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.

On Tap Today

On The Beer Engine This Week

Wednesday, Dec 11th - Raspberry NE Galaxy IPA

New England Style Galaxy IPA with raspberries

Friday, Dec 13th - 13 Hop IPA

An auspicious beer for Friday the 13th! 13 hop varieties were added to this cask of Single Malt IPA

Wednesday, Dec 18th - Whisky Smoked Porter

Smoked Porter with Ardbeg Scotch whisky infused oak spirals

Friday, Dec 20th - Chocolate Pie Smoked Porter

Smoked Porter conditioned with cocoa powder and graham crackers

Friday, Dec 27th - Willamette dry-hopped Red IPA

Red IPA dry-hopped with Willamette hops. Willamette is the king of aroma in the world of hops providing a spicy, floral, and fruity fragrance to your beer.