Cheers! Craft beer draws attention to protecting Montana's Rocky Mountain Front

Montana's stunning Rocky Mountain Front

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In light of this year's Craft Beer Week, from May 13-19, Montana's Tamarack Brewing Company is spotlighting their new beer called "Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Ale," which will be ready for drinking this summer. The brewery has announced an art contest for designing a label for the new beer.

The beer is named for the  Heritage Act, a wilderness bill that has been recently reintroduced by Senator Max Baucus. The Rocky Mountain Front in Montana is a place of exquisite beauty. The proposed legislation, if passed, will protect recreational access, wildlife and local ranching heritage.

Although Baucus has announced he will be retiring from office at the end of this session, he has also been emphatic about this wilderness bill being a high priority for his last days in office. Baucus is also an advocate of Montana’s craft brewing industry and founded the Senate’s bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus.

The “Have Beer, Need Art Contest” is meant to draw attention to Baucus' proposed legislation to protect the Rocky Mountain Front. It runs until July 15, and is open to anyone 21 and older.

“This contest is about celebrating one of Montana’s most treasured places and all the small businesses and economic activity that the Rocky Mountain Front supports,” said Baucus.

Watch Senator Baucus speak about the reintroduction of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act: