Public Q&A with Karhu Koski Distillery in Choteau! – 12/7 – 7PM

1 December 2021


Karhu Koski is holding a public meeting at the Stage Stop Inn on December 7th, 2021 at 7 pm. Residents of Teton County are invited, along with Montana residents in general. Refreshments will be served and a Q&A session will be held after the main presentation.

Joel Almeida, Founder & CEO of Karhu Koski Distillery, will be discussing his company’s vision for the distillery and tasting room to be constructed at 430 Gordon Road Vaughn, MT 59487, which is located between Power and Vaughn. Refreshments will be served and there will be a Q&A session after the presentation. Questions in advance can be submitted to [email protected]

Karhu Koski Distillery, LLC is a recent awardee of the Big Sky Trust Fund Job Creation grant, a program brought to you by the Montana Department of Commerce. Karhu Koski held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony with the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce in September and construction is expected to begin soon on a state-of-the-art facility to create a quality product line and establish a tourism destination on the road to Glacier National Park.

Sweetgrass Development has been assisting entities across the region with submitting grants for funds through the American Rescue Plan, as well as hosting business trainings.  From 2020 to date, we have assisted entities across the region with securing a total of over $7 million of CARES- and ARPA-related funding.  Please visit to learn more about trainings, presentations, business assistance, Brownfields assessments, community projects and more.


The North-Central Montana Economic Development District, dba Sweetgrass Development, is a private, non-profit corporation created in 2004 to support economic development in the counties of Glacier, Cascade, Pondera, Teton and Toole, as well as the Blackfeet Nation.  We are a diverse area that includes a large metropolitan area, many small towns, rural farming areas, several Hutterite Colonies, the Montana Little Shell Chippewa Tribe, and the Blackfeet Reservation.  An eighteen-member Board of Directors governs Sweetgrass Development.  The Board is comprised of community leaders who are elected or appointed officials as well as business owners and representatives of the communities.

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