Missoula Montana is a town full of interesting history, a beautiful college campus, and well… lots of beer.
I am always looking for a reason to stop in Missoula Montana when ever I am near. Today’s reason would be Bayern Brewing. This was my first time to their brewery, although not my first time having their beer. The brewery is outfitted with both indoor and outdoor seating. I selected indoor seating as I am most comfortable located at the bar. If you were to see me at a bar, you would see me at my happiest.
I found myself a spot at the bar inside Blacksmith Brewing and realized I had just witnessed something I had never seen before. I’m not saying I’m an expert on all things beer but this wasn’t my first time to a brewery. The man sitting next to me placed his order for a beer. His order shocked me enough to ask him what the hell he was doing. He had ordered a ½ of a glass of the Cutthroat IPA and ½ of a glass of the Brickhouse Blonde… although that does not sound particularly odd – but what struck me as odd was that he mixed the two in a single pint glass and proceeded to drink it. I was shocked! I had heard of a Black and Tan before… but mixing blondes and IPA’s. I was starting to think this guy might be on to something. He told me that the IPA was too strong for him and the blonde toned it down. It made perfect sense but I did not share in his opinion that the Cutthroat IPA needed to be toned down. It’s citrus taste resonated with me and I found it to be my favorite beer there.
While I was in Butte Montana last year I was suppose to take a tour of William Clark’s mansion. Note this William Clark is not the same of the Lewis and Clark fame. This Clark was one of the 3 copper kings who lived in Montana in the late 1800’s. I ended up not taking the tour while I was in Butte, the reason will bore you, so let’s keep it at that I did not take the tour.
Marcus Daly was also one of the three copper kings and his mansion was in Hamilton Montana – which was where I happened to be on this day. I had planned on taking taking the tour of his mansion while in Hamilton.
I had purposely planned my trip to Big Hole National Battlefield so I could drive Montana’s highway 93. Highway 93 is a scenic drive that carries you over a small winding mountain pass that typically I would not have minded driving… however when I melted my breaks earlier in the trip even the slightest hill was annoying.
We were still in Montana on the second day of our trip to South Dakota. We would be traveling across Montana from Butte to Bozeman to Billings. I grabbed some breakfast from the hotel and eavesdropped on the conversations going on around me. It is what I do when I solo travel as it beats talking to myself in public and looking like a crazy. It appeared to be homecoming for The University of Montana (Go Griz!) and there were several individuals at the hotel attending the football game that day. I was pleased to not be hanging around Missoula for the day due to the extra people running around.
You know when you wake up in the morning and you think you know how the day is going to play out. When I am traveling most often I actually DO know how my day is going to turn out. I have an annoying habit of planning everything out to a T. I plan my days out because I love planning, schedules and my type A personality.
This day started out like it was suppose to and then suddenly things changed.