Hops & History

Hops & History:

Local Beer, Free History

Last Tuesday of every month (May through August)*

Living History Farm | 5:30 – 7:30pm
21 and older. This is not a family event, adults only please
$7 admission plus $3 mug charge for each participant’s first event, reuse your mug each month!

Now in its third year, MOR’s Hops & History program supports the Museum’s Living History Farm. Every month during the summer season, Hops & History brings a lively audience of adults to the Farm by pairing the Gallatin Valley’s brewing past – presented by MOR Curator of History, Michael Fox – with beer tastings from local breweries. New for 2016, MOR will welcome co-speakers for each presentation, exploring unique historical topics to complement equally unique local brews.

*With special programs in May and September



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2016 Topics & Sponsors:

May 31, 2016 – The Cereal in Your Glass: Barley from the Roots Up

with Bozeman Brewing Company

Montana is currently the top barley producing state in the USA and we are proud of our product! Join us for a discussion of this ancient brewing ingredient with Montana State University’s Barley Breeding Program and learn what makes Montana the perfect place for growing high quality malting barley—a key ingredient in Montana’s favorite beverage—BEER!



June 28, 2016 – The Bitter in Your Beer: Hops and Brewing

with MAP Brewing Company

Hops have been an important ingredient in beer for centuries and today they are perhaps more popular than ever before. Whether adding a floral punch or preserving beer itself, hops are a key ingredient for Montana beers. Until recently, hops were not grown on a commercial scale in our state. Join Tom Britz of Whitefish, MT to learn how Glacier Hops Ranch is bringing hops production back to Big Sky Country!



July 26, 2016 – The Heat is ON: Malting in Montana

with Bridger Brewing Company

Celebrate wheat beers, their origins and their future. From delicate Pilsners to hefty Stouts, beer and ale drinkers can all appreciate a well malted grain bill in their glasses. This month, we will look at the history and process of malting grains and how today’s craft (and industrial) brewers use this ancient method of bringing out the best in barleys and other grains. Dr. Tom Blake, Professor Emeritus, Plant Breeding and Genetics, and former Director of the MSU Barley Breeding Project for more than 30 years, will share how Western Feedstock Technologies Inc. makes malt as Big Sky Malts and builds the Montana Malters line of small malting systems.



August 30, 2016 - The Main Ingredient: Water

with Madison River Brewing Company

Great brews start with great water.  This main ingredient is often overlooked, but plays a critical role in brewing. Join Eric Campbell, Public Works Water Treatment Plant Superintendent for the City of Bozeman, to learn how winter snowstorms turn into frosty Gallatin Valley brews. After exploring the importance water plays in brewing, join Madison River Brewing Company to learn about the magic ingredient - yeast!  Explore how specific yeast varieties turn a mixture of grains and herbs into beer and ale.





Sunday, September 11 | 4 – 7pm | $15 per adult – families welcome
Space is limited. Tickets available in advance.

With: Montana Brewery Museum with Steve Lozar
Featuring: Gallatin Valley breweries

Celebrate all our local Gallatin Valley brewers at this exciting event. Following the Living History Farm’s popular end-of-the-summer Farm Harvest Festival, MOR will host a season celebration of the Hops & History program. Featuring Montana’s brewery history expert, Steve Lozar, this event includes beer tasting from local breweries and a keynote lecture on the history of brewing in Montana. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Join us before the Hops & History Season Celebration at the Living History Farm for the final harvest of the summer.
Admission includes a tasting glass and beer tickets.


Breweries include all Hops & History Monthly Brewery Sponsors and:




HOPS & HISTORY BREW PARTY at Montana Ale Works

Tuesday, May 24 | 5:30 - 7pm or 7:30 - 9pm (two seatings)
$40/person includes small-plate pairings and beer tasting | 21 and older

Join MOR and Montana Ale Works as we preview the four featured breweries of MOR’s 2016 Hops & History series. You’ll enjoy a special selection of Montana brews with delicious small-plate pairings prepared by Chef Anthony Calkins. Come join in the fun as we kick off the Hops & History series in support of the Living History Farm at MOR.

All proceeds benefit the Living History Farm at Museum of the Rockies.