Facts and Figures

The Montana Brewers Association was founded in 1998 and supports the needs of Montana Brewers and their customers.

  • MBA members are committed to producing the finest handcrafted beers found anywhere.
  • Montana made beers are a value-added product, using malted grains grown in Montana and throughout the Northwest.
  • Members of the MBA are devoted to the communities in which they live.   MBA members contribute annually over $100,000 to more than 400 local charitable organizations.
  • Montana breweries have become an integral piece of the experience of Montana, and are a cultural attraction for many toursists visiting our great state.
  • MBA members strive to have a positive impact on Montana communities by providing equal employment opportunities and paying a living wage.
  • MBA members support and employ the services of other local and Montana based businesses whenever possible.

Montana Brewers:

  • There are 53 licensed breweries operating in the state.
  • Manufacture and package over 140,000 barrels (4,340,000 gallons) of fine handcrafted beer in bottles, cans, and kegs.
  • Use over 7.0 million pounds of malted grain, approximately half of which is grown in Montana.
  • Have an average investment in brewery equipment and plant of over $500,000.
  • Distribute products through Montana’s beer and wine wholesale distributors.
  • Utilize over 5,000 retailers to sell their products, and sell in 24 states.
  • Are visited by a large number of tourists who come to Montana, in part, to experience Montana breweries and their beer.
  • Generate and pay taxes on approximately $36 million of revenue.
  • Employ more than 500 employees and have an economic impact of over $60,000,000 annually.
  • Pay local, state, and federal taxes in personal property, income, real estate, and excise categories.