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Earl Grey Pale Ale at Great Northern Brewery

What's the word: Great Northern Brewery of Whitefish will proudly pour their first barrel of Earl Grey Pale Ale at their upcoming shows featuring Keller Williams and Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, on August 4 and 5.

Great Northern General Manager Marcus Duffey says the new ale is a "taste of summertime." The flavor is the result of a collaboration between Great Northern brewers and Hollingsworth, an avid home brewer. "It adds one more element to the whole event being ours," says Duffey. "We control the look, the feel, the taste—everything."

click to enlarge Chief brewer Joe Barberis of Great Northern Brewery - PHOTO BY JACKIE COFFIN

What it tastes like: The Earl Grey Pale Ale is brewed with 20 pounds of Earl Grey tea leaves and bergamot oil. "Our brew water is tea," explains chief Great Northern brewer Joe Barberis. The beer is dry hopped to mellow out the tea taste. It has a light, flowery taste, with a strong balance of hops.

Try it yourself: The beer will debut at the outdoor concert series at Depot Park in downtown Whitefish. Tickets for the concert are $25 in advance, $30 day of the show or $45 for the full weekend.

Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, email editor@missoulanews.com.

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