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SiG MT 20 Small Town, Big Flavor TEXT BY MARK BAUNE BEER MAN GREAT FALLS HELENA HAVRE The Beverage Company NOW AVAILABLE Available SOON! Fort Benton in the fall… a perfect excuse for an impromptu road trip before the first snowflake flies. Take in the spectacular display of seasonal foliage and cap off the day with a pint or two at the town's latest addition, Golden Triangle Brew Company. Housed in the historic Murphy, Neil & Co. mercantile on the corner of 13th and Front streets, owners Brandon Roberts and Stacia Fuzesy are blending Fort Benton's rich history along with locally sourced grains to produce some of the best microbrews Montana's Golden Triangle has to offer. With Fort Benton at its epicenter, Golden Triangle Brew Co. serves as the area's only brewery in a 40-mile radius. While relatively new to the microbrewery scene, Golden Triangle Brew Co. is producing some notable, one-of-a-kind cra beers that are pinging beer connoisseur's radars from all over. Whether it is the pure Missouri water, access to fresh hops, locally grown grains or Brandon, the talented brew-master, the beer is downright delicious! With the help of local historians, Brandon and Stacia came up with some fun and playful names. Ryed'n Dirty-Whoop Up IPA (ABV: 4.8% - IBU: 36) playfully references the forged trade route linking the American frontier with the Canadian outback. e Whoop-Up Trail most likely got its name for the fact that most of the merchandise was in the form of whiskey. Illegal, but a hot product nonetheless, this whiskey trade helped establish Fort Benton as a primary supply point, which led to the construction of Fort Whoop-Up (first known as Fort Hamilton), located near Lethbridge, Alberta, in Canada. is dry IPA is reminiscent of the clouds created along the Whoop-Up in its heydays and a thirst-quenching take on Montana history combining rye and raw oats from the O'Hara farm, barley from Malturop and a unique hop combination of Zappa, Cashmere and HBC-472 for tropical fruits, citrus, melon, and spice. Signal Point, a Scoish Export Ale (ABV: 5/8% - IBU:24) is named aer an elevated peak just downstream from Front Street where eagle-eyed observers would wait on the lookout for approaching steamboats. Once smoke from a boat was spoed, the lookout would signal the fort. With a robust reddish color and malty backbone garnered from Montana-grown 2-Row barley, this kilted creation delivers a complex finish sure to warm the spirit. Shepweizen, an American Wheat Ale (ABV: 4.6% IBU: 16) pays homage to Old Shep, Fort Benton's "forever faithful" sheep dog. Shep first appeared in Fort Benton in 1936 when his owner, an area sheepherder whose name remains unknown, was brought to town for medical treatment. When the sheepherder died, his body was sent on a passenger train to his family back East. Shep kept vigil at the train station for the next 5 ½ years awaiting his master's return. is crisp, refreshing ale is handcraed with hard red winter wheat from Bomgardner Farms outside of Loma, custom malted by Farm Power Malt in Power, and hops from Crooked Yard Hops in the Gallatin Valley. Much like Shep, this malty beverage has a heart of gold, bready notes, and a clean finish. e Bummybier aka Blame Dean, Jalapeno Honey Hefeweizen (ABV: 5.4% IBU: 26) pokes a lile fun at local patron and area farmer, Dean Bumgardner (Bummy). Aer months of harassment from Dean, owner's Brandon and Stacia conjured up a jalapeno beer much resembling the farmer's feistiness. With wheat from Bummy's farm, Montana -grown 2-row barley and jalapenos, this hazy hefe is pleasantly complex with a pepper nose and a mild and lingering kick. While Golden Triangle Brew Co. currently has six brews on tap, some seasonal offerings, and more recipes in the making, these are just a few suggestions. ey also have outdoor seating and enough local beer to keep you entertained for all of leaf peeping season. Cheers, Beer Man

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