|State Of Montana
Beer Collections has beer items for sale for the Montana Breweries listed on this page. We also have some Montana Breweries history on some of the breweries. Click on the brewery name to receive move information on each brewery and item available for that Montana brewery including pictures of the items. You may purchase any of the collectibles, gifts, and items by clicking on the shopping cart "ADD" button located on the indiviual brewery page.
| ||Brewery||City||Type of Items Available for SALE|
| ||Big Sky Brewing Company||Missoula, MT 59808||Coasters , Glassware , Openers , Posters , Signs , Stickers ,  |
| ||Harvest Moon Brewing Co.||Belt, MT 59412||Patches ,  |
| ||Lightning Boy Brewery||Belgrade, MT 59714|| |
| ||Spanish Peaks Brewing||Bozeman, MT 59772||Coasters ,  |
|A denotes a brewery that has been added to the list in the last 6 months.|
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|United States History: The State Of Montana
The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806 was the first group of white explorers to cross Montana. Hard on the heels of the expedition arrived the fur trappers and traders. Roman Catholic missionaries followed the trappers into Montana. They established Saint Mary's Mission in the Bitterroot Valley, thought to be the first permanent settlement in Montana. They also promoted agriculture and built a sawmill.
The discovery of gold brought many prospectors into the area in the 1860's, and Montana became a territory in 1864. The rapid influx of people led to boomtowns that grew rapidly and declined just as quickly when the gold ran out. During the 1880's railroads crossed Montana, and the territory became a state in 1889. Hardrock mining also began at this time. Butte became famous when silver and copper were discovered.
Cattle and sheep ranches continued to take advantage of Montana's abundant grasslands. Passage of the Enlarged Homestead Act in 1909 brought tens of thousands of homestead farmers into the state looking for inexpensive land. Wheat farming was popular until an extended drought, and a drop in market prices after World War I, ruined many farmers. The homestead "bust" forced many farmers to abandon Montana.
Post-war or "modern" Montana (1945-2000) has been characterized by a slow shift from an economy that relies on the extraction of natural resources to one that is service-based. Such traditional industries as copper, petroleum, coal, and timber have suffered wild market fluctuations and unstable employment patterns. Agriculture -- while dependent on weather, a declining workforce, and international markets -- has remained Montana's primary industry throughout the era. After 1970 tourism supplanted mining as the state's second largest industry. This era also saw the important shift in the state's transportation system from railroads to cars, trucks and highways.
While some national observers consider Montana a part of America's "cultural outback," many Montanans pride themselves on their strong spirit of community, their close contact with the environment, and their fundamental "sense of place."
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