LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: The Spirit of Montana

WE’LL RAISES UP OUR GLASSES AGAINST EVIL FORCES, SINGING, “WHISKEY FOR MY MEN, BEER FOR MY HORSES!”… songwriter, Toby Keith

At the mention of the Farm to Table movement, you might think of buying beets at the farmer’s market, buying Flathead cherries from a roadside stand or dining on Montana-raised lamb at your favorite restaurant. But broaden your horizons a bit and let this sink in: The next time you hit the pub, ask for a shot of Montana whiskey.

The array of choices just might surprise you.

Microbreweries dot the state. A micro-distilled, local whiskey seems like a natural fit for Montana, but until recently one didn’t exist. In 2009, RoughStock Distillery in Bozeman became the first legal distillery in Montana since Prohibition and the first distillery to open its doors in the state in more than 100 years. A 2005 shift in Montana state legislation changed the Prohibition-era liquor laws to allow micro-distilleries to produce small batches of alcohol for limited distribution.

Read more at Big Sky Journal’s site.

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