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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16584) 22 days ago
Those of us who don't live in Miles City anymore would like to hear about the new brewery in town from the locals. What's good? What's not?
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Posted by David Schott (+16459) 22 days ago
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16584) 20 days ago
Crickets......

This either means that (a) the good people of Miles City are staying home because the pandemic is not over yet and people still need to get vaccinated; or (b) M&H has an incredible sale going on of 18 packs of Busch Light.
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Posted by atomicg (+998) 18 days ago
We picked up two growlers last night. The American Stout is good, pretty rich but in a pleasing way. Their Red was great, had all the flavor expected of a red and a nice dark hew and it went down easy. Looking forward to the creme ale and an oatmeal stout but I don’t drink a lot of beer, fills me up too fast! I’ve heard a few people who have cut back or quit drinking that would enjoy a non alcoholic craft beer that actually tastes like craft beer. Anyone else think there’s a niche for that?
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Posted by David Schott (+16459) 18 days ago
Miles City's Most Famous Citizen Approves

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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16584) 17 days ago
What I like best about that picture, is that the sampler tray appears to consist of real-sized pours, not the usual 3-4 oz. glasses* that most breweries provide for a sampler.

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*Or, as Miles City's Most Famous Citizen would describe them, "thimbles."
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Posted by Richard Bonine (+14667) 16 days ago
Umm... exactly when did Bert replace Bobby K as "Miles City's most famous citizen"?

The stout sounds awesome. Glad to hear someone is making real beer instead of the crappy IPA swill that most places feature.
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Posted by David Schott (+16459) 16 days ago
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I prefer to think of Bobby K as "Miles City's Most Distinguished Citizen". Or is that "extinguished"?

Bert, having lived outside of Miles City for a couple of decades, is renowned in other parts... hence his "fame".
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11414) 12 days ago
For the curious, https://www.32auctions.co...?r=1&t=all has some Otium packages. Auction lasts until April 20.
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Posted by Steve Z (+995) 9 days ago
Atomicg, I like drinking beer, but I don't like getting drunk. I think a low alcohol craft beer with all the flavor of a normal craft beer would be hit. It would for me anyway.
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Posted by Kyle.Stanton (+119) 9 days ago
Otium Brewing is great! A warm relaxed atmosphere. I really enjoy the Stout and the Irish Red. It has been fairly busy when I have been in so hopefully that keeps up!
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16584) 9 days ago
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Steve Z wrote:
Atomicg, I like drinking beer, but I don't like getting drunk. I think a low alcohol craft beer with all the flavor of a normal craft beer would be hit. It would for me anyway.


Try anything labeled "session". Plenty of session IPAs available out there.
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Posted by Tucker Bolton (+3636) 6 days ago
Unlike Richard B, I am an IPA snob. I have tried both of their IPA offerings and they lacked character. My preference is Pacific NW hops with high impact and citrus finish. Deschutes does a good job. When I can find it, my preference is Deschutes Fresh Squeezed. They also make a brilliant double IPA though not available often. It must be on tap. I ordered an Lagunitas once at the Alamo theater in Denver. They served it in a can. Can you believe it? IT WAS IN A FRACKING CAN!

I am finished with that and will get back on track. Otium Brewing is a sorely needed business in Miles City and I love the place. Small though it may be the lovely, young, owners have created a warm, friendly atmosphere. The last time I was there the only food available was a snack tray. I drove past, a couple days ago and there was a "Roach Coach" parked outside. Many of the small craft brewers in Denver are doing the same. I don't know if they will continue with that or not. It seems like a good idea if they can keep it going. Bottom line is, I love the place. I just wish they had an IPA that appealed to me. Good luck in the future and long may they run. I am headed back to the urban jungle in June.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16584) 6 days ago
I have to agree with you, Tucker. Dry crisp IPAs with the classic C hops (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook) are my favorites. Milky New England IPAs....meh.
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Posted by Hanson (+1803) 5 days ago
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You guys are beer snobs. The ancient Greeks and Romans derided beer as inferior to its grape-based counterpart. The Roman historian, Tacitus, said "beer is a horrible brew fermented from barley or wheat, a brew that has only a very far removed similarity to wine."
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Posted by David Schott (+16459) 5 days ago
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16584) 5 days ago
Beer was a bit different back in the Time of Antiquity, Terry. Brewers didn't start using hops until the Middle ages. In Greco- Roman times they used a herb mixture called gruit. That, and brewing is a lot more complicated than making wine, with malting, mashing, sparging and boiling. I would imagine ancient beer wasn't very good.

That said, it was still good enough to fortify those beer-swilling barbarians to over run those pinky finger lifting Mediterranean wine drinkers. And the early Germanic tribes that were conquered by the Romans and converted to wine?

They became the French. Nuff said.
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Posted by Tucker Bolton (+3636) 4 days ago
Hansen, I like to look for the same things in the beer I drink as I do in wine. Bouquet, taste, color, clarity and finish are all important. There are no legs to look for but there is a head from a correct pour and and the bubbles rising from the carbonation. As a closing note, the worse thing to happen in the world today is coffee in a paper cup.
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Posted by Hanson (+1803) 3 days ago
You guys make beer drinking sound enjoyable. I generally only drink beer in the morning, Pabst Blue Ribbon with V-8 juice, and freshly squeezed lime. This makes for a really good and nutritious breakfast, especially when accompanied by a couple of pickled eggs.
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Posted by Bridgier (+8966) 3 days ago
That sounds like an amazing breakfast, tbh
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16584) 3 days ago
At first, I was going to criticize the pouring of tomato juice into any beer, but since you paired it with pickled eggs, a thumbs up.
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