Heritage built in the wild.

 

As Montanans we come from families where our love of the outdoors often begins 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. 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!

Get to know Jordan

Q: What beer style would you choose if you can only choose one for the rest of your days?
A: No doubts – IPAs for days! 

Q: Dogs or cats? 
A: Dogs all the way.

Q: Best advice you’ve ever received? 
A: Your life is your responsibility. Make it count!

Q: What is your spirit animal? 
A: Cheetah

Q: What makes you happy about working at Sacred Waters? 
A: Our incredible crew, customers, beer, and atmosphere. It feels like home away from home. 

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. He plans on being our number one customer because he thinks the customer should always be the boss. Cheers to Captain Kirk! 

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 heading
Or is it because their fear of failure 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 its 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 or a hare
Guts will get you going, but grit will get you there.

Get to know Cap’n Kirk

Q: What beer style would you choose if you can only choose one for the rest of your days?
A: Guts ‘Grit Hazy Pale Ale

Q: Dogs or cats? 
A: What’s a cat even good for? 

Q: Best advice you’ve ever received? 
A:  Pursue your dreams. (I think I gave that advice to myself.)

Q: What is your spirit animal? 
A: Fish

Q: What makes you happy about working at Sacred Waters? 
A: Our staff, happy customers, great music, and great beer. I’m one lucky dude. 

 

 

 

Seth Orr

Head Brewer

Seth was born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming. While earning degrees in Art and Psychology from Southern Oregon University, he created a glass-blowing company that supported him for the following decade. In 2011 he married the love of his life, Caspian, and soon after, set his sights on the art of brewing beer. In partnership with a childhood friend, he began Luminous Brewhouse, in Sheridan in 2013 which received the “Best Small Business Award.” He has spent the last ten years developing his skills and mastering the craft while working as a Brewery Consultant and Head Brewer in various locations. He has been recognized in the brewing industry as a force to be reckoned with (as well as an enthusiastic and valuable participant in a multitude of collaboration brews!) and his brewing achievements include a Silver Medal at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition, a two-time winner of the “Best Red” in Montana and many more regional brew fest awards, such as “People’s Choice Award” at the Suds-n-Spurs Brewfest.

He has served as a judge at the Best of Craft Beer Awards in Bend, Oregon, and participated in many community events including several years of hosting Pink Boots Society brews, which assist, inspire, educate and empower women in the brewing industry. Seth is an avid soccer player, snowboarder, hiker, fly-fisherperson, and bluegrass musician. In 2020 he accepted the title of Brew Master of Sacred Waters, a brewery he had passionately designed and built as a consultant several years before. Starting work here, “feels like coming home,” he has shared. When not thinking around corners and composing the harmonies of hops and grains, Seth can be found enjoying life in the mountains with his wife, three red-headed children, and various animal companions.

Get to know Seth

Q: What beer style would you choose if you can only choose one for the rest of your days?
A: Imperial Hazy IPA

Q: Dogs or cats? 
A: Bow-wow. Dogs!  

Q: Best advice you’ve ever received? 
A: Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t. 

Q: What is your spirit animal? 
A: Wolf

Q: What makes you happy about working at Sacred Waters? 
A: It’s one big happy family!  

ERIN KRUEGER

Tap Room Manager

As Tap Room Manager, Erin is responsible for making the taproom experience nothing short of exceptional. And she nails it! Ahem…she was voted the best bartender in Flathead Valley. Just sayin’!

Erin ensures the smooth operation of the taproom wrangling staff and customers when needed, that beer tenders have everything they need to successfully and efficiently complete their tasks, that the taproom environment is comfortable, that the beers are at their absolute best, and that unforeseen needs are addressed quickly. You’ll be sure to see her at the bar and running all around the taproom. Need something? She’s your gal! She truly is exceptional!  

Get to know Erin

Q: What beer style would you choose if you can only choose one for the rest of your days?
A: IPA all day! (without any hesitation in her reply)

Q: Dogs or cats? 
A: Def dogs

Q: Best advice you’ve ever received? 
A: Just slow down a little bit. 

Q: What is your spirit animal? 
A: Dolphin

Q: What makes you happy about working at Sacred Waters? 
A: I get to help make people happy and encourage new friendships behind the bar. I’m pretty lucky! 

MARTY VOLLMER

Beertender, Assistant Brewer

To know Marty is to admire his Casio watch. Okay and his hair, too. That’s all there is to say about Marty. Always smiling, always upbeat, always enjoying his beer. Not only is he a great beertender, but he adds a lotta spice to the brewing den in the back of the house with his beer craft stylings. If you haven’t met Marty yet, git on in here and say hello!  

