Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Meet Our Brewer!

All the updates on the building and we almost forgot to tell you some really freaking fantastic news. We hired a head brewer! We know you're going to love drinking the beer he makes and here's why.

Jason Courtney has been hand crafting ales and lagers for nearly 18 years. He hails from Texas originally, but has brewed all over the United States and as an avid fly fisherman he loves Montana and can't wait to be back amongst those living the Montana lifestyle.

Jason was named Small Brew Pub Brew Master of the Year in 2002 at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). That year he earned one silver, one bronze and two gold medals! In total, Jason has earned six medals at the GABF and two awards at the World Beer Cup.

 We can't wait for Jason to join our team. He is passionate, exuberant and extremely knowledgeable about beer. This blog post is just the informal "Meet the Brewer" a more formal one will occur after we open.

As the owners of Katabatic we know we cannot have a great brewery without serving great beer. We are honored to have Jason joining our team. Only with his help and your help drinking great beer will we succeed!

Here's a few words from Jason:

"I am very excited to be joining the Katabatic team and to be moving back to Montana. I have spent the past few years in Maine and next week I begin my drive West to Livingston. Truth be told, my heart lies in Montana and I can't wait to brew and fish in my favorite state. My wife Sarah and I have been together for almost 16 years now and we recently rescued a seven-year-old Golden Retriever, Radar, they will be joining me for this new adventure soon! Thank you to Brice and LaNette for welcoming our family into theirs. We anticipate a frothy, fun, tasty and award winning future ahead."

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Back wall is up, and a roof is covering the production area. Now to finish sheeting, finish exterior covering for wall, apply foam to the roof, and put the roofing on. 
This picture is of the production area facing South. The posts will separate a hallway to the left from the main production area. The hallway will lead to our emergency exit. Production area is everything to the right of the posts. With nice high ceilings we should have room for larger equipment in case we need to up our production.