Lewis and Clark Tap Room- Helena

Lewis and Clark Tap Room- Helena


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1535 Dodge Avenue , Helena, Montana 59601, United States
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The Lewis & Clark Brewery is a state of the art brewing facility located in the heart of America’s last great place – Montana. The great explorers are the inspiration for our breweries name and in many ways our brewing style. It is also where we live as we are located in the heart of the only Lewis & Clark County in the US. Our secret ingredient is the pride and craftsmanship added by dedicated people lucky enough to be called Montanans. Since our beginning, we have gone to the greatest of lengths to build one of the most efficient, sophisticated breweries around with one goal in mind: to produce the finest ales & lagers possible and serve them at their peak of freshness. Our beers are hand crafted and un-pasteurized and are brewed to levels of quality, which can only be achieved in the finest of breweries. We are proud of what we do and we are confident that everyone who drinks our beers will appreciate the care and craftsmanship served in every glass.

This building is comprised of several buildings that were added onto over the last 125 years with some dating back to 1885. The oldest building is the Stone “Smokehouse” (where the men’s room is located now) which was built by T.C. Power in 1885 to smoke meats. Shortly thereafter the “Packing & Provisions” building was built (behind the current tap room bar) and was used as a 3 story “Ice-House” with ice removed from the lakes in the winter then transported up the pass by rail and stored in caves until brought back down in the summer and hoisted up to the third floor to cool the entire building. After the “Montana Packing & Provisions Company” closed the property this property could have been used as a jail (although no historical records support this so maybe the bars were installed for security), then a seed warehouse. Later it became the birthplace of Columbia Paint and over 70 years it was added onto as the paint factory grew to be one of Montana’s most successful businesses. We have tried to preserve as much of the historical nature of this unique place (including leaving the old Colombia Paint staircase as we found it splattered with paint) as possible while still bringing the buildings into the 20th century building codes.

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