Business Beat: Black Leg Ranch Opens Brewery

The town of Mckenzie has less than 100 residents. But one ranch is over a century old and is bringing in visitors from all 50 states and 40 countries.

Jay Doan: “So we are Black Leg Ranch. Fifth generation cattle ranch. Homestead in 1882 by my great-great-grandfather.”

Jay Doan has expanded his family’s land into a business that brings in guests from all over. And now is adding one new addition.

Jay Doan: “We run a hunting outfit in the fall, we do a lot of events, a lot of weddings, corporate events. Now we’re opening up a brewery.”

Doan tells me he plans of brewing ales and lagers, but how it’s made is unique.

Jay Doan: “The concept behind the brewery is full sustainability. We can locally source our barley from Two Tracks Malting in Lincoln.”

The leftover grain from the brewing process will be fed to some of their cattle, which will later be butchered and paired with the beer.

If you want to taste their brews, you’ll have to make a trip to the ranch yourself. They won’t be distributing their beers yet, but are looking for partners in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

This ranch was one of the first in the area to have black angus cattle 90 years ago. The Doan family tells us the ranch’s name chose them more than they chose it. Their cattle would frequently escape, and neighbors would complain the black legs are out again.

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