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.
This vintage sign reproduction from powerhouse Anaconda brewing Company’s Rocky Mountain Beer (1900–1958—Anaconda, MT) features stunning artwork, majestic mountains and a great deep blue hue. A perfect piece of Montana brewing history at an affordable price. Printed on .125 Metal.
About Ananconda Brewing Company: The original Anaconda Brewery was built in Anaconda, Montana, near Walnut and West Fourth streets and operated by Joe Paul and Joseph Steger, later joined by John V. Petritz. About 1900 Henry Mueller took control of the Anaconda Brewery. Mueller also owned Centennial Brewery in Butte, the Billings Brewery, and was part owner of the Olympia Brewery. The Anaconda Brewery buildings also included a Brewery Saloon and Beer Garden and a bowling alley, which was added in 1914.
In 1916 when Prohibition went into effect in Montana, all breweries and liquor stores closed. The Anaconda Brewing Company became the Anaconda Products Company, and continued to bottle soft drinks. The machinery of the Walnut Street Brewery in Anaconda was sold to a Canadian brewery and the building was taken down in 1927. After the repeal of Montana’s Prohibition in 1926, the Anaconda Brewing Company was reopened at 1200 East Park in Anaconda, Montana, by (Henry Mueller’s bother in law, Adam Tuchscherer, and Tuchscher’s two sons, Arthur and Walter on July 1, 1933. Adam Tuchscherer died in 1944, but Adam and Walter continued the production of Rocky Mountain Beer until 1955.
Volk Brewery Pilsner Tin Sign…Volk was a short lived Great Falls Brewery from 1935-1943. But their colorful signage stands out and looks amazing. As it surely will on your wall
About Volk Brewery (Great Falls, Montana; 1891-1894; 1935-1948)
The Volk family emigrated to the US (first to Minnesota and then Montana) from a long line of brewers in Germany. The Volk’s Brothers Brewery (located in what is now Verde Park along Upper River Road) was the first incarnation for 3 year before the turn of the century. Started by Christian and Nicholas Volk, the brewery was reportedly burned down intentionally by someone in the community.
Than Charles Volk resurrected the family business in post prohibition Montana in 1933. Charles graduated in 1933 in Chicago from the Wahl-Henius Fermentation Institute in Chicago. He open his brewery at 4th Street and 3rd Avenue South on the Lower South Side. Brother Chris reported was involved with the Lewistown brewery for many years as well.