Drink 'til MT
Todd Scott met his future wife Lisa Danzl while both were working and playing in Yellowstone National Park in 1986, they conceived a dream together: To one day live off the land. It was a dream inspired by a trip to Alaska and a love for the outdoors, and one day, darn it, they were going to make it happen. The couple moved to Tahoe, where Todd put his culinary degree to work as a sous chef while they skied. It was here that they decided it was time to become self-sufficient. Todd had every intention of making their soap, toothpaste, even toilet paper. But one thing haunted him... he didn’t want to live without beer. He had no choice; the first step was to learn how to make his own. And that was also the last step.
Todd’s natural knack for home brewing, made with borrowed equipment, quickly trumped the couple’s off-the-grid dreams. Todd refined his beer making skills for a brewery in Calistoga, while working another job and taking classes on the art and science of beer fermentation at UC Davis.
All the while, Montana beckoned. Todd scored a job as the head brewer for Spanish Peaks in Bozeman―a position he held for 10 years―and Lisa worked for the City. When Spanish Peaks moved production to California, Todd and Lisa knew it was time to bring their own fine brews to the beer drinkers of Bozeman. They bought the equipment and opened the doors to the Bozeman Brewing Company warehouse in 2001, on the edge of Bozeman’s historic Brewery District on the north side of town. There, Bozeman Brewing Co.’s flagship beer, Bozone Select Amber Ale (based on a recipe that Todd had perfected over the years), made its way to the beer drinkers of Montana.
Bozeman Brewing Company is Gallatin Valley’s oldest brewery and one of the most innovative, they’ve grown since 2001 and they employ 23 people, house a 20-barrel Brewhouse, 18 fermenters, a canning line, and over 250 barrels in our sour beer cellar. They produce seasonal ales, lagers and sour beers, along with their regulars Bozone Amber, Hopzone IPA, Plum Street Porter, and Gallatin Pale Ale that are available in cans and on tap across Montana. One of their major focuses is sustainability and how they can lessen the impact their business has on the environment around them.
“We love that the Bozeman Brewing Company crew is a small, close knit family/group that continues to make the highest quality beer, all the while having fun.” What we love about the Montana Brewery Community is “the willingness to lend a hand or material to your fellow brewer in need. We all love and admire each other even though we are in business against each other.”
Next time you’re in Bozeman, stop into the “Bozone” and enjoy a Hopzone IPA!