About the Program

In this five-part, online course you will learn about some of the fine craft beers being brewed in the state today, with a focus on Missoula breweries, get an introduction to the magical world of homebrewing, including the all-grain process, and (as an added two beer glasses and hops sitting on a wooden surfacebonus) get insider access to  recipes for some of the most notable Montana beers.

Montana breweries have become an integral piece of the Montana experience and attract many patrons, locals and tourists alike. Breweries are also major contributors to our state’s economy. According to the Montana Brewers Association, there are currently 53 licensed breweries operating in the state. Only two other states have more craft breweries per capita. Montana breweries employ more than 500 people and have an economic impact of more than $60,000,000 annually.

This  course was created in conjunction with Ryan Newhouse, author of Montana Beer: A Guide to Breweries in Big Sky Country, several local breweries, including: Big Sky Brewing Co., KettleHouse Brewing Company, Draught Works Brewery, Tamarack Brewing Co., along with Summer Sun Garden and Brew store and the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning at the University of Montana.

Program Outline


Ryan Newhouse walks us through the course and explains why Montana offers some of the best craft beers in the country.

History of Brewing

Learn about Montana’s rich history in beer making.

An Overview of Homebrewing

After this section you will be equipped to brew your own beer. Summer Sun Garden & Brew’s own Jared Robinson takes us through the process of brewing your first beer. Starting with a malt extract kit, participants will learn about the equipment, ingredients, and processes needed to produce your own great tasting beer. Bottling, kegging and more advanced brewing techniques will also be covered.

Montana Brews

Explore representative samples from some of our most beloved local brews. Top secret clone recipes for Big Sky’s “Moose Drool,” Draught Work's "Clothing Optional Pale Ale," KettleHouse’s “Cold Smoke,” Tamarack’s “Sip’N Go Naked Apricot Ale,” Flathead Lake Brewery's "Centennial IPA" and more will be provided. Be in the know. Be the coolest homebrewer on your block.

Further Adventures

Get connected with local breweries, organizations and learn about upcoming events.

System Requirements