Überbrew and the Search for Kone Fu

[Note: A version of this story first appeared in the 2017 August/September edition of the Rocky Mountain Brewing News.] For a brewery racking up major hardware from some of the most prestigious beer competitions, Überbrew’s best feature might be its comfortable, unassuming, inviting nature that rewards patrons with top-notch beer. That unpretentious nature begins at…

Billings Brewery District Walking Tour

It may be unofficial, but you won’t get any argument about downtown Billings’ designation as the City’s brewery district. Boasting six breweries and two distilleries along a roughly eight block stretch of Montana Avenue and 1st Ave. N., Billings provides a perfect opportunity for a leisurely pub crawl on a sunny summer evening. It’s so…

Montana Brewery Status Update And Television Interview

With the news of yet another brewery hitting town, Missoula’s KECI television station called for some insight into the state of breweries in Montana.  I happily obliged with an interview appropriately taking place at Draught Works Brewery.   You can watch the interview here (which I am unable to embed): http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/2014-could-be-record-year-for-new-montana-breweries/25330948 With Triple Dog Brewing Co.…

Yet More Montana Breweries to Add to the List

Back on October 30, I posted an article about the rise in Montana breweries, bringing to 46 the number of breweries operating, or under construction.  It is a bit hard to believe, but it’s already time to update the list again. When I updated my list less than two months ago (see the side bar…

The Federal Government Shutdown’s Effect on Montana Beer

I wasn’t planning to write about this topic. First, I figured the federal government shutdown would be over by now. Second, a hundred other bloggers and media sources have already covered the basics.  The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the federal department responsible for approving new beer labels, is shutdown, preventing some…

Taverns and Breweries: Making Sense of the Mess

The Montana Tavern Association’s recent attempts to stifle brewery tap rooms touched a serious nerve with craft beer fans.  Comments on this blog and other social media sites ranged from a call-to-arms to the unprintable (which I delete). Yet, commenters raised one common question more than any other:  Why would the MTA want to enact…

The Session No. 67: How Many Breweries?

This month’s Session* topic is hosted by Derrick at Ramblings of a Beer Runner who begins with the following statistics: There’s been much cheering and fanfare reverberating throughout the brewing community about the latest brewery numbers recently released from the Brewer’s Association, who counted exactly 2,126 breweries in the United States.  To put that into context, you have to go way back to…

Desert Mountain Brewing Co. Coming to Columbia Falls

Montana continues to demonstrate it has plenty of room for new craft breweries.  With breweries stretching from Hamilton to Wibaux, it’s also clear the size of the town matters little and the thirst for great beer spans them all.  Among several new breweries expected to open in 2012 is Desert Mountain Brewing Co. in Columbia…