Conflux Brewing

Mom and I had a mission to visit every brewery in the Missoula area. Yeah, I know–it’s not as lofty a goal as visiting every brewery in Portland, but it was a goal. It’s important to have goals.

We’re going to need new goals now.

Conflux was the last on the list, and it didn’t disappoint. The lamb burger was amazing. So amazing, in fact, that I don’t remember what Mom ordered.

The Chili Nelson was an interesting beer. I didn’t taste any heat, but definitely got the pepper flavor. It was mild–not like the slap-you-in-the-face-and-take-your-dignity effect I’ve encountered in other chili beers. I’m a fan.

The building itself is awesome. I can’t wait to come back in the summer to sit on one of the patios. Service was good, people were friendly, and we left full and happy. What more can you ask for?

We grabbed two crowlers on our way out: a Velvet Danger Hazelnut Brown, and a Two Shots in the Dark Java Stout. The Velvet Danger didn’t wow us. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t memorable. No hint of hazelnut in the flavor at all. The Two Shots was outstanding. Awesome coffee flavor. I’ll definitely order that one again.


For the past 20 years, I’ve been suffering through Portland “winters”. Basically 6-9 months of solid gray skies and rain. When we did get a day or two of snow in the metro area, the whole city would shut down. Now that I’m back in Montana, I love every single damn snowflake.

I woke up this morning in Missoula, and there was 4-5″ of fresh snow on the ground.

As of right now, (11am,) the snow has turned to rain, and the snow is already melting. I shoveled the sidewalk, (because I kinda love to do it right now,) but quickly remembered how much shoveling heavy, wet snow sucks. I figure it’ll take at least one more winter before I start complaining about the snow. Until then, I’m going to enjoy the shit out of it.

The best part, at least in Central Montana, is that for most of the winter the skies are blue and cloudless. I’ll take 0 degrees and sunny over 50 degrees and cloudy any day.

I am, however, hoping it melts before I have to drive home tomorrow afternoon. So I guess there’s still a little Portland left in me.

Lolo Peak Brewery

The Missoula area is full of good food and beer. Lolo Peak Brewery is about 7 miles southwest of Missoula in Lolo. It’s worth the quick drive to try the food and beer.

Mom and I were visiting friends in Lolo, so we decided to grab lunch at the brewery. She ordered the wheat, and I grabbed a porter. Both were outstanding. I’m always on the search for the perfect burger, and Lolo Peak has a buffalo burger. I went for that, and Mom ordered the Mediterranean Lamb Naan. The burger was outstanding, and Mom loved the lamb naan. The shoestring fries were the star, though.

The service was great, and overall it was a great experience. We’ll definitely be back.

Oh–they fill growlers, too.