The Montana Standard from Butte, Montana on December 23, 2010 · A3
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The Montana Standard from Butte, Montana · A3

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Easy-Squeeze Bott les • 1 Tablespoon Gives 12 Hour Relief j juana-T a t Are Edi b l e A • C ar a 2 oz. serving Must present coupon. Expires 12/24/10 COUPON COUPON MarMed of Montana’s VAPORIZER/BLUNT READY • Trichrome and Pollen Loaded • Please Don’t Be Confused Here, Th is Medicine is Packed with a Combination of the Following Strains: * Blue Dream * Dark Star * New York Berry * Northern Lights * Hindu Kush * Bubble Gum DOCTOR ON PREMISE TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011 Call patient services Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to confi rm your appointment $ 149 95 per ounce T HE M ONTANA S TANDARD ,B UTTE ,T HURSDAY ,D ECEMBER 23,2010 A3 ●●● ●●● B Y E RIN M ADISON of The Great Falls Tribune GREAT FALLS — On a recent morning,Stan Guedesse answered the phone at Harvest Moon Brewing Company in Belt. The caller was from Spokane, wondering if Harvest Moon’s beer was available there. “We get those calls all the time,”said Guedesse,co-owner of the brewery. Harvest Moon beer isn’t available in Spokane,but it may be soon. The Belt brewery is undergoing an expansion that will nearly triple the amount of beer the company is able to brew,allowing it to expand to out-of- state markets. Harvest Moon opened its doors in 1996,and has been in its current facility since 1999.In 2006,it expanded the building and added a bottling line. However,it is now operating at capacity,and has been for some time. “We’re kind of stuck right now,” Guedesse said.“We can’t expand any further in our market.” Harvest Moon beer currently is available in three out-of-state markets — Jackson Hole,Wyo.; Madison,Wis.; and Williston,N.D. Guedesse said he hears of a lot of interest in the beer from people in Washington,Idaho,Minnesota and other states. With its current brewing capacity,it would be impossible for Harvest Moon to enter those markets,he said. “We couldn’t begin to venture out that far,”Guedesse said. However,that will change when the brewery’s new brew house goes online in late winter or early spring. The new setup will be a 30-barrel brewery.Harvest Moon currently has a 17-barrel operation.With its current set up,it can brew 34 barrels a day,but after the expansion it can brew up to 90 barrels a day. About a year ago,microbrews across the country and in Montana saw a big jump in popularity,said Dave Irvin, general manager of Eagle Beverage, Harvest Moon’s distributor in Great Falls. Harvest Moon experienced that boost too.Irvin said the Belt brewery has been able to keep up with local demand by operating at capacity. “We run a little bit tight in the summertime,”he said. But the new expansion should prevent that problem.“That’ll help keep up with the growth that we’re seeing,” Irvin said. The expansion also will allow Harvest Moon to expand its beer offerings.The company currently makes four beer varieties — Pig’s Ass Porter,Beltian White,Charlie Russell Red and Great Falls Select. “At one time,we had 10 beers on tap out here,”Guedesse said.The brewers eventually quit making some of the less popular beers and focused on the most popular varieties. That was eight years ago,and people’s pallets as well as the microbrew industry have progressed to where some of those discontinued varieties likely will be popular again, Guedesse said. “We’re bringing back our IPA,”he said.“We’ve tweaked it.” The new IPA,or India pale ale,is an imperial IPA.That means it has a stronger hop flavor and has a higher alcohol content. The new beer,called Elevator IPA, should be available on tap in early to mid-January. Harvest Moon plans to release it in bottles in the spring.After the IPA,the next addition will be a stout beer, Guedesse said.In September 2009, Harvest Moon added a canning system to its facility.So far,the brewery has offered only Beltian White in cans. “This summer came around and it really took off,”Guedesse said. Cans are particularly popular with rafters and campers,he said.The Kettle House Brewery in Missoula was the first microbrewery in Montana to can its beer,Irvin said.That was three or four years ago. “Since then,micros in a can have been a lot more accepted,”he said. Guedesse plans to start canning Great Falls Select in the spring.Harvest Moon’s canning line does about 30 cans a minute,compared with its bottling line,which does 125 bottles a minute. “I’m sure we’ll have to upgrade this some day,”Guedesse said of the canning system. Belt brewery plans to triple capacity “We’re kind of stuck right now. We can’t expand any further in our market.” Stan Guedesse,co-owner,Harvest Moon Brewing Company

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