Heritage built in the wild.

 

As Montanans we come from families where our love of the outdoors often begin with our parents. They drag us outside, hand us a fly rod or strap on our hiking boots or skis, put us on a horse or mountain bike and say “this is amazing, you’re going to love this!”

Our brewery is a celebration of that heritage which has been passed on to us and that we’re passing on to our children. A heritage we can all relate to in Montana. It’s a reflection of everyone’s special place outside…, everyone’s Sacred Waters.

When our founder (Jordan) lost her mother to cancer, she decided to establish Sacred Waters Brewing Company as a way to keep celebrating her mom’s love of wild places and people.

Our brewery is a celebration of that heritage which has been passed on to us and that we’re passing on to our children. A heritage we can all relate to in Montana. It’s a reflection of everyone’s special place outside…, everyone’s Sacred Waters.

When our founder (Jordan) lost her mother to cancer, she decided to establish Sacred Waters Brewing Company as a way to keep celebrating her mom’s love of wild places and people.

join us and raise a glass – For the Wild Ones!

OUR CREW

Jordan Van Eimeren

Founder

Born in Fort Collins, CO, Jordan moved to the Flathead Valley when she was three. Her parents bought Spotted Bear Ranch, a renowned fly fishing lodge located at the edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Having grown up in a business-oriented family, Jordan went on to receive a degree in business management from the University of Montana before working various hospitality related jobs. The community spirit of small breweries was a big part of what motivated Jordan to enter the beer industry. She went on to work at Highlander Brewing Co. in Missoula to gain firsthand experience in the industry. After finalizing her business plan, she contacted Joe Byers, director of the Brewing Academy of Montana at Flathead Valley Community College, for more assistance and he put her in touch with Rob Gambino. The rest is history!

Sacred Waters is inspired by Jordan’s mother, Cathy Gentry, who had been an outdoor enthusiast before she passed away on January 30, 2015. The logo featuring the silhouette of a fly-fishing woman celebrates and honors her mother’s memory. She’s excited to share the beauty and hospitality of Montana with others, just as her mom did. Come raise a glass for Cathy!

Favorite beer? IPAs! However, I truly enjoy trying every style. Beer is fun!

Favorite thing to do? Fly fishing with my family on the South Fork of the Flathead. You can’t beat it!

Kirk Gentry

Co-Founder

 Kirk considers himself lucky enough to have made a living sharing Montana the last 25 years in the outfitting and guest ranch business at Spotted Bear Ranch, Gentry River Ranch, and most recently at the North Forty Resort. He’s our business conscience and capital investor. is a pale ale enthusiast which he believes is the beer cowboys prefer. He plans on being our number one customer because he thinks the customer should always be the boss. Cheers to Captain Kirk! 

Kirk is a a pale ale enthusiast which he believes is the beer cowboys prefer. With that, we named our pale ale after Kirk’s Guts n’ Grit poem to honor those who are willing to pursue their dreams and have the grit to see them through.

Guts n’ Grit

You know I’ve often wondered why some have done so well

When so many others hardly get started before they stumbled and fell

Is the reason that those who go so far know exactly where they’re headin

Or is it because their fear of failure that just won’t let em

I’ve see those with talent that never reached their mark

When others with nothing but try hit it clear out of the park

I guess you can have all the talent and even develop the skill

But there is no substitute for determination and will

It seems it boils down to those who are willing to get started 

And the challenges along the way just make em try harder

Life and it’s struggles will always have it’s share of ups and downs

But those who just keep plugging seem to have their feet on solid ground

So no matter where you start, or if you’re a tortoise of a hare

Guts will get you goin, but grit will get you there.

 

 

 

Rob Gambino

Head Brewer

After nearly sixteen years in the Air Force, many different places lived and deployed to, Rob decided it was time to focus on his family. With that, he decided to move to the Flathead Valley, where his parents had moved years before. Having home-brewed for seven years, Rob decided to turn his passion into a career. He applied to the FVCC brewing program and became one of its first graduates. He interned at two Flathead Valley breweries, Flathead Lake and Great Northern, and was hired to work in the packaging department of Great Northern in Whitefish. Now he’s brewing up his own delicious brews here at Sacred Waters and we couldn’t be happier to have him on our team! You’re the man, Rob!

Favorite beer? My favorite beer is any beer that makes you say, “Boy, that sure hit the spot!” I love almost all styles of beers and am usually a seasonal beer drinker; a nice hearty stout in the deep of winter, or a light citrusy blonde ale on a hot summers day” 

Favorite thing to do? Camping! It’s like being a kid all over again, except now I get to share it with my family. I love being with everyone I love around a campfire, cooking marshmallows with the little kids and throwing back a couple beers with the BIG kiddos; plus I get to go fishing, boating, hiking, and hunting – all my favorite things”

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