Winds Coming Soon To a Brewery Near You!
Livingston Will Have a New Brewery in 2014
Livingston, MT will be home to a new brewery in the Summer of 2014. Katabatic Brewing Company has begun renovations at 117 E Park St. and the owners hope to be up and serving craft beer by May or June.
Katabatic Brewing Company was founded by two local Montanans, both of whom are very passionate about crafting full-bodied beer and building on the local beer culture based on Montana traditions. When asked about the origin of the name, Brice Jones, co-owner, responds, "We wanted a name that embodied the unique character of Livingston and captured the essence of our tagline, Rugged, Yet Refined.
Katabatic is a type of downslope wind, which can be severe at times. Katabatic winds form when cool air from the tops of mountains rushes downhill, sometimes at amazing speeds. Katabatic winds are the type of winds that Livingston experiences and one of the things that makes this town very unique."
Renovations began about three weeks ago. LaNette Jones, co-owner, is excited about the new space, "We have a great partnership with the landlords, Eric and Caroline Schneider. They have started demolition of the inside of the building and will be renovating the space to fit our needs. Once the shell of the building is renovated, Katabatic Brewing Company will take over and begin installing our brewing equipment and bar and making the space our own."
Katabatic Brewing Company will house a 10-barrel brewing system and the owners anticipate brewing 625 barrels of beer in their first year of business. To put the number in perspective, 625 barrels equals 155,000 pints of beer. Beer will be served in the tasting room, where customers are allowed to consume three 16 oz beers in a 24-hour period. Beer will also be distributed in kegs to bars and restaurants in the region.
The tasting room will be open from noon-8pm. The owners will focus on creating four to five signature beers that will always be on tap and will have a rotation of four beers throughout the seasons. Katabatic Brewing Company will be a production brewery only, which means it will serve only beer, no food. "This gives us the opportunity to focus on making good beer," said Brice Jones.
As the renovation continues, many people have already asked how they can get involved. LaNette says, "When we started planning our brewery we began to realize, Montanans take pride and ownership in their local breweries. So we've created a way for people in and around Livingston to become a part of helping us build the brewery. We have mugs and steins available for purchase. The mugs and steins will stay at the brewery and will have each owners name engraved on them. The ownership of the mugs and steins are for life and give each owner a lifelong discount and opportunity to continually be involved as we grow and make new beer."
A limited number of mugs (100) and steins (50) are being offered now through January 31, 2014 at a discounted price. Mugs will be $250, a savings of $50 and Steins will be $900, a savings of $100. Mug owners will receive a $1 off each pint in each mug for life along with discounts on t-shirts and hats as well as exclusive invites to special beer tapping events. Stein owners will receive everything mug owners receive, but they will also get three free pints each month for life, a limited edition Katabatic “Goldenstein” and a member-only Goldenstein t-shirt. Mugs and steins are on sale now at www.katabaticbrewing.goodsie.com.
For pictures of the renovation and to follow the updates on our brewery visit www.katabaticbrewing.blogspot.com