List of breweries in Montana

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Breweries in Montana produce a wide range of beers in different styles that are marketed locally, regionally, and nationally. Brewing companies vary widely in the volume and variety of beer produced, from small nanobreweries and microbreweries to massive multinational conglomerate macrobreweries.

In 2012 Montana's 38 brewing establishments (including breweries, brewpubs, importers, and company-owned packagers and wholesalers) employed 220 people directly, and more than 4,700 others in related jobs such as wholesaling and retailing.[1] As of September 2015, there are 60 breweries in operation in the state of Montana. [2]

Including people directly employed in brewing, as well as those who supply Montana's breweries with everything from ingredients to machinery, the total business and personal tax revenue generated by Montana's breweries and related industries was more than $98 million.[1] Consumer purchases of Montana's brewery products generated more than $21 million extra in tax revenue.[3] In 2012, according to the Brewers Association, Montana ranked 3rd in the number of craft breweries per capita, with 36.[4]

For context, at the end of 2013 there were 2,822 breweries in the United States, including 2,768 craft breweries subdivided into 1,237 brewpubs, 1,412 microbreweries and 119 regional craft breweries.[5] In that same year, according to the Beer Institute, the brewing industry employed around 43,000 Americans in brewing and distribution and had a combined economic impact of more than $246 billion.[6]

Legal information[edit]

Definitions

According to the Montana Code Annotated 2009, section 16-1-106:[7]

and section 16-3-213, Brewers or beer importers not to retail beer—small brewery exceptions:[8]

Licensing
The roots of Montana’s liquor licensing system date back to 1933, when Prohibition ended and taverns sprung up throughout the state. In 1947, the state enacted a quota system, allowing one tavern for every 1,500 residents of a city. However, the taverns in existence at the time were grandfathered in, and what the state considers to be an excess of liquor licenses now exists in Montana cities.[9]

History[edit]

Montana ranks 2nd nationally in craft breweries per capita.[10]
  • 1863 - "Gilbert Brewery" was founded by Henry Gilbert, Christian Ritcher, and William Smith, making it one of the Montana Territory's first breweries, though it was not the first.[11] Originally called "Thorn-Smith Brewery" and then "Virginia Brewery", the brewery continued until Montana Prohibition laws went into effect around 1916–1918. The brewery re-opened in 1934 but closed for good in 1974.[12]
  • 1926 - Montana became the first state to repeal Prohibition enforcement. The petition to lift the ban stated its purpose was "to restore constitutional rights and liberty in the state of Montana by repealing all laws relative to prohibition except those relating to minors."[13] Efforts to reinstate the law two years later in 1928 failed.[14]
  • 1997 - The cabaret license was created as a reaction to the fast-rising prices of regular liquor licenses. Cabaret licenses are more affordable and allowed restaurant owners to sell wine and beer.[15]

Breweries[edit]

406 Brewing Company[edit]

406 Brewing Company
Location Bozeman
Opened 2011 (2011)
Owner(s) Matt Muth
Website 406brewingcompany.com

406 Brewing Company is a microbrewery and tasting room in Bozeman. It was opened by Matt Muth, a home brewer since college, in 2011, as the second brewery within Bozeman's city limits. Due to its recent opening, its production is limited, with no brews made regularly. It plans on offering food service in the near future.[16][17]

Beer[18] Type abv% Season
English Pale English Pale Ale
JAMBER Ale Amber Ale
May Fest Amber Ale 5.5
Porter Porter
Session Pale American Pale Ale 4.6

Angry Hank's Microbrewery[edit]

Angry Hank's Microbrewery
Location Billings
Opened 2006 (2006)
Owner(s) Tim Mohr

Angry Hank's Brewing is located in a former service station in a part of Downtown Billings known locally as the Brewery District. It was opened in 2006 by Tim Mohr, who had worked as a brewer at Red Lodge Ales for five years.[19] The Angry Hank from which the brewery gets its name is not part of the organization, but instead a Miller Genuine Draft-drinking friend of the family who always seemed angry. The idea for the name came when someone, in an attempt to console Hank said to him, "Don't be angry Hank," just as Mohr and his family were having troubles deciding on a name for the then-proposed establishment.[20]

Angry Hank's does not bottle its beer, and sells about 90% of its beer on site. Popularity of the relatively new brewery, credited in part by Mohr to nearby downtown hotel tourists and the taproom's hours coinciding with happy hour, has led to a stretched supply. Given such, the owner is considering expanding in the near future.[20]

Beer Type abv% Season
Bah Humbock Dunkler Bock 6.8 Winter
Blonde Ale Golden Ale/Blond Ale 4
Dirty Girl Dunkel Weizen Dunkelweizen 5.5 Summer
Dog Slobber Brown Ale Brown Ale 5
English Pale Ale English Pale Ale 5 Spring
Espresso Porter Porter 5.3
Fried Dynamite Stout Sweet Stout 5.8 Autumn
Frost Killer Scottish Ale Scottish Ale 5.5 Autumn
Grizz Whizz Wheat Ale 4 Summer
Head Trauma India Pale Ale India Pale Ale (IPA) 6
Mood Swing Brown Ale 5 Summer
Münchner Helles Premium Lager 4.5 Autumn
Octoberfest Oktoberfest/Märzen 5 Autumn
Pastey White Boy Prohibition Style Ale Cream Ale 4 Summer
Smoked Porter Porter Special
Street Fight Imperial Red Ale Amber Ale 6.5

Awards[edit]

Beer Category Medal Year Bestower
Münchner Helles Münchner-Style Helles Gold 2011 Great American Beer Festival

Bayern Brewing[edit]

Bayern Brewing
Location Missoula
Opened 1987 (1987)
Annual production volume 10,000 US barrels
Owner(s) Jürgen Knöller
Website bayernbrewery.com
Main article: Bayern Brewing

Bayern Brewery was opened in 1987 as the "only German brewery in the Rockies," and today is the oldest operating brewery in Montana. Brewers Thorsten Geuera and Jürgen Knöller are both from Germany and use all German equipment and recipes.[21] Knöller was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany (Bayern in German, hence the company's name), where he was apprenticed. He graduated as a Masterbrewer from Doemans' Masterschool for Brewing and Soft Drink Technology in Munich in 1987, after which he became the brewmaster for Bayern Brewing.[22]

All beer at Bayern is brewed according to Reinheitsgebot, otherwise known as the German Beer Purity Law or the Bavarian Purity Law. The law, originating in the city of Ingolstadt in the duchy of Bavaria, Germany in 1516,[23] concerns the standards for the sale and composition of beer. In the original text, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley, and hops. The law also set the price of beer at 1-2 Pfennig per Maß.

