List of breweries in Montana

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 August 2016, there are 68 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]


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]

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]


  • 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]


406 Brewing Company

406 Brewing Company
Opened2011 (2011)
Owned byMatt Muth

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]

English PaleEnglish Pale Ale
JAMBER AleAmber Ale
May FestAmber Ale5.5
Session PaleAmerican Pale Ale4.6

Angry Hank's Microbrewery

Angry Hank's Microbrewery
Opened2006 (2006)
Owned byTim 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]

Bah HumbockDunkler Bock6.8Winter
Blonde AleGolden Ale/Blond Ale4
Dirty Girl Dunkel WeizenDunkelweizen5.5Summer
Dog Slobber Brown AleBrown Ale5
English Pale AleEnglish Pale Ale5Spring
Espresso PorterPorter5.3
Fried Dynamite StoutSweet Stout5.8Autumn
Frost Killer Scottish AleScottish Ale5.5Autumn
Grizz WhizzWheat Ale4Summer
Head Trauma India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6
Mood SwingBrown Ale5Summer
Münchner HellesPremium Lager4.5Autumn
Pastey White Boy Prohibition Style AleCream Ale4Summer
Smoked PorterPorterSpecial
Street Fight Imperial Red AleAmber Ale6.5


Münchner HellesMünchner-Style HellesGold2011Great American Beer Festival

Bayern Brewing

Bayern Brewing
Opened1987 (1987)
Annual production volume10,000 US barrels
Owned byJürgen Knöller

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]

AmberAmerican Dark Lager5.3
Dancing Trout Ale (formerly Trout Slayer)German Kristallweizen5.6
Dark WheatDunkelweizen5.6Winter
Dortmunder Uber GansDortmunder/Helles
Dragons Breath Dark Heff AleDunkelweizen5.6Special
Dump TruckHeller Bock6Summer
Face PlantDoppel weizen7.5Winter
KillarneyAmerican Dark Lager5.7Spring
St. Wilbur WeizenGerman Hefeweizen5.6Summer
Traditional DarkDunkel5.3


Dark DoppelbockGerman-Style Strong DoppelbockGold1999North American Beer Awards
DoppelbockGerman-Style Strong DoppelbockSilver2001North American Beer Awards
Dragon's Breath Dark HeffSouth German-Style Dunkel Weizen/WeissbierSilver2010US Open Beer Championship
Judges Award2010US Open Beer Championship
Dump TruckGerman-Style Heller Bock/MaibockBronze2010US Open Beer Championship
MaibockGerman-Style Heller Bock/MaibockSilver2003North American Beer Awards
Silver2000North American Beer Awards
SchwarzbierGerman-Style SchwarzbierSilver1999North American Beer Awards

Beaver Creek Brewery

Beaver Creek Brewery
OpenedAugust 8, 2008 (2008-08-08)
Owned byJim Devine
Sandy Stinnett
Russell Houck

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.

Castor Mexican AmberAmber Ale4.6
Choke Cherry WheatFruit BeerSpring
Paddlefish StoutStout6.3
Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale6.6
Redheaded IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)7.3
Rough Rider WheatWheat Ale4Autumn
Rusty Beaver WheatWheat Ale7.6
Sippin Pumpkin AleSpice/Herb/VegetableAutumn
Wibaux GoldGolden Ale/Blond Ale5.5

Big Sky Brewing Co.

Big Sky Brewing Company
Opened1995 (1995)
Annual production volume38,000 US barrels
Owned byNeal Leathers, Bjorn Nabozney, and Brad Robinson

