Outlaw Brewing Opens in Bozeman

Brewer Julian Holland washes a tank in preparation for brewing beer at Outlaw Brewing in Bozeman, Tuesday, Dec. 23. The new brewery is expected to begin operating on Friday.

Bozeman beer seekers can add another brew house to their list as Outlaw Brewing has moved to town and opened a new brewery and tasting room on 27th Avenue.

Outlaw started just under three years ago inside Bar 3 Bar-B-Q in Belgrade, brewing inside of a 250-square-foot space, said co-owner Todd Hough.

The new space not far from the intersection of 19th Avenue and Interstate 90 — opened last Friday — is just a tad bigger: 4,200 square feet in the brewery side alone.

Hough’s ambition is to be a part of the growing residential and commercial community in that part of town.

“This is really where I wanted to be,” he said. “We’re really hoping it will create a sense of community on this side of town.”

The tasting room includes a large, wraparound wood bar and a space for live music, which will start in January, Hough said. Outside, a patio is in the works that will provide a place for a rotation of food trucks to serve brewery patrons as well as an airy place to sip beer in the warmer months.

During the Friday opening (that Hough noted he hadn’t advertised), Hough saw a few regulars from the former Belgrade location as well as plenty of newcomers, including some families.

“That’s one of the things I’ve always loved about a brewery,” Hough said. “It’s not a bar. It’s family friendly.”

On Jan. 10, Outlaw will celebrate three years since the brewery poured its first beer in Belgrade, but 38-year-old Hough, who owns the brewery along with his wife, Nicole, started looking for a space in Bozeman more than a year ago.

Hough first looked for an existing building in Bozeman that would suit his needs, but after months of looking around, decided he would be better off simply building his own brewery.

With a background running a construction company (and one that built 24 condos within eyesight of his new brewery), Hough oversaw the construction of the Bozeman building.

Construction on the building started in early July and, while Hough is still putting the finishing touches on the brewery side, the tasting room is open for business.

Outlaw Brewing beers are already distributed to a few Bozeman locations, and the new brew house will usually keep 12 or so beers on tap, Hough said.

Beyond that, once Hough reaches full brewing capacity of 2,500 barrels per year, he also plans to start canning beer next summer.

The brewery also utilizes a somewhat unique keg cooler that takes advantage of the cold Montana winters. When the temperature drops below 25 degrees, the chillers shut off and fans pull in outside air to cool the beer.

Hough said it’s an easy way to save energy in a colder climate.

Outlaw owns another lot that could be used for a smaller storage building in the future if need be, but for now, the growth from the Belgrade location to Bozeman is enough, Hough said.

“We just want to make beer and have fun,” he said.

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