Beer Institute: One Brewery Job Supports 45 More in Other Industries

Beer Institue postThis article appeared on on  August 26, 2014 by David Eisenberg

A new study from the Beer Institute has found that for every one job created by a brewery, an additional 45 jobs are supported in other industries, ranging from agriculture to transportation.

To conduct the analysis, the Beer Institute commissioned the economic research firm John Dunham & Associations to look at the state-by-state excise tax collections on beer and compared those figures with the number of employees in any given business.


Montana’s craft beer industry booming

This article appeared in The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:30 pm

LaNette Jones, left, and her husband, Brice Jones, owners of Katabatic Brewing Co., have spent two-and-a-half years researching and remodeling a historic building to open their brewery in Livingston this fall. A recent study found the craft beer industry has more than doubled in size in the past four years.

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The Growing Economic Impact of Craft Brewing in Montana

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This report was produced and authored by Colin Sorenson, research economist at the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research, with the support of the Montana Brewers Association (MBA). The BBER would like to thank MBA Executive Director Tony Herbert and the MBA board members for providing helpful information as we developed and carried out the study plan and for their assistance in the data collection phase. Any errors and omissions are, of course, our own.


The Latest on Montana Breweries from Growler Fills

See this post from Growler Fills with the latest beer news from around the state, including Beaverhead’s opening in Dillon!

Also news on brewery progress in Butte, Lolo, Kalispell, Sidney, and Missoula.

Congrats to Montana’s newest brewery, Beaverhead Brewing Co., which quietly opened in Dillon this past weekend.  Their official grand opening is set for Saturday, June 21, 2014. If you’re near Dillon this weekend you’ll find them at 218 S. Montana Street …

Read more on Growler Fills


Jeff Grant from Draughtworks makes the list: 20 Under 40

20 Under 40: Honoring young western Montanans making a difference

5390b43077e21.preview-620This article appeared in The Missoulian on June 8th, 2014:

Stirring the mash early on a weekday morning, Jeff Grant considered the beer to come. More than 430 gallons of water mixed with 1,200 pounds of grain will yield roughly 15 barrels of a seasonal IPA in a few short weeks.


Grant, a University of Montana graduate, isn’t a newcomer to the craft of brewing. As the son of eastern Montana brewers, he was practically born into the trade….

Read the full article at The Missoulian

June 2014 MBA Newsletter

Dear Montana Beer Lovers,

Lots of great happenings in the beer world of the great state of Montana!

Our next festival is in Helena in honor of the city’s 150th Birthday. It’s the marquee event this summer celebrating our state’s capital. The event poster is below, please help us spread the word by RSVPing on Facebook and inviting your friends!

As of now we have 600 people invited, and 218 attending on the Facebook page…we’d love your help in boosting those numbers!

We’re also planning for the 2014 Montana Brewers Festival and Conference in Missoula. The festival will be Saturday, October 11 followed by two days of conference for brewers. This is our biggest event of the year, and we’re excited to be back in Missoula with our family of brewers for good times, great beer, and a lot of learning at our conference. For the first time, brewers from other states will be welcome to register for our conference, as most of the sessions apply to all breweries, with just a few Montana-specific topics. Please help us spread the word about these events as well. Here’s the link to our Brewers Festival: Brewers Festival in Missoula Oct 11.

Montana Brewers are also in the news all over the state, with new breweries opening, and member breweries getting recognition for their great work. You can see these items of interest on our website in our “news” section, and lots more coverage on our Facebook Page and our Twitter Account.

We also recently joined Instagram, and you can find us under “MontanaBrewers“. If you’re on Instagram, and take pictures of Montana beer, please tag them with #mtbeer, and they’ll show up on our Instagram Facebook feed. We’re loving seeing your pictures on there!

Please visit the news section on our website to read about the following:

Also, check out our Associate Members and consider giving these folks your business. Those who support Montana breweries should be supported in return! Many thanks.

We are always looking for more Associate Members to boost our efforts, so if your business would like to show some support, please visit this page to sign up: Membership.

Welcome our newest Associate Members:

The MBA is also seeking sponsors for our Helena Festival. If you’d like your business to have a presence at our festival, please see sponsorship information below and be in touch no later than July 1.

