Shots fired-or poured, or something: Montgomery Distillery trolls local breweries’ music venue wars

While our arts editor Cory Walsh has been having a blast covering the Kettlehouse and Logjam v. Big Sky brewery’s escalating concert war, the distillers over at Montgomery had a little fun of their own with this Facebook post Thursday morning. 18121493_1491988714167461_5208275124620389464_o

The tongue-in-cheek press release detail’s Montgomery Distillery’s plans for an amphitheater at the top of Mount Sentinel, accessed via funicular.

“Not only will this be the largest venue in Montana, accommodating roughly 30,000 concert-goers, but it will definitely be the highest in elevation,” Ryan Montgomery said in the release.

“We’re literally going to be looking down on everyone.”

This week Big Sky brewery unveiled rough designs for its new stage, featuring an artist rendering with lasers shooting from the stage: “the most formidable stage in the state,” according to Knitting Factory Presents President Mark Dinerstein.

The Kettlehouse amphitheater will seat 4,000 in a bowl on the Blackfoot River. They’ve already booked several summer shows through Logjam Presents.

But the Montgomery amphitheater has already seen interest from the B-52s, Mannheim Steamroller, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and David Hasselhoff, according to the release.18121128_1491988744167458_8232454245430134427_o

The release acknowledges that Ryan Montgomery is not a big music fan (he prefer’s paging through men’s magazines), but he knows the demand is there for another venue.

“People like that Missoula is weird, and what’s more weird than building a vertical train up to a stadium on top of a mountain?”

According to comments on the Facebook post, the project will cost around $800 million and is not fake news.

PF