Photo Essay: Missoula, Montana, an Underrated Booze City in America
Here's the thing. Everyone thinks their city is the best city for beer, wine and booze. I recently wrote a post on the best (and most underrated) beer cities in America and I got a lot of comments about cities I left off the list, including Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, the entire state of Michigan, Charlottesville, and a whole lot more. Evidently it should have been something like, "The 200 best beer cities in America." History repeats itself, so here I am again giving my take on America's best boozy cities, except today I'm talking about what I think is one of the most overlooked regions of America, Montana's Glacier Country, and more specifically, Missoula. If there was more in the way of wine, I might would say that it's the most underrated booze city in America hands down, but alas, Montana's climate isn't so conducive for growing wine. But what Montana's Glacier Country lacks in wine, it makes up for in craft beer and spirits.
But beer and whiskey wasn't even on my radar when I went to Montana in June. And it's only been recently that it could be on anyone's radar, since Montana state laws (especially on spirits) have long been strict on brewing and distilling. It wasn't until 2009 that the first distillery opened in Montana (RoughStock in Bozeman). But have no fear, several distilleries have since opened, and Montana actually has one of the strongest craft beer scenes in America. How strong? Well Montana ranks No. 2 in America (behind Asheville) for craft breweries per capita.
But rather than bore you with statistics, I'd rather show it off to you in photos.
What are your favorite boozy destinations?