Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager Re-Launches in San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest

Fifth-Generation Brewer Brings Back Popular Beer and Writes a New Chapter in Family's Brewing Legacy

Minott Wessinger, fifth-generation brewer and great-great-grandson of brewing pioneer Henry Weinhard, recently announced the re-introduction of the popular Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager to the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. First brewed in Montana in 1995, Wessinger has introduced it to select natural food stores and on-premise locations in Northern California, Oregon and Washington.

"Given our family history of brewing—which dates back to 1856—Black Star is a true legacy beer and I am thrilled to return it to the marketplace," said Wessinger. "Black Star is a traditional European-style Pilsner beer, refreshing with lots of taste, and the perfect beer for summer."

  Black Star is a double hopped (dry-hopped) golden lager based on traditional European Pilsner beers made with both Bavarian Mittelfrüh and Czech Saaz hops and two row malting barley.

"By hopping it in the kettle and then again prior to finishing, Black Star opens with a distinct hop aroma and a rich, full-bodied flavor while remaining remarkably crisp and refreshing," noted Wessinger.

Black Star is brewed at the Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitefish, Montana, a traditional gravity flow style brewery built by Wessinger in 1994.  The mostly automated brew house is one of the most complex for its size in the country.  The Lauter Tun filter screen was custom designed and manufactured in Germany for the expressed purpose for creating fine lager beers. The fermenting and packaging area, known as the Cellar, is open and roomy, allowing for many brewery operations to take place at the same time.

Consumers will recognize Black Star by the distinctive bright gold labels, meant to "reflect the golden color of the beer inside," said Wessinger.  

As demand for Black Star grows, it will continue to be brewed at its original home in Whitefish, Montana as well as in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  "Black Star is a true passion project and something I've always wanted to bring back when the timing was right," Wessinger says.  "Providing a beer to consumers that combines flavor and the refreshment of traditional lagers is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream."

Black Star has a suggested retail price of $7.99 for a 6-pack and $14.99 for a 12- pack. Black Star is available in both 12 oz bottles and cans.

For information on carrying Black Star in your retail or on-premise establishment, contact Jesus Sosa, Regional Sales Manager, at or call 415-732-1000.

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