With Bozeman Craft Beer Week right around the corner, we thought it would be time to take a look at Bozeman's best breweries.
We have to start with the Bozeman brewery that has been around since before going to breweries was the cool thing to do. Tucked in the northeast part of town, Bozeman Brewing is no longer a quiet place off the beaten path. From year-round to seasonal selections there's something for every beer taste here. The local favorite is Bozone Select Amber Ale and for good reason...it's a perfect balance of medium body and light hops. Then there is the Gallatin Pale Ale, a nice lighter beer with great flavor, and when you can get the Java Stout, do yourself a favor and try it. Coffee plus beer is a good combination. The tasting room is open seven days a week, the popcorn is always on and they have Sunday FUNDay's where 50 cents of every pint sold goes to a local non-profit. You can find their beer all over Bozeman but it's always a fun time at the brewery!
Photo courtesy of Bozeman Brewing Company
With the amazing Bridger views from the patio and its proximity to Bridger Bowl, MAP has quickly become one of the most popular breweries in town. There's nothing better than sitting on the patio overlooking the water with a cold beer in hand and warm sun on your face. Or, during the winter months, stopping in for a beer after a day at Bridger Bowl. Inside MAP Brewing looks like a ski lodge with a huge rock fireplace, wood trim and two levels. The mission at MAP is simple...craft and drink great beer. They also have great food!
Even with the upstairs expansion and extra patio seating it can be hard to find a seat at Outlaw on any given day. Outlaw wins for best neighborhood brewery in our book. If you aren't looking, you could easily miss it. Unless of course it is a sunny afternoon and you notice the big door open on the side with a bunch of happy looking people sitting on the patio and a food truck in the parking lot. Outlaw has excellent beer and a great vibe. It's located behind Target on the edge of Cattail Subdivision and has become the place to go for those on the north-west part of town. It's super family friendly with the popcorn machine, a corner full of games and some outdoor space for kids to run while adults enjoy a Horse Thief IPA or two.
Photo courtesy of Outlaw Brewing
Located in the fast-growing Cannery District, 406 Brewing has a lot to love. From the beer, to the live music, to the fantastic outdoor patio space in the summertime. 406 Brewing sits right in the middle of town off of Oak Street and is open seven days a week. Don't just stop here for beer though...the food is too good to miss! They use locally-sourced ingredients from Montana organic farms and ranches. Grab a couple friends, head to 406, order a beer and their nachos. You will not be disappointed, we promise.
Photo courtesy of 406 Brewing
A relatively new addition to Bozeman's brewery scene, Mountains Walking is a great place to go for a great meal and a delicious brew. Located on the northeast side of town, the space feels cozy and bright with an entire wall of windows and long community style tables. Mountains Walking's menu changes with the seasons, and often features locally grown ingredients. Also, they make their ketchup and mustard from scratch - how awesome is that?
Bridger Brewing is located right on the edge of the Montana State campus which makes it a popular spot for students, MSU employees, locals and football fans. We really love the atmosphere here with the wrap-around bar, tall ceilings, and second-floor patio. The specialty pizzas here are fantastic, some even say its the best pizza in Bozeman. The sausage is made in-house with meat from Big Timber, Montana, the dough is made with Wheat Montana flour and the mozzarella is smoked in-house. Hard to beat that!
Also located on the edge of the Montana State campus, Bunkhouse Brewery has a casual feel where patrons can bring in take-out, have food delivered or even just bring their leftovers. They are focused on brewing traditional style beers and feature beers like the Sabine Red Ale, an Irish/European style brew. The intimate brewery space fills with natural light all year round thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows and the garage door that opens up in the summertime.
Photo courtesy of Bunkhouse Brewery
White Dog Brewing has a relaxed vibe, local art on the walls, great beer specials and high-top tables where you can watch people pass by on Main Street. But the best part about White Dog is the frost rail on the bar that keeps your beers icy cold while you chat.
Photo courtesy of White Dog Brewing
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Bozeman is the Madison River Brewing Company in Belgrade, and no matter where you are, it's worth a visit! Their brews like the Salmon Fly Honey Rye and Hopper Pale Ale are staples in the Montana beer scene, so what's better than going to the source? What we love most about this brewery is its no-nonsense attitude. The decor is simple, the place is filled with locals and the beer is good. What else do you need?
Photo courtesy of Madison River Brewing
Can you tell Bozemanites love their breweries? There's also rumor of a couple news one opening later this year. One by Sidewinders in the new Ferguson Farms area and on North 7th Avenue. We'll have to test them out when they open and add them to the list. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it!