Blackfoot River Brewing Company

Brian Smith Partner

Brian, like every other American of his generation started out drinking pale, fizzy, flavorless industrial beer. After joining the military and spending 3 years serving in Germany, he had the opportunity to experience & enjoy many different traditional European styles of beer. Brian returned home and attended graduate school in Missoula, where he worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Economics. However, his meager TA stipend didn’t allow for much quality beer drinking. Mostly at that time it was 60-cent Heidelberg drafts at Charlie B’s. He was aware that you could make beer at home, but just didn’t have a place to do it.

After moving to Helena to work in politics in 1990, Brian got a real job as an Economist with the State. It was there that he worked with Brad Simshaw and the two of them started homebrewing, and they haven’t stopped brewing since.

Besides beer, Brian enjoys kayaking, rafting, fishing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, hunting, gardening, cheese-making, chicken-raising, and his latest hobby is trying to build and maintain the “perfect” saltwater reef aquarium.

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On The Beer Engine This Week

Friday, Aug 23rd - Mojito Mexican Lager

Mexican Lager with fresh lime juice and muddled mint

Wednesday, Aug 28th - Mandarina Bavaria & Amarillo dry-hopped IPA

Singlemalt IPA dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Amarillo hops. Amarillo have a very distinct orange flavor as well as some tropical fruit. Mandarina Bavaria hops are a German variety that lend tangerine and citrus aromas.

Friday, Aug 30th - Margarita Gose

Gose with salt, fresh lime, and tequila soaked oak spirals.

Wednesday, Sep 4th - Ariana & Lemondrop dry-hopped IPA

Singlemalt IPA with Ariana and Lemondrop hops. Ariana is said to be ideal for dry hopping when it releases grapefruit, gooseberry, citrus and vanilla flavors The Lemondrop hops name alludes to the aroma descriptors of lemon, mint, green tea, and slight melon

Friday, Sep 6th - Singlemalt IPA/ Double NE IPA Blend

Two amazing beers, why not try them together? This cask was filled with equal portions of Singlemalt IPA and Double NE IPA and we can’t wait to try how this blend tastes!

Wednesday, Sep 11th - Black Tea IPA

Singlemalt IPA conditioned with Lake Missoula Black Tea.

Friday, Sep 13th - Juicy Spiced Summer Wheat

Summer Wheat with fresh-squeezed grapefruit, grapefruit zest, grated ginger, and coriander seeds.