These are handmade from recycled wood and gorgeous. Any fishing salt worth his salt will tell you that just up the road fishing magic happens in a town called Craig, Montana. We love it there and created this sign from scratch to celebrate our neighbors to the north. Each of these signs is slightly different. They are made from wood we find and recycle. They show all of the wood’s beauty and imprecations (including a few knot holes). But they look like they came out of your favorite old fish camp along the mighty Mo.
Perfect for your home, hearth, patio or your very own fish camp. Or just to remember a great day floating past Craig and soaking it all in. Simple leather straps for hanging.
Kessler Tribute Bottle Opener. We made this one to celebrate our local Montana beer forefather Nick Kessler. It’s often said that Kessler essentially built Helena, Montana. He not only built one of the most advanced brewery in the west, but also a brick yard to help build Helena itself. Available in solid wood and composite veneer wood.
Old Faithful Beer Bottle Opener. This is one of my favorite pieces of art associated with Montana classic brewania. We offer these in solid pine/whitewood. Or with a light stain or in composite veneer version.
The brewery was a post prohibition revival by the son of Montana beer forefather Julius Lehrkind. The elder Lehrkind built Bozeman beer into a pre-prohibition giant. Many say prohibition literally broke his heart. He died just a few years after it took effect in 1922.
His son,Carl Lehrkind, took up the mantle but the effort lasted only 6 years. The company closed due to economic factors including robust national completion, increased costs, a switch to cans by many national brewers and other issues affecting many smaller independent brewers. The Lehrkind family name lives on in Montana with their soft drink company started to hold them over during prohibition.
We Want Beer! You think you’re thirsty now – imagine how you felt in 1932. Celebrate the joys of not needing to protest having a great local beer from your local Montana brew house.
On May 14, 1932, the mayor of New York, Jimmy Walker, had had enough. Not only couldn’t they drink but the lack of tax revenue from beer and alcohol sales were killing the budgets and services of major cities. Even worse for several years in the 1920s, the government had actually been poisoning some de-natured alcohol supplies to thwart bootlegging. Over 100,000 Americans reportedly died from such poisoning! Other signs seen in some of the famous protest included “Never Say Dry” and “Open the Spigots and Drown the Bigots.”
As many as 100,000 people turned out for these beer protests. They eventually spread to other cities including Chicago (40,000) and Dayton (17,000). Prohibition was repealed in December of 1933 to the collective relief of almost everybody.
Available in composite wood or .75″ solid pine. We lightly stained to protect the wood and bring out the grain.