Welcome to Libby, Montana – a town of over 2600 people. This town will be forever known as the “town changed by asbestos”. History is often tragic, but the best we can do is learn from the past and try to move on into a happier, maltier, hoppier future.
Introducing Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company, which established itself in Libby over two years ago. They rightfully pride themselves in being Libby’s only brewery and the only Montana brewery to be owned exclusively by women. Girl Power!
Let’s take a look at their modern, yet homey decor and ambiance. Speaking of modern, one of the neatest things about this Brewery is that it is housed inside one of the oldest buildings in town. The brick wall behind the bar is over 106 years old! Talk about rare!
This place calls itself “Libby’s living room” and it wasn’t hard to figure out why – people were relaxing with a book or on their phone/computer/tablet devices. There was outdoor seating as well, for people watching, though not many of them were walking by (middle of the afternoon on a Monday). The place looked clean, inviting and you can observe the brewing operation right from your chair – always very impressive with large, shiny tanks and smell of brew in the air.
We used to come to this town frequently before our second venture to work in South Korea. Never did we think that in a few years, this town would be home to award-winning beers. So, what’s on tap?
The thing about a young brewery is that they are not always consistent in their beer selection. At times, you have some great brews, while others are immature. What my elementary palate and my husband’s mature palates were able to discern is that all of the beers at CMBC were strong and true to their style. Despite the fact that it’s a female-owned brewery, our hats go down to Shawn (no last name given), who is their brewer. Well done!
My personal favorite was their:
“Peak Baggin’ Pale Ale—This bright amber-hued ale has a touch of citrus on the nose. Northwest hops are upfront boasting flavors of grapefruit and orange, and a moderate bitterness is balanced by the sweetness of caramel malts. ABV=5.8% IBU=30″
Filipina barmaid that is working there, Gyrlie, is super nice and is a pleasure to talk to if you’re feeling like chatting.
The last cool thing about this place is their “Where are you from?” section, which visitors happily fill out with chalk. Unfortunately, there was no more space left for our mark, but it was great to see a brewery, which values its customers from close or far away and wants to advertise it. By the way, they have a special on Wednesdays for all the Canadians out there!
If you find yourself in or around Libby, Montana, do come in and have a tasty brew! We sure did!
Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company
Address: 206 Mineral Ave, Libby, MT 59923
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