“hold my beer & watch this!”
Big Sky Brewing Company was started by Neal Leathers, Bjorn Nabozney, and Brad Robinson. Brad and Neal had been homebrewers in Michigan since the mid 1980’s, and had moved to Missoula with a group of friends in the summer of 1990. In the early ‘90s they worked at Sportsmen’s Surplus and High Country Sports where they met Bjorn. One of Brad’s first nights in Missoula was spent at the old Iron Horse when it was attached to Bayern Brewing Company down at the end of Higgins Avenue. He was impressed by Bayern’s lagers, but felt that there was room in Missoula for a second brewery; and since Neal and Brad specialized in brewing English style ales he felt that an ale brewery would be producing very different beers than Bayern Brewing Company did. Neal agreed, and the two began to work on starting up a brewery. Their first step was to produce and “star” in a series on MCAT (Missoula's local cable access television station) called Beer Talk. The show consisted of Brad and Neal tasting various beers, usually microbrews or imports, and commenting on what they liked and did not like about them. The program immediately set viewership records and led to many of the most successful call-in programs in MCAT’s history. If nothing else, Beer Talk showed a lot of Missoulians that Brad and Neal were passionate about beer! Unfortunately, neither of the two had much business experience, nor did they have a lot of local connections. That is where Bjorn entered the picture.
Fantastic stop on the way through Missoula. Guests get four free (generous) samples of the beers on tap per day, and growler fills are a reasonable $8. The lovely woman behind the bar had such a wonderfully warm personality. So happy we made it before they closed for the evening!
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Big Sky Brewing Company
- Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
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