Bridger Brew Crew

The Gallatin Valley's Homebrew Club

December Club Meetup
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

December Club Meetup

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Hey Brew crew, there is a twist for our December meetup! It is at Bridger Malt House on Thursday, December 7th! 108 Bridger Center Drive, Suite C Bozeman MT 59715. Come to this get together to hear about upcoming club events, get a tour of this brand new malting facility and enjoy some of our member's latest homebrews. As this is not a Brewery, there will be no beer available on site so members are encouraged to bring a little extra of your latest homebrews to share.

As always, monthly meetings are free and open to the public, so bring friends and family along and enjoy some great beer!

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Dec
16
5:00 PM17:00

Annual Holiday Party

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Our Annual Holiday Party is Saturday, December 16th!!!

We invite all members and anyone interested in learning more about the club to attend this event.

Bring a beer (or other fermented beverage) paired with a dish. Feel free to bring friends and family. ALL ARE WELCOME!

We'll also be holding the drawing for our annual Iron Brewer Challenge, so start brainstorming ideas for a unique brewing ingredient! All potential ingredients submitted must be simple, singular food ingredient (e.g., hibiscus, sage, red beets, molasses, etc.). Remember, keep it friendly and be a good sport by only submitting ingredients you'd also want to brew with yourself! 

Club member, Dana Pierre, will be hosting this year. Directions to the event location will be emailed to members closer time to the event. We hope to see you there! Cheers.

Please RSVP so our host knows how many guests to expect.

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January Club Meetup
Jan
4
6:00 PM18:00

January Club Meetup

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Brew Crew, our January meetup is at Madison River Brewing on Thursday, January 4th! Join us to taste the latest offerings on tap at Maddy River and sample some of our member's latest homebrewed creations!

As always, monthly meetings are free and open to the public, so bring friends and family along and enjoy some great beer!

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Off-Flavor Sensory Panel Tasting
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

Off-Flavor Sensory Panel Tasting

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Wondering why that batch of beer went bad?

Have you ever had to dump a homebrew because it tasted like swill? 

No clue what went wrong? Well, have no fear. Bridger Brew Crew is here to help!

Join us for a sensory analysis experience of 6 of the most common off-flavors which occur in beer brewing. We will discuss causes and possible solutions to prevent these off flavors from occurring.  

The flavor standards we will be using come from the Siebel Institute, the US's premier brewing school in Chicago, IL. They include the following 6 essential off flavors every brewer should know:

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  1. Contamination / Infection
  2. DMS (aka dimethyl sulfide)
  3. Diacetyl (that nasty buttery taste)
  4. Isovaleric acid (think cheesy, old hops, or sweaty socks)
  5. Papery (aka oxidation)
  6. Hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs, ew!)

Location info for the event will be emailed out to members closer time to the event. 

Admission is FREE for dues-paying members. $10 for non-members.

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IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, PLEASE RSVP USING THE FORM BELOW. CHEERS! THIS WILL HELP US MAKE SURE WE HAVE ENOUGH BEER ON HAND TO GO AROUND!

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November Club Meetup
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

November Club Meetup

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Hey Brew crew, our November meetup is at Bozeman Brewing Company on Thursday, November 2nd! Come to this 1st post-Halloween get together to hear about upcoming club events, and enjoy some of our member's latest homebrews.

As always, monthly meetings are free and open to the public, so bring friends and family along and enjoy some great beer!

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ROCKTOBERFEST
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

ROCKTOBERFEST

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Think Rammstein, steinbier, German-style food, and good fun!

Join us for the first taste of our Marzen Oktoberfest Steinbier!!! A lot of time and effort from our membership went into brewing this beer back during our annual Club Campout. Now it's time to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Members attending should prepare German-inspired food dishes to pair with this beer. Other German beers are also welcome, so feel free to bring your favorite!

Club member, Jared Frasier, will be hosting at his home in Manhattan, MT. Directions to the location will be sent out closer time to the event.

Note: This is a member event, which means you need to be a dues-paying member to attend. Dues help pay for the ingredients for brewing and beer provided for tasting at events like this. Learn how to join here.

Anyone attending is asked to please RSVP using the form below so our hosts know how many people to expect.

