Big Sky Beer, Missoula, Montana

We at GORUCK are in love with Montana. This love extends passionately to big Montana skies, Montana beers made from Montana water, and a most cherished friendship with the good folks at Big Sky Brewing.

We spent a day at the brewery, just up the road (by Montana’s standards) from our factory. The ethos of the company is to make world class beer, have a lot of fun doing it, and support causes that make the world a better place.

Bjorn, one of the founders of Big Sky, and his son, each proudly showing their Montana roots.

Custom brews are a special undertaking, as is custom bottling. I gravitated quickly to the Special Forces label, and the custom brew they did for Delta Force’s 30th birthday. Their support for the military mirrors ours, and we have much larger plans to combine our support in the coming years.

The smell of a brewery does not get old, even to those like Bjorn, who have worked in it for decades. The aroma of what he calls liquid bread is one of the great treats impossible to share in words, or pictures.

Incredible responsibilities are assumed throughout the process of creating such quality. And often times the fate of an entire batch falls upon one single person ensuring proper fermentation or changing the hoses. We owe much to their diligence.

The brewery tour ended in their offices. Which were unmistakably Montana. We chatted on future endeavors, the first of which was their sponsorship of the GORUCK Ascent.

We’re grateful to Big Sky for the support, and we’re happy to share in the name of a great cause like the Green Beret Foundation.


  1. Scott Taylor says:

    You’re not going to believe this but before we started our Challenge in San Diego 12/31/2012 I was looking for a canned beer to take. Being the beer snob I am I won’t buy bud/coors/miller but I did run across Moose Drool at my local Beverages and More. I forget to take it on the challenge which actually worked out ok since the flask I brought got pretty mangled by the bricks so I doubt beer cans would have made it unexploded. I also didn’t need the extra weight but I did have one when I got home from the challenge and it was awesome. Ironically I would never have picked up Moose Drool if it weren’t for my GRC and I am now a fan.

  2. jason says:

    It’s a small world, Scott, and I love a small world. Cool stuff, man. Moose Drool is a solid brew and I drink it all the time when I’m west of the Mississippi.

  3. Richie Manalo says:

    The term “soft drink” specifies the absence of alcohol in contrast to “hard drink” and “drink”. The term “drink” is neutral but often denotes alcoholic content. Beverages such as soda pop, sparkling water, iced tea, lemonade, root beer, and fruit punch are the most common soft drinks. Milk, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, milkshakes, and tap water are not considered to be soft drinks.

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