Copper Furrow started planning seriously in January 2017, that’s when their group, David & Andrea McKeever, Mick & Lori Mondloch and Nick & Mindy Diehl started meeting on a weekly basis to follow a dream. They officially opened for business in June 2018.
David and Nick met at a Helena, MT homebrew club in 2011/2012 and learned that they had similar tastes in beer, styles and brewing. They decided to do a collaboration brew and the rest is history! That started their years of brewing together, creating recipes and dreaming of owning a brewery together. At one of the parties the McKeever’s organized that centered around beer…Mick Mondloch met Nick and David, drank their beer, and again asked the question “why aren’t you guys in the business to sell this, its amazing!” Mick became the catalyst that ushered the guys into making that jump into owning a brewery. If it weren’t for Mick’s determination, Copper Furrow may not exist today!
“Today the beer we serve at Copper Furrow are a combination of recipes from David, Nick and the guys together. Mick even gets in there when it comes to the Belgium beer Nick creates plus his chemistry background is put to use when tailoring our water for each brew.” When asked what you love about your brewery, they responded; “when designing our brewery, we wanted to create a space that we would all like to hang out and drink beer in.
“All the interactions we’ve had with the Montana Brewing industry have been so open and helpful. When one brewery succeeds, we all succeed, so everyone is willing to give advice and share tips and encourage each other. The great thing is, every brewery has their own style of beer.”When asked about their tagline,“Furrow to Fruition” They explained; “The main ingredients barley & hops are both grow in large fields and are harvested. When you plant a dream or a seed it takes care and nurturing to make them grow and come to life…then you are finally able to harvest and gain something out of that seed."
David and Nick come from generational farming backgrounds and grew up working the family farm, so the theme and moto are very Montana Roots based. Copper is a nod to Butte, the hometown of the partner, Mick. From our logo being a sickle section with a furrow (which is a groove in the soil for seeds) to the barn wood tables and benches that are sourced from the Diehl Ranch and McKeever Farm in our brewery.
The folks at Copper Furrow want you to know that they are a family friendly brewery. Two of the three families have young children and always felt disappointed when breweries didn’t make it at least a little more friendly for families. “We were always more apt to re-visit those places that made us feel comfortable. We feel like we’ve been able to achieve that balance. We offer snacks, non alcoholic beverages, kids activities and lots of outdoor space.”
“Another goal we had was to make sure we were fully accessible. We have only one level, we have low tables, and our outdoor space is also completely accessible.”
“From the beginning the values of Copper Furrow have been to create style relevant beer and help educate anyone who would like to learn about the craft brewing industry."
“For our servers to be able to help our customers to the fullest, we spend time doing off flavor trainings and beer style trainings with them. The off-flavor tastings help us maintain our beer quality. The style tastings help our beer servers learn even more about the beer we offer and help them feel confident to explain difference in styles to our customers. This helps the customer have the best brewery experience.”
Next time you are in the area be sure to stop in, check out the space, and enjoy a “Mexi” (Mexican Lager).