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The Return of a Missoula Classic

For more than 50 years, thirsty Montanans drank a tasty brew from the Missoula Brewing Company called Highlander. First released in 1910, Highlander Beer reigned as the finest beer in Montana until 1964, when Interstate 90 came through and took out the brewery, formerly located at the base of Waterworks Hill, near Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula.

Now, more than 40 years later, a new and revitalized Highlander Beer has returned. Brewed in partnership with the Great Northern Brewery in Whitefish, Montana, Highlander Beer returns from the Missoula Brewing Company as a finely-honed Red Scottish Ale. The new Highlander Beer has a rich ruby color, a light malt flavor and is wonderfully balanced, with a light-hopped finish. It goes down smooth and easy. Highlander Beer brings a great Montana tradition into the 21st Century in one tasty brew that you won’t want to miss!

Highlander Beer is available in a 22 ounce package in many grocery stores and convenience markets in western Montana. In Missoula, look for it at Wordens, Orange Street Food Farm or Pattee Creek Market.  It’s also available on draft at many local pubs and restaurants, including The Missoula Club, Sean Kelly’s and The Oxford. For merchandise, go to tastemontana.com.

Highlander Beer is also the founder of the Celtic Festival Missoula. On July 28 in Caras Park there will be a celebration of all things Celtic, including food, dance and music. Admission is free, so come join us for the day. For more information, see celticfestivalmissoula.com. Cheers.

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