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Hops & History

Hops & History:

Local Beer, Free History

MOR’s Hops & History program supports the museum’s Living History Farm by pairing historical talks on the Gallatin Valley’s brewing past with beer tastings from local breweries. On the last Tuesday of each summer month, the Tinsley House becomes the perfect backdrop for an evening of brewing history. Now in its sixth season, enjoy a new addition of small plate dishes served alongside the evening tastings. While you’re enjoying brews, explore the history of brewing both nationally and here in Montana with short lectures led by MOR's Curator of History, Michael Fox and Executive Director, Chris Dobbs.

Space is limited. Purchase tickets in advance via the below links or by calling 406.994.5257.

Series Sponsor:

Mint Café   Pizza Campania

Hops & History: Monthly Programs at the Living History Farm

Last Tuesday of every summer month | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Age 21+ only (this is not a family event) | Advance tickets required
$15 admission plus $3 mug charge for new participants, reuse your mug

For 2019, program participants will enjoy small plate dishes from the chefs of Pizza Campania and The Mint Café. Do you have too many Hops & History mugs? We understand! For 2019, bring any Hops & History mug or a pint from any year.

May 28 | Birth of a Beer featuring the chefs of Pizza Campania and Mountains Walking Brewery
Explore the role that beer has played, and still plays, in the development of human societies. From the ancient Sumerians to Europe and the Americas, beer has been a staple of many peoples who all share a love of fermented grains.

  • Grazing Clouds-NE IPA | Gold medal at NABA (North America beer awards) | ABV 7.2, IBU  25 | A pleasant mouthfeel of tropical raindrops that bursts into layers fruity clouds.
  • Digger bee-Honey Rye | ABV 5.6, IBU 18 | Crafted with a mild honey sweetness and the perfect hint of rye. Golden, smooth, balanced.
  • Damsel fly-Dry IPA | ABV-5.3, IBU-5 | Unique IPA that breaks free of traditions. This crushable Dry IPA is reminiscent of champagne with its dryness, elevated effervescence, and bubbly brightness. With a touch of hops, it creates a magically crisp experience.
  • Cobbled Road- Red | ABV 5.6, IBU 18 | A quaffable bright red ale with malt forward characteristics. This beer has a smooth finish with just a hint of roast.

June 25 | Brewing Montana History: Part 1 featuring the chefs of Pizza Campania and Bridger Brewing
Take a look back at Montana’s pioneer brewers. Brewmasters needed experience, good sources of ingredients and a little luck to survive in Montana’s territorial days. There was always a market for their beer however, as hard-working miners, ranchers, farmers and community builders brought a taste for beer with them!  SOLD OUT

July 30 | Brewing Montana History: Part 2 featuring the chefs of The Mint Cafe and Bozeman Brewing Company
We continue our story of Montana brewers and their wares as we explore the first golden age of independent brewers, their downfall during Prohibition and their resurrection in the second golden age which we enjoy today. Purchase Tickets

Hops & History Season Celebration at the Living History Farm

Tuesday, August 27 | 5 – 8 p.m. | $20 admission includes a tasting glass and beer tickets
Advance tickets required | Age 21+ only as this is not a family event. Adults only, please

Celebrate our local Gallatin Valley brewers for this season's final celebration of the Living History Farm. Enjoy beer tasting and live music with The Kelly Nicholson Band in the Farm's apple orchard, a keynote talk, and food available for purchase from the chefs of Pizza Campania and The Mint Café.

This year's keynote talk will feature Rich Higgins, Master Cicerone.  Rich is all things beer: brewmaster, beer travel operator, author, educator, and a consultant to breweries and restaurants. As one of 18 Master Cicerones in the world, he teaches public beer classes, runs Beer Immersions educational beer tours of Belgium and Germany, and has published the Deductive Beer Tasting Method and an online Video Prep Course for the Certified Cicerone Exam. He is based in beautiful, beery Bozeman, Montana. Contact him at

Explore beer and become a better beer taster. Rich will cover the basics of beer ingredients and the science of tasting to help you taste more in each beer you drink. He'll also dive into the flavors and history of important beer styles like lagers, IPAs, and Scotch ales that play a big role in Montana's beer identity.

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Hops & History: Trivia Brew Party at Montana Ale Works featuring MAP Brewing

Tuesday, May 7 | Two sessions, 5:30 – 7 p.m. and 7:30 – 9 p.m.
$45/person includes small-plate pairings and beer tasting | Age 21+ | Advance tickets required

Join Montana Ale Works, MOR, and Fermentana as we celebrate Bozeman Craft Week and kick off the 2019 Hops and History series with a trivia party. With delicious small-plates prepared by Chef Aaron Brittingham paired with local brews from MAP Brewing, this evening will feature a casual trivia game with MOR Curator of History Michael Fox. Learn something new about brewing while you compete with friends and our beer-loving community for exciting prizes, all in support of MOR's Living History Farm! With all food and service donated by Montana Ale Works and all beer donated by MAP Brewing, all proceeds benefit the Living History Farm at Museum of the Rockies.