Bridger Brew Crew

The Gallatin Valley's Homebrew Club

4th Annual Club Campout & Steinbier Brew Day
Jun
29
to Jul 1

4th Annual Club Campout & Steinbier Brew Day

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SAVE THE DATE!!! 

OUR CLUB CAMPOUT WILL BE JUN. 28TH - JULY 1ST!!!

Our annual Club Campout & Steinbier Brew Day will be the weekend of June 29th thru July 1st. We've reserved a group site plus one extra campsite for 2 nights at the Spire Rock Campground in the Gallatin Canyon near Big Sky, MT. Please save those dates on your calendar if you plan on joining us for this yearly club camping excursion. It's always a lot of fun. 

More details will be released in the months ahead.

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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Big Brew Day - Learn to Homebrew!
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Big Brew Day - Learn to Homebrew!

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Bridger Brew Crew, the Gallatin Valley's homebrew club, will host live homebrewing demos of all-grain and extract beer brewing, as well as mead brewing throughout the day at Bozeman's local homebrew supply shop, Ubrew at Planet Natural! This is part of a nationwide celebration of National Homebrew Day, so what a perfect day to start the hobby!  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.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Iron Brewer Challenge Tasting
Apr
21
4:00 PM16:00

Iron Brewer Challenge Tasting

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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 approximately 21 different fermented drinks (a majority will likely be beer) brewed with a variety of ingredients including items like horseradish, Thai basil, chamomile, carrots, mushrooms, Jalapeno, and more!

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 the coveted Iron Brewer Trophy Mash Paddle.

Event will be held at members Keith and Lorene Castleberry's home in Springhill. Directions will be emailed to members via our club email list the week before the event. See you there! Cheers!

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!

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April Club Meetup
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

April Club Meetup

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Brew Crew, after a 6 month hiatus our April meetup is at Madison River Brewing on Thursday, April 5th! 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 please bring friends and family along and enjoy some great beer from our peers.

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Livingston Brewery Tour
Mar
17
10:30 AM10:30

Livingston Brewery Tour

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We'll be taking a club field trip to Livingston on St. Patrick's Day to visit and tour both of the town's breweries. We will meet at the Walmart parking lot in Bozeman around 10:30am and carpool to Livingston from there. 

Our tour will start at Neptune's Brewery (119 N L St, Livingston) around 11am with lunch and beers followed by a tour with their brewer, Jacob Robison. Around 2:30pm, we will then head to Katabatic Brewing Co. (117 W Park St, Livingston) to meet with their owner, Brice Jones, and brewer for a tour and beer tasting there.

Lunch and your beers will be your own responsibility. Giving a few dollars to help cover gas if you're riding along with someone would be appreciated too.

If you're down to drive for our carpool, please email the club at info@bridgerbrewcrew.org or let Jesse or Bruce know at the next club meetup.

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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March Club Meetup
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

March Club Meetup

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Cheers, Brew Crew! Our March meeting will return to MAP Brewing Company.

Join us on March 1st at 6pm for our regular monthly meeting and to taste members' latest homebrews. We'll be reviewing the Club's February activities as well as upcoming exciting new projects and activities. After the business portion of the meeting, we'll sample each others latest concoctions and, of course, also available will be the latest offerings from MAP's excellent brewing team.

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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Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Doppelbock Group Brew Day

  A fine Doppelbock is well worth the wait.

A fine Doppelbock is well worth the wait.

Cheers, Brew Club members!

This is going to be an exciting and informative, as well as, marathon event. We'll be brewing a "Doppelbock" for our February club event using Pilsner malt donated by Bridger Malt House. We'll be starting early with the complex mash process, known as a decoction mash, and continuing through sparge, boil, and finally, pitching yeast. This means it will be a long brew day and all paid club members are encouraged to attend.

Please plan on bringing a snack and beverage to share. It will take approximately 12 hours to complete the process and no one is expected to spend the whole day but are urged to participate in as much as you desire. A proper Doppelbock wants a long lagering time so we are planning on having this one ready for the next Bridger Brew Crew Holiday party in December 2018.

We'll also have a few commercial examples of Doppelbock on hand to taste so we can learn more about this unique beer style.

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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February Club Meetup
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

February Club Meetup

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Exciting news, Brew Crew! Our February meeting will be held at Bozeman's newest brewery, Mountains Walking Brewery. Join us on February 1st at 6pm for our regular monthly meeting and to taste members' latest homebrews. After the business portion of the meeting, we'll hear from the Mountains Walking team about their brewery and get a tour of their facility. 

As usual, our meeting will be held in the back of the brewery. If you're bringing homebrew to share, please come in the garage door entrance near the southwest corner of the building. If you're not bringing any homebrew, feel free to grab a beer in the tasting room and then meet us in the back.

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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Porter & Stout Brew Challenge Tasting
Jan
13
5:00 PM17:00

Porter & Stout Brew Challenge Tasting

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It's winter, which also means it's prime porter and stout season! Join us to taste the variety of porters and stouts our members brewed for our Winter Brew Challenge! There will be some nominal prizes for the top beers!

Along with tasting members' homebrews, we ask all those attending to bring a food dish or snack to share. Our host, Jason Henkle, will also be making donuts. Because what pairs better with a dark, roasty stout than donuts!!!

If you didn't brew a beer for the challenge, you're still welcome to come. Feel free to bring your favorite porter or stout to share in lieu of homebrew!

Address for event location will be emailed to members 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.

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

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January Club Meetup
Jan
4
6:00 PM18:00

January Club Meetup

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1/4 UPDATE: Our location for this meeting has changed! We will now be meeting at the Bozone!

Brew Crew, our January meetup is at Bozeman Brewing Company on Thursday, January 4th! Join us to taste the latest offerings on tap at the Bozone 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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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.

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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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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.

LEARN HOW TO JOIN HERE!

Any questions?  Shoot us a message.

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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