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

Friday, Jan 31st - Mosaic Dry-hopped Pale Ale

Mosaic hops have become a high-demand aroma hop for its fresh pine, mango, blueberry and citrus aromas.

Wednesday, Feb 5th - Chipotle Lemon Cream

Cream Ale conditioned with honey, chipotle peppers and fresh lemon juice & zest

Friday, Feb 7th - Pina Colada Cream

Cream Ale conditioned with crushed pineapple, toasted coconut, fresh lime juice & zest, and vanilla beans.

Wednesday, Feb 19th - Salted Caramel Scottish

Scottish Ale conditioned with scratch made caramel and sea salt