At almost 10,000 barrels of brew a year, Bayern is the second largest brewery in Montana after Big Sky Brewing. Knöller has had facilities at three different locations, but the most recent move in 2002 was structured so that it could be expanded to produce up to 100,000 barrels per year if needed.[21]

Beer Type abv% Season
Amber American Dark Lager 5.3
Dancing Trout Ale (formerly Trout Slayer) German Kristallweizen 5.6
Dark Wheat Dunkelweizen 5.6 Winter
Doppelbock Doppelbock 8.4 Winter
Dortmunder Uber Gans Dortmunder/Helles
Dragons Breath Dark Heff Ale Dunkelweizen 5.6 Special
Dump Truck Heller Bock 6 Summer
Face Plant Doppel weizen 7.5 Winter
Killarney American Dark Lager 5.7 Spring
Maibock Maibock 6.5 Spring
Oktoberfest Oktoberfest/Märzen 6 Autumn
Pilsener Pilsener 5
Schwarzbier Schwarzbier 4.8
St. Wilbur Weizen German Hefeweizen 5.6 Summer
Traditional Dark Dunkel 5.3

Awards[edit]

Beer Category Medal/Award Year Bestower
Dark Doppelbock German-Style Strong Doppelbock Gold 1999 North American Beer Awards
Doppelbock German-Style Strong Doppelbock Silver 2001 North American Beer Awards
Dragon's Breath Dark Heff South German-Style Dunkel Weizen/Weissbier Silver 2010 US Open Beer Championship
Judges Award 2010 US Open Beer Championship
Dump Truck German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock Bronze 2010 US Open Beer Championship
Maibock German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock Silver 2003 North American Beer Awards
Silver 2000 North American Beer Awards
Schwarzbier German-Style Schwarzbier Silver 1999 North American Beer Awards

Beaver Creek Brewery[edit]

Beaver Creek Brewery
Location Wibaux
Opened August 8, 2008 (2008-08-08)
Owner(s) Jim Devine
Sandy Stinnett
Russell Houck
Website beavercreekbrewery.com

Located at the edge of Eastern Montana, Beaver Creek Brewery describes itself as "an oasis in a desert of no microbreweries". As of 2008, the brewery was brewing at its capacity of about 200 barrels a year, and, despite its low production, has a distribution area spanning hundreds of miles because of the low population density of the region.[24]

The brewery was set up in Wibaux's historic old business district with equipment salvaged from the former Milestown Brewing Company in a former grocery store that had been closed since 1986.[25] As of 2012, Beaver Creek Brewery is the only brewery in the southeast region of Montana.

Beer Type abv% Season
Castor Mexican Amber Amber Ale 4.6
Choke Cherry Wheat Fruit Beer Spring
Paddlefish Stout Stout 6.3
Pale Ale American Pale Ale 6.6
Redheaded IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 7.3
Rough Rider Wheat Wheat Ale 4 Autumn
Rusty Beaver Wheat Wheat Ale 7.6
Sippin Pumpkin Ale Spice/Herb/Vegetable Autumn
Wibaux Gold Golden Ale/Blond Ale 5.5

Big Sky Brewing Co.[edit]

Big Sky Brewing Company
Location Missoula
Opened 1995 (1995)
Annual production volume 38,000 US barrels
Owner(s) Neal Leathers, Bjorn Nabozney, and Brad Robinson
Website bigskybrew.com

Big Sky Brewing Company is a microbrewery in Missoula, founded in 1995 by Neal Leathers, Bjorn Nabozney, and Brad Robinson.[26]

Beer Type abv % Season
406 Series Saison Belgian Farmhouse Ale Saison
Barley Wine Barley Wine
Belgian Brown Ale Belgian Ale 7.8 Special
Biere de Noel Abt/Quadrupel 8.75 Winter
Bobos Robust Porter Porter 6.2 Winter
Bohemian Rhapsody Czech-Style Pilzner Bohemian Pilsener
Bottleworks XI Anniversary Ale American Strong Ale 11 Special
Bourbon Barrel Aged IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.2 Special
Buckin’ Monk Tripel Abbey Tripel 10.5
Cowboy Coffee Porter
Crystal Ale Golden Ale/Blond Ale 4.7 Summer
Double IPA Imperial/Double IPA 7.8 Special
E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) Premium Bitter/ESB 5.2
Elephant Rock Imperial Saison Saison
Extra Pale Ale American Pale Ale 4.7 Special
Heavy Horse Scotch Ale Scotch Ale 6.7 Autumn
Imperial Ale Belgian Strong Ale 15.5 Special
Imperial Stout Imperial Stout
IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.2
Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout 8.75 Special
Kriek Ale Fruit Beer 10 Special
MDX American Strong Ale 10 Special
Mexican Lager Pale Lager 4.6 Special
Montana Trout Slayer Ale Wheat Ale 4.7
Moose Drool Brown Ale 5.3
Olde Bluehair Barleywine Barley Wine 8.75
Barrel Aged Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout Special
Powder Hound Winter Ale English Strong Ale 6.2 Winter
Scape Goat Pale Ale American Pale Ale 4.7
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout Sweet Stout 4.9
Smoove Cherry Ale Fruit Beer 8.75 Special
Summer Honey Golden Ale/Blond Ale 4.7 Summer
Weekend at Bernie\'s Pilsner Bohemian Pilsener Special
Wit Belgian White (Witbier) 4.7

Awards[edit]

Beer Category Medal Year Bestower[27]
Barley Wine Barley Wine-Style Ale Bronze 2001 North American Beer Awards
Bière de Noël Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale Gold 2006 North American Beer Awards
Gold 2003 North American Beer Awards
Bourbon Barleywine Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Beer Silver 2005 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer
Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout Imperial Stout Gold 2003 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer
Moose Drool Brown Ale Brown Porter Silver 2006 Los Angeles County Fair Competition
Gold 2003 North American Beer Awards
Powder Hound Winter Ale Old Ale Bronze 2003 North American Beer Awards
Gold 2002 North American Beer Awards
Scape Goat Pale American-Style Pale Ale Gold 1999 North American Beer Awards
Summer Honey Seasonal Ale Specialty Honey Beer Gold 2006 Los Angeles County Fair Competition
Bronze 2006 North American Beer Awards
Silver 2003 North American Beer Awards
Bronze 2002 North American Beer Awards
Silver 2000 North American Beer Awards

Bitter Root Brewing[edit]

Bitter Root Brewing
Location Hamilton
Opened 1998 (1998)
Annual production volume US barrels
Owner(s) Tim Bozik and Nicol
Website bitterrootbrewing.com

Bitter Root Brewing is a brewpub in Hamilton, opened in 1998 by Tim Bozik and his daughter Nicol.