Last but not least, our Trail Map is getting a lot of attention! We now have the map downloadable on our site, so please print yourself out a copy for your next road trip, or send along to folks traveling through the state this summer. Please share this on Facebook as well…we posted this on our page and so far it has 144 shares and 187 likes…so we’re getting the message that folks like this tool, and I’m happy to say we needed to add a section this year to accommodate for all the new breweries! Bravo!

Get your MBA Trail Map here! Special thanks to Steffen Rasile of our Associate Member company sra Design Studios in Helena for updating the MBA website and creating the downloadable Trail Map! Cheers.

I hope there are lots of delicious Montana-made brews in your near future.

Best regards,

Tony Herbert, Executive Director
Montana Brewers Association
Helena, Montana

Winners: Montana Posts Strong Showing At North American Beer Awards

Winners: Montana Posts Strong Showing At North American Beer Awards

(Re-post with permission from Growler Fills)

Winners: Montana Posts Strong Showing At North American Beer Awards

Held each year in June, the annual 2014 North American Beer Awards took place last weekend in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho Falls, ID.  The competition organized by the North American Brewers Association is conducted as a single blind sampling followed by rank ordering of the entries within a category.

It’s a big deal, too, annually receiving more than 1,400 entries, including many of the best from around the western U.S. and beyond.  Montana’s breweries put on a strong showing once again.  Here are the Montana winners:

Big Sky Brewing Company

  • Gold – Bobo’s Robust Porter – Robust Porter
  • Gold – Summer Honey – Honey Beer

Bitterroot Brewing

  • Silver –  Nut Brown Ale – English-Style Brown Ale
  • Silver –  Bitterroot Oatmeal Stout – Oatmeal Stout

Canyon Creek Brewing

  • Silver – One Night Stand – Golden or Blonde Ale

Carter’s Brewing

  • Bronze – Switchyard Scottish Ale – Scottish-Style Export
  • Bronze – Frambeaux – Lambic
  • Silver – Biere de Mars 2014 – Biere de Garde
  • Gold – Rob Moore Abbey Ale – Dubbel
  • Gold – The Golden Boy – Tripel

Draught Works

  • Bronze – That’s What She Said – Cream Ale
  • Gold – Backdraught – German-Style Rauchbier

Flathead Lake Brewing Co.

  • Bronze – Dirty Ginger – Other Belgian-Style Ales
  • Gold – Montucky Sour Brown – Flanders-Style Red or Brown Ale

Great Northern Brewing Co.

  • Gold – Wheatfish – Hefeweizen

Kettlehouse Brewing Co.

  • Bronze – Fresh Bongwater – English-Style Summer Ale
  • Silver – Double Haul – English-Style India Pale Ale

Madison River Brewing Co.

  • Bronze – Frostbite Barley Wine 12 – American-Style Barley Wine

Montana Brewing Co.

  • Bronze – Whitetail Wheat – Hefeweizen
  • Bronze – Custer’s Last Stout – Oatmeal Stout
  • Bronze – Beartooth Espresso Porter – Coffee Beers

Philipsburg Brewing Company

  • Silver – Corners Porter – Coffee Beers

Red Lodge Ales Brewing Co.

  • Silver – Liver Eatin’ Ale – Dark Hefeweizen

Tamarack Brewing Co.

  • Gold – Blue Jay White IPA – Hybrid Style Beers
  • Silver – Training Wheels Rootbeer – Carbonated Soft Drinks


  • Silver – Alt 0220 – Altbier
  • Bronze – Black Hops Tactical IPA – Cascadian Style Dark Ale


Walsh sponsors legislation to cut taxes for Montana brewers and distillers

Measures would help reduce overhead so small businesses can grow and create more jobs

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator John Walsh today sponsored legislation to reduce taxes for Montana brewers, building on his work to support one of Montana’s growing industries and help create good-paying jobs in Montana.

“Montana’s industry of brewers and distillers contribute to our local economies, strengthen our state and create good-paying jobs – it’s our job to help them thrive,” Walsh said.  “Cutting taxes brewers and distillers pay will reduce their overhead so they can return the investment in their businesses, grow their operation and add unbeatable Made in Montana products to shelves across the state and country.”

