Best Gift for a Missoula Boozehound 

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Missoula has built up a long and often bizarre list of celebrity connections over the decades. But only one of those involves whiskey, a mustachioed comedian and the words “bung mallet.” Last summer, Montgomery Distillery co-owner Ryan Montgomery commissioned—as a birthday gift for his head distiller—a custom distiller’s mallet from the Los Angeles-based woodshop of Nick Offerman. Offerman is perhaps best known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” and for being generally the manliest man’s man in Hollywood. The mallet quickly became a source of pride for Montgomery Distillery; the Offerman Woodshop even posted a YouTube video this spring of distiller Chad Larrabee putting the mallet through its paces. The project was such a hit with Offerman’s shop that they began making and selling more, for $125 each, under the title “the Offerman Bung Mallet.”

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