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Montana's Rock'n M Brewing Co. expands distribution.

Living in the big sky country may tend to broaden your horizons, and that's certainly what Rock'n M Brewing Co. has been doing.

The Belgrade, Montana-based micro just started operations last August, but the company has already poured its beer as far away as Everett, WA.

The company served its beers at the two-day Everett Winter Festival, and Rock'n M founder and brewmaster Jenny Ballard says the effort was warmly welcomed, reporting that "Our Emigrant Red and Branding Iron Bitter on draught were quickly quaffed away."

Ballard is a microbiologist and pharmaceutical engineer by education. She has worked for the Spanish Peaks Brewing Co., helped start Bridger Brewing Co., and now has her own outfit.

According to Ballard, the Rock'n M gets its name from a registered Jefferson County livestock brand, first used by "Bud" Ballard on the Carson Ranch near Helena, MT, in 1943. "It's now used for our sure-to-be prize-winning beer," she says.

The Rock'n M currently brews three brands. Double Tree Wheat, is said to "based on a traditional Bavarian 'Ur-Weizen." The company also makes Emigrant Red, a maerzen that is said to have "a deep red amber color, roasty creamy body, delicate toasty malt palate, big hop nose and magnificently balanced finish." Lastly, Rock'n M also produces Branding Iron Bitter, a "classic English Ale."
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Feb 6, 1995
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