Big Sky Brewing Co.
Missoula, MT | www.bigskybrew.com
Big Sky Brewing Company was started by Neal Leathers, Bjorn Nabozney, and Brad Robinson. Brad and Neal had been home-brewers in Michigan since the mid-1980s and had moved to Missoula with a group of friends in the summer of 1990. The company was a draft only brewery (no bottled beer) for its first five and a half years. We brewed everything on Hickory Street, but we realized that to really become a regional player we had to find a way to put our beer into bottles. The Hickory Street brewery was not nearly large enough to allow for bottling, so we began working toward building a new brewery.
While we were raising funds for the new brewery, we worked out an arrangement to brew our beers at Portland Brewing Company a few days a month. Then Portland Brewing Company bottled our beers and shipped them out to our distributors. Finally, in early 2002 we broke ground on a new brewery on Trumpeter Way just north of Missoula’s airport. We began brewing in the new brewery in September of 2002 and started bottling our beer there in January of 2003.
Since then, we have been where we always wanted to be, brewing and packaging all of our beer right here in Missoula. Fortunately for us, we’re brewing a lot of beer here! For the past several years, we have been selling between 40,000 and 47,000 barrels of beer a year. That works out to around 640,000 cases or well over 2,500,000 six-packs of beer. We sell our beers in twenty-four states, basically everywhere west of the Mississippi (except Arkansas and Louisiana) plus Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. Montana is still our #1 state for sales.
Powderhound Winter Ale
Style: Winter Ale
Barrel Aged Barleywine
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