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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.

Today this iconic ornament twists and turns with the winds of the changing seasons - an inspiration for the styles and flavors of the 2014 Weathervane Series.

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


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

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

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

¡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