Beer Type abv % Season
Amber Ale Amber Ale
American Amber Ale Amber Ale 5.45
Belgian Dubble Abbey Dubbel 6.5
Belgian Honey Trippel Abbey Tripel 9.75
Belgian Style Amber Ale Amber Ale
Belgian Trippel Abbey Tripel 8.73
Belgian WitBier Belgian White (Witbier) 4.96
Black IPA Black IPA
Bourbon Imperial Stout Imperial Stout 7.2
CollaBEERation Baltic Porter Baltic Porter 9
ESB Premium Bitter/ESB
Hefeweizen German Hefeweizen
Helles Bock Heller Bock
Huckleberry Honey Ale Fruit Beer 5.9
Imperial IPA Imperial/Double IPA 9.35
India Pale Ale India Pale Ale (IPA)
Irish Amber Ale Irish Ale 5.53
Irish Stout Sweet Stout 3.82
Nut Brown Ale Brown Ale
Oatmeal Stout Sweet Stout
Oktoberfest Lager Beer Oktoberfest/Märzen 5.68
One Year Aged Barley Wine Barley Wine 8.24
Pale Ale English Pale Ale
Poor Richards Ale Old Ale 6.1
Porter Porter
RYE Pale Ale Specialty Grain 6.33
Sawtooth Ale Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Scottish Style Amber Ale Scottish Ale
Single Hop Ale - CTZ India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.33
Single Hop Ale - Glacier India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.25
Single Hop Ale - Simcoe India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.3
Single Hop Ale - Summit India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.25
Smoked Hefeweizen Smoked
Summer Saison Saison
Winter Warmer English Strong Ale 6.46
Zaxan Coffee Milk Stout Stout 6.33

Black Eagle Brewery[edit]

Black Eagle Brewery
Location Black Eagle
Opened 2015 (2015)
Annual production volume 15 US barrels
Website pitstopblackeagle.com
Beer Type abv % Season IBU
Copper Nail Nut Brown Ale All
Smelter Man Blonde Ale 5 All

Blackfoot River Brewing[edit]

Blackfoot River Brewing
Location Helena
Opened 1998 (1998)
Annual production volume 2000 US barrels
Owner(s) Brian Smith, Brad Simshaw and Greg Wermers
Website blackfootriverbrewing.com

Blackfoot River Brewing is a microbrewery in Helena, opened in 1998 by Brian Smith, Greg Wermers, and Brad Simshaw.

Beer Type abv % Season
2009 Brewer’s Reserve Barley Wine Ale Barley Wine 10.8 Special
Belgian Tripel Abbey Tripel Autumn
Blue Collar Bitter Premium Bitter/ESB 5.8
Bourbon Barrel Tartanic Strong Scottish Ale Scottish Ale Seasonal
Cream Ale Cream Ale 4.6 Summer
Double Black Diamond Extreme Stout Dry Stout 6.9
Gold (Organic Pale Ale) American Pale Ale 5.2
Imperial Stout 2008 Imperial Stout Special
Lewis and Clark Dark Brown Ale 5.4
Lightfoot Pilsner Pilsener 5.2 Summer
MacKenzie River Driftboat Amber Ameber Ale 4.5
Maibock Heller Bock 7.2
Mardi Gras Red Amber Ale 5.7
Missouri River Steamboat Lager California Common 5.6
North Fork Organic Porter Porter 6.5
Octoberfest Oktoberfest/Märzen 5.6 Authumn
Pale Bock Heller Bock 7.2 Winter
Single Malt IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.9
Tartanic Strong Scottish Ale Scottish Ale 7.75 Winter
Woollybugger Wheat German Hefeweizen 6

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Blacksmith Brewing Company[edit]

Blacksmith Brewing Company
Location Stevensville
Opened 2008 (2008)
Annual production volume US barrels
Owner(s) Eric Hayes
Website blacksmithbrewing.com

Blacksmith Brewing Company is a brewpub/brewery in Stevensville, opened in 2008 by Eric Hayes.

Beer Type abv % Season
Backwoods Barley Wine Barley Wine 12.3 Winter
Black Iron Malty IPA Black IPA 6 Summer
Black Out Oatmeal Stout Sweet Stout 8
Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter Porter 7 Special
Bourbon Barrel Backwoods Barley Wine Bareley Wine 12.3 Special
Brickhouse Blonde Golden Ale/Blond Ale 5
Cutthroat IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.2
Fall Line Winter Ale American Strong Ale 8.5 Winter
Hopper Hefeweizen German Hefeweizen 6 Summer
Imperial Red Ale American Strong Ale 7.2 Summer
Montana Amber Ale Amber Ale 5.4
P.D. Pale Ale American Pale Ale 6
Pulaski Porter Porter 7
Simcoe Pale Ale American Pale Ale 6.2 Special
Twisted Paddle Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.5
Vanilla Porter Porter Special

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Bowser Brewing[edit]

Bowser Brewing
Location Great Falls
Opened 2011 (2011)
Owner(s) Evan Bowser
Website bowserbrew.com

Bowser Brewing is a microbrewery in Great Falls, opened by Evan Bowser in 2011.

Bozeman Brewing Company[edit]

Bozeman Brewing Company
Location Bozeman
Opened 2001 (2001)
Annual production volume 2100 US barrels
Website bozemanbrewing.com

Bozeman Brewing Company is a microbrewery in Bozeman, opened by Todd Scott in 2001.

Beer Type abv % Season
Belgian Wit Belgian White (Witbier) 5
Best Damn Ale Amber Ale 5.5
Blackmore Lager American Dark Lager 4.5 Summer
Bourbon Barleywine Barley Wine 10
Bozone Batch 100 Pale Ale American Pale Ale 6.5 Special
Bozone Hefe Weizen Wheat Ale 6
Bozone HopZone IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 7.2
Bozone Nitro Stout Stout
Bozone Select Amber Ale Amber Ale 5.5
Buzzkill Java Stout Stout Special
Debacle Pale Ale American Pale Ale 6 Spring
Funky Virtue Sour Ale/Wild Ale Special
Harvestfest Lager Oktoberfest/Märzen 5.6 Special
Hopsimelia (Imperial IPA) Imperial/Double IPA Spring
House Bill 400 Barley Wine 10 Special
Hylander Scottish Ale Scottish Ale 6.2 Summer
Maibock Heller Bock Spring
Mt Common California Common 5.2
Nutbrown Brown Ale Winter
Oktoberfest Oktoberfest/Märzen Autumn
Pale Project American Pale Ale 7
Pinhead Pils Pilsener 5
Plum St. Porter Porter 5.75
Pumpkin Spice/Herb/Vegetable 5
Spring IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) Spring
Terroir India Pale Ale (IPA) 7.1 Autumn
The Great One American Strong Ale 10.5 Winter
Watershed Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.4 Special
Wee Nip Barley Wine 11.6 Winter

[30]
Flagship Beer: Bozone Select

Carter's Brewing[edit]

Carter's Brewing
Location Billings
Opened 2007 (2007)
Annual production volume US barrels
Owner(s) Micheal Uhrich
Website cartersbrewing.com

Carter's Brewing Company is a brewpub in Billings, opened in 2007 by Michael, Becky, and Carter Uhrich.

