Meet Robert "Roby" Burch
Born in Big Timber, Montana, Burch Barrel is a premium brand that melds groundbreaking innovations and tradition. Both the product and brand have evolved from the founder, Roby Burch, who spent his summers working on a family ranch in Big Timber, Montana. Every summer, Roby helped work the ranch. Everything from working cattle and putting up hay to greasing equipment and fixing fence. In addition, he learned how to use materials and supplies around him to work and perform a job that they normally wouldn’t have. Roby loved the work, especially during branding season when neighbors came together to help rope, wrestle and vaccinate the newborn calves. The resourcefulness of ranching and concept of people coming together at brandings is what led him to build the first Burch Barrel while in college. Roby didn’t really know that slapping chains, pipes, and a 55-gallon barrel together would lead him to a product and brand like Burch Barrel.
“I really had no intention of turning my original Burch Barrel into anything special. I just wanted something to sit around with my friends and drink beer and cook on occasionally. There was something special about that contraption though. It had a gravitational pull of its own. I’d bring it to parties and cookouts in college and immediately it was the center of attention. People would ask me to make more or suggest I sell them, and I would almost immediately tell them ‘no’. It was just something to enhance the atmosphere for my friends and me.
After graduation, I got a job that limited my time ranching and in Big Timber, which just really didn’t sit right with me. That pull to be out there only got stronger and stronger until I finally realized what I wanted to do. When I finally knew that developing Burch Barrel would get me back in Montana, I ran with it. Since then, I’ve worked to make it a reality so that I could enhance the atmosphere of other people’s outdoor experiences. My goal was to build a brand and product that people wanted to be a part of and believed in and that’s what we’re gonna do.
I say that Burch Barrel was born in Big Timber, Montana because it’s true. The first barrel may not have been made there and the plans may have been drawn up in some office someplace but this idea wouldn’t have ever come to be had it not been for my summers ranching. Burch Barrel always has been and always will be a Montana brand it’s all because of Big Timber."