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
406 Series Saison Belgian Farmhouse AleSaison
Barley WineBarley Wine
Belgian Brown AleBelgian Ale7.8Special
Biere de NoelAbt/Quadrupel8.75Winter
Bobos Robust PorterPorter6.2Winter
Bohemian Rhapsody Czech-Style PilznerBohemian Pilsener
Bottleworks XI Anniversary AleAmerican Strong Ale11Special
Bourbon Barrel Aged IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.2Special
Buckin’ Monk TripelAbbey Tripel10.5
Cowboy CoffeePorter
Crystal AleGolden Ale/Blond Ale4.7Summer
Double IPAImperial/Double IPA7.8Special
E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter)Premium Bitter/ESB5.2
Elephant Rock Imperial SaisonSaison
Extra Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale4.7Special
Heavy Horse Scotch AleScotch Ale6.7Autumn
Imperial AleBelgian Strong Ale15.5Special
Imperial StoutImperial Stout
IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.2
Ivan the TerribleImperial Stout8.75Special
Kriek AleFruit Beer10Special
MDXAmerican Strong Ale10Special
Mexican LagerPale Lager4.6Special
Montana Trout Slayer AleWheat Ale4.7
Moose DroolBrown Ale5.3
Olde Bluehair BarleywineBarley Wine8.75
Barrel Aged Ivan the TerribleImperial StoutSpecial
Powder Hound Winter AleEnglish Strong Ale6.2Winter
Scape Goat Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale4.7
Slow Elk Oatmeal StoutSweet Stout4.9
Smoove Cherry AleFruit Beer8.75Special
Summer HoneyGolden Ale/Blond Ale4.7Summer
Weekend at Bernie\'s PilsnerBohemian PilsenerSpecial
WitBelgian White (Witbier)4.7


Barley WineBarley Wine-Style AleBronze2001North American Beer Awards
Bière de NoëlBelgian-Style Dark Strong AleGold2006North American Beer Awards
Gold2003North American Beer Awards
Bourbon BarleywineWood- and Barrel-aged Strong BeerSilver2005Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer
Ivan the Terrible Imperial StoutImperial StoutGold2003Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer
Moose Drool Brown AleBrown PorterSilver2006Los Angeles County Fair Competition
Gold2003North American Beer Awards
Powder Hound Winter AleOld AleBronze2003North American Beer Awards
Gold2002North American Beer Awards
Scape Goat PaleAmerican-Style Pale AleGold1999North American Beer Awards
Summer Honey Seasonal AleSpecialty Honey BeerGold2006Los Angeles County Fair Competition
Bronze2006North American Beer Awards
Silver2003North American Beer Awards
Bronze2002North American Beer Awards
Silver2000North American Beer Awards

Blackfoot River Brewing

Blackfoot River Brewing
Opened1998 (1998)
Annual production volume2000 US barrels
Owned byBrian Smith, Brad Simshaw and Greg Wermers

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
2009 Brewer's Reserve Barley Wine AleBarley Wine10.8Special
Belgian TripelAbbey TripelAutumn
Blue Collar BitterPremium Bitter/ESB5.8
Bourbon Barrel Tartanic Strong Scottish AleScottish AleSeasonal
Cream AleCream Ale4.6Summer
Double Black Diamond Extreme StoutDry Stout6.9
Gold (Organic Pale Ale)American Pale Ale5.2
Imperial Stout 2008Imperial StoutSpecial
Lewis and Clark DarkBrown Ale5.4
Lightfoot PilsnerPilsener5.2Summer
MacKenzie River Driftboat AmberAmeber Ale4.5
MaibockHeller Bock7.2
Mardi Gras RedAmber Ale5.7
Missouri River Steamboat LagerCalifornia Common5.6
North Fork Organic PorterPorter6.5
Pale BockHeller Bock7.2Winter
Single Malt IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.9
Tartanic Strong Scottish AleScottish Ale7.75Winter
Woollybugger WheatGerman Hefeweizen6


Blacksmith Brewing Company

Blacksmith Brewing Company
Opened2008 (2008)
Annual production volumeUS barrels
Owned byEric Hayes

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
Backwoods Barley WineBarley Wine12.3Winter
Black Iron Malty IPABlack IPA6Summer
Black Out Oatmeal StoutSweet Stout8
Bourbon Barrel Aged PorterPorter7Special
Bourbon Barrel Backwoods Barley WineBareley Wine12.3Special
Brickhouse BlondeGolden Ale/Blond Ale5
Cutthroat IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.2
Fall Line Winter AleAmerican Strong Ale8.5Winter
Hopper HefeweizenGerman Hefeweizen6Summer
Imperial Red AleAmerican Strong Ale7.2Summer
Montana Amber AleAmber Ale5.4
P.D. Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale6
Pulaski PorterPorter7
Simcoe Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale6.2Special
Twisted Paddle Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.5
Vanilla PorterPorterSpecial