The bipartisan BEER Act will halve the excise tax on all beer from $18 a barrel to $9 – approximately 2.5 cents per can, down from five cents – and lower rates for small brewers from $7 to $3.50 or less.  All Montana brewers would benefit from this adjustment.

The bipartisan Small BREW Act is targeted specifically to lowering the excise tax for smaller brewers.  It would halve the excise tax on the first 60,000 barrels of beer produced by small brewers from $7 to $3.50, and it would give a $2 break for small breweries for every barrel they produce between 60,000 and 2 million.

With 46 breweries, and at least six more expected to open later this year, Montana has the third-highest number of small breweries per capita in the nation.  Brewers use over 6 million pounds of malted grain, much of which is grown in Montana. The breweries employ more than 500 Montanans. In 2013 alone, craft beer production increased 15% in Montana in 2013.

Senator Jon Tester is a cosponsor of the BEER Act and the Small BREW Act.

Montana is also home to a burgeoning distillery industry.  Last month, Walsh announced the creation of the Small Distillers Caucus at Headframe Spirits in his hometown of Butte, where he heard from owner Jeff McKee about the amount of taxes his business paid – often at the expense of covering other costs. Walsh supports the Distillery Excise Tax Reform Act to reduce the excise rate for distilled spirits to only $2.70 for the first 100,000 proof gallons produced.  Every gallon above 100,000 would continue to be taxed at the rate under current law of $13.50 per proof gallon.  Montana currently has 16 distilleries in operation and they would all benefit from a reduction in the excise tax.

Here is what Montanans are saying about Walsh’s support for lowering taxes on distillers and brewers:

“Microbreweries and distilleries represent a fast-growing segment of the Montana economy that not only support a renewal of domestic manufacturing, but also Montana’s agriculture by increasing demand for locally-grown ingredients.  A reduction in the tax burden faced by small breweries and distilleries will help these businesses grow.  We applaud Sen. Walsh’s continued support of Montana-based small business and agriculture.”

- Matt Muth and Phil Sullivan, 406 Brewing Company and WildRye Distilling, Bozeman

“Beer plays a big part in Montana’s agricultural economy. Both large and small U.S. brewers benefit from Montana grown barley. We applaud Senator Walsh for cosponsoring the Small Brew Act because it will help us keep more dollars in Missoula’s economy.”

– Tim O’Leary, Kettlehouse Brewing Company,  Missoula

“The Small BREW Act is a great bill for the Montana craft beer industry and it is a great bill for each community in the state that is home to a local brewery.  By the end of this year, Blackfoot River Brewing Company will have been in business for sixteen years and in that time we will have paid a quarter of a million dollars in federal beer excise tax.  At Blackfoot River Brewing Company we take great pride in being an active part of our community.  I appreciate Senator Walsh’s support for the Small BREW Act that will allow us to spend more money in our community instead of sending it to Washington D.C.”

– Brad Simshaw, Blackfoot River Brewing Company, Helena

April Newsletter: MBA Spring Festival, New Breweries & New Associate Members

Billings Spring Brewfest April 25th in Metra Park

Billings Spring Brewfest April 25th in Metra Park

Montana Brewers Spring Festival

April 25th 2014 – MetraPark, Billings MT

Join 22 Montana Brewers Association craft breweries to enjoy 71 of their Montana-made beers! Live music from The Growlers & Cure for the Common. Your ticket price includes a 9oz commemorative glass with unlimited samples of Montana beer. Food from our friends at Fat Taco, Jimmy’s Greece Pit, Cajun Phatty’s and Taste of Asia.

VIP Tickets-4pm Entry & Meet the Brewers:
$30 in advance/$35 at the gate

General Admission 5pm:
$20 in advance/$25 at the gate

Get Your Tickets Now! 

Please Welcome  Our New Breweries
Thank You to our New Associate Members

Mark Your Calendars

Cheers to our Newest Members

Beer Glass from Map

Raise Your Glasses in Thanks!

March 2014,

Please Welcome Our New Breweries:

Raise Your Glass to our New Associate Members

Montana Brewers Billings Spring Brewfest

April 25th at MetraPark

VIP Entry at 4pm General Admission 5pm

More Information on our Facebook Event Page