In honor of its 20th anniversary, Lewis and Clark Brewing Co. is hosting a special block party and open house this weekend.
Each year, the brewery throws a party with free live music for the Helena community to enjoy as a way of saying “thank you” for all the support.
Max Pigman, the founder of Lewis and Clark Brewing, first got involved in the craft beer scene in 2002 when he purchased the foreclosing Sleeping Giant Brewery space that was located in the basement of the Brewhouse. In 2003, he renamed the space Lewis and Clark Brewery.
Another big opportunity came in 2009, when Pigman purchased and renovated the old Columbia Paint factory and then expanded the location again in 2016, according to Lewis and Clark Brewing’s website.
The 2016 expansion took a multi-million dollar loan and many talks about zoning with the Helena City Commission. The community investment in the brewery helped push the city commission to approve the project.
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“Over 100 people lined up to testify on our behalf to share their experiences with the brewery,” said Pigman in an interview with Craftbeer.com in 2019.