015: Bjorn Nabozney – Big Sky Brewing Co.

Episode 015:

  • Bjorn Nabozney is a co-founder of Big Sky Brewing Co. in Missoula, MT.  Big Sky opened up in 1995, produced 48,000 bbls of beer last year and are by far the largest brewery in the state.

Worst Business Moment:

  • When Big Sky set out on their first major expansion in the early 2000’s, they put together the financing to build a new facility.  After delays with construction, equipment and everything else the brewery ended up being $1,000,000 short and 13 days from the bank calling the note. As Bjorn put it “It was terrifying!!”

“Light Bulb” Moment:

  • Though they didn’t think about it at the time, their Moose Drool Brown Ale from a marketing stand point worked so well for a Montana brewery.  Moose Drool became an identifier nationwide and according to a university study, Moose Drool was coined as the 5th most recognizable thing about the state of Montana.

Best Advice Ever Received:

  • “Be patient…things have a tendency to work themselves out”

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