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Montana Ag Network: Harlowton brewery supports Hobson grain elevators

Posted at 11:54 AM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 13:54:46-04

Gally’s Brewery in Harlowton opened in December of last year and is relatively new to the microbrewery business.

That didn’t stop the owners, however, from stepping up to the plate to help a good cause in Hobson, which is just 50 miles up the road.

The Grain Elevators in Hobson have been threatened with demolition because of their deteriorating condition.

But thanks to a group of dedicated individuals, the demolition has been put on hold.

As long as the group is able to raise funds and bring the elevators up to code, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) has agreed to allow the buildings to stand on their land.

The organization, The Pride of The Judith, approached Gally’s Brewery in efforts to help them raise the money needed to recondition the Hobson Elevators.

Gally’s Brewery agreed to help with the effort by creating a custom brew specifically for The Pride of The Judith organization.

But to carry a name like, “The Pride of The Judith,” the beer had to be something special.

Gally’s Brewery rose to the challenge and created a one of a kind Montana Amber Ale. The beer incorporates 100 percent Montana ingredients.

You might think this is an easy task, but with very few Montana companies malting barley, it’s quite challenging.

On June 26, 2018, “The Pride of The Judith” beer was released and $1 from every pint supports the efforts.

So far, Gally’s Brewery has raised about $600 for the restoration of the elevators.

The group has until September 1 to form a plan to bring the structures up to code and enter for a BNSF property lease.

Organizers hope to raise a total of $30,000 to support the restoration project. The project would consist of sealing the entrances of the elevators and restoring the exteriors.

The money would also cover structural insurance required by BNSF.

Following their restoration, total yearly costs are estimated around $2,500. The costs would include the BNSF lease, insurance, and taxes.

If you would like to donate to help support the project, click here. All donations are tax deductible through the Central Montana Foundation.

Story by Jason Laird, MTN News