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Tamarack cans

The lowdown: Back in early June, Tamarack Brewing Company quietly joined the ranks of Montana breweries pushing product beyond the taproom. The brewery began offering two of its most popular beers in 16-ounce cans. So far distribution is limited to the company's Lakeside and Missoula locations, as well as a string of gas stations and grocery stores in the Flathead Valley. A four-pack goes for $8.

What you're drinking: Tamarack went with two brews for its initial canning line—Yard Sale Amber Ale and Hat Trick Hop IPA. Fans of both have been posting photos of the cans on Tamarack's Facebook page in locations ranging from Logan Pass to the summit of Reynolds Mountain at 9,125 feet. Forget growlers. Hauling beer to Montana's more remote corners is clearly getting easier all the time.

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Why you may not have heard: According to Lacy Lopez, general manager at Tamarack's Missoula location, the brewery hasn't widely advertised the cans yet. News has mostly spread by word of mouth. Still, she says, "they're really popular." One Indy staffer only learned after bumping into a friend in the Flathead last week, who couldn't stop grinning over his flashy silver four-pack. And Tamarack is stocked at present, which, given how freaking hot the weather has been, seems smart.

Where to get some: Unless you're in the Flathead, Tamarack's Yard Sale and Hat Trick cans are currently only available at the brewery's Missoula bar, 231 West Front Street.

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