HOW WE MAKE
MEADOWLARK
BEER

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I won’t say a hero, ’cause – what’s a hero? But sometimes, there’s a man. And I’m talkin’ about Tim Schnars here. Sometimes there’s a man and, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s Tim, in Sidney, Montana, making great beer at Meadowlark Brewing.

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GRAIN
MILL
Step 1

We carefully select grains from the great plains of Montana, and around the globe, to make our world-class beer. The first step in the process is mixing different percentages of different types of grain to produce the style of beer we want.

GRIST
CASE
MASH TURN
Step 2

Crushed grains are mixed with hot water and alllowed to stand in a process called mashing. Enzymes convert most of the malt starches into sugars, and as a result the mash becomes sweet. The sweet liquid, now known as wort is drained, sparged, and transferred to the kettle. The spent grain is sent to Uncle Craig’s ranch for the animals!

BAG
OF
HOPS
KETTLE
Step 3

The wort is brought to a boil and bittering herbs, typically hops, are used to balance the malt sweetness.

HEAT
EXCHANGE
Step 4

We transfer from the kettle to the fermentor through a heat exchanger to rapidly cool the green beer. The heated water is collected for other brewery uses.

FERMENTERS
Step 5

Yeast are pitched into the cooled green beer and start propagating. Once the oxygen has been used up the yeast attack the sugars with a vengeance. As the yeast feeds it produces alcohol, CO2 and small amounts of other flavor and aroma chemicals.

FILTER
Step 6

The beer is transferred to a bright tank for further carbonation. Some of our beers are filtered for a brilliant finish while other are intentionally left unfiltered for maximum flavor enjoyment.

BRITE TANK
Step 7

The beer is cooled to 34o F and carbonated to ready for packaging. Our beer is kegged (and soon in cans) for your pleasure and enjoyment!

Step 8

Beer is our job, our art, and our passion. As you drink a Meadowlark we hope that translates with every sip and quaff. We use Montana barley, local ingredients, and high quality water to provide you with the best drinking experience! Made in Montana. Treasured Everywhere.

MADE IN MONTANA. TREASURED EVERYWHERE.
Meadowlark Brewing is located in northeastern Montana along the banks of the Yellowstone River
in Sidney, MT. Meadowlark Brewing is focused on producing handcrafted ales with an uncompromising
devotion to quality, the best ingredients and the art of brewing.
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