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2.5 YEARS LATER- Update…

I accidentally opened our blog page for the first time since we opened the brewery. Whew- a blast from the past!

It’s been two and a half years since we opened! How things have changed for us in that short amount of time.

OK- the brewery…

Bandit Brewing Co. has grown faster and farther than [read more by clicking on title]

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 [read more by clicking on title]

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.

I did [read more by clicking on title]

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]

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]

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]

Affordable Healthcare or Bankruptcy- Which to Choose?

So for the first time in 7 years Hil and I will have healthcare March 1st of this year. Why now? Maybe the better question would be, “Why not sooner?”

The obvious answer, after 2007, we were broke and on the move. Health insurance is/was more expensive than the housing we couldn’t afford or the [read more by clicking on title]

I’ve got the Wandering Blues

We are halfway through our work season with Young Guns Wild West Fun Park traveling through North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah. We’ve been fortunate to have help this year. I have the son of my best friend growing up here to help me do the heavy lifting while Hil has a super [read more by clicking on title]