Pit Stop Tavern & Raceway Cafe) is serving and kegging beer north of Great Falls, Montana.
"We've been planning this for over a year and a half," says partner and head brewer, Jason Lehman. "We have a new 15-barrel system that was made for us in Nebraska, so we'll be able to distribute kegs right away."
With this volume, Black Eagle Brewery already fills its own taproom and has beers available at the Pit Stop Tavern. The starting lineup includes: Smoke Stack Scottish Ale, Black Eagle IPA, Roe River Pale Ale, Smelter Men Blonde Ale, and Copper Nail Nut Brown Ale.
Lehman is somewhat of a homebrewer-turned-pro, but he had a little help from the other side of Montana.
"Paul Roys from Lolo Peak Brewery was instrumental in helping us get the brewhouse set up," says Lehman.
"Our theme is very industrial," he continues, "which reflects what Black Eagle was built on, and what Great Falls was built on." That is evident with the copper and custom woodwork throughout the brewery and taproom. Lehman knows that nearly everyone in Black Eagle has some ties to the smelter. He even had someone bring in a copper nail from the smelter and asked it be used in the brewery.
With the ability to produce up to 2,000 barrels of beer annually, Black Eagle Brewery might not be too far off from distributing their beers beyond taproom sales and kegs.
"We've been in communication with Spokes Mobile Canning [the Spokane-based mobile canner]," Lehman says, "but we may also get our own canning line before long."
So when you're out Great Falls way, stop in and check out the newest brewery in the area, and the first for Black Eagle.
The brewery plans to have a grand opening celebration on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015.