Bozeman Brewing Company

Bozeman Brewing Company
Opened2001 (2001)
Annual production volume2100 US barrels

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
Belgian WitBelgian White (Witbier)5
Best Damn AleAmber Ale5.5
Blackmore LagerAmerican Dark Lager4.5Summer
Bourbon BarleywineBarley Wine10
Bozone Batch 100 Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale6.5Special
Bozone Hefe WeizenWheat Ale6
Bozone HopZone IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)7.2
Bozone Nitro StoutStout
Bozone Select Amber AleAmber Ale5.5
Buzzkill Java StoutStoutSpecial
Debacle Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale6Spring
Funky VirtueSour Ale/Wild AleSpecial
Harvestfest LagerOktoberfest/Märzen5.6Special
Hopsimelia (Imperial IPA)Imperial/Double IPASpring
House Bill 400Barley Wine10Special
Hylander Scottish AleScottish Ale6.2Summer
MaibockHeller BockSpring
Mt CommonCalifornia Common5.2
NutbrownBrown AleWinter
Pale ProjectAmerican Pale Ale7
Pinhead PilsPilsener5
Plum St. PorterPorter5.75
Spring IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)Spring
TerroirIndia Pale Ale (IPA)7.1Autumn
The Great OneAmerican Strong Ale10.5Winter
Watershed Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.4Special
Wee NipBarley Wine11.6Winter

Flagship Beer: Bozone Select

Carter's Brewing

Carter's Brewing
Opened2007 (2007)
Annual production volumeUS barrels
Owned byMicheal Uhrich

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
3440 English BitterBitterSpecial
Biere de PrintempsBière de Garde
Billings Co-Hop Harvest AleIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6Autumn
Black Magic PorterPorter5
Blackened Cascadian Dark IPABlack IPA
Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Magic PorterPorter5.2Special
Boxcar Brown AleBrown Ale5.3Special
Carter The Great Imperial Oatmeal StoutImperial Stout
Coldwater KölschKölsch
Consequence Belgian Sour BrownSour Ale/Wild AleSpecial
Cru Ale Deville Sour AleSour Ale/Wild AleSpecial
De-Railed IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.5
Downtown DunkelDunkel4.8Autumn
Golden Spike Pilsener LagerPilsener4.8Autumn
Handcar HefeweizenGerman Hefeweizen4.8
Hop Delivery VehicleAmerican Pale Ale6Autumn
Indulge Belgian Style IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.4Winter
Island Fever Coconut PorterPorterSpecial
Kriek du CarterLambic - Fruit7Special
La Grisette Farmhouse Style AleSaison5.5summer
Magic City Mild AleMild Ale5
Midnight Express Oatmeal StoutSweet Stout5Autumn
Mothers Milk Oak Aged IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.5Special
Off The Wall Amber AleAmber AleSpecial
One Timer Holiday PorterImperial/Stong Porter7.5Winter
One Timer Winter AleAmerican Strong Ale8Winter
Passion Belgian Pale AleBelgian Ale5Autumn
Pickers Pride Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5
Proper English Pale AleEnglish Pale Ale
Rob Moore Abbey AleAbbey Dubbel7.2Special
Roundhouse Red AleAmber Ale5.5Spring
Saison De CarterSaison6.5Special
Single and Celibate Trappist-Style Single AleBelgian Ale5.5Autumn
Station Master Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.4
Summer KölschKölschSummer
Switchyard Scottish AleScottish AleSpecial
Trainwreck Imperial IPAImperial/Double IPA8.6Autumn
White Lightning AleBelgian White (Witbier)4.5Winter
Young Buck Strong Pale AleAmerican Strong AleSpecial


Draught Works Brewery

Draught Works Brewery
OpenedOctober 6, 2011 (October 6, 2011)
Owned byPaul Marshall and Jeff Grant

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]

Clothing OptionalPale Ale5.2All
Gwin DuWelsh Style Tribute Stout5.3All
Quill PigCzech Style Pilsner5.0All
ScepterIndia Pale Ale6.1All
Shadow CasterAmber Ale5.0All
"That's What She Said"Cream Ale5.2All