Get to know Marty

Q: What beer style would you choose if you can only choose one for the rest of your days?
A: Hot damn, those IPAs are so delicious! 

Q: Dogs or cats? 
A: Dawgs, duh!

Q: Best advice you’ve ever received? 
A: If one beer a night feels right, maybe ten is even better. 

Q: What is your spirit animal? 
A: Weasel

Q: What makes you happy about working at Sacred Waters? 
A: I get to brew the best beer in the valley and share that with all the people I know, have met and have yet to meet at Sacred Waters. That’s pretty much a dream job. 

MADI GARCIA

Beertender

She’s a sweetheart with a little sass. Madi’s smile will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. She’s so great at making everyone feel at home at Sacred Waters. What would we do without her?

Get to know Madi

Q: What beer style would you choose if you can only choose one for the rest of your days?
A: Mmmmm, love me some Saison. 

Q: Dogs or cats? 
A: Dogs. Woof!  

Q: Best advice you’ve ever received?
A: Always allow some room for growth and live your life to the fullest. 

Q: What is your spirit animal?
A: Tiger, meow! 

Q: What makes you happy about working at Sacred Waters?
A: Sacred Waters brings in so many people from all over and nothing makes me happier than meeting new faces and creating new relationships with others.

BRYAN TREMAYNE

Beertender

He might be a little quiet, but boy! does this guy have some zingers?! Bryan is always willing to lend a hand, crack a joke with our guests, and is ever-reliable. And he does it all with a smile on his face. He makes us proud! 

Get to know Bryan

Q: What beer style would you choose if you can only choose one for the rest of your days?
A: IPAs. Definitely IPAs. 

Q: Dogs or cats?
A: Both. How can you not like cats OR dogs?

Q: Best advice you’ve ever received?
A: Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life!

Q: What is your spirit animal?
A: The online quiz I took said my spirit animal is a deer. I guess it could be worse? At least it wasn’t a possum. 

Q: What makes you happy about working at Sacred Waters?
A: Good beer and good people, how can you go wrong!!?

JENNIFER SAGE

Beertender

You want this gal in your corner! Don’t let that pretty smile fool you; Jen is brazen and bold and you don’t want to cross her. At the same time (don’t tell her we revealed this) she has a heart of gold and will always get your back. And she can pour a mean pint!  

Get to know Jennifer

Q: What beer style would you choose if you can only choose one for the rest of your days?
A: IPA 

Q: Dogs or cats? 
A: Canines all the way!

Q: Best advice you’ve ever received?
A: Keep your eyes peeled with a 360-degree mindset. 

Q: What is your spirit animal?
A: Haven’t met my spirit animal yet. 

Q: What makes you happy about working at Sacred Waters?
A: The crew, our awesome beer-drinking guests, and live music!

CHRIS KISH

Beertender/Trivia Guru

This guy is a polyglot, audiologist and loves to have no less than three jobs at any given time or he gets bored. Chris knows stuff. Ask him about anything the next time he pours you a beer. He’ll have a good answer. 

Get to know Chris

Q: What beer style would you choose if you can only choose one for the rest of your days?
A: IPAs and I can tell you the romantic history of this beer style too. 

Q: Dogs or cats?
A: Cats. (Wow! He’s the only one that prefers the feline variety on our staff.) 

Q: Best advice you’ve ever received?
A: Being bad at something is the first step to being good at something. 

Q: What is your spirit animal?
A: Platypus

Q: What makes you happy about working at Sacred Waters?
A: Having a tasty beer at my fingertips and being recognized outside of the brewery as “that trivia guy”.

TOPHER JUNG

Beertender

Have you had the pleasure of meeting our newest beertender Topher? Prior to this, you’d have seen him slinging brews at the famous Great Northern Brewing Company. We can’t tell you how stoked we are to have him behind our bar now! His love of fly fishing and skiing brought him to the valley from Vermont four years ago and he hasn’t looked back. Please give him an elbow bump and tell him how much you appreciate him next time you’re in. 

Get to know Topher

Q: What beer style would you choose if you can only choose one for the rest of your days?
A: A delicious hazy pale ale. 

Q: Dogs or cats? 
A: Doggos!

Q: Best advice you’ve ever received?
A: Don’t take life too seriously.

Q: What is your spirit animal?
A: River otter

Q: What makes you happy about working at Sacred Waters?
A: Great beer and being surrounded by like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. 

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