Beer Type abv % Season
3440 English Bitter Bitter Special
Biere de Printemps Bière de Garde
Billings Co-Hop Harvest Ale India Pale Ale (IPA) 6 Autumn
Black Magic Porter Porter 5
Blackened Cascadian Dark IPA Black IPA
Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Magic Porter Porter 5.2 Special
Boxcar Brown Ale Brown Ale 5.3 Special
Carter The Great Imperial Oatmeal Stout Imperial Stout
Carterfestbier Oktoberfest/Märzen 5.5 Autumn
Coldwater Kölsch Kölsch
Consequence Belgian Sour Brown Sour Ale/Wild Ale Special
Cru Ale Deville Sour Ale Sour Ale/Wild Ale Special
De-Railed IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.5
Downtown Dunkel Dunkel 4.8 Autumn
Golden Spike Pilsener Lager Pilsener 4.8 Autumn
Handcar Hefeweizen German Hefeweizen 4.8
Hop Delivery Vehicle American Pale Ale 6 Autumn
Indulge Belgian Style IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.4 Winter
Island Fever Coconut Porter Porter Special
Kriek du Carter Lambic - Fruit 7 Special
La Grisette Farmhouse Style Ale Saison 5.5 summer
Magic City Mild Ale Mild Ale 5
Midnight Express Oatmeal Stout Sweet Stout 5 Autumn
Mothers Milk Oak Aged IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.5 Special
Off The Wall Amber Ale Amber Ale Special
One Timer Holiday Porter Imperial/Stong Porter 7.5 Winter
One Timer Winter Ale American Strong Ale 8 Winter
Passion Belgian Pale Ale Belgian Ale 5 Autumn
Pickers Pride Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5
Proper English Pale Ale English Pale Ale
Rob Moore Abbey Ale Abbey Dubbel 7.2 Special
Roundhouse Red Ale Amber Ale 5.5 Spring
Saison De Carter Saison 6.5 Special
Single and Celibate Trappist-Style Single Ale Belgian Ale 5.5 Autumn
Station Master Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.4
Summer Kölsch Kölsch Summer
Switchyard Scottish Ale Scottish Ale Special
Trainwreck Imperial IPA Imperial/Double IPA 8.6 Autumn
White Lightning Ale Belgian White (Witbier) 4.5 Winter
Young Buck Strong Pale Ale American Strong Ale Special

[31]

Draught Works Brewery[edit]

Draught Works Brewery
Location Missoula
Opened October 6, 2011 (October 6, 2011)
Owner(s) Paul Marshall and Jeff Grant
Website draughtworksbrewery.com

Draught Works Brewery is a microbrewery and tasting room in Missoula. It was opened by Paul Marshall and Jeff Grant in 2011. Both studied brewing at the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy in Chicago. The brewery has six flagship beers.[32]

Beer Type abv% Season
Clothing Optional Pale Ale 5.2 All
Gwin Du Welsh Style Tribute Stout 5.3 All
Quill Pig Czech Style Pilsner 5.0 All
Scepter Head India Pale Ale 6.1 All
Shadow Caster Alt Beer 5.0 All
"That's What She Said" Cream Ale 5.2 All

Flathead Lake Brewing Company[edit]

Flathead Lake Brewing Company
Location Woods Bay
Opened 2004 (2004)
Annual production volume US barrels
Owner(s) Greg Johnston
Website flatheadlakebrewing.com

Flathead Lake Brewing Company is a brewpub/brewery in Woods Bay, opened in 2004 by Greg Johnston.

Beer Type abv % Season
369' Stout Stout 6.5 Winter
Dock Start Amber Ale Amber Ale 5.6
Bufflehead Brown Ale Brown Ale 6.2
The Centennial IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 7.3
Galaxy Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.3 Special
Holiday Ale Winter Warmer 7.7
The Imperial IPA Imperial/Double IPA 8.8
Painted Rock Porter Porter 5.6
Rising Sun Espresso Porter Porter 5.6
Swimmer's Itch Saison Saison 5.3 Summer
Treble Hook Tripel Belgian 9.4
Two Rivers Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.5
Wild Mile Wheat American-Style Hefeweizen 5.1

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The Front Brewing Co.[edit]

The Front Brewing Co.
Location Great Falls
Opened 2012 (2012)
Annual production volume US barrels
Website thefrontbrewing.com
Beer Type abv % Season IBU
Apocalyptico Wheat Ale 9.5 Seasonal 30
Keep Cool Creek Blonde Ale 5.4 All 19
Mountain Man Scotch Ale 6.8 All 22
Pack Mule Porter Porter 5.6 All
River Water IPA American India Pale Ale 6.9 All 67
Skyfire Amber American Amber Ale 5.3 All 22

Glacier Brewing Company[edit]

Glacier Brewing Company
Location Polson
Opened 2003 (2003)
Annual production volume 600 US barrels
Owner(s) Dave Ayers
Website glacierbrewing.com

Glacier Brewing Company is a microbrewery in Polson, opened in 2003 by Dave Ayers.

Beer Type abv % Season
Bald Beaver Barley Wine Barley Wine 10 Special
Brewers Reserve - Biere De Mars Saison Spring
Brewers Reserve - Hop Garden Pilsner Bohemian Pilsener
Brewers Reserve - Old Scottish Bastard Scottish Ale Special
Brewers Reserve - Wet Willy’s Ale Fruit Beer Autumn
Centennial Scottish Ale Scottish Ale Special
Dunkel Hefeweizen Dunkelweizen Winter
Flathead Cherry Ale Fruit Beer 5.5 Summer
Golden Grizzly Ale Kölsch 5.5
North Fork Amber Albier 5.5
One Barrel Batch - Aged Nitro Amber Amber Ale Special
One Barrel Batch - Barrel Aged Oktoberfest Oktoberfest/Märzen Special
One Barrel Batch - Barrel Bomber Stout Dry Stout 5.5 Special
One Barrel Batch - Pete’s Pennypincher Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.2 Special
Port Polson Pilsner Pilsener 5.5
Select Octoberfest Oktoberfest/Märzen 6.7 Autumn
Slurry Bomber Stout Dry Stout 5.5
Snowy Owl Stout Stout
Wild Wolf Wheat Wheat Ale Summer

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Great Northern Brewing Company[edit]

Great Northern Brewing Company
Location Whitefish
Opened 1994 (1994)
Annual production volume 6500 US barrels
Website greatnorthernbrewing.com

Great Northern Brewing Company is a microbrewery in Whitefish, opened in 1995 by Minott Wessinger.

Beer Type abv % Season
Wheatfish Wheat Lager American Style Wheat Lager 4.75 Flagship
Going To The Sun IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 5.7 Flagship
Wild Huckleberry Filtered Wheat Beer with Fruit 4.6 Flagship
Good Medicine Imperial Red Ale Imperial Red Ale 8.0 Flagship
Guy on a Buffalo Coffee Stout Coffee Stout 5.1 2014 Weathervane Series
Equinox Single Hopped Pale Ale Pale Ale 5.3 2014 Weathervane Series
Empire Builder Imperial Pilsner Imperial Pilsner 7.3 2014 Weathervane Series
TPA Tea Pale Ale 7.3 Spring Seasonal
Amber Waves of Grain American Lager 5.3 2014 Weathervane Series
Dark and Ominous Ginger, Vanilla and Oak Stout 7.7 2014 Weathervane Series
iSanto Dios! Mole Stout 8.7 2014 Weathervane Series
Frog Hop Fresh Hopped Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.0 Fall Seasonal
Glacier Chaser Oktoberfest/Märzen 5.6 September Release
SnowGhost Winter Lager American Dark Lager 5.9 Retired
Bucking Horse Pilsner Bohemian Pilsener 5.1 Retired
Fred's Black Lager Schwarzbier 4.9 Retired 2012
Highlander Scottish Ale Scottish Ale 4.6 Contract
Black Star Amber Export Pale Lager Retired 2002
Hellroaring Amber Amber Ale 5.1 Retired 2013
Black Star Black Lager Schwartzbier Retired 2002
Bucking Horse Pilsner Pilsener Retired 2012
Black Star Golden Lager Pale Lager 4.6 Retired 2013
Bear Naked Amber Vienna 7 Retired 2006
Big Fog ESB Premium Bitter/ESB 6 Retired 2012
Bourbon Barrel Aged #1 Pack String Porter Porter 5.2 One time release 2010
Bourbon Barrel Aged #2 Big Fog Premium Bitter/ESB 6.1 One-time release 2010
Experiment #1 American Pale Ale One-time release 2009
Pack String Porter Porter 5 Retired

[36][37] Flagship Beer: Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager

Harvest Moon Brewing Company[edit]

Harvest Moon Brewing Company
Location Belt
Opened 1996 (1996)
Annual production volume 3000 US barrels
Owner(s) Stan Guedesse
Website harvestmoonbrew.com

Harvest Moon Brewing Company is a microbrewery in Belt, opened in 1996 by Stan Guedesse.

