Many Helena residents got used to swinging by the Lewis and Clark Brewery and Tap Room on Wednesday nights for the Tap Room's trivia night, but with events canceled across the state, the Taproom decided to take their show online on Twitch.tv.
"Decided to give it a try, and it worked out so well that we moved to a multi camera set up," said Max Pigman, Owner of Lewis and Clark Brewing Company.
Pigman said getting the show online required a monetary investment, but had no problem doing so because in his eyes, events like the tap room's trivia night provide an outlet for people.
“We want to do what we can do to create an escape from the reality that we’re all dealing with, but we’re going to be doing this for a month so we might as well get good at it," said Pigman.
Justin Mosey, manager of the taproom and one of the hosts of trivia night, said it’s a totally different atmosphere filming alongside his co-host and co-worker, Gregory Wiens, in front of a completely empty room, but they do there best to keep the tap room vibe wherever anyone might be.
“We still keep up our banter. We banter with people on Twitch, which is really fun," said Mosey. "The fun is really the best part about trivia.”
Though the tap room is closed to events, customers can still go in and purchase products ahead of trivia night and join in from home, but Pigman also said that even after COVID-19 is a thing of the past, the company will likely keep it's streaming platform simply for those who can't get to the tap room on a week night.
“We had a couple of comments from people that said, 'Hey, I put my kids to bed at eight o'clock, and I normally can't come down to the tap room to play trivia, but if you did this online every week, I'll play every week,'" said Pigman.