Senator Daines visits Cabinet Mountain Brewery

By Moira Blazi

Montana Senator Steve Daines paid a visit to Cabinet Mountain Brewery in Libby, on Tuesday Feb. 20. This was the third of three local stops that the Senator and his staff made that day, to see in person the results of recent small business tax cuts.
According to Daines’ press assistant Julia Doyle, the senator had already visited Best Buy in Kalispell and Thompson River Lumber in Thompson Falls before arriving at 2 p.m. in Libby to spend about an hour at our local brewery.
All three places were chosen because of the impact on their businesses from last year’s tax cuts. Doyle said that the Best Buy store in Kalispell has used the money for employee bonuses, while Thompson River Lumber was able to buy a new forklift, their first new one in 15 years. Here in Libby, Doyle continued, Cabinet Mountain was able to purchase a new keg washer as well as raise the salaries of the brew master and his assistant.
Daines enjoyed his visit and was treated to a tour of the brew room as well as some quick beer-drinking tips, and of course a couple of free samples by the staff and brewery owners Sarah Sorenson and Kristen Smith.
About 20 locals were in attendance to welcome the Senator and discuss topics of concern.