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Bandit Brewing Co. is OPEN for business!

No we don’t take American Express.

WHEW!  It was four LONG months of work to Black Friday’s opening.  We scraped the bottom of the financial barrel to get open.  Now we start a new focus and phase with the tasting room officially open five days a week, eight hours a day.

The soft opening went VERY well.  It was just to the point where Hil and I thought we might lose it but nothing broke, no major problems, and every seemed happy with both the service and the product.

We have a ways to go with every day now a series to immediate MUST DO’S in order keep the beer flowing.  My many hats include bus boy, maintenance man, bartender, bookkeeper, cellar man (the guy in the walk-in cooler all the time), brewer, and marketing dude.

Lost Trails Ski Resort (AKA Powder Mountain) has 48″ of base and are projected to open next Thursday (Powder Thursday!).  I am torn between my desire to hit the slopes (season pass holder) and market to all those thirsty skiers coming down the mountain at 4pm when the lifts close. Maybe I can do both.

Most of our posts are being focused on the Bandit Brewing Co. Facebook page- search Bandit Brewing Co. and we should pop up.  I haven’t had time (or money) to set up a new website at yet but the domain is reserved.  Frankly my head is still spinning with all the things that need to be accomplished NOW that I’m having a hard time switching gears to get the rest of the pieces to the marketing puzzle put together.

ONE DAY OPEN and we already recognize I’ll need to hire one, maybe two, tap room employees during the summer.  With Hil on the road, there’s NO WAY that I will be able to handle the summer traffic if it resembles our opening night.  There might be an assistant brewer position opening soon as well. Let’s let the beer (sales) determine the growth.

Until then- I am trying to focus on brewing some good beer- and lot’s of it!  I’m trying to offer a variety of flavors, textures, and aromas within the 6 major flavor styles people expect- Pale Ale, IPA, Wheat, Amber, Porter, and Stout.  In each style category is a wide range of possibilities.  You can change any ONE ingredient and you suddenly have a new beer.

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The Hop Head is Alive. Long Live the Hop Head.


Yeeha! The officially sanctioned Bandit Brewing Co. Logo.

I’m assembly (making) brewery equipment! Very exciting to be moving away from construction of the building to construction of the brewery itself. This week we are wrapping plumbing (one slow fixture per day it seems) and getting the walk-in cooler up and running.

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Bandit Brewing Co APPROVED by FEDs

I received our approval email this morning!

Submitted July 14 and approved by October 6. Today is also Emma’s BIRTHDAY! I now have a legal brewery and a 7 year old! What a fun coincidence!

We received our ‘provisional’ state approval last week contingent on the FED approval and a few other things.

I have [read more by clicking on title]

WARNING- Don’t try this at home…

I have this (unfounded) belief that you can overcome the mediocrity of the world by being present and gently nudging the concerned parties to meet your specific level of excellence- or at least a degree of acceptablence (maybe that should be a new word). The cost for those that wish to change the course of [read more by clicking on title]

Bandit Brewery Construction Begins

So our summer work is done. I’ve been back in Darby, MT for a week now.

I very smartly started ALL our permits before we hit the road for about 6 weeks and while stressful to get everything ready in such a short time- We are getting close to be a legal brewery! Watch out [read more by clicking on title]

The Chaos of Creativity or My excuse for not cleaning my desk

A long title, I know.

Things are a little WACKADOODLE here (no relationship to WACK-A-MOLE or POODLES and god forbid that someone genetically engineers a hybrid of those two! N.B.- No poodles were harmed in this blog post.). I built a new Young Guns Wild West Fun Park that is TOTALLY AWESOME… when it gets [read more by clicking on title]

Bandit Brewing Co., Inc. is in process…

It’s been a busy, stressful, crazy week.

On Monday I submitted our Federal Application for Brewer’s Permit with the TTB. I also submitted the Ravalli County Food License Application and State of Montana Brewery License Application all at the same time.

The list of items to submit was substantial and overwhelming. I hired a local [read more by clicking on title]

We’re at the Tipping Point- right over the mental edge

Hil and I are returning from our second fair this season. In a week we each separately hit the road for a solid month. That’s it- done. A years income complete.

Ughh, that’s what’s stressing me out!

We are shooting to submit all the applications for the microbrewery before we hit the road to give [read more by clicking on title]

Mushy Brain Syndrome

My brain hurts.

Mexico was great. We basically did as little as possible (work wise) for almost ten weeks. We drank a lot of beer,ate a lot of fish tacos, played a lot of music, and sailed. We didn’t go far from San Carlos this year. I didn’t want to have to rush to leave [read more by clicking on title]

Healthcare in America- the BIG SQUEEZE!

I received a comment the other day about a post on healthcare and it got me thinking…

I am happy for you on your premium costs. You are the third person I know of fortunate to have that happen, including a cousin. I would, however, ask that you thank me. My premiums went up 45% [read more by clicking on title]