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October Club Meetup
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

October Club Meetup

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Hey Brew crew, our October meetup is at Map Brewing Company on Thursday, October 5th! Get your autumn vibes on at the brewery with a view, hear about upcoming club events, and enjoy some of our member's latest homebrews.

As always, monthly meetings are free and open to the public, so bring friends and family along and enjoy some great beer!

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Yeast Workshop
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Yeast Workshop

Learn more about the most important part of making beer with Bridger Brew Crew's Vice President & pro-brewer, Ryan Beal! We'll be meeting in the back of Bozone's brewery to go over the finer points of this vital brewing ingredient.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Yeast counts. How and Why?

  • Starter Sizes

  • How to wash and reuse yeast

  • Stress (How? Desired? Effects? How many times can you reuse? Esterification)

  • Capturing wild yeast

  • Selecting yeast through plating

  • Capturing yeast from commercial yeast

  • Commercial practices for reusing yeast

NOTE:  While this is a member event, we will be opening up this educational workshop to non-members for a small one-time fee of $5/person. We'll collect cash/check at the door on the day of the event. There will be no charge for current dues-paying members.

If planning to attend, please fill out the RSVP form below so we know how many people to expect.

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September Club Meetup
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

September Club Meetup

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Brew Crew, our September meetup is at Madison River Brewing on Thursday, September 7th! Join us to taste the latest offerings on tap at Maddy River and sample some of our member's latest homebrewed creations!

As always, monthly meetings are free and open to the public, so bring friends and family along and enjoy some great beer!

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IPA Brew Challenge Tasting
Aug
26
5:00 PM17:00

IPA Brew Challenge Tasting

Calling all hopheads! Join us to taste the variety of IPAs our members have brewed for our Summer IPA Brew Challenge!  There will be some nominal prizes for the top beers!

Along with tasting member's IPA creations, we'll also be having a BBQ, because, hey, it's summer! Our hosts, Aaron and Jamie, have offered to provide meat and vegetarian brats for the grill. Members are welcome to bring additional items for the grill. We ask everyone also bring a side to share. 

If you didn't brew an IPA, you're still welcome to come. Feel free to bring your favorite IPA to share in lieu of homebrew!

Address for event location will be emailed to members closer time to the event.

Anyone attending is asked to please RSVP below so our hosts know how many people to prepare for. 

Note: This is a member event, which means you need to be a dues paying member to attend. Dues help pay for the ingredients for brewing and beer provided for tasting at events like this. Learn how to join here.

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August Club Meetup
Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

August Club Meetup

Brew crew, our August meetup is at the Bozone on August 3rd! Join us to taste the latest seasonals on tap at Bozeman's oldest operating brewery and taste member's latest homebrewed creations!

As always, monthly meetings are always free and open to the public, so bring friends and family along and enjoy some great beer!

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Club Campout
Jul
7
to Jul 9

Club Campout

It's summer and that means camping and brewing steinbiers!!! Join us for our 3rd annual Club Campout. Last year's campsite was such a perfect place to brew steinbier, we've reserved the group site again. We'll be at the Snowbank Campground which is along Mill Creek in Paradise Valley.

Like last year, we'll once again put our brewing skills to the ultimate test at camp by brewing a steinbier! This year, we've chosen Marzen as our style. Some of you may also be familiar with this style as Oktoberfest Lager. We chose this style since the timing of our brew will allow us to have the beer ready in time for us to have our own Oktoberfest celebration in the fall! Join us to learn about this ancient brewing method and a weekend enjoying the great outdoors! 

For those of you bringing your family or significant other, there are also plenty of trails in the area and fishing to be had. Plus, Chico Hot Springs and Yellowstone National Park are only a short drive away!

Note: This is a member event, which means you need to be a dues paying member to attend. Dues help pay for the ingredients for brewing and beer provided for tasting at events like this. Learn how to join here.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by filling out the form below!

***Due to our growing membership and the fact we only reserved ONE group site, space is limited for this event. Therefore, we'd like to get a head count to ensure we have sufficient room for everyone! So, please RSVP to reserve your spot! Thanks.***

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July Club Meetup
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

July Club Meetup

Join us for our July general membership meetup at MAP Brewing Co. Get up to speed on events before we head off to the mountains for our annual club camp out. Taste some homebrews and check out the latest brews from our host brewery! 

