Madison River Brewing Company
Founded in 2004 by Howard McMurry, the Madison River Brewing Company is situated in southwestern Montanaâ€™s Gallatin Valley in the town of Belgrade. This outdoorsman's paradise is home to Bridger Mountain skiing, scenic bike rides, hiking trails in seven nearby mountain ranges, and world-class rivers for the ultimate fishing and boating experience. The latter is where Madison River Brewing Company gets its name.
The Madison River has a reputation as one of the best places to fly-fish in the world, and because itâ€™s in the breweryâ€™s backyard, Howard McMurry chose Madison River for the name of his tiny world-class brewery. Sticking with the theme, most of his Madison River beers carry the name of a fishing fly. McMurryâ€™s first beer was the Hopper Pale Ale, which came out in September of 2005, and the Salmon Fly Honey Rye (now the breweryâ€™s flagship beer), followed shortly thereafter. These two beers continue to be the most popular offerings at the tiny craft brewery, yet nearly all the beers have been awarded medals at local and state competitions.
McMurry and his head brewer, Doug Frey, have over 25 years of experience in the beer business and theyâ€™re both very passionate about what theyâ€™re doing for the Madison River brand. They take great care in selecting the best hops from the Yakima area of Washington State, while the other ingredients (honey, wheat, barley, etc.) are among the best in the state of Montana. This extra care in selection of ingredients and attention to detail can be tasted in the finished product and itâ€™s easy to see why this tiny brewery has a passionate and loyal local following. Their tasting room is open daily and serves as a great spot to try some of the stateâ€™s best craft beers.