Hops & History

Hops & History:

Local Beer, Free History

Now in its fifth year, MOR’s Hops & History program supports the museum’s Living History Farm. Every month during the summer season, Hops & History brings a lively audience of adults to the farm by pairing the Gallatin Valley’s brewing past with beer tastings from local breweries.

Space is limited. Purchase tickets in advance via the below links or by calling 406.994.5257.

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Hops & History: Trivia Brew Party
at Montana Ale Works

Tuesday, May 22 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Age 21+ only
$40/person includes small-plate pairings and beer tasting

Join MOR and Montana Ale Works as we kick off the 2018 Hops & History trivia-themed program series. With delicious small-plate pairings prepared by Chef Aaron Brittingham and tasty brews from Bridger Brewing, this evening will feature a casual trivia game with MOR Curator of History, Michael Fox. Learn something new about brewing while you compete with friends and our beer-loving community for exciting prizes, all in support of MOR’s Living History Farm! With food and service donated by Montana Ale Works and all beer donated by Bridger Brewing, proceeds benefit the Living History Farm at Museum of the Rockies.


Hops & History: Monthly Programs
at the Living History Farm

Last Tuesday of every summer month | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Age 21+ only (this is not a family event) | Space is limited
$8 admission plus $2 mug charge for new participants, reuse your mug

In 2018, enjoy a refreshing twist on each evening’s lecture. Led by MOR’s Curator of History, Michael Fox, this year’s programs will be filled with brewing history trivia. Mixed into the talks, participants can answer trivia questions to win prizes from the featured brewery of the month. Bring your competitive edge and sense of humor to this year’s exciting program series. Do you have too many Hops & History mugs? We understand! For 2018, bring any Hops & History or Brews & the Big Sky mug or a pint from any year and get in for just $8!

May 29 | Early American Brewers and Brews
with Madison River Brewing Company

Discover the early history of brewing in the United States for the colonial era through the Civil War. Did you know that Philadelphia was America’s first brewing capital?
SOLD OUT, Thank you!!

June 26 | Brews of the Rockies!
with MAP Brewing Company

Explore the challenges and triumphs of brewers in the Rocky Mountain region from New Mexico and Arizona to Montana and Alberta. Climate, access to ingredients, and wild fluctuations in population are all part of the story of acquiring a cold one in early days of living in the Rockies.
SOLD OUT, Thank you!!

July 31 | The New Breed: American Brewing Since 1978
with Bozeman Brewing Company

When President Carter signed House Bill 1337 into law in 1978, he ushered in a new wave of American brewing that changed the tastes and availability of what we now call craft beer. Discover some of the pioneers in the field and explore how innovation (and expert marketing) created the wonderful world of beer that we enjoy today. We will also look at Montana State University’s 125 years of contributions to American brewing.
SOLD OUT, Thank you!!

Hops & History Season Celebration
at the Living History Farm

Tuesday, August 28 | 5 – 8 p.m. | $15 admission includes a tasting glass and beer
tickets | Age 21+ only (this is not a family event)

Celebrate all our local Gallatin Valley brewers for our final seasonal celebration of the Living History Farm. Enjoy beer tasting and live music in farm’s apple orchard with food available for purchase from local food trucks. Continuing our lively trivia-themed lectures this season, MOR’s Curator of History, Michael Fox, will present this year’s keynote lecture on Montana’s brewing history in a team trivia format. Bring your mobile device and your smartest friends in this celebration of Montana brews.

Featured breweries include: 
406 Brewing Company, Bar 3 BBQ & Brewing, Bozeman Brewing Company, Bridger Brewing, Bunkhouse Brewery, Madison River Brewing Company, MAP Brewing Company, Mountains Walking Brewery, Sheriff Henry Plummer's Outlaw Brewing, and White Dog Brewing Company

SOLD OUT, Thank you!!