This Butte Beer pieces were from a series released in the 1940s. This one features two fellow fishing only to find their camp site pilfered by a bear and her cubs. A companion piece shows a bear and two cubs overlooking a man fly fishing in a montana river with the title “Unwelcome Guests.”
About Butte Brewing Company (Butte, Montana; 1885-1963)
The Butte Brewery was established by Henry Muntzer in 1885, nine years after Butte’s first brewery, the Centennial. Beginning in the late 1890s, managers expanded production and built or re-built many of the brewery’s buildings on North Wyoming between Granite and Copper Streets. Capacity was expected to grow to 125 barrels per day in 1901, and the new malthouse was to handle 10,000 pounds per day. In 1917, with statewide Prohibition coming in 1919, the brewery promoted its Eureka Beer as “Liquid food for temperate people.” The Butte Brewery was the only one in Butte that survived Prohibition, by producing malted soft drinks and other beverages (using the Checo brand), but it did not survive the economic downturn that affected Butte in the 1960s and 1970s. They were out of business about 1963 and the brewery buildings were demolished soon after.