Remember, these meetups are free and open to all, so invite your friends who are interested in getting into homebrewing as well! See you there. Cheers!

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India Pale Lager Brew Day
Jun
18
10:00 AM10:00

India Pale Lager Brew Day

Join us for our second group brew day of the year!

We'll be brewing a 10-gal all-grain batch of an India Pale Lager, a popular hybrid beer style which has become popular in recent years!

Lunch will not be provided so please bring a food dish and some beer to share. Depending on availability, we hope to have some style examples on hand to taste while we brew.

The event will be hosted by Will Thompson. Look for an email with location info closer to the date of the event.

Note: This is a member event which is limited to dues-paying members. If you are not a dues-paying member and are interested in becoming one, check out our membership page.

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Big Brew Day
May
6
10:00 AM10:00

Big Brew Day

Live homebrewing demos of beer and mead!

Free and open to the public! Come join us and learn to homebrew!

We will host Big Brew Day again in Bozeman in partnership with our local homebrew shop, Ubrew at Planet Natural. Learn about different homebrewing methods, how to get started in the hobby, and check out equipment and ingredients available at Ubrew while you're there! Club members will also be on hand to answer homebrewing-related questions.

Learn more about Big Brew Day on the American Homebrewers Association website.

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us!

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Iron Brewer Taste-Off
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Iron Brewer Taste-Off

WHICH IRON BREWER WILL WIN?

Join us to taste and judge the beers and other fermented beverages brewed for our Iron Brewer Challenge. This annual brewing challenge requires club members draw ingredients at random at our Annual Holiday Party. Homebrewers must then brew a fermented drink (e.g. beer, mead, kombucha, etc.) which highlights this ingredient while not completely overwhelming the beverage and specific style characteristics. This year's tasting will feature over 19 different fermented drinks (a majority will likely be beer) brewed with a variety of ingredients including everything from bacon to lavender, saffron, and green chiles.

Iron Brewers should bring their beer or other fermented drink paired with a food dish that also features their special ingredient. For those who did not brew for the challenge, you are still welcome! Please bring your choice of food dish and some fermented drinks to share (homebrewed or commercial).

This event is always a lot of fun and a great opportunity to try strange and interesting beers, meads, and kombucha! There will also be some nominal prizes for the top Iron Brewers, including our new Iron Brewer Trophy Mash Paddle and a used 5-gal pinlock keg.

All are welcome! So if you brewed for Iron Brewer, but aren't a club member yet, no worries, please still come! Feel free to bring any curious friends as well!

Event will be held at Member-At-Large Jason Henkle's home. Directions will be emailed to members via our club email list the week before the event. See you there! Cheers!

We'd appreciate an RSVP so we know how many people to prepare for, thanks! Fill out the short form below to let us know how many people you'll be bringing!

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Bozeman Brew Off Awards Ceremony
Mar
19
12:00 PM12:00

Bozeman Brew Off Awards Ceremony

Join Bridger Brew Crew for the Bozeman Brew Off awards ceremony at 12noon on March 19th at Bridger Brewing to celebrate the victors of our recent homebrew competition. We'll raise a pint to toast and announce the winners, as well as award prizes to those present. Afterward, stick around and mingle with your fellow homebrewers over lunch! Cheers.

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White Dog Tour & Tasting
Feb
18
11:00 AM11:00

White Dog Tour & Tasting

Please join us for January's member event: a private tour and tasting at White Dog Brewing Company!

The event will start at 11am one hour before they open to the public. We will have a private tour and then get to taste some fantastic beer as well as experience their unique frost rail.


This is a member event which is limited to dues paying members. If you are not a dues paying member and are interested in becoming one, check out our membership page.

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Dunkelweizen Brew Day
Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

Dunkelweizen Brew Day

Join us for January's member event, Dunkelweizen Brew Day.

We will be brewing a dunkelweizen on an electric system using a step mash procedure. This is a great opportunity to see an electric brew system in action as well learn the mechanics of using a step mash.

Lunch will not be provided so please bring a food dish and some beer for yourself or to share.

This event is graciously hosted by Jason Henkle. The address of this event will be emailed to members closer to the date of the event.


