Back in 2007, owner Bartley Blume was drinking mostly Michelob with an occasional LaBatt or Scape Goat from Big Sky. He was given the gift of a Mr. Beer kit from his wife and she’s regretted it ever since...It quickly consumed his life. His very first brewed beer was called American Virgin. It has since evolved into a hoppier blonde ale, and its great grandson, Nordic Blonde, is currently their biggest seller.
In 2008, Bartley ran into the Lift Bridge Brewery guys at a chili and beer fest (two things he loves.) This inspired him to pick up a book on distilling where fall in love all over again. He read another dozen books on distilling before building his first still on the back porch. He never used it as far as you and the local police know...He started making whiskeys and bourbons because that’s what he liked. In early 2010, he rewrote the business plan for a Brewery and Distillery. A Brewstillery, so to speak. Later in 2012 Bartley Blume shed the shackles of corporate bondage and focused on the Brewstillery full time.
Bent Brewstillery brings to spirits the same thing that craft brought to beer: the highest quality ingredients and the utmost care in preparation. Worrying more about quality than quantity is the craft brewer’s credo. Mega distilleries use substandard grains and corn because their idea is to age the bad flavors out, whereas Bent Brewstillery only uses the highest quality brewer’s grains and use the craft brewer’s techniques for the wash. From there, they go into uncharted territory. To add the craft to craft spirits, they make very tight cuts, making sure to eliminate the unwanted flavors from the distillate. If you pick up Bent Brewstillery whiskey expecting it to taste exactly like the whiskey’s you’ve had before, then you might as well put it back down. Where would the craft beer industry be if everyone made a flavorless pilsner? The whole idea is to make something different and creative, artistic. Brewing is cool, distilling is sexy.