Maiden Missoula Product Review: Happy Hoppers


There is an exclusive club in Missoula known as the Zoo City Zymurgists.  This elite force is committed to the art, science, preservation and pure enjoyment of home brewing beer!  Now a days with Kettlehouse, Bayern, Flathead Brewing Co., Tamarack Brewing, Blacksmith Brewing, and so many other great local beers you might forget that for a time before the great beer infusion of the late 90’s Missoulians were at the mercy of Blitz Weinhard and a few other mass production breweries to get their suds fix.

Even though we now have neighborhood brew pubs, great selections at every corner Ole’s market and a wall and a half of hoppy goodness at Orange Street Food Farm, folks like the Zymergists are still perfecting the art of craft beer in garages, laundry rooms, pantries and a few specialty beer kitchens (some people take this VERY seriously).

To support these champions of lagers (these Barons of Brew) some great companies have sprung up in Missoula like the nice couple who saw the need for affordable, convenient, portable light protection during the critical brewing and fermenting process of home brewing.  Say ‘howdy’ to the Hoppy Hugger!  Keeping Homebrew Happy since 2010.

Joel and Laura started the company about a year ago after being frustrated batch after batch of makeshift light blockers for those odd shaped brewing vessels.  Check out the scientific precision of 100% light blocking fabric, zippers, snug pulls and handles.

Joel and Laura certainly know design and the importance of protecting your brew from light to avoid ‘skunk beer syndrome’.  Available in three sizes and backed by a one year guarantee this is perfect for your own zymurgist, Zoo town near or far.  Check out more at their online store or see them for yourselves at The Green Light Brew Supply at 128 W. Alder.  Cheers!

Like this blog post my Maiden Missoula?  Chances are you’ll also like reading about other Made In Missoula products such as Natural Creations Grilling Sauces, or the Clay Studio of Missoula, or even Missoula Made Doggy Treats.

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Leah Lewis is living the dream on Missoula’s Northside with her handsome and handy husband Mark, daughters Zoe and Mila, two dogs, and a cat.  She enjoys making things on her sewing machine, with her knitting needles, and in her kitchen. You can listen to her play today’s pop music every day on Fresh 104.5 FM, or listen to her podcast about hundred or more year old pop music on her classical music podcast at with Darko Butorac from the Missoula Symphony. You might catch Leah and her family relaxing in their backyard, cheering on the Missoula Osprey, or rooting for the Lady Griz on any given weekend.