This is a member event which is limited to dues paying members. If you are not a dues paying member and are interested in becoming one, check out our membership page.

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Holiday Party
Dec
17
5:00 PM17:00

Holiday Party

Our annual Holiday party is Saturday, December 17th!

We invite all members and anyone interested in learning more about the club to attend this event.

Bring a beer paired with a dish and don't forget your friends and family.

We'll also be holding the drawing for our annual Iron Brewer Challenge, so start working on ideas for a unique brewing ingredient! Remember, it must be a singular food ingredient (e.g., jasmine, mint, red beets, etc.)

Club member, Jason Henkle will be hosting this year. Directions to the event location will be emailed to members closer time to the event. We hope to see you there! Cheers.

Please RSVP to let us know how many guests to prepare for:

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Off Flavor Sensory Panel Tasting
Nov
19
5:00 PM17:00

Off Flavor Sensory Panel Tasting

Have you made a bad batch of beer before?

Ever had to dump a batch because it tasted worse than swill? 

Wonder what the heck went wrong?

This is a great opportunity to learn just that. Join us for a sensory analysis experience of 6 of the most common off flavors which occur in beer brewing. We will discuss causes and possible solutions to prevent these off flavors from occurring.  

The flavor standards we will be using come from the Siebel Institute, the US's premier brewing school in Chicago, IL. They include the following 6 essential off flavors every brewer should know:

  1. Contamination / Infection
  2. DMS (aka dimethyl sulfide)
  3. Diacetyl (that nasty buttery taste)
  4. Isovaleric acid (think cheesy, old hops, or sweaty socks)
  5. Papery (aka oxidation)
  6. Hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs, ew!)

Interested in attending or have questions about what it's all about?  Shoot us a message.

Note: This is a member event, which means you need to be a dues paying member to attend. 

LEARN HOW TO JOIN HERE!

To  make sure we have enough beer to go around, if you are attending, please RSVP using the form below. Cheers!

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Halloween Party & Gruit Tasting
Oct
29
5:30 PM17:30

Halloween Party & Gruit Tasting

Come one, come all to our 2nd annual Halloween Costume Party!

The only thing stranger than the costumes will be the gruits we taste!

Along with the traditional ghoulish festivities we will be holding a special tasting for our Gruit Brewing Challenge held over the summer. In addition, we'll have some samples of the stone-brewed "Smoke in Your Eyes" Gruit the club made back in July while camping in the Absaroka Mountains! If you're unfamiliar with what a gruit is, think beer minus the hops. It's what the ancient Celtics and Vikings would have brewed using herbs. This was pre-discovery of hops!

So dust off your Viking helmet, grab a friend and get ready for an evening of interesting beers and some great company.

Please bring some food or beers to share and don't forget to RSVP so we have an accurate headcount. Info on the party's location will be emailed to members closer time to the event.

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October Clup Meetup
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

October Clup Meetup

October - the holiest of beer months! 

Prepare your fall-themed beers now and join us at our October regular monthly meeting at MAP Brewing. 

Hear about upcoming club events and try some new MAP beers and members' homebrews. 

We'll meet in the back as usual. MAP's head brewer Doug and their new assistant brewer Ian will be in attendance as well. Hope to see you there!

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Bunkhouse Brewery Tour & Tasting
Sep
18
1:00 PM13:00

Bunkhouse Brewery Tour & Tasting

Join us as we tour one of Bozeman's newest craft beer makers, Bunkhouse Brewery. We'll start out with a private tour of the brewhouse with owner and head brewer Andy Stohlman. Afterwards, we'll taste and discuss the finer points of their latest libations.

More info on Bunkhouse Brewery can be found on their website: http://bunkhousebrewery.com/

Note: This is a member event, which means you need to be a dues paying member to attend. Learn how to join here.

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September Club Meetup
Sep
1
6:00 PM18:00

September Club Meetup

Brew Crew - Our next club meeting is September 1st!

We're on the cusp of fall which means come out and enjoy the summer seasonal brews while you still can. August's meeting had some fantastic beers, meads, and kombucha brought by many members. We're expecting more of the same at this meeting, so bring your homebrew and some friends! Cheers!

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