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A large deck and grass area makes a comfortable space on the bank of Grant Creek for patrons of the new Missoula Brewing Co. to enjoy.

Bob and Shannon Lukes, who own and manage the new 17,000-square-foot Missoula Brewing Co. on International Drive off North Reserve Street in Missoula, said the business has been openly embraced by the community.

“They are going wild,” Shannon Lukes said of her customers. “We’re doing great. Things are very, very busy in here, which is great. People seem to love it. We have a lot of families and kids come in.”

The place, which opened this past summer, employs 35 people and features a pizza kitchen, a huge taproom and an outdoor patio.

“We offer pizza by the slice and by the whole pie,” Lukes said. “We have 12 beers on tap and salads. We have a lot of events here, it’s a big space. People are digging it.”

The brewery revived the Highlander beer brand, which became famous in the early 1960s in Missoula.

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Lukes said the brewery’s location has been a hit with the community on the western edge of town that had longed for a gathering place.

“It’s really nice,” she said. “There are a lot of homes out here, so people come in all the time and tell me how much they appreciate that we are here. There are places to go on North Reserve, but there’s just a lot of big box store stuff. We make all our pizza from scratch, we make our own dough. It’s really kind of nice. We stay busy. It’s a destination all over here.”

Bob Lukes – who puts on the Missoula Celtic Festival each year with his wife – said he has a “great love of history and of beer.”

“I combined that into trying to revive this old brand of Highlander that was so important to this community for so many years,” he said.

For more information, visit www.missoulabrewingcompany.com.

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