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

Wednesday, Apr 24th - Cascade dry-hopped Cream Ale

Our Smoooth Cream Ale dry-hopped with Cascade hops. Cascade are one of the most popular American hops, known for a distinct spicy citrus aroma with hints of grapefruit.

Friday, Apr 26th - Lemondrop dry-hopped Spring Pale Ale with Lemongrass

Our Spring Pale Ale cask-conditioned on fresh lemongrass and Lemondrop hops. The Lemondrop hops name alludes to the aroma descriptors of lemon, mint, green tea, and slight melon

Wednesday, May 1st - Jalapeno Cilantro IPA

A spicy Singlemalt IPA! Generous amounts of fresh jalapeno peppers and cilantro give this one some kick!

Friday, May 3rd - Margarita IPA

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner! How about a Margarita IPA?! Just like the tasty drink our Singlemalt IPA is conditioned with fresh squeezed limes and oranges, topped with sea salt and a tequila-soaked oak spiral!

Sunday, May 5th - Mango Habanero IPA

Not for the faint of heat! This Cinco de Mayo special IPA is loaded with fresh mangoes and habanero peppers! Salud!

Wednesday, May 8th - Coconut Stout

Extreme Stout conditioned with whiskey-soaked oak spirals, toasted coconut, and vanilla beans! Dreamy!