Flathead Lake Brewing Company

Flathead Lake Brewing Company
LocationWoods Bay
Opened2004 (2004)
Annual production volumeUS barrels
Owned byGreg Johnston

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
369' StoutStout6.5Winter
Dock Start Amber AleAmber Ale5.6
Bufflehead Brown AleBrown Ale6.2
The Centennial IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)7.3
Galaxy Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.3Special
Holiday AleWinter Warmer7.7
The Imperial IPAImperial/Double IPA8.8
Painted Rock PorterPorter5.6
Rising Sun Espresso PorterPorter5.6
Swimmer's Itch SaisonSaison5.3Summer
Treble Hook TripelBelgian9.4
Two Rivers Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.5
Wild Mile WheatAmerican-Style Hefeweizen5.1


Glacier Brewing Company

Glacier Brewing Company
Opened2003 (2003)
Annual production volume600 US barrels
Owned byDave Ayers

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
Bald Beaver Barley WineBarley Wine10Special
Brewers Reserve - Biere De MarsSaisonSpring
Brewers Reserve - Hop Garden PilsnerBohemian Pilsener
Brewers Reserve - Old Scottish BastardScottish AleSpecial
Brewers Reserve - Wet Willy's AleFruit BeerAutumn
Centennial Scottish AleScottish AleSpecial
Dunkel HefeweizenDunkelweizenWinter
Flathead Cherry AleFruit Beer5.5Summer
Golden Grizzly AleKölsch5.5
North Fork AmberAlbier5.5
One Barrel Batch - Aged Nitro AmberAmber AleSpecial
One Barrel Batch - Barrel Aged OktoberfestOktoberfest/MärzenSpecial
One Barrel Batch - Barrel Bomber StoutDry Stout5.5Special
One Barrel Batch - Pete's Pennypincher Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.2Special
Port Polson PilsnerPilsener5.5
Select OctoberfestOktoberfest/Märzen6.7Autumn
Slurry Bomber StoutDry Stout5.5
Snowy Owl StoutStout
Wild Wolf WheatWheat AleSummer


Great Northern Brewing Company

Great Northern Brewing Company
Opened1994 (1994)
Annual production volume6500 US barrels

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
Wheatfish Wheat LagerAmerican Style Wheat Lager4.75Flagship
Going To The Sun IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)5.7Flagship
Wild HuckleberryFiltered Wheat Beer with Fruit4.6Flagship
Good Medicine Imperial Red AleImperial Red Ale8.0Flagship
Guy on a Buffalo Coffee StoutCoffee Stout5.12014 Weathervane Series
Equinox Single Hopped Pale AlePale Ale5.32014 Weathervane Series
Empire Builder Imperial PilsnerImperial Pilsner7.32014 Weathervane Series
TPATea Pale Ale7.3Spring Seasonal
Amber Waves of GrainAmerican Lager5.32014 Weathervane Series
Dark and OminousGinger, Vanilla and Oak Stout7.72014 Weathervane Series
iSanto Dios!Mole Stout8.72014 Weathervane Series
Frog Hop Fresh Hopped Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.0Fall Seasonal
Glacier ChaserOktoberfest/Märzen5.6September Release
SnowGhost Winter LagerAmerican Dark Lager5.9Retired
Bucking Horse PilsnerBohemian Pilsener5.1Retired
Fred's Black LagerSchwarzbier4.9Retired 2012
Highlander Scottish AleScottish Ale4.6Contract
Black Star Amber ExportPale LagerRetired 2002
Hellroaring AmberAmber Ale5.1Retired 2013
Black Star Black LagerSchwartzbierRetired 2002
Bucking Horse PilsnerPilsenerRetired 2012
Black Star Golden LagerPale Lager4.6Retired 2013
Bear Naked AmberVienna7Retired 2006
Big Fog ESBPremium Bitter/ESB6Retired 2012
Bourbon Barrel Aged #1 Pack String PorterPorter5.2One time release 2010
Bourbon Barrel Aged #2 Big FogPremium Bitter/ESB6.1One-time release 2010
Experiment #1American Pale AleOne-time release 2009
Pack String PorterPorter5Retired

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

Harvest Moon Brewing Company

Harvest Moon Brewing Company
Opened1996 (1996)
Annual production volume3000 US barrels
Owned byStan Guedesse

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
Beltian WhiteBelgian White (Witbier)4.75
Big Boned StoutStout
Charlie Russell RedPremium Bitter/ESB
Coyote Ugly IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)
Electric City Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale
Great Falls SelectPilsener
Montana AmberAmber Ale
MulliganGolden Ale/Blond Ale
Nut Brown AleBrown AleAutumn
Pigs Ass PorterPorter5

[38] Flagship Beer: Beltian White

Kettle House Brewing Company

Kettle House Brewing Company
Opened1991 (1991)
Annual production volume10,000 US barrels
Owned byTim O'Leary

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.

