Our Brewery


The Great Northern Vision Statement

Our vision is to brew exceptional beer and share our passion with all communities celebrating life.



The Great Northern Mission Statement

Great Northern Brewing Company is committed to building a legacy of brewing exceptional beer for craft beer newcomers and enthusiasts alike. As proud, hardworking Montanans, we are driven by the idea of bettering our employees, our partners and the communities in which we work. From our perspective, every day is a celebration of the good life.



The Great Northern Brewery was designed by world renowned architect Joe Escherick in 1994 as a traditional "Gravity Flow" arrangement. The mostly automated 20 barrel brew house was custom designed and installed by JVNorthwest, allowing for an annual capacity of 8,000 barrels.


Located in Whitefish, Montana the Great Northern Brewing Company offers the finest quality ales and lagers in a variety of year-round and seasonal styles. Through the use of a traditional "Gravity Flow" arrangement, our beers are made in the tradition of artisan brewing with one of the most sophisticated brew houses for its size in the entire country.


Started by Minott Wessinger, the great-great grandson of Henry Weinhard, the Great Northern Brewery was built in 1994 to brew Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager. The Great Northern Brewing Company continues brewing a wide variety of craft-beers.


Whitefish, Montana was chosen as the home for the Great Northern Brewery because of its rugged and beautiful surroundings, the excellent water, and the unique history of the Flathead Valley.


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Tour the tallest building in Whitefish!


We have summer tours of the brewery Monday thru Thursday, at 1 and 3 pm.  Enjoy a full walk-thru of the facility and learn more about the art of beer making. 

All ages welcome.



Call the brewery if you have questions at 406.863.1000 or email us at brewmaster@greatnorthernbrewing.com for special requests.



Click Here for our Tour Brochure in PDF format.