Beer Type abv % Season
Beltian White Belgian White (Witbier) 4.75
Big Boned Stout Stout
Charlie Russell Red Premium Bitter/ESB
Coyote Ugly IPA India Pale Ale (IPA)
Electric City Pale Ale American Pale Ale
Great Falls Select Pilsener
Montana Amber Amber Ale
Mulligan Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Nut Brown Ale Brown Ale Autumn
Pigs Ass Porter Porter 5

[38] Flagship Beer: Beltian White

Kettle House Brewing Company[edit]

Kettle House Brewing Company
Location Missoula
Opened 1991 (1991)
Annual production volume 10,000 US barrels
Owner(s) Tim O'Leary
Website kettlehouse.com

Kettle House Brewing Company is a brewery in Missoula that started in 1991 by Tim O'Leary as a "you-brew." It now consists of two separate small brewing facilities and taprooms in Missoula.

Beer Type abv % Season
Al Pilsner Pilsener 5 Summer
Barleywine Barley Wine 9
Brick and Mortar Imperial Porter Imperial/Stong Porter 11.5 Special
Cold Smoke Scotch Ale Scottish Ale 6.5
Crystal Pils Pilsener
Czech Style Pils Bohemian Pilsener Special
Disc Down Oatmeal Brown Ale Brown Ale
Discombobulator Doppelbock Doppelbock 8.5 Special
Double Haul IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.6
Eddy Out Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.5
ESB Premium Bitter/ESB Autumn
Festival of the Dead Very Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.5 Autumn
Fresh Bongwater Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5
Garden City Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5
German Alt Altbier 6.5 R
Ginseng Pale Ale Spice/Herb/Vegetable 5 Special
Ginseng SRB (Sports Recovery Beer) Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Hefe Pumple Spice/Herb/Vegetable 5 Autumn
Hellgate Honey Hefeweizen Wheat Ale 6
Hemptober Spliff Oktoberfest/Märzen 6.5 Autumn
High Gravity Bongwater Imperial Porter Imperial/Stong Porter 9.5 Winter
Hopnosis American Pale Ale American Pale Ale 6
Joe Bong Coffee Porter Porter Special
Lake Missoula Amber Amber Ale 5.5
Liberty C.A.P Pilsener 6
Maibock Heller Bock 7.5 Spring
Montana Blonde Golden Ale/Blond Ale 5
Myrtle Street IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.5 Special
Olde Bongwater Hemp Porter Porter 5.5
Raftsafari Red Amber Ale Special
Road Rash Imperial Red Ale American Strong Ale Special
Saison Saison Spring
Sapped Out Maple Stout Stout Special
Seeley Axe Specialty Grain Special
Slow Ride Stout Stout 6.5

[39] Flagship Beer: Cold Smoke Scotch Ale

Lewis and Clark Brewing Company[edit]

Lewis and Clark Brewing Company
Location Helena
Opened 1995 (1995)
Annual production volume 1700 US barrels
Website lewisandclarkbrewing.com

Lewis and Clark Brewing Company is a brewpub/brewery in Helena, opened in 1995. Its name changed from Sleeping Giant Brewing in 2004.

Beer Type abv % Season
Sleeping Giant Back Country Scottish Ale Scottish Ale 5.7
Sleeping Giant Big Belt Weizenbock Weizen Bock Winter
Big Horn Light Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Fire Tower Amber Altbier 5.7
In-Between IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) Summer
India Pale Lager Pale Lager
Lager Oktoberfest/Märzen 5.4
MadMax Fresh Hop IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 7.3 Autumn
Miners Gold Hefeweizen Wheat Ale 5.2
Octoberfest Oktoberfest/Märzen Autumn
Portage Porter Baltic Porter 7 Winter
Prickly Pear Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5
Smoke Jumper Stout Dry Stout Winter
Tumbleweed IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 5.7
Yellowstone Kölsch 5.1

Lone Peak Brewery[edit]

Lone Peak Brewery
Location Big Sky
Opened 2008 (2008)
Annual production volume US barrels
Website lonepeakbrewery.com

Lone Peak Brewery is a brewpub/brewery in Big Sky, opened in 2008 by Steve Nordahl.

Beer Type abv % Season
Bourbon Barrel Oatmeal Stout Sweet Stout Special
Bourbon Barrel Steep N Deep Winter Ale American Drink Ale Special
Buck Snort Porter Porter
Headplant Pale Ale American Pale Ale
Hellroaring ESB Premium Bitter/ESB
Hippy Highway Oatmeal Stout Stout
Hopfest ’08 Brown Ale Autumn
Imperial IPA Imperial/Double IPA 9 Winter
IPA India Pale Ale (IPA)
Nordic Blonde Ale Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Steep N Deep Winter Ale American Strong Ale Winter
Swiftwater Pils Classic German Pilsener 5
Wits End Belgian White Ale Belgian White (Witbier) Summer

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Madison River Brewing Company[edit]

Madison River Brewing Company
Location Belgrade
Opened 2005 (2005)
Annual production volume 5000 US barrels
Owner(s) Howard McMurry
Website madisonriverbrewing.com

Madison River Brewing Company is a brewpub/brewery in Belgrade, opened in 2004 by Doug Frey and Robert Miller.

Beer Type abv % Season
Brown Ale Brown Ale
Chocolate Dunn Java Porter Porter 4.5 Retired
Copper John Scotch Ale Scotch Ale 7
Frostbite Barley Wine 11.5 Winter
Hopjuice IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 7 Spring
Hopper Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.7
Irresistible Amber Ale Amber Ale 4.5
Lime Trude Saison Special
Muddler Minnow Mild Mild Ale 5.5 Retired
Parachute Pilsner Pilsener Special
Raspberry Wheat Beer Fruit Beer Retired
Salmon Fly Honey Rye Specialty Grain 5.6
Satiator Doppelbock Doppelbock Winter
Uncle Funkle Dunkel Dunkel Autumn
Woolly Bugger Wit Belgian White (Witbier) 4.5
Yellow Humpy Hefeweizen German Hefeweizen 4.5

Flagship Beer: Salmon Fly Honey Rye

Meadowlark Brewing[edit]

Meadowlark Brewing
Location Sidney
Opened 2014 (2014)
Owner(s) Peterson Family
Website meadowlarkbrewing.com

Meadowlark Brewing opened its doors in the summer of 2014 in the north-eastern town of Sidney, MT. Although located in an area where the local population was primarily big brand drinkers Meadowlark Brewing has made great strides in changing the thoughts and palates of its local imbibers. With a brewing portfolio of over twenty beers Meadowlark prides itself on being able to provide something for everyone. Meadowlark Brewing is located in the same building as Meadowlark Public House where customers can dine and drink within view of the brewery.

