Brews & the Big Sky

Brews & the Big Sky:
Montana Made, Montana Brewed.

Last Tuesday of every month*
6pm: Lecture begins
6:30 – 8pm: Beer tasting and museum exhibits open
*This program is not offered in December or January.

Brews & The Big Sky explores the unique growth and success of business and industry under the Big Sky paired with unique Montana brews. This adults-only winter series enters its second season with program expansions. Enjoy a night out as the Museum becomes a lively venue for drinks, dinner, and local history.  Begin your evening with an exploration of local industries, presented by Curator of History, Michael Fox, with a lecture in the Hager Auditorium. Following the lecture, sample brews from a Montana brewery, purchase dinner from a local food truck or wander through MOR exhibitions. Enjoy an adults-only evening at MOR!

Food is available for purchase from a local food truck. Seating for eating is in the Lower Lobby.  Food and drinks are not allowed in the exhibit halls.




Space is limited.  Tickets are required for all events beginning September 1, 2016.  Having trouble registering?  Call 406-994-5257.


  1. Click on the link below for the program of your choice.
  2. Provide the necessary information required.  (You will be asked for your birthdate to verify that you are 21 years of age.)
  3. You may purchase tickets for up to four individuals.  You will be asked for their names and birthdates as well.
  4. When you get to the shopping cart, you may either check out or "keep shopping" to purchase tickets to other programs.


  1. If you select "keep shopping" you will return to the MOR homepage.
  2. Go back to Education > Adults > Brews & the Big Sky. 
  3. Select the next program of your choice. 
  4. To avoid re-entering your information, select "Add Someone I've Signed Up Before."  Choose the registrant of your choice. The information you already entered will be added to this ticket information.
  5. When you get to the shopping cart, you may either check out or "keep shopping" to purchase tickets to other programs.


These events will all be pre-ticketed.  Please print off your ticket (accessible from your receipt) or load it on your mobile phone.  Your ticket will be scanned upon entry.  Tickets are transferrable, but all program participants must be 21 years of age and will be asked for ID at the event.


2016 - 2017 Programs & Sponsors

October 25, 2016 – Deep Diggings and Thirsty Miners

with CRH Trident
serving brews from Philipsburg Brewing Company

Montana has a long and significant history of mining. From gold strikes in Bannock and Virginia City to Butte’s Richest Hill on Earth, miners have been pulling minerals from our rocks and soils since the 1860’s. The cities that the miners built were also the locations of Montana’s first pioneer breweries! Learn more about both in this session of MOR’s most popular history event.

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November 29, 2016 – The Art of the Hunt

with Sitka Gear
serving brews from Bitter Root Brewing Company

Humans have been hunting in the northern Rockies for thousands of years. Native people were subsistence hunters and today’s hunters are likewise interested in putting wild game on the table through the long months of Montana’s winter. Join us for an investigation of the hunting traditions of the Northern Rockies. From bison to elk, deer and birds we will look at hunting as a means of enhancing the local menu as well as helping to conserve and promote animal survival in our region.

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February 28, 2017 – Fresh Tracks & Frosty Brews

with Big Boys Toys and Three Bear Lodge
serving brews from Blackfoot River Brewing Company

The northern Rockies see plenty of snow in the winter and since the turn of the 20th century, outdoor workers and adventurers have searched for the best ways to move across the landscape it provides us. We will take a look at early snow machine technologies from locomotives on treads to the sleekest modern models designed for both speed and low engine emissions in the environment around Yellowstone National Park. We will discuss where the snowmobile came from as well as where it will be going next.

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March 28, 2017 – Welcome Aboard! Bringing Prosperity to the Big Sky

with Livingston Depot Center & Headwaters Heritage Museum
serving brews from Uberbrew

The Northern Pacific Railroad completed its line through Montana in 1883, much to the great joy of the state’s heavy industry titans and small-town grocery shoppers. Consumers big and small benefitted from railroads which shipped products in and out of our region. Join us for a discussion of Montana railroading’s past, present and future.

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April 25, 2017 – Agriculture and Ales: Growing Big Sky Communities

with Montana State University Extension
serving brews from Katabatic Brewing Company

Montana State University was founded in 1893. In those days, however, it was known as the Montana College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts and provided technical agricultural and homemaking information to citizens across the state. MSU instructors and researchers studied plant varieties (including barley and hops) that could thrive in Montana’s climate, advised home canners on the latest techniques, and even trained home radio users in how to keep their sets in tip-top condition. Join us for a lively discussion of MSU’s long history of educating Montanans even those who live far from Bozeman!

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