BeerTypeabv %Season
Al PilsnerPilsener5Summer
BarleywineBarley Wine9
Brick and Mortar Imperial PorterImperial/Stong Porter11.5Special
Cold Smoke Scotch AleScottish Ale6.5
Crystal PilsPilsener
Czech Style PilsBohemian PilsenerSpecial
Disc Down Oatmeal Brown AleBrown Ale
Discombobulator DoppelbockDoppelbock8.5Special
Double Haul IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.6
Eddy Out Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.5
ESBPremium Bitter/ESBAutumn
Festival of the Dead Very Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.5Autumn
Fresh Bongwater Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5
Garden City Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5
German AltAltbier6.5R
Ginseng Pale AleSpice/Herb/Vegetable5Special
Ginseng SRB (Sports Recovery Beer)Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Hefe PumpleSpice/Herb/Vegetable5Autumn
Hellgate Honey HefeweizenWheat Ale6
Hemptober SpliffOktoberfest/Märzen6.5Autumn
High Gravity Bongwater Imperial PorterImperial/Stong Porter9.5Winter
Hopnosis American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale6
Joe Bong Coffee PorterPorterSpecial
Lake Missoula AmberAmber Ale5.5
Liberty C.A.PPilsener6
MaibockHeller Bock7.5Spring
Montana BlondeGolden Ale/Blond Ale5
Myrtle Street IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.5Special
Olde Bongwater Hemp PorterPorter5.5
Raftsafari RedAmber AleSpecial
Road Rash Imperial Red AleAmerican Strong AleSpecial
Sapped Out Maple StoutStoutSpecial
Seeley AxeSpecialty GrainSpecial
Slow Ride StoutStout6.5

[39] Flagship Beer: Cold Smoke Scotch Ale

Lone Peak Brewery

Lone Peak Brewery
LocationBig Sky
Opened2008 (2008)
Annual production volumeUS barrels

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
Bourbon Barrel Oatmeal StoutSweet StoutSpecial
Bourbon Barrel Steep N Deep Winter AleAmerican Drink AleSpecial
Buck Snort PorterPorter
Headplant Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale
Hellroaring ESBPremium Bitter/ESB
Hippy Highway Oatmeal StoutStout
Hopfest ’08Brown AleAutumn
Imperial IPAImperial/Double IPA9Winter
IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)
Nordic Blonde AleGolden Ale/Blond Ale
Steep N Deep Winter AleAmerican Strong AleWinter
Swiftwater PilsClassic German Pilsener5
Wits End Belgian White AleBelgian White (Witbier)Summer


Montana Brewing Company

Montana Brewing Company
Opened1994 (1994)
Annual production volume900 US barrels
Owned bySean Graves

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
Ape Hanger AleAmerican Strong Ale6.3Special
Beartooth Espresso PorterPorter5.5Winter
Belgian Strong Pale AleBelgian Strong Ale7.9Special
Bighorn Bourbon StoutStout
Billings IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)Special
Blind Boar AmberAmber Ale
Custers Last StoutStout5.5Special
Cutthroat RyeSpecialty Grain
Dark SideStoutSummer
Drunkin Pumpkin AleSpice/Herb/Vegetable4.5Autumn
Dry & Dark Hard CiderCider
Fat Belly AmberScottish Ale4.6
Foglifter Breakfast StoutSweet StoutSpecial
Harvest Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.5Autumn
Holligan's Irish Red AleIrish AleSpecial
Huckleberry WheatFruit Beer
Legless Double English IPAEnglish Pale Ale
Malley's Irish Dry StoutDry StoutSpecial
McWoody Scotch AleScotch Ale
Mistle-Cone IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)Winter
Pomegranate WheatFruit Beer
Raspberry WheatFruit BeerSummer
Sandbagger GoldGolden Ale/Blond Ale4.7
Scotch AleScotch AleWinter
Sharptail Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.5
Stillwater Rye SaisonSaison5.7Autumn
Two Moon SaisonSaison7.5Special
Wee Heavy Scotch AleScotch AleSpecial
White Eagle Baltic PorterBaltic PorterSpecial
Whitetail WheatWheat Ale
Wild Wild WitBelgian White (Witbier)
Montana JabroniIndia Pale Ale (IPA)


