By SAM BROWN/Montana State News
The Montana Beer Festival kicked-off on a recent Friday night at the Gallatin County Fair Grounds. Thirty-two breweries attended the festival, each arriving with two to three different kinds of beer for enthusiasts to taste.
The energy was high and it was obvious that brewers were very excited to put their new creations in customer’s hands. Many of the brewers arrived with beers not offered in stores, or a tasty success that had only happened recently.
Blacksmith Brewing was one particular brewery that arrived with a unique barley soda. The owner, Eric Hayes, and head brew master Mike Howard were in attendance. Coconut Oatmeal Stout was their recent creation.
“It had recently finished aging in bourbon barrels two weeks ago, it came out great and we’re exited to offer our first batch exclusively at the Montana Beer festival,” said Howard. Nestled along the historic Bitterroot River in Stevensville, Blacksmith Brewing opened their doors in October 2008 and has since seen lots of business. Howard and Hayes were very energetic behind their booth at the beer festival. They spoke with passion about their craft and dedication to their customers. Continue reading “High school friends turn passion into business”