Beer Wars: Montana vs. Washington

Two breweries, one in Montana and the other in Washington are close in comparison as far as Northern craft beers go. We’ll start with Big Sky Brewery, located in Missoula, Montana.

Big Sky has six different kinds of craft beers, Moose Drool, Scape Goat, Trout Slayer, Big Sky IPA, Summer Honey (or Powder Hound in the winter) and Heavy Horse. Moose Drool might be the most popular one of the six, boasting to be the best brown ale and best-selling brew in Montana.

Moose Drool has a creamy texture with a chocolate taste, giving it 4.2% alcohol. It isn’t too sweet because it has just enough hops to make it a great brown ale. Moose Drool is a beer everyone needs to try, whether you’re in Montana or another state, you can find it almost everywhere.

Big Sky has two seasonal beers, Summer Honey and Powder Hound. They’re perfect seasonally brewed beers, each flavorful in their own ways. The Summer Honey is refreshing after a hard day of work in the summertime, with hops, spices and honey as flavors to be enjoyed. Powder Hound is a dark, rich and hoppy beer good for the senses when winter rolls around and sinks you into your couch.
Montana’s Big Sky has a great variety of brews to be sampled, but theres another great brewery in Washington that challenges Big Sky’s beers. Two Beers Brewing Co., located in Seattle, has more beers than Big Sky but isn’t as well known it seems. They create five year-round beers, seven seasonal beers and small batch infusions produced in limited quantities.

SoDo Brown is the brewery’s brown ale that can be compared to Moose Drool, having seven grains and a single hop, it is the maltiest beer that is brewed there and has a 5.4% alcohol value. This is a beer that is available year-round, but can only be found in the Pacific Northwest.

A unique part of Two Beers is their infusions. Some of their most popular infusions have been Jalapeno-infused Evo. IPA, Lime Ginger Panorama Wheat, Peach-infused 20:20 Blonde Ale and a Mango Apple Marigold Evo IPA. These are brewed in small batches, giving room for trying new things all the time.

Although the two breweries vary quite a bit, it’s interesting to compare two that aren’t a long distance away from each other. You can tell the difference from being Seattle-based and the other in Montana just by their standards and websites. Check out Big Sky at http://www.bigskybrew.com and Two Beers at www.twobeersbrewery.com.

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