bigfork brewery

about the brewery

Bigfork Brewhouse: Our production facility is located in Bigfork, Montana. We have a 30 barrel (31 gallons to a barrel) Sprinkman brewhouse, eight 60 barrel fermenters, and three 20 barrel fermenters. As of April 2016 we have added one 60bbl bright beer tank and one 120bbl bright beer tank, which has increased our potential annual capacity to 5,500bbls a year. The canning line is also housed in the Bigfork production facility. We have the floor space to add more tanks, expand the canning line, and increase total capacity to 9,000 barrels a year.

In 2019 we added a sour beer room in the Cellar of the FLBC Pubhouse. This room is a temperature controlled, closed off area that will create the perfect environment to experiment with barrel aged sour beers. Our sour beer is inoculated with a wild yeast strain (Brettanomyces) that takes six months to two years to develop the desired sour and tart flavors. Stay tuned for the new and exciting sours that will be tapped in the Cellar!

Woods Bay Brewhouse: Our original 10 barrel system was located in our Barrel House Taproom in Woods Bay from 2004 to 2017, five miles south of Bigfork. This is where we brewed small batch beers, started our Sour program, and experimented with new recipes. When we brewed here, we produced approximately 800 barrels a year out of the Woods Bay facility.

meet our brew crew


Rob Gambino: Director of Brewing

Hometown: Moved around most of my life so Kalispell is now my hometown now since leaving the Air Force.

What do you do at the brewery? I brew delicious craft beer and keep an eye on the fermentation that is happening to ensure that the beer turns out exactly as we want it to. That and cleaning, the key to all great beer!

What is your favorite style of beer? I am a seasonal drinker so my style of choice changes with the weather, but there is always a place and a time for a delicious Imperial Stout!

What brought you to Bigfork? My parents live just north of here and I love the community. I love it so much that I am involved with the Bigfork Boy Scout Troop 1923 as an Assistant Scout Master and at the Bigfork VFW Post 4042 as an officer for the post. I love being able to give back to the community and brewing great beer is just another way for me to do that too!


Jon Hartig: Director of Brewery Operations

Hometown: The home of the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions St. Louis Blues. St. Louis, Missouri

What do you do at the brewery? Production planning, logistics, analysis, storage, canning, kegging, etc. a little bit of everything! My job always keeps me on my toes as I get to work with and coordinate everyone and everything.  But it is a pleasure, as we have a talented staff that I can enjoy my profession with.

What is your favorite style of beer? I love a beer I can chew, so Stouts, Imperials, Nitros, etc., anything dark with layers of flavor. Although I am slowly falling in love with Double and Hazy IPAs.

What brought you to Bigfork? In 2001, my wife and I vacationed in Bigfork.  By 2007, we were ready to move here and did the very next year.  We love the small-town atmosphere and the ability to raise our children in such a beautiful place with a fantastic community.


Sarah Peterson: Marketing Manager

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

What do you do at the brewery? I do a little bit of everything around the FLBC brewery and pub! I manage our social media accounts, help plan and promote events, order and design our beer gear, help out on the canning line and in the brewhouse, and much more. But my favorite thing to do is get behind the bar and pour delicious pints for our customers!

What is your favorite style of beer? Hoppy beers, like Pale Ales and IPAs, are always my go to choice, but I also enjoy challenging the palate with crazy styles like Farmhouse ales and Sours.

What brought you to Bigfork? My family has a cherry orchard on the east shore of Flathead Lake. Growing up, I fell in love with Montana. After coming up one spring to work on the orchard, I applied for a job serving beer in the Woods Bay taproom. That summer job never ended and now Montana is my permanent home!



Lou Hamel: Sales Representative

Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota

What do you do at the brewery? As a FLC Sales Rep, I partner with businesses of all sizes both locally and beyond Montana borders to reach lovers of craft beer. Ensuring that our customers are satisfied with the variety and value the brewery has to offer, engaging with the community and spreading the word about new beers, seasonal brews, events, etc.

What is your favorite style of beer? Generally anything “Cold and Gold” is right up my alley – Pilsner, Lager, Kolsch. I also enjoy Ambers and Sours.

What brought you to Bigfork? I’ve had family living in Woods Bay for 10+ years, had the opportunity to spend two months here in 2020 and knew it was only a matter of time until I found myself out here as well.


Logan Nelson: Brewer

Hometown: Grew up on Vashon Island, west of Seattle, then went to University and worked a few years in Vancouver, BC.

What do you do at the brewery? I clean. I also make sure we have the proper bacteria and the cleanest yeast going into fermenters. I watch the beers mature and record everything that happens through fermentation. I will be experimenting with new recipes though the pilot batch system and hopefully in the near future will work on bolstering the barrel aging program here.

What is your favorite style of beer? Lagers. Barreled stouts. Hefes. Occasionally a smooth Hazy.

What brought you to Bigfork? The outdoors, the fishing, being close to Big Mountain to bike and ski, the town of Bigfork itself, and being closer to my family.



Dominic Delfidio: Cellarman

Hometown: Blythewood, SC

What do you do at the brewery? A little bit of everything! Packaging, cellaring and warehousing while hoping to learn the brew process along the way.

What is your favorite style of beer? Depends on the season.  You can never go wrong with an IPA during the spring/summer with fall/winter being filled with stouts and porters.

What brought you to Bigfork? I worked in Glacier National Park during the Summer of 2022 and the rest was history! Who wouldn’t want to live in the Valley??



Rob Robinson: Director of Planning

Hometown: Born in Coronado, California. First job in Missoula, Montana. Lives in Polson.

What do you do at the brewery? Production Planning, Forecasting and Sales Analysis, Promotion Management, HR

What is your favorite style of beer? The Centennial IPA

What brought you to Bigfork? Retired on Flathead Lake and I get to drink all the FLBC beer I want!




Profile: David BrendgardSandy Johnston: Director of Branding

Hometown: Hinsdale, Illinois

What do you do at the brewery? Director of Branding

What is your favorite style of beer? Hard one – Browns, Porters, or Stouts (the darker the better)

What brought you to Bigfork? I took a trip out here; and it was love at first sight. I was living in Florida after college and thought it’s now or never to go for it and try mountain living for awhile. That was over 15 years ago!