Great Northern Brewery holds the title of the tallest building in Whitefish, Montana. If only by a few feet, it does so because of the weathervane that our founder placed atop our brewhouse. The weathervane symbolizes a time in his past - its an exact replica of the weathervane in which his great-great grandfather adorned the family brewery in downtown Portland, Oregon - the Blitz-Weinhard Brewery.

Still today this iconic ornament twists and turns with the winds of the changing seasons - an inspiration for the styles and flavors of the Weathervane Seasonals.

 

2016

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Fata Morgana

As the days of winter lengthen in northwest Montana, we often get the benefits of sunny afternoons up on Big Mountain. If the conditions are just right, the refraction of the sun’s rays form an unusual image of superior mirage. Objects can appear distorted and in some cases unrecognizable. Neighboring mountain tops can even appear as though they are floating in thin air! Fata Morgana - you’ve gotta taste it to believe it.

Release Date
February 26th, 2016

             Frog Hop                   Wet Hopped Pale Ale

Since 2007, we’ve been committed to cultivating Montana-grown hops. Our investment in the concept has proven worthy, and fresh hopped ale has become a tradition around here each fall. Frog Hop was brewed as a light bodied ale, allowing the unique aromas only present in wet hops to shine through. In most drying processes, two of the four aromatic oils evaporate, but with Frog Hop, you get a true taste of the northwest Montana hop harvest.

              Release Date            September 29, 2016

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1933

The year is 1933, and the National Park Service has just dedicated the Going to the Sun highway in Glacier. End to end, the road spans 53 miles and climbs to Logan Pass at nearly 6,700 feet. From the road, visitors can view some of the cleanest and brightest natural wonders in the world! To celebrate this monumental feet of engineering, we brewed this incredibly bright and clean pilsner, hopped in the tradition of American-style ales.

Release Date
June 9th, 2016

 

Alpenglow

You almost can’t take your eyes off of it...the late afternoon sun is striking the snowy mountain tops, causing them to glow vibrantly with hues of blue, yellow, orange and even purple - an Alpenglow! Especially after a long day on the ski hill, it’s warming to see such a site. With Alpenglow Belgian Tripel, you’ll also find warmth, and you may have a hard time taking your hands off of it too. Alpenglow Belgian Tripel - triple the malt, triple the goodness.

Release Date
December 1st, 2016

 

 

2015

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Guy On A Buffalo

Made with cold-brewed coffee from our neighbors and friends at Montana Coffee Traders, we steep forty pounds of freshly roasted beans. The result is a clean coffee low in acidity, making it the perfect addition  to our rich and malty stout. Who knows, you just might find it pairs well with pancakes. 

Release Date - February 27th, 2015
Style - Stout
ABV - 5.4%    IBU’s - 29
Malts - Pale, Chocolate, Caramel    
Hops - Millennium
Yeast - Ale    
Appearance - dark brown

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Big Mountain Tea Pale Ale

An American style pale ale that’s enhanced with copious amounts of  Earl Grey tea leaves. The black leaves are added to the boil which extracts the earthy tea qualities, and the citrusy bergamot oil that makes Earl Grey so distinct. We guarantee you’ve not had a beer like this before...cheerio!

Release Date - June 12th, 2015
Style - Pale Ale
ABV - 5.2%    IBU’s - 45
Malts - 2 Row Pale, Munich & Caramel
Hops - Millennium & Mosaic
Yeast - Ale
Appearance - warm gold

                     Frog Hop                           Wet Hopped Pale Ale

We've fostered an annual tradition of hand plucking hops grown here in the Flathead Valley. Frog Hop includes varieties of hops from our friends at Purple Frog Gardens, as well as other varieties that come in from local growers at the brewery’s annual Hop Swap. This year’s batch includes some of the first cones from the Glacier Hops Ranch research project, located just down the road from our brewery. Within 24 hours of being plucked from their vine, the hops are added to the boiling kettle. The result is a balance of malt & fresh grassy hop character...together for a cornucopia of flavors perfect for fall.

