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.

[email protected]

On Tap Today

On The Beer Engine This Week

Friday, Feb 22nd - Dry-hopped West Coast IPA

West Coast IPA dry-hopped with Chinook & Centennial. Chinook hops have a piney, spicy bouquet and grapefruit flavor while Centennial add citrusy lemon.

Wednesday, Feb 27th - Berry Gose

Try our Berry Gose poured on the beer engine!

Friday, Mar 1st - Mint Milk Stout

Milk Stout with fresh mint

Wednesday, Mar 6th - Blood Orange IPA

Single Malt IPA with the addition of fresh blood orange juice & zest

Friday, Mar 8th - Single Malt IPA with Juniper

Single Malt IPA cask-conditioned on juniper berries.

Wednesday, Mar 13th - Mosaic dry-hopped Red Ale

Mardi Gras Red Ale dry-hopped with Mosaic hops. Released in 2012, Mosiac hops have become a high-demand aroma hop for its fresh pine, mango, blueberry and citrus aromas.

Wednesday, Mar 20th - IPA with Lemon & Chamomile

Single Malt IPA with fresh squeezed lemon and dried chamomile flowers.