Kessler Brewing Company got its start as the Ten Mile Brewery in 1865, which was operated by Charles Beeher, according to the website Helena As She Was (www.helenahistory.org). In 1868 an ex-gold prospector named Nickolas Kessler bought the establishment, the website says, which was located on the far west side of Helena near what is now Spring Meadow Lake.
Two men were killed at the brewery as a result of an earthquake in 1935 as they were working to repair a brick stack damaged by a previous earthquake, the website says.
The brewery produced more than 200 barrels a day and employed 30 workers during its peak of production, according to a 1958 article in the Independent Record. The brewery closed in 1958, the website says, though a microbrewery operated under the Kessler name from a different location in Helena from 1984 to 2000.