History Of The Montana Tavern Association

The Montana Tavern Association, originally named the Montana Licensed Liquor Dealers Association, was incorporated October 14,1937 by a group of tavern owners.  Membership that year was close to three hundred.  The association was formed for the mutual protection and benefit of its membership. Its purpose: to provide advice, direction and assistance; to aid in the promotion of trade; to recommend regulation that would further their interests and to cooperate with State Regulators by initiating or assisting in the control and regulation of the retail sale of alcoholic beverages.

The MTA is one of the most effective lobbying organizations in our state. Our members are small business owners, active in their local communities as well as at the state and federal level on issues of importance to the licensed beverage industry. We have been very effective on both the state and federal level in passing legislation that benefits the industry and defeating legislation which would have adversely affected the industry.

More than a half-century later, our purpose remains the same today as reflected in our mission statement: To preserve and enhance the hospitality industry.  The MTA is run by its membership, now almost eight hundred strong. Officers are elected by the membership at the MTA Convention. The Executive Board, made up of directors and alternates from each county tavern association, meets quarterly with the officers to conduct association business.