speed. eir story is similar to other brewery entrepreneurs, they too are enhancing their economically challenged community by providing jobs and offering a gathering place where patrons can swap stories and share ideas. Being third generation "Gallys", Drew and Shanda found the name very fiing as their Grandpa Harold and Grandma Bessie ran a store called Gally's Variety Store located on the same street in the '60s. It was oen referred to as the "Five and Dime", which explains why their flagship beer is called the Five and Dime, a tasty 4-malt blonde ale with 5% ABV, 10 IBU's and nice citrusy notes. e 1913 porter is fantastic and worth the drive to Harlowton! It's a smooth English style porter that checks in at 7% ABV and 18 IBU's. It's packed with roasted and chocolaty flavors with a nice alcohol balance. e 8 Second IPA checks in at 8.8% ABV and 100 IBU's. It has eight varieties of Northwest hops finished with steam-distilled hop oil from Glacier Hops Ranch in Whitefish, MT. e hops and the hop oil make this an intense but delicious brew… my hat's off to their hand-craed perfection. ey have a line-up of heavy hiers on tap that are prey darn good. So, grab your buddy and a designated driver and head over to Harlowton. You won't be sorry you did! Cheers, Beerman BEERONOMICS Build It, Brew It, and They Will Come

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