The University of Montana has, for the first time, partnered with a local brewery to create a branded beer that will benefit an alcohol abuse awareness and prevention program as well as a late-night downtown Missoula bus shuttle.
Griz Montana Lager, a Bohemian-style Pilsner created by Big Sky Brewing Company in Missoula, is now for sale and will be available through next spring when UM celebrates its 125th anniversary.
Bjorn Nabozney, the co-founder of Big Sky Brewing and a 1993 graduate of UM’s School of Business Administration, said he wrote the original business plan for the brewery in a UM finance class. Afterward, he joined Neal Leathers and Brad Robinson to launch Big Sky in 1995, and it has since gone on to become the state’s largest brewery. The company now employs 40 workers and sells 43,000 barrels of beer a year in 24 states.
“UM is a major asset to Missoula and …