Montana didn't produce the president of beers; could offer a VP candidate, though



The good folks at Willamette Week had a little fun during the run-up to next month's election. The Portland alt-weekly bootlegged beer from every state and held a blind taste test to determine which beer was the best — or, sticking with their theme, the president of beers. Consider it something like a national version of the Indy's late, great Golden Growlers.

Here's how they described it:

Once every four years, America picks a leader through its only nationwide election. We thought the throes of that campaign would be a perfect time to also find out which state is making the best suds. So, months ago, WW started a project called the President of Beers, putting the flagship craft brew from each of the 50 states through a blind taste test.

In keeping with American tradition, our methods were slightly flawed and the decks stacked in favor of monied elites. We didn’t necessarily choose the “best” beer from each state, but a candidate popular among its people which represents them well. We broke a lot of laws to get these bottles. Because its illegal to ship alcohol over many state lines, we had it bootlegged—stuffed inside teddy bears, disguised as tap handles, and labeled as live yeast samples.

So, how'd Montana do? And what beer represented the Treasure State?

Sixteenth, and Big Sky's Moose Drool. That's not bad when stacked against 49 other brews.

The winner is pretty cool: a husband and wife who homebrew in North Dakota, a state with only one craft brewing company in its territory. Hard to argue with that, I guess. Also hard to get too upset about some of the beers that separated Montana from the suds-filled White House, like the acclaimed Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA, from Delaware, or Deschutes' Black Butte Porter, from Oregon.

WW described Moose Drool as "malts, malts, malts, and malts." You can read more about their scoring and reasons, but here's the best part of their Big Sky writeup:

That’s why Big Sky Brewing, the largest brewery in all of Montana, does not even have a taproom (though it does offer tasters and growler fills to go).

“What the fuck?!?” you might ask yourself. There really isn’t a good explanation for these laws, but Montana did change the law to allow the brewing of beer with greater than 8 percent ABV just three years ago. Maybe sanity will eventually take hold of the taproom laws.

Now, see, this is a political platform we'd be willing to support. Perhaps Moose Drool could vie for a VP nomination and help institute some change.

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