Nadia Nygaard, Demand Media
Commercial breweries and the passing away of old brewmasters nearly caused the microbrewery business in Montana to go extinct. The 1990s, however, saw the beginning of a revival of brewpubs in Montana, leading to more than a dozen scattered across the state. You can try lagers, ales, porters, stouts and seasonal varietals made with attention to detail at one of Montana’s brewpubs.
Flathead Lake Brewing Company (flatheadlakebrewing.com) in Bigfork added a kitchen to its brewery to serve its handcrafted, award-winning beers and teach customers about the brewing process. In Hamilton, listen to live music on the weekends while working your way through the tasting menu at Bitter Root Brewing (bitterrootbrewing.com). Tamarack Brewing Company (tamarackbrewing.com), in Lakeside, is nestled in the foothills of the Rockies and serves ales in a family-friendly environment. In Stevensville, enjoy a pub experience at Blacksmith Brewing Company (blacksmithbrewing.com), where live music plays on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The Black Star Draught House is the pub for the Great Northern Brewing Company (greatnorthernbrewing.com) and serves local wines and brews, as well as food.
In Livingston, sample brews from Neptune’s Brewery (neptunesdock.com) at the brewery’s tasting room. The brewpub serves homey fried appetizers and seafood, with Thai and Indian specials on the weekend. Sam’s Tap Room and Kitchen is the brewpub arm of the Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company (redlodgeales.com), located in Red Lodge. Sam’s serves hot and cold sandwiches, as well as year-round and seasonal beers from Red Lodge Ales.
In the southwest part of the state, visit Lone Peak Brewery (lonepeakbrewery.com) in the ski resort town of Big Sky for its signature Lone Peak IPA and a burger. The pub offers burgers and barbecue, pub games for patrons and a children’s menu. Visit the Wolf Pack Ale House (no website; 139 N. Canyon St., West Yellowstone; 406-995-3939) in West Yellowstone to sample more than 20 beers on tap and in the bottle, as well as New York-style pizza, steak, burgers and fish. The brewpub is three blocks from the West Gate of Yellowstone National Park
Billings is nicely set up for a pub crawl, with several brewpubs in easy travel distance from one another. Try Angry Hanks Brewing (no website; 2405 First Ave. N., Billings; 406-252-3370) for the Anger Management, a Belgian Wit brew. Hooligan’s Sports Bar is the brewpub of the Montana Brewing Company (montanabrewingcompany.com). Stop in for award-winning, small batch beer and a menu of appetizers, flatbreads, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and pasta. At the Brewhouse Garage Pub (yellowstonevalleybrew.com), try a bratwurst marinated in Black Widow Stout and wash it down with another of the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company’s beers. On Saturday evenings, the pub features local bluegrass, rock, Scottish and mariachi music. The small town of Wibaux is home to Beaver Creek Brewery (beavercreekbrewery.com). The brewery serves six year-round beers, plus a selection of seasonals and beer brats at its brewpub.
About the Author
Nadia Nygaard has been writing and editing since 2005. She is published in “Farm and Ranch Living” and has edited projects as diverse as grant proposals, medical dissertations and tenant law handbooks. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in English and women’s studies.
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