Smithsonian Free Day

Brews & the Big Sky


Brews & the Big Sky:
Montana Made, Montana Brewed.

Brews & the Big Sky explores the unique history of the Big Sky state paired with unique Montana brews. Enjoy an adults-only night out as the museum becomes a lively venue for drinks and local history. Sample beer from a featured Montana brewery, enjoy light appetizers and wander through MOR's exhibitions.

Enjoy informal gallery talks with Curator of History, Michael Fox, at 6 & 6:30 p.m. in the Paugh History Hall or the Changing Exhibit Gallery. Explore items from MOR's collections, ask questions, and learn more about Montana's past. This popular adults-only evening at MOR is the perfect way to discover great brews and the history of the Big Sky state.

2018/19 Brews & The Big Sky Monthly Programs are on the last Tuesday of most Fall to Spring months
Last Tuesday of most winter months* | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Age 21+ only
$12 admission includes beer tasting, gallery talks, exhibits, & light appetizers.
Space is limited. *This program is not offered in December and January.

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Space is limited. Tickets are required for all events. Having trouble registering?  Call 406-994-5257.

These events will all be pre-ticketed.  Please print off your ticket (accessible from your receipt) or load it on your mobile phone.  Your ticket will be scanned upon entry.  Tickets are transferable, but all program participants must be 21 years of age and will be asked for ID at the event.
 

2018 - 2019 Programs & Sponsors

September 25 - The Hope and Despair of Homesteading in Montana with Flathead Lake Brewing Co.
Homesteading was a complicated way of life. In 1862, President Lincoln signed the first homestead act that eventually transferred nearly 10% of federal lands to more than 1.6 million homesteaders. Look at our homesteader tarpaper shack and learn about the difficulties and triumphs that homesteaders saw from the 1860s through the dustbowl era of the 1930s.
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October 30 | Historical Firearms with Neptune's Brewery
Examine some of the famous and infamous firearms from MOR's collection. From pistols to military weapons, learn about the role that the worldwide Industrial Revolution played in the design and manufacture of firearms in the United States and beyond.
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November 27 | Charlie Bair of Martinsdale, the Wool King with Bayern Brewing
Charles M. Bair arrived in Billings, MT as a conductor on the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1883. By the early 1900s, he was the largest wool producer in the U.S., a multi-millionaire and a friend of western artists like Charlie Russel and Joseph Henry Sharp. Learn more about how his hard work, determination, and personality made him a Montana legend.
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February 26 | Big Teams in the Big Sky with Great Northern Brewing Company
Before the advent of the tractor, farmers and ranchers in Big Sky country relied on true horsepower to till the soil and harvest crops. Join us for a discussion of how humans and their animals worked together to make the northern plains one of the world's greatest grain and hay producing regions.
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March 26 | Silver City to the Copper Kingdom with Muddy Creek Brewery
The story of Butte, Montana is a classic tale of booms and busts, flourishing immigrant communities, and tragic disasters. This tough and determined community, created by determined prospectors and wily Copper kings, perseveres under the shadow of the headframes and smelters that powered the technological revolution in the United States.
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April 30 | Crow Fair with TBA Brewery
In the third week of August, the sleepy Montana town of Crow Agency becomes the Tipi Capitol of the World, hosting powwows, rodeos and most importantly a great gathering of families and friends of the Apsaalooke Nation of American Indians. Learn more about the origins of this celebration and homecoming that welcomes thousands of spectators and over 1,000 tipis to southeast Montana.
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