“we just make really good beer”
At Blackfoot River Brewing, we believe in making our handcrafted beers the right way. We use only the finest traditional ingredients, specifically tailored to each style of beer. This means that we sacrifice costs and efficiency to give you the quality of beer that you deserve. Most importantly, at our brewery, the brewing of beer is much more important than the selling of beer. In this industry, many brewers come up with catchy names and marketing terms to sell beer, we just focus on making really good beer. Being located in Downtown Helena, we rely on city water to make our beer. Helena has a variety of municipal water sources. Luckily, being located Downtown, we receive a lot of our water from the city well located at head of Last Chance Gulch, which shares the same aquifer as the artesian well that originally supplied the Helena Brewing Company at the turn of the century. We do further purify our water through a commercial 5 cubic foot sand and carbon filter to remove sediment, chlorine, fluoride and other impurities before it enters our brewing process. You will also notice that you cannot find our beer in bottles. This is because we believe most beers are better on draft (with an exception for bottle conditioned). Most commercially bottled and canned beers are filled in open air/atmospheric conditions, which often lets oxygen into the package. Oxygen is bad for beer, it adversely affects the flavor as wells encourages beer spoiling bacteria to grow. Furthermore, bottles and cans often sit in non-temperature controlled warehouses and grocery store shelves for weeks at a time (or longer). Did you know that when you purchase a 6-pack of beer, you are most often paying more for the packaging than you are for the beer? Packaging that is expensive and is often just thrown away. On the other hand, draft beer is counter-pressure filled in a sealed environment from the tank directly to the keg – almost zero exposure to oxygen. Kegs are stored in refrigerated environments and most importantly, way better than recycling, our stainless steel kegs are cleaned and re-used for many years to come. You will always find an intriguing line-up of hand-crafted beers, good friends and a great atmosphere at the Blackfoot taproom. Stop by and enjoy your favorite beer or try something new- the lineup changes daily. We offer beers served in 12 oz. glasses or for those who can’t decide, try a sampler tray for a larger variety. Montana law does however, limit consumption to 48 ounces per person, per day and only until 8pm. But don’t worry, the Blackfoot also sells growlers to go! Get one free 12oz. beer while your growlers are filled. Stop by the taproom and enjoy good friends a great atmosphere and really good beer! Open 2-8 p.m. daily at 66 South Park Ave in historic downtown Helena. Growler Wednesdays & Sundays- Growler fills are $1.50 off, with one free 12oz. beer while you wait! (With one exception, to encourage folks to come in early, Blackfoot's growler special is on Sunday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, sorry no growler special the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.)
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Blackfoot River Brewing
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