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Brewery Historic District

Seventeen-year-old Julius Lehrkind fled compulsory service in the German militia by stowing away on a ship bound for America in 1860. Already having served as a brewmaster's apprentice, Lehrkind easily found employment. Eight years later, a sizable inheritance enabled Julius and his brother, Fred, to establish their own brewery in Davenport, Iowa. When both Fred and his wife died unexpectedly, Julius added their four children to his own six, sold the Iowa brewery, and headed for Montana. High quality water and plentiful barley grown by Dutch settlers near Manhattan brought his large extended family and crew of brewery workers to Bozeman in 1895. Under Julius' direction, the brewery was operating by the end of the year. Julius built his Queen Anne style residence in 1898, and his nephew and son followed suit building their own modest homes adjacent to the family mansion in 1908 and 1912. As brewing technology improved and world lager production tripled, the Bozeman Brewery prospered turning out 40,000 barrels of beer annually and distributing malted barley to breweries statewide. Prohibition, however, curtailed brewing operations in 1919 and was said to have broken Julius' heart. He died several years later. In 1925, grandson Carl Lehrkind opened a bottling plant for soft drink production across the street. The brewery then served as an ice plant and warehouse, and later as a creamery. Despite removal of the malt house and an addition built in 1948, the original function of the main building remains obvious. The brewery, bottling plant, and attendant residences recall the Old World family business traditions Julius Lehrkind carried to Montana and passed to two generations.

Images

Bozeman Brewery Historic District
Bozeman Brewery Historic District Bozeman Brewery Historic District. Front to side view of the Bozeman Brewery building, facing northwest on the corner of East Aspen Street and North Wallace Avenue. The brewery was located at 803 N. Wallace Ave. and has been demolished. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Aug. 2007
Bozeman Brewery Historic District
Bozeman Brewery Historic District Bozeman Brewery Historic District. Front to side view of the Lehrkind Bottling Plant building, facing northeast on the corner of East Aspen Street and North Wallace Street across the street from the site of the Bozeman Brewery. This building is located at 802 N. Wallace Ave. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Nov. 2010
Bozeman Brewery Historic District
Bozeman Brewery Historic District Bozeman Brewery Historic District. Front to side view of the Edwin Lehrkind House, facing west to southwest from the driveway near North Wallace Avenue. The house is located at 701 N. Wallace Ave. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Nov. 2010
Bozeman Brewery Historic District
Bozeman Brewery Historic District Bozeman Brewery Historic District. Front to side view of the Henry Lehrkind House, facing west on North Wallace Avenue. The house was located on 707 N. Wallace Ave. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Nov. 2010
Bozeman Brewery Historic District
Bozeman Brewery Historic District Bozeman Brewery Historic District. Front to side view of the Julius Lehrkind House, facing west on North Wallace Avenue near the old site of the Bozeman Brewery and adjacent to the Lehrkind Bottling Plant. The house is located at 719 N. Wallace Ave. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Nov. 2010
Bozeman Brewery Historic District
Bozeman Brewery Historic District Bozeman Brewery Historic District. Front to side view of the Lehrkind Carriage House, facing east to southeast from the back yard area of the Julius Lehrkind House near East Aspen Street. The site of the Bozeman Brewery is north of this structure, across the street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Dec. 2010

Location

700-800 North Wallace Avenue, Bozeman, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Brewery Historic District,” Historic Montana, accessed March 4, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/546.