Best Local Brew

Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, Kettlehouse

Readers' Pick

Kettlehouse Brewing founder Tim O’Leary has said several times he has no idea why Cold Smoke became the brewery’s flagship beer. He originally intended the label to be nothing more than a tasty seasonal scotch ale, mostly shared among his friends at ski resorts in Montana and Colorado. Call it a pleasant surprise, then, that Missoulians can’t get enough of the stuff. Cold Smoke is about as constant a taproom presence as you can get, and the canned product now pops up year-round. We dare you to name another local beer that has such a devoted following.

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