By MATT PARSONS/Montana State News
Bridger Brewing Company quietly opened its doors earlier this month, serving up a couple thousand pints of their signature Vigilante India Pale Ale and Bridger Porter to patrons thirsty for something new.
But if some members of the Montana legislature have their way, Bridger Brewing may have to close its doors as quietly as they opened. A bill aiming to protect both distributors and local tavern owners from an explosion of local breweries selling beer directly to the public is on its way to the Legislature and puts at risk an industry at odds with Montana’s alcohol establishment.
When you walk into Bridger Brewing, the air still hangs heavy with the smell of wood stain and fresh paint. Everything is new, from the beer taps to the bar stools to the stainless steel pizza ovens. This is not a brewery with a tasting room. It’s a full-fledged restaurant that happens to brew beer.
“I wanted to create more of a brewpub atmosphere,” said David Breck, founder and brewmaster at Bridger Brewing. “I’ve always envisioned a comfortable place to come, to bring your family.” Continue reading “Proposed law threatens brew pubs’ survival”