Thanks to our fantastically unique climate, Montana is a great place to grow wheat, and that includes hops for some of the best brews you’ll find in the middle of nowhere. Don’t let Montana’s size and empty roads deter you from a brew-discovering road trip — spend a few days on this Montana brewery road trip tour, and get a pint in every region!
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#1 — Busted Knuckle Brewery, Glasgow
Where: 303 1st Avenue South
Food: Does not serve food; Try Eugene’s Pizza
Can’t-Miss Brew: Rusted Nut Amber Ale
In a garage converted into the only brewery in Glasgow, owners Ben and Connie Boreson have used Ben’s 30 years of experience as a mechanic as inspiration for this unique small town brewery, which is host to 11 original brews.
Settle in at a table made of radiators and mufflers, and marvel at the historic industrial artifacts that cover the walls. There’s something for everyone at the Busted Knuckle, from the light and refreshing Scoop Shovel Shandy, to the Black Nail Stout.
#2 — The Great Northern Brewing Company, Whitefish
Where: 2 Central Avenue
Food: Sandwiches, salads, and appetizers
Can’t-Miss Brew: Wheatfish Wheat Lager
Nestled on the edge of Glacier National Park, The Great Northern Brewing Company is the perfect stop after an afternoon exploring the nearby biking trails. Grab a lunch that’s a cut above the usual bar fodder while you sip on one of their 11 original craft brews.
If you’re in Glacier country, you need to try a glass of Wild Huckleberry beer at this brewery, but there are plenty of darker, stouter beers for those looking for a stronger finish, like The Man Bun and Going to the Sun IPA.
#3 — Triple Dog Brewing Co., Havre
Where: 675 1st Street West
Food: No food served; Try The Lunch Box
Can’t-Miss Brew: Aberdeen Scotch Ale
With 18 original brews on tap, this small Montana brewery is built on the passion of its creator, Michael Garrity. What started as a small garage experiment evolved into a popular brewery along the hi-line that has locals and travelers alike stopping religiously for a pint.
This is another brewery with a great variety on tap, from their Shorty Young’s Pretty Blonde Ale, to their impressively stout Duck Face IPA.
#4 — Glacier Brewing Co., Polson
Where: 6 10th Avenue East
Food: Does not serve food; Try Cherries BBQ Pit
Can’t-Miss Brew: Glacier Select
If you have kids in tow, the Glacier Brewing Co. is a fun place to stop where mom and dad can sip on a microbrew while the kids have a craft soda. The Glacier Brewing Co. sits in Polson, Montana, where you can spend your afternoons boating and exploring Flathead Lake and take part in the annual cherry festival.
The Glacier Brewing Co. has a reputation for stocking fruitier beers, but don’t let that deter you if you’re a stout fan — just grab a pint of their Slurry Bomber Stout. With six original brews and two handcrafted sodas to choose from, this little gem is worth the stop.
#5 — Tamarack Brewing Co., Missoula
Where: 231 West Front Street
Food: Handcrafted specialties, from nachos to rissoto
Can’t-Miss Brew: Sip N’ Go Naked Apricot Ale
Missoula is a great place to stop for local shopping, outdoor exploration, and great food, but the Tamarack Brewing Co. brings it all together, with a standout menu, fun environment, and nine brews on tap.
This one actually has two locations, but I love Missoula enough to make that my preferred stop. Stay for a while to mow down on a burger and enjoy their patio dining with a cold flight of beers to sample. These locations can be a little loud on the weekends, but only because they’re always packed to the gills with happy customers.
#6 — Bridger Brewing, Bozeman
Where: 1609 South 11th Avenue
Food: Pizza, salads desserts, and appetizers
Can’t-Miss Brew: Vigilante IPA/Mad Mile Cream Ale
In 2013, David Breck and his trusted business partner, David Sigler, founded this small brewery in the heart of the beautiful Bridger mountains in Bozeman. With 16 beers in their rotation, this brewery has built a devoted following thanks to their original brews and inventive artisan pizzas.
After a day of skiing or exploring the surrounding wilderness, stop into Bridger Brewing for a cold Ghost Town stout, or a Mad Mile Cream Ale if you have a lighter taste preference. Don’t miss out on their bison pizza while you’re there!
#7 — Angry Hank’s Microbrewery, Billings
Where: 20 North 30th Street
Food: Does not serve food; Try The Fieldhouse
Can’t-Miss Brew: Street Fight Irish Red Ale
After a day of seeing the sights in the Rimrock region, it’s time to blow off some steam at Angry Hank’s Microbrewery. This little brewery was built on the idea that people are too distracted to just enjoy each other’s company and have a great beer, and that’s exactly what patrons love about this microbrewery.
Including their seasonal selection, Angry Hank’s has 18 original microbrews to choose from, with some unique varieties in the mix like their Hank Unplugged lemonade shandy and Milk Chocolate stout.
#8 — 2 Basset Brewery, White Sulphur Springs
Where: 202 East Main Street
Food: Does not serve food; Try Bar 47
Can’t-Miss Brew: Drooligan
A brand new brewery in small town Montana, the 2 Basset Brewery is bringing big flavor to White Sulphur Springs, with 13 original brews to try. Crafted with salvaged barnwood and copper accents, this little brewery brings some of the unique history and heritage of this tiny mountain town to its brewhouse, and the effect is nothing short of charming.
With great company, friendly service, and everything from a hefeweizen to a vanilla porter to sip on, this isn’t a brewery you drive past.
#9 — Harvest Moon Brewing Co., Belt
Where: 7 5th Street South
Food: Does not serve food; Try The Harvest Moon Saloon
Signature brew: Beltian White
Nestled just north of the Little Belt Mountains, the Harvest Moon Brewing Company is home to some of the most loved beverages in Cascade County. Stop into this small town brewery for a tour and a growler, and be sure to ask for an orange slice with your Beltian White.
With seven original beers to choose from, including an infamous Pig’s Ass Porter and Charlie Russell Red, this little gem is worth stopping for. Thanks to the natural purification process of the local aquifer, the water used for these brews is unchlorinated and naturally pure.
#10 — Mighty Mo Brewing Co., Great Falls
Where: 412 Central Avenue
Food: Pizza, salads, wings, and appetizers
Can’t-Miss Brew: Dam Fog
Down on bustling Central Avenue in Great Falls sits the Mighty Mo Brewing Company, and mighty it is. Though their beer list may be short, it’s packed with unmissable favorites, and is a great place to grab a meal while you fill up your growler.
This community focused brewery hosts a Raise a Pint Night every Monday night, during which participants can support a cause, with $1 of each pint sale going to an organized cause or organization. When you’re done raising your pint, head out to their patio to socialize and devour a pizza among the shops and boutiques that litter downtown Great Falls.