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Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

I'm quite confident that the Indy knew this list would spark "discussion," but I would suggest that the bigger point we discuss is how many of these beers has each one of us tried. Reading over lists like these certainly makes me curious to try the ones I don't know so I can better agree/disagree with their choices.

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Posted by Ryan Newhouse on 07/31/2014 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

Angry Hanks makes GREAT beer, however the INDY's judging criteria is pretty spot on. There is zero flawed data if one looks at the criteria employed. Angry Hanks doesn't have a website, and has very little distribution. Same goes for Carters. Now if a Billings publication were to craft such a list, you would obviously have drastically different conclusions.

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Posted by Todd Maciag on 07/31/2014 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Politics

Not only is Zinke a repuglikan, he's so unethical and scummy he'll probably win in a walk. Being an unethical scummy repug is an almost unbeatable combination in the interior west these days.

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Posted by alf on 07/31/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Following Rankin’s lead

Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words, and the actions of this country make a mockery of the words on which it was founded.

Posted by alf on 07/31/2014 at 1:26 PM

Re: “What’s Walsh good for?

Walsh has disgraced himself and the office. (As if the office of U.S. Senator could be further tarnished !) The honorable thing for him to do would be to pull out of the race.

Schweitzer, as distasteful as he is to many (me included), should put his ego aside and forget about his non-starter angling for the Veep nomination and step in, when Walsh, we can only hope, slinks away in disgrace.

IMO, Schweitzer could thump Daines. He's probably the only Dem in the state that could, as far right as Montana has drifted in recent years.

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Posted by alf on 07/31/2014 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Jumping right in

Greg, my arguement is that the homestaeders that came to the Flathead REZ had to pay for their land unlike the homesteaders who the government had come out west to settle NON-reservation lands. Come on up to the the REZ and we'll lay out the purchase papers from back then right on the table in front of you. And the drought didn't hurt the homesteaders up here much because they were able to set up irrigation ditches to flood irrigate their fields. That's how the biggest irrigation system in MT got started. Evidently you don't know ANYTHING about the Flathead Res. history or irrigation. And on top of it many Indians sold their allotments to homesteaders, yes for money!!

No remark on all the hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money that is "given" to the CSKT Tribe each year?? The homestaeders paid their own way and didn't depend on government handouts for 150 years. And so did a number of Tribal farmers who expanded their farms through hard work and dedication. You don't have a clue.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 07/31/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

This list is based on exactly what they say it is, and props to you guys for the undertaking. You just can't have a top 50 beer that half the state hasn't tried, and hopefully many of these breweries will continue grow and expand distribution (would love to try them all haha), but thanks for the criteria that for the most part eliminates personal bias. I was pleased to find many of my daily drinkers on there and many new ones to start working my way through. I think an autumn road trip is order...

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Posted by Mike Nania on 07/31/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

Wow, Tim O'leary has it nailed down huh? I brewed my first beer at the kettle house back when it was a U-brew place. Drank it for the Phish concert. That guy is the best brewer in the state imo. Cold smoke is just about my favorite beer I have ever had. Great Job Kettle House!

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Posted by senor_brandon on 07/31/2014 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

This list is seriously askew, maybe the breweries in GF aren't veteran enough to receive votes, but the Mighty No has some damn good beers and I wouldn't feel bad putting them in the top 10

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Posted by Brian Rudolph on 07/31/2014 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

Props on being brave/foolish enough to attempt such a list. I understand that you were focused on just the quality of the beer, but there are couple of other factors that determine which Montana made beer I drink: Is the tap room a pleasant place to spend time and can I get to it easily? So a beer at a nice place that I can walk to is going to move towards the top of my list.

Posted by Brad Coutant on 07/31/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

Make your way up to the Hi-Line and try Triple Dogs' Fresno Wheat or Dumpster Diver Stout!

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Posted by Havre Honey on 07/31/2014 at 11:39 AM

Re: “What’s Walsh good for?

Would have been better for him just to tell the truth. He did what he was taught in the government indoctrination centers AKA public schools. Montana Union Boss: Plagiarism Better than Creationism…

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Posted by niam on 07/31/2014 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

It should be noted that Double Haul is classified as an English Style IPA, instead of an American style. The latter category had well over 200 entries at the WBC, compared to the 40 Double Haul was up against.

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Posted by Peter EarthBiscuit Landman on 07/31/2014 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Jumping right in

You'll have to run that free land by James J. Hill, for I'm pretty sure his brochures targeting Europeans said the land was free. Jeez, even the government was saying that in the 1880s and 1890s. Maybe you're thinking of something else, jr2jr2000.

28,000 people that flocked here in 1917 and 1918 and settled on 3.1 million acres. That was a drop compared to the 114,620 homesteads filed between 1909 and 1923, which covered 25 million acres.

Between 1920 and 1930 Montana lost 11,000 people, the only state in the union that decade to do so…548,889 in ’20 to 537,606 in ’30.

Why? Drought set in a short time after all those folks came, the war started after that and then the flu hit, killing 5,000 in Montana out of 100 million in the world and 675,000 in the US.

I fail to see your argument, jr2jr2000, sorry.

Holmes, Krys. Montana: Stories of the Land. p 261-4

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/31/2014 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Jumping right in

Hey Greg; first of all the homesteaders weren't given the land, they had to pay for it and make payments. And they weren't all gone by the 1930's. Almost all stayed and today there are hundreds of farms here that were passed down from these "homesteaders" Maybe you should get your facts correct before spouting off, or better yet come up to the REZ and we will explain things to you in plain english. If you want to talk about "giving" maybe you should talk about the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that are given to the CSKT Tribe every year by the government (taxpayers)

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 07/31/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

Flawed data to say the least. Where is Angry Hanks "Anger Management" or "Street Fight"?

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Posted by Chrystal Jones on 07/31/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

Glad to see Red Lodge Ales did well on the list...missing Uber Brew in Billings they have some great beers as well.

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Posted by Rhonda Ullom on 07/31/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “What’s Walsh good for?

Good points.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/31/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Montana's best brews, ranked

Cool list. Might be interesting to have a list that isn't so reliant on distribution and name recognition. For instance, Big Sky's Ivan the Terrible is 10x the beer Moose Drool is.

I get this is in written in/about Western Montana primarily but I'd encourage the authors to make a trip to Carter's in Billings. Best Belgian & sour program in the state and it's not even close.

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Posted by brt334 on 07/31/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Recreation

Why was a firm which was offering the same services at a better price passed over by the Forest Service in favor of this Portland firm?

When the lawsuits are done in a few years will we get any of that money back from the Forest Service? I'm talking about the lost time and also the pain of seeing such stupidity in action...although you might want to have the lawyers call it something else.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 07/31/2014 at 10:04 AM

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