Brewers Take Advantage of New Alcohol Law

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN – Montana brewers are wasting little time taking advantage of a new state law that allows then to sell beer with a higher alcohol content.

The Montana Legislature last year approved a measure that gives craft brewers permission to increase alcohol content from 7 percent up to 14 percent. The law also allows beer and wine vendors to sell the so-called strong beers made in Montana and other states nationwide.

Bozeman Brewing Company brew master Todd Scott introduced two new beers last week when the law went into effect.

One if his recipes, dubbed “House Bill 400” has a 10 percent alcohol content. The other, called “A Funky Virtue” is a 10.8 percent alcohol ale that has been fermenting for two years.

Brewers say the flexibility in the law allows them to make beers with more flavor and character.

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