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Kessler Brewery, as Engraved for an 1890 Perspective Map of
Kessler Brewing Company was located just west of todays'
Spring Meadow Lake. It operated from 1865 to 1958. From
1984 to 2000, a Helena micro-brewery operated under the
Kessler name, but their product was brewed in town, not
at the old brewery.
would become the Kessler Brewing Company was founded in
1865 by Charles Beeher. In 1868, Beeher was bought out
by Luxembourg-born Nickolas Kessler, an entrepreneur who
had turned from gold prospecting to trade and manufacturing.
soon started a brickyard near the brewery, and in this
way helped to build the city of Helena. By all accounts,
Kessler was an exceptionally friendly and honest man,
and his death was widely mourned. Kessler School, one-third
mile SE of the old brewery, is named for him.
Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts had its beginning
in Kessler's brickyard. Click
here for the story, courtesy of the State of Montana's
Brewery, ca 1890
Beer Delivery Wagon
handsome Kessler Brewing Co. Advertising bar trays, circa 1900
Loreli Beer Advertising Ashtray, Date Unknown
Bavarian Beer Label, Date Unknown
Kindl Beer label, date unknown
Brewery Letterhead Design
Brewing Co. workers, ca. 1880
Earthquake Deaths at the Brewery
UNDER REPAIR COLLAPSES DURING SECOND BIG QUAKE
Kennedy and Ed O'Brien were killed by an earthquake on
October 31, 1935 as they worked to repair the damaged
brick stack seen here. Kennedy and O'Brien had come to
Helena with a crew of brick masons from Salt Lake City,
and were rooming at 118 North Warren.
chimney had been badly cracked by a previous quake, and
the two men were removing all the bricks from the top
down to the start of the crack. They had just reached
the place where the crack began when another severe earthquake
occured. Much of the remaining stack collapsed, and the
two men hit the ground in a cascade of falling brick.
O'Brien died at the scene, Kennedy died a short time later
at St. Peter's Hospital.
1940s Aerial View of the Kessler Brewery
1950 Newspaper Ad
"Cone Top" Can, 1950s
Brewing Co. matchbooks, 1950s
2001, the 1860s Kessler mansion adjacent to the brewery
was heavily damaged by fire. It was caused by a child playing
with fireworks the barn, which was also destroyed.
to West of Helena