The Great Northern Brewing Company is a small (but ambitious) brewery in Whitefish, Montana and the makers of award-winning Black Star Beer.
The brewery is located on Whitefish's main street, Central Avenue. The tasting room is found upstairs, offering free samples Monday-Saturday. Boasting a superb view of Big Mountain, friendly faces and great beer, the Great Northern Brewing Company's Tasting Room is a Whitefish ""hot spot"".
The Great Northern Brewery was built during the fall of 1994. Started by Minott Wessinger, the great-great-grandson of Henry Weinhard, the brewery was built with a strong family tradition of brewing, and a desire to produce the finest hand crafted lagers available.
Minott grew up learning about beer from his father, Fred Wessinger, at the Blitz-Weinhard Brewery in Portland, Oregon. In 1979, the family sold Blitz-Weinhard. After 14 years away from the hustle and bustle of daily brewery life, Minott and Fred decided to build The Great Northern Brewing Company and begin brewing Black Star Golden Lager.
At this time, The Great Northern Brewing Company has an annual capacity of 6000 barrels (186,000 gallons). It is currently producing seven beers: Black Star Golden Lager, Black Star Black Lager, Black Star Amber Export, Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager, Big Fog Amber Lager, Wheatfish Hefeweizen and our winter lager - Snow Ghost.
Black Star Beers are enjoying success in Montana, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.