Happiest Hour: Tamarack Brewing 

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We do it every week around this time, a little jump-start toward the weekend and nod to our local watering holes. This week, as everyone waits for Flathead Lake Brewing Company to open its new Missoula taproom, Happiest Hour focuses on another Flathead-area brewer expanding down south: Tamarack Brewing Company.

It also happens to be our second Tempe-to-Missoula story in three days, which is strange. Anyway, without further ado ...

Tamarack Brewing Company

Atmosphere: Absolutely gorgeous barroom in Lakeside with vaulted ceiling, fireplace, outdoor patio during the spring and summer, and a small loft seating area with views of the water. The restaurant—technically called Tamarack Alehouse and Grill—serves a full menu for lunch and dinner of better-than-bar-food fare. Brewmaster Craig Koontz works next door—technically called Tamarack Brewing—crafting a bevy of different beers. The two addresses are hardly separated, but allow the complex to sidestep Montana’s moronic brewpub laws.

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