• Bowser Brewing  Co. and Montgomery Disillery share close ties. Photos by Jessica Lowry

    Whiskey-loving grandpa inspires creation of distillery, brewery

    If you live in Great Falls or Missoula you’ve probably tried Bowser Brewing Co.’s craft brews (Great Falls) or Montgomery Distillery’s craft spirits (Missoula).

    Bowser and Montgomery boast one-of-a-kind Montana made drinks and both are steadily growing as more and more people discover their stuff.

    As writer and photographer Jessica Lowry tells us in the May/June issue, for the founders of the businesses, the connections goes a little deeper.  The founders of the businesses are cousins who’ve used their grandfather’s Montana, legacy, love of a good drink and hard working attitude to make their businesses thrive under the Big Sky.

    Evan Bowser, 29, as the owner of Bowser Brewing Company in Great Falls, and his cousin, Ryan Montgomery, 36, as the head of Montgomery Distillery in Missoula, operate businesses pouring finely crafted brews and spirits created from ingredients mostly found in Montana.

    But what exactly can you drink at Montgomery and Bowser? Lots of good stuff.

    At Montgomery, one of the house cocktails favorites is the Go Gingerly (pictured in the May/June issue). It includes the distillery’s Whyte Ladie gin, muddled ginger and basil, grapefruit and lemon, ginger syrup and grapefruit bitters (I’ve had it, it’s great).

    At Bowser, one of the most popular brews is the Farmers Daughter Strawberry Blonde  - a German ale with a strawberry twist. Bowser  is known for its prolific brew list, which you can explore on the website. If you get a chance to go to Bowser, you can try a sampler served on trays handmade by Evan’s father, Rich.

    Cheers!

    - Jenna