Our History



The first Missoula Brewing Company was founded in 1890 by Joseph Wagner, located at 109 West Front Street in Missoula. After receiving permission to use the name from the New York Highlanders (soon thereafter to become the Yankees), the first Highlander Beer was brewed in 1910. With its facility by then sitting proudly at the base of Waterworks Hill near Rattlesnake Creek, Highlander was a mainstay beer of Montana families for decades. Surviving the closure of prohibition, Highlander flourished in Montana and neighboring states up until the brewery closed its doors in 1964. MBC and Highlander had a rich tradition of colorful labels and creative marketing materials, many of which are now on display in our Tap Room.


The present reincarnation of MBC was launched in 2007, with a goal to revive this rich Montana tradition and bring it to the modern world of craft brewing. Originally reintroduced as a Scottish Red Ale, MBC now offers a full line of the finest lagers and ales available. MBC is committed to continue this rich tradition of quality to the 21st century.