Steve's beer blog

Friday, June 09, 2006

Ohh, it's been a long time children, did you think I ran off with another woman like your daddy did? Ha ! There's no woman for me although I held my own with the this kid who apearantly is an heir to the Wrigley chewing gum fortune. He explained that he had a nice trust fund and I bounced back that I owned my car, she almost went for it. Anyways I digress. It's time for the long awaited first instalation of steve's brewery review.

For memorial day weekend I drove to the wild town of red lodge and I did a big tasting of red lodge ales brewery. Hands down this is the finest brewery in the state of Montana. Your alowed three beers a day from the tasting room, so I had to go back the next day to get in on the goodness. Beers of mention include just about everything, but amoung them, there was a beer refered to as the Glacier ale, the dark beer in the skinny glass. This was a beer dark in color light on gravity and I loved it. It reminded me very much of new belgims 1554 or the german beer I reviewed, celebrator. I give it a big thumbs up. Also, of mention is the IPA a beer style I have a fondness for and this did not disapoint. It had hops comin out the top much like the IPA they make in Helena. As I drank my way down the taps the thing that stood out was the consistency of the quality. There were aq few beers that I didn't even want to bother with ie. the Czechmate pilsner and another called reserve ale, that I heard was light, but I'm happy I didn't skip them because they were excelent beers. One of the best things about the tap room wa the overwelming local suport. They have rather restrictive hours, four to eight in the afternoon, but it seems like the people work their schedule around them and the place is hoping! Most customers brought their growlers along for the ride!!

It was a subime place to go after an afternoon skiing in the beartooths after we got hit with a great snowstorm. Afterwards we went and bet on pigs at the pig races and then to the infamous snow creek saloon were all hell came out. I from what I remember I wasn't just standing on a table I was walking from table to table, beer in hand no doubt. Red lodge is like shooting smack, If you do it more than once or twice a year without doubt you would loose control and wake up on the street saying "how did I get here?"

Just a note !!
on the 22nd of Jully the flaming lips are playing along with ween in Berkey California. I'm thinking about going and if anyone else feels like this is a must do event they should send me a line. I got some willy wonka goggles, I've been ichin to rock out with.