 

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The Cadillac Black IPA

Before the Great Northern Brewery was built on the corner of Railway Street and Central Avenue, the Cadillac Hotel stood for hospitality to all those arriving by rail to the newly incorporated town of Whitefish in the early 1900's. Whether you're in Whitefish or not, The Cadillac, a hoppy winter warmer, is sure to help you embrace the bite of the cold days ahead.

Release Date - December 8th, 2015
Style - Black IPA
ABV - 8.3%    IBU’s - 80
Yeast - American Ale
Appearance - black

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2014

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Guy On A Buffalo

Made with cold-brewed coffee from our neighbors and friends at Montana Coffee Traders, we steep forty pounds of freshly roasted beans. The result is a clean coffee low in acidity, making it the perfect addition  to our rich and malty stout. Who knows, you just might find it pairs well with pancakes. 

Style - Stout
ABV - 5.1%    IBU’s - 30
Malts - Pale, Chocolate, Caramel    
Hops - Millennium
Yeast - Ale    
Appearance - dark brown

Original release date: December 26th, 2012

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Equinox

Single-hopped with Galaxy hops, we’re bringing the Australian hop harvest to Whitefish. The citrus, grassy and tropical characters of galaxy hops remind us why freshly harvested hops have no equal. 

Style - Pale Ale
ABV - 5.3%    IBU’s - 50
Malts - Pale & Caramel    
Hops - Galaxy
Yeast - Ale    
Appearance - light gold

Original release date:  March 3rd, 2014

 

Empire Builder

Empire Builder Imperial Pilsner connects two beer styles - it’s brewed with a pilsner malt bill, hopped like an American Pale Ale, and of course is lagered as every pilsner should be.

Style - Imperial Pilsner
ABV - 7.3%    IBU’s - 56
Malts - Montana Pale, Vienna & Munique
Hops - Sterling
Yeast - Lager
Appearance - bright gold

Original release date: April 24th, 2014

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Amber Waves of Grain

With the fourth installment of our 2014 Weathervane Series, you'll find a flavor that's as comforting as apple pie.. What better way to celebrate American independence than with a beer in hand?

Style - American Lager
ABV - 5%    IBU’s - 28
Malts - Pale, Caramel, Carafoam and Munich
Hops - Columbus, Lublin and Opal
Yeast - Lager
Appearance - bright amber

Original release date: June 18th, 2014

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Dark & Ominous

Dark & Ominous may roll onto your tongue with a shocking personality. Brewed with portions of cara wheat malt, molasses, oak chips, ginger and vanilla, this ale delivers a storm of flavors. Dark and Ominous is full bodied with a rich amber color while maintaining an even keel with earthy Willamette hops. This ale brings something new to the horizon - take shelter and try to pour slowly.

Style – Very difficult to categorize!
IBU’s - 45
ABV – 7.7%
Malts – Pale, Caramel, Carawheat
Hops – Willamette
Special ingredients – Ginger, vanilla, molasses, oak chips
Yeast - Ale
Appearance – Black

Original release date: November 20th, 2014

 

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¡Santo Dios!

You’ll likely take your first sip and say “oh my goodness!” aloud. Although 'tis the season, ¡Santos Dios! 'tis not a session beer ~ it’s packed with the flavors of cocoa, the aromas of poblano peppers, and the heat of 8.7% alcohol by volume. On top of all that, it's a stout! In these months of winter celebrations, we tend to eat a lot ~ ¡Santo Dios! just might seem like you’re drinking a joyous meal.

Style – Mole Stout
IBU’s - 45
ABV – 8.7%
Malts – Pale, Caramel, Chocolate
Hops – Millenium
Special ingredients – Cocoa, poblano peppers, mole
Yeast - Ale
Appearance – Black

Original release date: December 11th, 2014