May 5, 2012 9:37 PM by Dax VanFossen (KAJ News)
LAKESIDE- Montana's senior U.S. Senator got a firsthand look at how beer is made while working at the Tamarack Brewery in Lakeside on Friday.
During day two of his Flathead tour, Max Baucus learned from a brewer what ingredients go into the popular Lakeside brewing company's beers, like Yard Sale and Bear Bottom Blonde.
Baucus says he likes to get first-hand knowledge of area businesses because it helps him better understand what they need, and he relays that information back to Washington.
"It's very important to understand as much as I can about businesses in our state, and talk to people that work in businesses in our state, get a feel for what they do," Baucus explained.
"That just helps me then, go back to Washington DC, know what laws to work on and pass, what's really relevant to that particular industry, now we're talking about here at the Rack, and it's the beer industry," the Democrat explained," he continued.
Senator Baucus also announced a tourism-trade mission to Canada that will kick off in the fall, making the announcement while in Whitefish with local business and tourism industry leaders.