The Flathead Lake Brewing Company started in 2004 in Woods Bay, Montana. Our 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 we would argue the most beautiful.
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 and a Silver medal for our Mutiny Stout.
By 2010, Greg’s daughter Sandy Johnston joined the crew and took over as General Manager in 2011 and helped remodel the taproom in Woods Bay into a pubhouse to create and serve ale inspired pub food.
In 2010 Sandy found out that a Ms. Carla Mancini was buying a building in downtown Missoula and wanted a brewery to be involved. As the story goes, Sandy and Carla found out that they had both graduated from Florida State University the same year. Well, fate (or being Seminoles) sealed the deal and the two FSU women became co-owners of the Flathead Lake Brewing Company of Missoula.
In 2015, Sandy’s FLBC Pubhouse and Greg’s second brewery opened in Bigfork.
We at FLBC work hard, play harder, and do everything to the highest standard. For us, it’s about being leaders in the beer industry, it’s about supporting local and environmental sustainability, and it’s about 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 what we do, and we hope you do too.
Montana is the Treasure State, and we are Montana’s Liquid Treasure.