Muddy Creek Brewing Company

Muddy Creek Brewing Company
Opened2015 (2015)
Owned byGregg Wigen, Christopher Sherman, Todd McAdams

Muddy Creek Brewing Company is a microbrewery in Butte, opened on 2/27/2015 by Gregg Wigen, Chris Sherman, and Todd McAdams. You are all welcome here! Great Beer & Good Times is what we do. Come be a part of it. Muddy Creek Brewery is a family-friendly micro brewery located in Uptown Butte Montana at 2 E. Galena Street. Each week you'll find live music in a quiet enough space to visit with your friends and family. We invite you to come and hang out and go with the flow @ the Creek.

BeerTypeabv %Season
An Ri RedRed Ale - Irish5.6Spring
Big JohnsonESB (Fresh hops from the Johnson's backyard)8.25Fall
Black IceFruit Beer (Blackberry)6.7Spring / Summer
Blasted IPAAmerican IPA5.2
Blue Sky Blonde AleFruit Beer (Blueberry)5.0
Butte OriginalAmerican IPA6.5
ClementineAmerican Pale Wheat Ale5.0
Crazy BeautifulAmerican Pale Ale5.2
Dirty Blonde AleBlonde Ale4.1
Fallen RockAmerican Pale Ale5.2
Good TimeAmerican Pale Wheat Ale4.8
Highlands HefeweizenHefeweizen5.2
Jack Smashed Pumpkin AleOktoberfest / Spiced Beer6.7Fall
KarmaBelgian Pale Ale6.7
Mandarin TangoFruit Beer (Orange)5.0
Muddy Creek Chocolate StoutOatmeal Stout6.5
No Paddle Amber AleAmber Ale5.2
Ry Dog Red IPAIndia Pale Ale6.4
Seeing Other PeopleESB5.0
Shweet WheatHefeweizen5.6
Skinny Cow IPAAmerican IPA7.0
Storm the Door Vanilla PorterPorter6.9
Sunburn Habanero IPAAmerican IPA / Spiced Beer7.0
Winter Elf StoutAmerican Stout5.7Winter

Background and Grand Opening [42]


(as of April 2017)

Blue Sky Blueberry Blonde AleBest Beer of FestivalGold2017Tap Into Montana[43]
Various BeersBest BreweryGold2016Butte-toberfest
Black IceFruit BeerBronze2016Great Falls Bear & Gear Brewfest[44]
Crazy BeautifulPale AleBronze2016Great Falls Bear & Gear Brewfest[44]
Sunburn Habanero I.P.A.Spiced BeerBronze2016Great Falls Bear & Gear Brewfest[44]
Storm The Door Vanilla PorterBest Beer of FestivalSilver2016Tap Into Montana
Various BeersBest BrewerySilver2016Tap Into Montana
Jack Smashed Pumpkin AleBest of FestivalGold2015Montana Brewers Association[45][46]

Philipsburg Brewing Company

Philipsburg Brewing Company, LLC
Annual production volumeUS barrels

Philipsburg Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Philipsburg, opened in August 2012.[47]

Algonquin "Gonk"Amber5.8Year round
BadfingerImperial Stout10Year round
Bourbon Barrel BadfingerBarrel Aged Imperial Stout11.5Special
Czech One-TwoCzech Pilsner5.6Year round
Corners PorterCoffee Porter6.6Year round
Five PhantomsPumpkin Barley Wine8.4Special
Flint CreekCalifornia Common4.2
HaybagAmerican Hefeweizen5.7Year round
HEYpricotApricot American Hefeweizen5.7Special
Hoptower #1Single Hop IPA6.4
Hoptower #2Single Hop IPA6.4
Hot SpotBlood Orange IPA7.5Fire season
Otter WaterSession Pale Ale4.5Year round
Razzu!Raspberry Wheat5.2Year round
Rope SwingSaison5.7Year round
TramwayRye Pale Ale6.4Year round

