George French (my g.g.grandfather) arrived in Bannack, Montana Territory in September of 1863. He was accompanied by his wife and five of their eventual nine children. He was also accompanied in a second wagon by the first brewery in Montana with which he intended to make his fortune. Initially bound for San Francisco, news of the Alder Gulch gold strike diverted his plans. I mention this snippet of family history because I feel George should be a bit of a hero to local micro-brewers and that I, as his appreciative and well-informed descendent, should receive the occasional free pint as a token of the esteem in which he should clearly be held.
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