Ben Boreson, owner and brewer, was a self-employed mechanic for many years. He made a good living and provided well for his wife and two children. In 2011 he began to home brew beer to enjoy with his friends and family. The beer was good! At the urging of family and friends, Ben closed the mechanic shop in November 2014 and transformed the garage space into a microbrewery.
The mechanic theme is woven throughout the brewery and tap room. Tabletops are automobile radiators covered with plate glass and have automobile mufflers for legs. Overhead lighting consists of mechanics’ trouble lights. A crank shaft from a D-12 Caterpillar is a major attraction and conversation piece. The walk-in cooler is covered in diamond-plate and looks like a giant tool box. The tap handles are made from mechanics’ wrenches.
When the brewery opened in 2015, there were 4 beers on tap. Currently, they offer 11 beers, all with mechanic –themed names such as Rusted Nut Amber Ale, Black Nail Stout, Dull Sickle Hefeweizen, Hot Rod Jalapeno Amber, Burnt Valve Chocolate Porter, and Scoop Shovel Shandy. Free popcorn is available on site, and the Busted Knuckle has partnered with Eugene’s Pizza (twice voted as the Best Pizza in Montana) for exclusive delivery service.
The brewery is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 4pm to 8pm.