Stories about veteran entrepreneurs, giving back, and the adventures that connect us.
Willie Blazer and his wife, Robin Blazer, are small business owners of Willie’s Distillery in Ennis, Montana. These days, their problem isn’t how much they can sell, it’s making enough for their growing demand. This success did not come easily, and Willie’s path to distilling has included plenty of plot twists and detours.
SOUTHERN PINES BREWING CO.
The community of Southern Pines in North Carolina didn’t have a single brewery...that is until Micah Niebauer and his two friends decided to make it their project to open one. In October of 2014, Southern Pines Brewing Company had its grand opening with no employees and just a few wholesale accounts. Now it’s thriving at two separate locations, but its original motto of “rooted in community” still holds strong.
LITTLE BELT CATTLE CO.
Greg Putnam spent nine years of active duty as a US Navy SEAL stationed out of Hawaii before making the decision to return to the Rocky Mountains with his family. After his time in the service, he dabbled in the private sector as the business manager of Ascent Vision before changing course and setting in motion something he’d been toying with for years - owning and operating a cattle ranch in Montana.
ROCK CLIMBING: Navigating Routes to New Perspectives
When we first moved to Bozeman, my husband and I spent an entire summer trying to figure out the climbing “beta” of the area. Four years later, and we still joke about how we would spend an entire day hiking with all of our climbing gear, trying to find our objective, and have to go back the next day to climb it because we would get lost every time.
FLY FISHING: Southwest Montana’s Big Fish Story
From reading river patterns to predicting how a trout will react, to choosing the perfect fly that will replicate the way an insect moves across the surface of the water, fly fishing is about controlling all the controllables while simultaneously flowing with the unique rhythm of the river.