Learning more about the world around me...
I've done much more than the average person of my age.
Kristen is a good clarinet player--I recommend showing up!
I see a lot of Wildwood beer unrefrigerated around the Missoula area, so that's one fear to not worry so much with going the distributor route--it's getting mistreated either way.
It's amazing how ignorant retailers and distributor workers can be of the products they sell.
"...but the company certainly doesn't seem to care if it gets your business or not, and that makes it damn cool." "Hamm's is the understated hero." "It's the unambitious, unabashed and undeniably cool drink..." Ahh, the ignorance of "journalists".
Hamm's was bought from Pabst by Miller in 1999 (which is now owned by South African Breweries [SABMiller] and in partnership with Coors [as MillerCoors]). It's write-ups like this why MillerCoors doesn't have to appear they care. When one you buyout certain companies and brands, and it's not very public, then don't change anything and your loyal customers will not catch on--that is, as long as they are lazy consumers.
Even when Hamm's was an independent brewery until Prohibition and before it was first bought out in 1968, it was a larger operation than Big Sky Brewing (which is towards the bottom of the list of the 50 largest craft breweries in the US--which probably will drop off the list by the end of 2013).
Believe it or Montanans, but most people live in city now and could give a shit about owning a firearm in the 21st Century. Even when just speculating, to think more than 10% of citizens (which if accounting for every person is ~30,000,000 people) are against a basic background checks -- not rounding up guns as if they were jews and undesirables under Nazi occupation -- is pushing the realm of reason.
To even invoke the Bill of Rights for such a proposal is on the order of saying we shouldn't require a license to operate an private automobile or aircraft. And before anyone starts thinking that is completely different or whatever, stop and spend more than three seconds thinking about it. Those two things didn't even exist for an entire century after the 2nd Amendment was conceived, besides the fact is was decades more before any significant amount of people would even owned them. Being a citizen of a nation requires some sacrifices for the benefits that come being a country in the developed world. If you consider checking to make sure a person isn't a criminal or a mentally unstable person is over the line of gun ownership and not worth the hassle for the societal benefits that come with it, then you really should consider moving to a non-developed country.
It's sad we live in a country with such fear we think we need guns to protect ourselves.
I think I may move back to Europe (I was stationed there with the U.S. military several years ago) where this fear is rare or doesn't exist at all.
If you really think you need a gun for protection in Montana (even from wildlife), try living and walking through the roughest parts of LA, Chicago or New York unarmed.
And if you're experiencing not greater euphoria from shooting firearms, you really should consider seeking medical evaluation, or at least join the military doing combat arms or some other profession were you fire a gun routinely.
Kettlehouse is well aware of the Big Sky option and it is by far the dumbest--well, other than staying at 10,000 bbl/year and just giving away 4 oz samples at their taprooms for free. Hell, why don't they give away all their beer for free so everyone -- including the bars and restaurants that lobby to keep these asinine laws on the books -- but the consumer loses.
Forget Delta, how 'bout Southwest!?!
I've lived in Missoula since 2009 and have never flown out of MSO. With fares running what I've experienced flying from Chicago and Nashville to GERMANY, it's never been a cost effective option. I much rather spend $150-200 driving 2,000 miles over two days, than paying $550-650 for 4-8 hours on planes and in airports. One December when I went to visit family in Tennessee, I chose the still cheaper option of driving to Whitefish, taking a train to Chicago, flying Southwest to Nashville and repeating for my return--it saved me around $150.
I feel I won't see affordable long-distance air travel in and out of Missoula or passenger rail on the southern route before I move on to somewhere else.
Traffic patrol force?!? HAH! I see more cops in sleepy Southern towns of 500 than I do in Missoula. Spend ANY time east of the Mississippi and you'll know just how little of an active police force there is in Missoula.
The only thing to bitch about is how the US didn't pass a NATIONAL law against cell phone use while driving at least a decade ago. Now we have entire generations that don't know what it's like to drive a vehicle without owning or using a cell phone.
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