Missoula’s Dram Shop Named 2017 Great American Beer Bar

For the second year in a row, Missoula’s The Dram Shop, has been named Montana’s best beer bar in voting conducted by readers of the Brewers Association’s website, CraftBeer.com. It is an impressive feat for an establishment that hasn’t been open a full two years. But step inside the warm, friendly, popular haven of frequently…

Founders Brewing Announces Distribution to Montana Beginning April 1

Founders Brewing Co., the Grand Rapids, MI, brewer of KBS barrel-aged stout, All Day IPA, Backwoods Bastard barrel-aged scotch ale, and many other well-regarded beers, announced today it will begin distribution to Montana on April 1 (no fooling). Founders’ Co-Founder and CEO Mike Stevens enjoys an annual trout-fishing trip to Montana. “Having been a two-bit…

Montana Beer Legislation Update for Saturday, February 25

If you missed the big news yesterday, the House Business and Labor Committee approved HB 541 on a 15-4 vote. The bill would increase the beer production limits on taprooms from 10,000 bbl to 60,000 bbl, an important change for the Montana brewing industry. The bill is scheduled for its first vote before the full…

Montana Beer Legislation Update for Wednesday, February 22

There is a big hearing tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. in the House Business and Labor Committee at the State Capitol building in Helena.  Big for beer, anyway. HB 541 would raise the 10k bbl production limit for taprooms to 60k bbl.  Presently, Montana breweries can only sell beer for on-premise consumption if their annual production…

Draught Works to Expand, Begin Canning

Missoula’s Draught Works Brewery has begun its long-awaited expansion in to the space next door to its current location at 915 Toole Avenue. The expansion project will allow the brewery to more than double its current production capacity as well as add a canning line. The space was most recently used as a climbing facility,…

Growth Through Agriculture Grants Continue Support of Montana Beer

Governor Steve Bullock and the Agriculture Development Council recently announced over $600,000 in grants and loans to agricultural businesses and organizations across Montana via the Growth Through Agriculture program. Included in the grants are significant amounts directed toward the Montana beer industry. The Growth Through Agriculture program grants and loans are awarded by the Agriculture…