*This is a guest post by my older brother, Mark. He drove through Denver this week with his family on the way to Montana to visit his in-laws for the month. Jealous. When he got to Montana he tried one of the local brews and asked if he could do a review. So here it is, thanks Mark!
Name of Brew: Huckleberry Honey Hefeweizen
Name of Brewery: Bitter Root Brewery, Hamilton, Montana
For my annual summer trip to Montana I try to purchase only Montana brewed beer for consumption during these two plus weeks (drinking helps make staying with the in-laws more palpable).
Usually deciding on a beer takes real time because of all the great choices, but today was easy, I quickly grabbed the "Huckleberry Honey Ale."
A little history of Montana (from a complete outsider). Apparently huckleberry is like the state berry and people out here want everything to include this fruiting body. You can get huckleberry in just about anything: jams, taffy, coffee, lotions, soaps, ice cream and NOW BEER!
I went to the website and this is what they said about this brew:
"Our Summer Seasonal is back! Everything and more that you would expect from a light summer seasonal: Incredibly refreshing, big Huckleberry aroma, and a nice balanced experience for the palate, not too sweet with plenty of malts coming through!"
As I opened the bottle, a fresh fruity aroma was easily detected. It poured well creating a nice head. It had a light amber color (like most Hefeweizen).
As for the taste, the honey's sweetness was most noticeable with only a slight fruity aftertaste. As someone who doesn't eat huckleberry, I would describe the "berry" aftertaste as just "fruity."
This is a great summertime beer that would be great on a canoe trip (if it came in cans). This might be a repeat purchase. Plus the label had a scantily clad female which is always an eye catcher.
*I think Mark should do all my the beer and wine reviews, he is much better than me. I really want this beer now and think I might make the 8+ hour drive to get some, and maybe stick around to play in Yellowstone.