Missoula’s latest brewery, Missoula Brewing Co., is quickly rising out of the ground just a short stretch west of North Reserve Street. The brewery released a press release yesterday with more details on the facility and its operations. Read on to learn more:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Missoula, MT – Missoula Brewing Company announces it will be opening a new brewery this summer. The brewery will be located at 200 International Drive, Missoula, Montana – just off North Reserve Street, behind Karl Tyler Chevrolet.
MBC will revive Montana’s Highlander brand which was originally introduced in 1910 and was arguably the state’s most popular beer for more than half a century. The original brewery was located at the base of Waterworks Hill and shut down in the 1964 to make way for Interstate 90. MBC re-launched Highlander in 2007 as a red ale made under contract, and this ascent to a full-fledged brewing facility and taproom is a dream come true for the owners.
“Missoula is on the leading edge of the craft brewery culture in the northwest,” said Bob Lukes, founder of the revived Missoula Brewing Company. “We are so excited to combine new world flavors with the rich history of Highlander for thestate’s craft beer enthusiasts.”
Owned by Bob and Shannon Lukes of Missoula, Marc Pierce of Bozeman, and a small group of investors, the brewery will feature a new facility allowing for large-scale production, as well as a spacious taproom that will serve artisan pizza and salads, together with over 10 varieties of beer on draft. The tap room will feature a large outdoor area bordering on Grant Creek. Paying homage to the spirit of the state and its Taste Montana!® brand, each beer will be named after a Montana mountain.
MBC has retained Gary Gagliardi to be its Head Brewer, formerly a lead brewer at Stoud’s Brewery, the oldest craft brewery in Pennsylvania. MBC will brew both lagers and ales that will be available in its taproom and in bottles.
“The opportunity to bring back such a storied Montana brand is exhilarating,” added Marc Pierce. “We all love the rich history of Highlander and we love great beer!” MBC plans to open its tap room early this summer. Look for updates on MBC’s Facebook page and for more information, go to missoulabrewingcompany.com.