Thursday, June 20, 2013

Suspicious package causes Kettlehouse Brewery evacuation, threatens batch of Double Haul

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM

A suspicious package outside the Kettlehouse Brewery's Myrtle Street location prompted a Missoula bicycle cop to call in the bomb squad this morning. Police secured the area, evacuating The Kettlehouse and Le Petit employees and taping off Myrtle Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. The IED/EOD (Improvised Explosive Device/Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Response Unit arrived, sending a person in a bomb suit to take an X-ray photograph of what appeared to be a suitcase-sized ammo box. After reviewing the image, it appeared the package had contents of concern. The response unit exploded the package by shooting it with a water cannon and exposing its contents: cans of food, road flares and emergency supplies.

A suspicious package outside the Kettlehouse prompts police to evacuate surrounding businesses.
  • Cathrine L. Walters
  • A suspicious package outside the Kettlehouse prompted police to evacuate surrounding businesses this morning.

Kettlehouse head brewer Paul Roys said he was in the middle of brewing Double Haul IPA when the brewery was evacuated. While watching the police wrap up their yellow tape, he didn't know if the beer was going to be affected by the delay. At the moment of the evacuation the brewers were straining liquid out of the grain, or "sparging." When the flow of liquid is stopped during this process it can compress the grain bed and make it difficult to extract the malt liquor, and, subsequently, the beer.
Contents were said to include cans of food, road flares and emergency supplies.
  • Cathrine L. Walters
  • Contents were said to include cans of food, road flares and emergency supplies.

After an hour, Roys and staff were able to return to the building to check on the IPA. He found that "no beer had been harmed in the halting of the brewing process" and that the batch was "salvageable". When asked who may be responsible for leaving the suspicious package on their sidewalk, Roys cracked a smile and joked, "Draught Works Brewery."
AMMUNITION FOR CANNON WITH EXPLOSIVE PROJECTILES
  • Cathrine L. Walters
  • "AMMUNITION FOR CANNON WITH EXPLOSIVE PROJECTILES" could be read on the side of the ammo box.

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