As we travel about the USA, we are always evaluating cities and towns as potential places to live somewhere down the road.
In Bozeman, Scott & Heidi were kind enough to let us stay in their yard. Heidi and Sarah know each other from running together at St. Lawrence University (aka the Cult of Larry).
We received the full run down on what makes Bozeman a great place to live which rivaled the over 2,500 positive reviews on the Three Wolf Moon Shirt.
Not quite convinced, Scott decided it was time for the hard sell — a tour of the local breweries. One thing you must understand about Scott, he wields a chainsaw better than Ash from Evil Dead, and therefore demands respect.
The Bozeman Brewery was the first place we stopped. I had some of their offerings while in Montana and was excited to visit. Usually I’m a massive Hop Head but I passed on the IPA to try the seasonal Maibock. It was lighter in color than a traditional Spring Bock but pleasantly more hoppy and less malty. The yeast imparted a nice spice. Definitely Wander Wheels approved.
Up next was a new brewery in town, the 406 Brewery. A new addition to the scene, the brewery was still going through growing pains and did not have a full selection on tap.
The beer was drinkable but not notable. A few more months and they may hit their stride.
Drinking beer makes you hungry and the next stop held a special treat, the Bar 3 Bar-B-Q. The Carolina, vinegar based pulled pork sandwich was heavenly and the Outlaw brewing company (attached to the Bar 3) had an Irish Cream Ale that paired amazingly well with the sandwich.
The final stop of the arm-twisting, “Bozeman is Awesome”, beer tour was the Madison River Brewing Company.
They have a loyalty plan that puts all others to shame. Some bars let you put your name on the wall (a certain friend had “D-Train” on the Little Woody’s wall in downtown Houston) or keep an engraved mug on a shelf. At Madison River, you design a custom, blown-glass mug to keep at the tap house. As a side benefit, the beer is extremely well done.
Thanks again to Scott and Heidi. You put Bozeman on the Wander Wheels return list!