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Flathead Lake Brewing Company continues expansion

By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
Published On: Sep 17 2013 09:37:07 PM MDT
BIGFORK, Mont. -

Flathead Lake Brewing Company is making strides with their expansion efforts in Bigfork by going green, but Sandy Clare has heard a common question this summer:

"What's taking so long?"

She's talking about FLBC's latest venture - remodeling an old bowling alley near the heart of Bigfork into a pub house. Beer in their Woods Bay location is in high demand so it was time expand.

"It's tough in this little spot trying to keep up with everybody," said Rob Millspaugh.

It's taken a lot of time and effort because the brewing company is trying to become LEED certified.

"We just felt especially here in Montana with the beauty we want to really preserve what we had," explained Clare.

LEED certified, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design has many facets but some elements are simple - reuse and re-purpose items in an effort to be environmentally responsible.

"Every screw and nail we had to take out we had to weigh, we had to recycle somewhere. All of the metal, a lot of it went to Habitat for Humanity," Clare said.

But it's more than just going green. Flathead Lake Brewing Company hopes the Bigfork location will help folks earn a little green as well. Clare tells us they'll be hiring dishwashers to brewers and everything inbetween.

"Initially I will say for employment at least 20 new jobs or more developed," explained Clare.

And while the Woods Bay location isn't closing up shop, Bigfork will allow Flathead Lake Brewing Company a chance to keep growing.

"We're in the fortunate position that people love our beer and we do, too," said Millspaugh. "Just the opportunity to make some more is really exciting for us."

The Flathead Lake Brewing Company hopes to open their Bigfork pub house by Spring 2014.