Crafting Oyster Mushrooms from Beer at Wildwood Brewing

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Montana is known as Big Sky Country, but did you know that there is a brewery there focused on sustainable brewing and agricultural practices under that great big sky? Wildwood Brewing in Stevensville, Montana, is doing just that.

Jim Leuders, an OG in the Montana brewing scene and Patriarch and Head Brewer at Wildwood Brewing has been a creative soul since day one when he restored an old truck to pay for a Brewing Master Class in Germany years ago.

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Years later, his creativity is evidenced through his organic brews, his sustainable brewing practices and farm, and his love for all things beer!

Utilizing waste from the brewery to create life elsewhere, Leuders is not only a brewer, but an artist who brings his creativity to everything, including ideas for growing mushrooms and oysters from byproducts of the brewing process.

So, instead of just going to Yellowstone, go there, then also head a bit north to Wildwood Brewing in Stevensville, Montana.

Oh, the places we went!

Oh, the beers we drank!

  • Organic Ambitious Pale Lager from Wildwood
  • Organic Mystical Stout from Wildwood
  • Dubbel from Bruz in Denver
  • Quadrupel from Bruz in Denver

PRO TIP: When possible, please check ahead anywhere you go. Many places are re-opening, but some may not be. Due to the C-word, you need to be prepared for restrictions and closures. Be flexible.

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Like beer, biking, and free camping? Not only does Jim offer great beer, pizza and ambiance at Wildwood Brewing, he is also a Harvest Hosts site, meaning you can camp there for free if you are a Harvest Hosts member. Need more reasons to visit? There are mountain biking trails nearby. For more details on all of this, click here to read our Rocky Mountain Guide for Free Camping, Beer and Biking.

We originally spoke with Jim on site at Wildwood Brewing. For the video content including images of his beautiful brewery, click below for our original Stout Conversation with Jim.


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