Montana's Liquid Treasure

Bigfork, Montana

The Flathead Lake Brewing Company started in 2004 in Woods Bay, Montana. Owner Greg Johnston has two very specific goals. The first: to make the best beer ever. The second: to have fun doing it. Naming the brewery wasn’t hard. FLBC overlooks the shores of the largest freshwater lake in the West – and arguably the most beautiful.


By 2012 the Woods Bay brewery was at full production and plans were made to expand. Not wanting to leave home (Bigfork) the old bowling alley in Bigfork was acquired and the next two years were spent remodeling the building to become one of the most sustainable breweries in Montana.


Now, one can find an FLBC ale throughout Montana, Eastern Washington, and northern Idaho.


“In 2006 we were honored with becoming the youngest brewery ever to win not just one, but two, World Beer Cup awards. Our brewery brought home a Bronze medal for our Peg Leg Porter (now the Painted Rock Porter) and a Silver medal for our Mutiny Stout (now the 369′ Stout).”


The folks at FLBC are proud of their commitment to sustainability. At the Bigfork facility they chose to renovate an old bowling alley near the heart of Bigfork. Formerly, this site had no storm water infrastructure and potentially contaminated surface run-off was allowed to flush downhill into the lake. They improved this condition by designing our roof and parking lots so that the vast majority of storm water is collected and cleaned as it infiltrates to the aquifer.

“Our facility also borrows clean effluent from the nearby Bigfork Water and Sewer District and uses it to run several WaterFurnace heat pumps.  This equipment provides heating and cooling for our building and processes.”


“We at FLBC work hard, play harder, and do everything to the highest standard. For us, it’s about supporting local and environmental sustainability and contributing to the community that has so graciously embraced us. Most importantly for our crew, it’s about making beer and food that we are proud of.”


“We love that the Montana brewery community has set the bar high that so that we can all enjoy quality Montana-made craft beers with our loyal customers.”


Next time you are in the area, stop in for a Centennial IPA and check out their space!