HELENA — Lewis and Clark Brewing Company has created, crafted, and canned a special pale ale that recognizes Great Falls’ military history.
The Minuteman Pale Ale is in honor of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The wing oversees Minuteman Missiles, or intercontinental ballistic missiles, that carry nuclear warheads.
Lewis and Clark Brewing Company prepared 4,000 cans of the ale Tuesday, ahead of Malmstrom’s open house this weekend.
The limited-edition cans were designed by the Air Force.
Brewery owner, Max Pigman, said the special brew is not just about the beer, but the history of supporting Montana’s military.
“I think it will be the kind of thing that people pick up because maybe they have a connection to someone in the military, or maybe they were in the military themselves, or they just want a collectible can that is not going to be around very long. So, just a very limited supply that will be just out for a week or two, up in Great Falls and a limited amount in Helena,” he said.
The special edition pale ale will also be available on tap for the next few weeks in Great Falls and Helena.
-Reported by Christine Sullivan/MTN News