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.