Meadowlark Brewing currently distributes its products across Montana as well as western North Dakota. In addition to draught, Meadowlark packages two of their popular styles in 12 oz. cans with a third style in 16 oz. cans

"Made in Montana. Treasured Everywhere"

Beer Type abv% Series
Ole Gus Scotch Rye Wee Heavy 7.0 Year Round
Badlands Extra Pale Ale 6.5 Year Round
Black Steer's Tookus Oatmalt Stout 5.5 Year Round
Harvester Cream Ale 5.5 Year Round
Draco Amero-Belgo Grand Cru 8.5 Constellation
Pegasus Belgian-Style Saison 6.2 Constellation
Argo Belgian-Style Biere de Garde 8 Constellation
Orion Belgian-Style Tripel 10.2 Constellation
Teddy Roosevelt American Badass Imperial Wheat IPA aged on Oak 7.9 Flights of Fancy
Car Ramrod Imperial Pilsner 7.7 Flights of Fancy
Mob Barley Barleywine 11.6 Flights of Fancy
Paramour Chocolate Cherry Stout 6.2 Fruits and Fields
Fungus Shui Mushroom Amber Ale 6 Fruits and Fields
Peach Wheat American Wheat Ale 4.5 Fruits and Fields
Raspberry Wit Belgian-Style Wit 4.5 Fruits and Fields
Squashtoberfest Oktoberfest Style Lager 6.6 Fruits and Fields
Snowflake Gingerbread Ale 6.3 Fruits and Fields
Skinny Jeans Lumberjack Session IPA 4.7 Sipster

Mighty Mo Brewing Co.[edit]

Mighty Mo Brewing Co.
Location Great Falls
Opened 2014 (2014)
Owner(s) Seth Swingley and Casey Kingsland
Website mightymobrewing.com
Beer Type abv % Season IBU
Dam Fog American Style Hefeweizen 5 All 23
Lip Ripper India Pale Ale 6.2 All 55
Smoke Jumper Strong Scotch Ale 7.3 All 20
Rising Trout Pale Ale 5.6 All 39
Rendezvous Red Amber Ale 5.6 All 30
Wind Blown Blonde Blonde Ale 5 All 20

Montana Brewing Company[edit]

Montana Brewing Company
Location Billings
Opened 1994 (1994)
Annual production volume 900 US barrels
Owner(s) Sean Graves
Website montanabrewingcompany.com

Montana Brewing Company is a brewpub/brewery in Billings, opened in 1994 by CSKT INC.

Beer Type abv % Season
Ape Hanger Ale American Strong Ale 6.3 Special
Beartooth Espresso Porter Porter 5.5 Winter
Belgian Strong Pale Ale Belgian Strong Ale 7.9 Special
Bighorn Bourbon Stout Stout
Billings IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) Special
Blind Boar Amber Amber Ale
Custers Last Stout Stout 5.5 Special
Cutthroat Rye Specialty Grain
Dark Side Stout Summer
Drunkin Pumpkin Ale Spice/Herb/Vegetable 4.5 Autumn
Dry & Dark Hard Cider Cider
Fat Belly Amber Scottish Ale 4.6
Foglifter Breakfast Stout Sweet Stout Special
Harvest Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.5 Autumn
Holligan’s Irish Red Ale Irish Ale Special
Huckleberry Wheat Fruit Beer
Legless Double English IPA English Pale Ale
Malley’s Irish Dry Stout Dry Stout Special
McWoody Scotch Ale Scotch Ale
Mistle-Cone IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) Winter
Pomegranate Wheat Fruit Beer
Raspberry Wheat Fruit Beer Summer
Sandbagger Gold Golden Ale/Blond Ale 4.7
Scotch Ale Scotch Ale Winter
Sharptail Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.5
Stillwater Rye Saison Saison 5.7 Autumn
Two Moon Saison Saison 7.5 Special
Wee Heavy Scotch Ale Scotch Ale Special
White Eagle Baltic Porter Baltic Porter Special
Whitetail Wheat Wheat Ale
Wild Wild Wit Belgian White (Witbier)
Montana Jabroni India Pale Ale (IPA)

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Neptune's Brewery[edit]

Neptune's Brewery
Location Livingston
Opened 1998 (1998)
Annual production volume 4000 US barrels
Owner(s) William Taylor
Website neptunesbrewery.com

Neptune's Brewery is a microbrewery in Livingston, opened in 1998 by William Taylor.

Beer Type abv % Season
Bee Buzz Spice/Herb/Vegetable 5
Belgian Blonde Belgian Ale
Belgian White Belgian White (Witbier) 5.5
Chocolate Cream Porter Porter Spring
Clipper Nut Brown Ale Brown Ale 6
Dragging Anchor Lager Pale Lager 4.5 Summer
Octoberfest Lager Oktoberfest/Märzen Autumn
Pale Ale American Pale Ale
Pilsener Pilsener
Pilsener Light Pilsener 4.5
Shark Bite IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.8 Summer
She May Not Belgian Strong Ale 12 Special
Smooth Sailing Cream Ale Cream Ale
Taylor Made Scottish Ale Scottish Ale 6.5
Toad Back Bock Dunkler Bock
Walk The Plank Stout Sweet Stout Winter
Whale Tale Abbey Abbey Dubbel Winter
Wheat Wheat Ale Special

Philipsburg Brewing Company[edit]

Philipsburg Brewing Company
Location Philipsburg
Opened 2012
Annual production volume US barrels
Website www.philipsburgbrewingcompany.com

Philipsburg Brewing Company is a microbrewery in Philipsburg, opened in August 2012.[42]

Beer Type ABV% Season
Algonquin "Gonk" Amber 5.8 Year round
Badfinger Imperial Stout 10 Year round
Bourbon Barrel Badfinger Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 11.5 Special
Czech One-Two Czech Pilsner 5.6 Year round
Corners Porter Coffee Porter 6.6 Year round
Five Phantoms Pumpkin Barley Wine 8.4 Special
Flint Creek California Common 4.2
Haybag American Hefeweizen 5.7 Year round
HEYpricot Apricot American Hefeweizen 5.7 Special
Hoptower #1 Single Hop IPA 6.4
Hoptower #2 Single Hop IPA 6.4
Hot Spot Blood Orange IPA 7.5 Fire season
Incarcerator Doppelbock 8.2
Otter Water Session Pale Ale 4.5 Year round
Razzu! Raspberry Wheat 5.2 Year round
Rope Swing Saison 5.7 Year round
Tramway Rye Pale Ale 6.4 Year round

Quarry Brewing[edit]

Quarry Brewing
Location Butte
Opened August 29, 2007 (2007-08-29)
Annual production volume US barrels
Owner(s) Chuck and Lyza Schnabel
Website wedigbeer.com

Quarry Brewery is a microbrewery in Butte, opened in 2007 by Chuck Schnabel.

