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Bozeman’s brewery district

Brick facade retained for future incorporation in a new project.

Brick facade retained for future incorporation in a new project.

Not far from the recycled homes, I stumbled onto the historic Bozeman brewery district. Every city has a funk zone — an area where some see blight and others possibility. I think you win some sort of prize if your funk zone is a historic brewery district. Early brewing in Bozeman was shut down by prohibition in 1919. The area is now an eclectic mix of studios, galleries, offices, homes and other businesses.

Photography and art studio.

Photography and art studio.

And yes, there is still some beer in the brewery district. Adjacent to this studio was a distributor for several beer companies, Olympia, Stoh’s and Hamm’s.

Bontana flour mill.

Bontana flour mill.

Misco Mills Gallery. Note the vintage airstream.

Misco Mills Gallery. Note the vintage airstream.

Home of the original founder of Bozeman Brewing, now a bed and breakfast.

Home of the original founder of Bozeman Brewing, now a bed and breakfast.

Julius Lehrkind, who founded the first local brewery, came to the U.S. as a stowaway so he wouldn’t be conscripted into the German armed forces in 1860. His brewery was very successful. But when Prohibition came along and he had to shut down, his heart was broken and he died shortly thereafter. (Source: Historical marker.)
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