Quarry Brewing

Quarry Brewing
OpenedAugust 29, 2007 (2007-08-29)
Annual production volumeUS barrels
Owned byChuck and Lyza Schnabel

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
Basalt IBABlack IPASummer
Bauxite BrownBrown Ale
Galena GoldGolden Ale/Blond Ale
Headframe HefeweizenGerman Hefeweizen4.2
Hematite Hop Burst Style BeerAmerican Pale AleSummer
Ironstone IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)Special
Mica MaibockHeller BockSpring
Opal OktoberfestOktoberfest/MärzenAutumn
Open Cab Copper AleIrish Ale4.83
Open Pit PorterPorter4.83
Rose Quartz FramboisLambic - fruitSpecial
Sandstone StoutSweet Stout5.8
Shale Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale4.83
Slate IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.7
Smokey Quartz RauchbierSmokedAutumn


Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company

Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company
LocationRed Lodge
Opened1998 (1998)
Annual production volume7500 US barrels
Owned bySam Hoffmann
Justin Moore

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.

BeerTypeabv %Season
Beartooth Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5Year round
Bent Nail IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.1Year round - 12 oz bottles
Broken Nail Double IPAImperial/Double IPA8.5Mid-Summer - 22 oz bombers
Czech Mate PilsnerCzech Style Pilsner5.3Year round - 12 oz bottles
Glacier AleAltbier5.3Year round - 12 oz bottles
Harvest AleAmerican Pale Ale5.5Early Fall
Helio HefeweizenAmerican Wheat5.4Year round - 12 oz bottles
I Do WitBelgian White (Witbier)Retired
Jacks 90 Scottish AleScottish Ale6.2Year round - 12 oz bottles
Kings Cupboard Chocolate StoutSweet Stout5Early Winter
Liver Eatin Ale/Fur TrapperDunkelweizen5.4Spring
Günther Drei Hop IPAAmerican Strong Pale Ale7Retired
Monster MaibockHeller Bock7Retired
OctoberfestOktoberfest/Märzen5.1Early Fall - 22 oz bombers
Rock Dodge PorterRobust Porter5.75Year round
Reserve AleKölsch5Late Spring
Busted Barrel SeriesBarrel Aged5-7Special
Easy Sippah Session IPAAmerican Pale Ale4.37Special
Ullrfest LagerGerman Munich Lager5Winter
Dos Goatees DoppelbockDoppelbock8Late Winter - 22 oz bombers
Summer Daze DoppelweissDoppelweiss7.5Late Spring - 22 oz bombers
Widow MakerHeller Bock6.5Winter


Tamarack Brewing

Tamarack Brewing
Opened1998 (1998)
Annual production volumeUS barrels
Owned byCraig Koontz

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

BeerTypeabv %Season
Dock Days HefeweizenGerman Hefeweizen5
Dr. Tom's PilsPilsenerAutumn
DRye Reign RoggenSpecialty Grain5.3Special
Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown AleSpice/Herb/Vegetable5.4Autumn
Grizzly Bear Coffee StoutStout6Special
Hat Trick Hop IPAIndia Pale Ale (IPA)6.8
Head Wall Double IPAImperial/Double IPA9.1
Tamarack ESPEnglish Pale Ale4.8Special
Mahogany Brown AleBrown Ale5.2
Old Stache Whiskey Barrel PorterImperial/Double Porter8.9
Rye Sally Rye PASpecialty Grain6Special
Saints Inn Scotch AleScotch Ale6.66
Save the Trails Black KolschAmber Ale4.6Special
Switchback StoutSweet Stout6
Tree Top BockHeller BockAutumn
Vanilla Bourbon StoutSweet Stout7.5Special
Wakeboard WitBelgian White (Witbier)4.2Spring
Yard Sale AleAmber Ale5.6

[50] Flagship Beer: Yard Sale Ale

Wildwood Brewing

Wildwood Brewing
Annual production volumeUS barrels
Owned byJim and Pannha Lueders

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

BeerTypeabv %SeasonLocation
White Bark Wheat AleWheat Ale5.6AllA classic Bavarian wheat beer
Discerning PilsnerBohemian style Lager5.0AllA classic Czech Republic Pilsner
Mystical StoutAn Irish style dry stout5.4AllCork City, Ireland
Bodacious BockTraditional German Spring Bock7.5AllGermany
Ambitious Pale LagerA classic Munich style lager5.0AllMunich, Germany


Notable defunct breweries

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
BreweryLocationOpenedClosedStatusFounded byType of breweryProduction (bbl)MBA memberFlagship beerNotes
Anaconda Brewing CompanyAnaconda19001958ClosedHenry MuellerMicrobrewery-Rocky Mountain BeerBecame Sugrue Bottling Company after closing
Basin Brewing CompanyBasin1964ClosedBertoglioMicrobrewery-
Big Hole Brewing CompanyBelgrade19962002ContractBrewpub3000-Beer selection produced by Madison River Brewing Company
Bones Brewing CompanyBillings-OpenBrewpubNo
Bridger BrewingBelgrade19931995ClosedMicrobrewery1000-
Butte BreweryButte18851918ClosedHenry MuntzerMicrobrewery-
Centennial Brewing CompanyButte18761918ClosedLeopold Schmidt & Raymond SaileMicrobrewery-
DG BarleysKalispellClosed--
Gilbert BreweryVirginia City18631974ClosedHenry Gilbert, Christian Ritcher, and William SmithMicrobrewery-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 SelectGreat Falls1930s1968Closed--
Himmelberger Brewing CompanyBillings1994OpenDennis HimmelbergerMicrobrewery360No
Kalispell Malting and Brewing CompanyKalispell18931955ClosedMicrobrewery-
Kessler Brewing CompanyHelena18651958ClosedMicrobrewery-
Kessler Brewing Company (II)Helena19842000ClosedMicrobrewery6000-
Lang Creek Brewing Co.Marion19932009ClosedMicrobrewery5000-
Lewistown Brewing CompanyLewistown18941937ClosedMicrobrewery-
Lightning Boy BreweryBelgrade19982004ClosedMicrobrewery-Was part of the Utah Brewers Cooperative
Milestown Brewing CompanyMiles City1992ClosedBrewpub-400-The Golden Spur
Missoula Brewing Company LLCMissoula19001964ContractMicrobrewery-Highlander beer brewed by Great Norther Brewing Company
Rock\'n M BrewingBelgrade19941996Closed-2000-
Rocky Mountain Brewing CompanyAnacondaClosed--
Silver Bow BreweryButte18761918ClosedMicrobrewery-
Spanish Peaks Brewing CompanyBozeman19912003ClosedMicrobrewery-There is a brewpub at this location.
Tivoli BreweryButte19001918ClosedMicrobrewery-Standard Gold
Whitefish Brewing CompanyWhitefish1991ClosedMicrobrewery2500-
Wild Hare BrewingHamilton1996Closed-1000-


  • Anaconda Brewing Company - 1900–1958[52]


  • Butte Brewery
  • Centennial Brewing Company
  • Tivoli Brewery



  • Kessler Brewing Company - 1865–1958; 1984–2000[54]


  • Kalispell Malting and Brewing Company - 1893–1955[55]

Montana Brewers Association (MBA)

The Montana Brewers Association was founded in 2008.[56]
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.[57]

See also


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  8. Montana Code Annotated 2009, section 16-3-213 Brewers or beer importers not to retail beer -- small brewery exceptions
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  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. Angry Hanks Brewing: A Method to His Madness | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  21. Bayern Brewing: The Only German Brewery in the Rockies
  22. Bayern Brewing - Bios of Jurgen Knoller Archived 2012-03-15 at the Wayback Machine
  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
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  34. Flathead Lake Brewery Re-opening | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
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  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
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  48. Quarry Brewing: Where They Dig Beer | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  49. Red Lodge Ales: Montana’s Greenest Brewery | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
  50. Tamarack Brewing: A Brewpub, Montana Style | Bill Schneider | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net
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