Beer Type abv % Season
Basalt IBA Black IPA Summer
Bauxite Brown Brown Ale
Galena Gold Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Headframe Hefeweizen German Hefeweizen 4.2
Hematite Hop Burst Style Beer American Pale Ale Summer
Ironstone IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) Special
Mica Maibock Heller Bock Spring
Opal Oktoberfest Oktoberfest/Märzen Autumn
Open Cab Copper Ale Irish Ale 4.83
Open Pit Porter Porter 4.83
Rose Quartz Frambois Lambic - fruit Special
Sandstone Stout Sweet Stout 5.8
Shale Pale Ale American Pale Ale 4.83
Slate IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.7
Smokey Quartz Rauchbier Smoked Autumn

[43]

Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company[edit]

Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company
Location Red Lodge
Opened 1998 (1998)
Annual production volume 7500 US barrels
Owner(s) Sam Hoffmann
Justin Moore
Website redlodgeales.com

Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company is a microbrewery in Red Lodge, opened in 1998 by Sam Hoffmann. Its head brewer and production manager is Justin Moore. Lead brewers are Rush Nicholson and Dylan Shanks. Sales team are Doug the Beerbarian Bailey, Andy Simpson, and Phil Bridges.

The brewery produced nearly 8,000 barrels in 2014, boasts the largest solar thermal array in the state, and distributes to central and eastern Montana, western North Dakota, and northern Wyoming.

Beer Type abv % Season
Beartooth Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5 Year round
Bent Nail IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.1 Year round - 12 oz bottles
Broken Nail Double IPA Imperial/Double IPA 8.5 Mid-Summer - 22 oz bombers
Czech Mate Pilsner Czech Style Pilsner 5.3 Year round - 12 oz bottles
Glacier Ale Altbier 5.3 Year round - 12 oz bottles
Harvest Ale American Pale Ale 5.5 Early Fall
Helio Hefeweizen American Wheat 5.4 Year round - 12 oz bottles
I Do Wit Belgian White (Witbier) Retired
Jacks 90 Scottish Ale Scottish Ale 6.2 Year round - 12 oz bottles
Kings Cupboard Chocolate Stout Sweet Stout 5 Early Winter
Liver Eatin Ale/Fur Trapper Dunkelweizen 5.4 Spring
Günther Drei Hop IPA American Strong Pale Ale 7 Retired
Monster Maibock Heller Bock 7 Retired
Octoberfest Oktoberfest/Märzen 5.1 Early Fall - 22 oz bombers
Rock Dodge Porter Robust Porter 5.75 Year round
Reserve Ale Kölsch 5 Late Spring
Busted Barrel Series Barrel Aged 5-7 Special
Easy Sippah Session IPA American Pale Ale 4.37 Special
Ullrfest Lager German Munich Lager 5 Winter
Dos Goatees Doppelbock Doppelbock 8 Late Winter - 22 oz bombers
Summer Daze Doppelweiss Doppelweiss 7.5 Late Spring - 22 oz bombers
Widow Maker Heller Bock 6.5 Winter

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Tamarack Brewing[edit]

Tamarack Brewing
Location Lakeside
Opened 1998 (1998)
Annual production volume US barrels
Owner(s) Craig Koontz
Website tamarackbrewing.com

Tamarack Brewing Company is a brewpub/brewery in Lakeside, opened in 2007.

Beer Type abv % Season
Dock Days Hefeweizen German Hefeweizen 5
Dr. Tom’s Pils Pilsener Autumn
DRye Reign Roggen Specialty Grain 5.3 Special
Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Ale Spice/Herb/Vegetable 5.4 Autumn
Grizzly Bear Coffee Stout Stout 6 Special
Hat Trick Hop IPA India Pale Ale (IPA) 6.8
Head Wall Double IPA Imperial/Double IPA 9.1
Tamarack ESP English Pale Ale 4.8 Special
Mahogany Brown Ale Brown Ale 5.2
Old Stache Whiskey Barrel Porter Imperial/Double Porter 8.9
Rye Sally Rye PA Specialty Grain 6 Special
Saints Inn Scotch Ale Scotch Ale 6.66
Save the Trails Black Kolsch Amber Ale 4.6 Special
Switchback Stout Sweet Stout 6
Tree Top Bock Heller Bock Autumn
Vanilla Bourbon Stout Sweet Stout 7.5 Special
Wakeboard Wit Belgian White (Witbier) 4.2 Spring
Yard Sale Ale Amber Ale 5.6

[45] Flagship Beer: Yard Sale Ale


Wildwood Brewing[edit]

Wildwood Brewing
Location Stevensville
Opened 2012
Annual production volume US barrels
Owner(s) Jim and Pannha Lueders
Website www.wildwoodbrewing.com

Wildwood Brewing Company is a brewery opened by Jim Lueders in Stevensville in 2012.

Beer Type abv % Season Location
White Bark Wheat Ale Wheat Ale 5.6 All A classic Bavarian wheat beer
Discerning Pilsner Bohemian style Lager 5.0 All A classic Czech Republic Pilsner
Mystical Stout An Irish style dry stout 5.4 All Cork City, Ireland
Bodacious Bock Traditional German Spring Bock 7.5 All Germany
Ambitious Pale Lager A classic Munich style lager 5.0 All Munich, Germany

[46]

Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company[edit]

Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company
Location Billings
Opened 1997 (1997)
Annual production volume 3000 US barrels
Website yellowstonevalleybrew.com

Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company is a brewpub in Billings, opened in 1997 by George Moncure.

Beer Type abv % Season
Black Widow Oatmeal Stout Sweet Stout 5.9
Devils Tower Lager Amber Ale 5.1
Black Widow Oatmeal Stout Stout 5.9
Grand Slam Golden Ale/Blond Ale 4.6
Grizzly Wulff Wheat Wheat Ale 5.3
Huckle-Weizen Fruit Beer 5.3
Numbskull Pale Ale American Pale Ale 5.6
Oatmeal and Peat Smoked Scottish Ale Scottish Ale 5.6
Old Bone Ale American Pale Ale
Renegade Red Ale Premium Bitter/ESB 5.9
Sharptooth Porter Smoked 8
Wild Fly Ale Amber Ale 5.9

Notable defunct breweries[edit]

Though Montana had a robust early brewery history, many notable companies were severely weakened by Prohibition and others finished off by the expansion of national breweries.

List of defunct Montana breweries
Brewery Location Opened Closed Status Founded by Type of brewery Production (bbl) MBA member Flagship beer Notes
Anaconda Brewing Company Anaconda 1900 1958 Closed Henry Mueller Microbrewery - Rocky Mountain Beer Became Sugrue Bottling Company after closing
Basin Brewing Company Basin 1964 Closed Bertoglio Microbrewery -
Big Hole Brewing Company Belgrade 1996 2002 Contract Brewpub 3000 - Beer selection produced by Madison River Brewing Company
Bones Brewing Company Billings - Open Brewpub No
Bridger Brewing Belgrade 1993 1995 Closed Microbrewery 1000 -
Butte Brewery Butte 1885 1918 Closed Henry Muntzer Microbrewery -
Centennial Brewing Company Butte 1876 1918 Closed Leopold Schmidt & Raymond Saile Microbrewery -
DG Barleys Kalispell Closed - -
Gilbert Brewery Virginia City 1863 1974 Closed Henry Gilbert, Christian Ritcher, and William Smith Microbrewery - Originally called "Thorn-Smith Brewery" and then "Virginia Brewery", it continued until Montana Prohibition laws went into effect around 1916–1918. It re-opened in 1934 but closed for good in 1974.
Great Falls Select Great Falls 1930s 1968 Closed - -
Himmelberger Brewing Company Billings 1994 Open Dennis Himmelberger Microbrewery 360 No
Kalispell Malting and Brewing Company Kalispell 1893 1955 Closed Microbrewery -
Kessler Brewing Company Helena 1865 1958 Closed Microbrewery -
Kessler Brewing Company (II) Helena 1984 2000 Closed Microbrewery 6000 -
Lang Creek Brewing Co. Marion 1993 2009 Closed Microbrewery 5000 -
Lewistown Brewing Company Lewistown 1894 1937 Closed Microbrewery -
Lightning Boy Brewery Belgrade 1998 2004 Closed Microbrewery - Was part of the Utah Brewers Cooperative
Milestown Brewing Company Miles City 1992 Closed Brewpub -400 - The Golden Spur
Missoula Brewing Company LLC Missoula 1900 1964 Contract Microbrewery - Highlander beer brewed by Great Norther Brewing Company
Rock\'n M Brewing Belgrade 1994 1996 Closed - 2000 -
Rocky Mountain Brewing Company Anaconda Closed - -
Silver Bow Brewery Butte 1876 1918 Closed Microbrewery -
Spanish Peaks Brewing Company Bozeman 1991 2003 Closed Microbrewery - There is a brewpub at this location.
Tivoli Brewery Butte 1900 1918 Closed Microbrewery - Standard Gold
Whitefish Brewing Company Whitefish 1991 Closed Microbrewery 2500 -
Wild Hare Brewing Hamilton 1996 Closed - 1000 -

Anaconda[edit]

  • Anaconda Brewing Company - 1900–1958[47]

Butte[edit]

  • Butte Brewery
  • Centennial Brewing Company
  • Tivoli Brewery

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Helena[edit]

  • Kessler Brewing Company - 1865–1958; 1984–2000[49]

Kalispell[edit]

  • Kalispell Malting and Brewing Company - 1893–1955[50]

Montana Brewers Association (MBA)[edit]

The Montana Brewers Association was founded in 2008.[51]
Its previous name was the Montana State Brewers Association, established in 1997.

Its purpose is the promotion of the production and sales of the freshest and highest quality Montana-made beers through education, public awareness and support for local breweries' products, profession, and histories, while documenting their economic impact and legal responsibilities throughout the state.[52]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Finder, Montana Beer. "Montana Beer Finder: Breweries". www.montanabeerfinder.com. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  3. ^ "The Economic Impact of the Beer Industry--2012 Data, Montana". The Beer Institute. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Capita per Brewery" (PDF). Brewers Association. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Brewers Association Announces 2013 Craft Brewer Growth". Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Beer Serves America". The Beer Institute. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  7. ^ http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/mca/16/1/16-1-106.htm Montana Code Annotated 2009, section 16-1-106 Definitions
  8. ^ http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/mca/16/3/16-3-213.htm Montana Code Annotated 2009, section 16-3-213 Brewers or beer importers not to retail beer -- small brewery exceptions
  9. ^ http://www.newwest.net/city/article/the_strange_world_of_montana_alcohol_law/C8/L8/ New West - "The Strange World of Montana Alcohol Law"
  10. ^ Craft Brewing Industry Statistics
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  12. ^ http://montanakids.com/cool_stories/ghost_towns/gilberts.htm Gilbert's Brewery
  13. ^ "Montana would limit Prohibition" Spokane Daily Chronicle - Jan 19, 1926
  14. ^ Kyvig, David "Chapter 7, Hard Times, Hopeful Times" Repealing National Prohibition (1979).
  15. ^ Beer and Wine License Laws in Montana | News, Sports, Weather for Great Falls, Helena, and all of Montana | Local Top Stories
  16. ^ Bozeman’s newest brews — 406 Brewing Company opens
  17. ^ New brewery in Bozeman on tap
  18. ^ Rate Beer - 406 Brewing Company
  19. ^ Angry Hanks Brewing
  20. ^ a b Angry Hanks Brewing: A Method to His Madness | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  21. ^ a b Bayern Brewing: The Only German Brewery in the Rockies
  22. ^ Bayern Brewing - Bios of Jurgen Knoller
  23. ^ Bolt, Rodney (1999). Bavaria. Old Saybrook, CT: Globe Pequot Press. p. 37. ISBN 1-86011-916-6. 
  24. ^ Beaver Creek Brewing: Montana’s Microbrew Oasis | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  25. ^ Wibaux has microbrewery
  26. ^ Big Sky Brewing Co. History
  27. ^ Beer Me! — Big Sky Brewing — Missoula, Montana, United States
  28. ^ Blackfoot River Brewing: Real Good Beer Made by Real Good People | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  29. ^ Blacksmith Brewing: Montana’s Newest Brewery, Montana’s Oldest Community | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | New West Travel & Outdoors
  30. ^ Bozeman Brewing: The Best Possible Use of an Old Pea Cannery | Bill Schneider | Bozeman | NewWest.Net
  31. ^ Carter’s Brewing: Riding the Rails of Instant Success | Bill Schneider | Missoula | New West Missoula
  32. ^ New brewery around corner: Draught Works will be latest addition to Missoula’s craft beer scene this summer
  33. ^ Flathead Lake Brewing: Great View, Great People, Great Beer | Bill Schneider | Bozeman | New West Bozeman
  34. ^ Flathead Lake Brewery Re-opening | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  35. ^ Glacier Brewing: A Taste of the Wild West | Bill Schneider | Classifieds (c8) | NewWest.Net
  36. ^ Black Star Cometh | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  37. ^ Great Northern Brewing: The Tallest Brewery in Montana | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  38. ^ Harvest Moon Brewing: Montana’s Small Town Brewery | Bill Schneider | Bozeman | NewWest.Net
  39. ^ Kettle House Brewing Co. Snags Bronze Medal at Big-Time Beer Fest | Amy Linn | Missoula | New West Missoula
  40. ^ Lone Peak Brewing: Where You Get a Whole Pint | Bill Schneider | Missoula | NewWest.Net
  41. ^ Montana Brewing: More Medals Than Any Other Montana Brewery | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  42. ^ [1]
  43. ^ Quarry Brewing: Where They Dig Beer | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  44. ^ Red Lodge Ales: Montana’s Greenest Brewery | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  45. ^ Tamarack Brewing: A Brewpub, Montana Style | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  46. ^ Pint-sized prescription | Up Front | Missoula Independent
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  48. ^ 1,000,000 Glasses a Day:
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  51. ^ Montana Brewers Association |
  52. ^ http://montanabrewers.org