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.
Instead of driving to the mansion I found myself typing in the address to HigherGround Brewing in Hamilton Montana. Samantha the GPS searched and searched. She finally located the address and Boomer and I proceeded down the road.
“You have arrived at your destination” Samantha proudly spouted off.
Samantha was notorious for her self-confidence, but she and I both know that sometimes she gets lost. It was apparent she did not know where she was. Located at the “destination” that we had arrived at was a grocery store. No Samantha, a grocery store with beer in it does not constitute a brewery. I let Samantha take a nap as I drove around the town a bit to find the brewery. She gets upset when I continue on past where she believes we should go.
Finally I found the brewery and parked in a side lot. I entered into the brewery and found a pizzeria on one side and a bar with tables on the other. I had already eaten lunch so I forewent the pizza and went straight for the beer. I did however check their menu over and the pizzas they offer look delicious with nothing was over $15.
My first beer was the Base Camp Irish Red. It had good flavor to it and a decent 5.7 ABV. It was a nice change from all those Utah beers of 4% that I had earlier in the week! It also had a good hoppy/malty flavor. It was nearing the time where I had to make a decision, I still could make the last tour of the Daly mansion or I could sit and have another beer.
My next beer I ordered (obviously you see what choice I made) was the Dry Fly IPA. It was an interesting flavor. The hops used were the Cascade Willamette and the Centennial Hop. The taste was not offensive but it was peculiar and I could not figure out if I liked the beer or not. I did not order a growler of any beer before I left and regret my decision as I proudly display all my Montana growlers on my dust collecting shelf that circles my living room.
Want to check out HigherGround Brewing in Hamilton Montana? They are located at 518 N. First Street Hamilton, MT 59840. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 8pm and Sunday 1pm – 8pm and closed Mondays.
Prior to leaving Hamilton I took Boomer to the Hamilton Dog Park. He had been sitting in the truck for awhile and needed to stretch his legs. This is an off leash dog park and Boomer was excited to run around and meet new dogs. The Hamilton Dog Park is free and located at New York Ave and N 10th St Hamilton, MT, US 59840. They are open 24 hours. The park is gated and has a few park benches with trees for shade.