Bozeman loves their breweries! They are all over town, tucked into neighborhoods, some big, some small. Each has their unique vibe..some cater to families needing a beer while the kids run around, a few are popular with the tourists in town and some that the skiers hit up after a day on the slopes. To find the best we made sure to visit each brewery so we could tell you where they are and what the best thing is about them...it's a tough job but someone had to do it. Here we go...
BOZEMAN BREWING COMPANY
We have to start with the guys that have been around since before going to breweries was the cool thing to do. Tucked over on 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. Recently they introduced the Gallatin Pale Ale, a nice lighter beer with great flavor. 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!
We'll go from one of the oldest to one of the newest! With the amazing Bridger views from their patio this one quickly became the most popular. There's not much better than sitting on their amazing patio overlooking the water, with a cold beer in hand and warm sun on face. That doesn't mean this places quiets down in the winter. Just the opposite, during winters MAP is packed daily as the hot spot for skiers after a day at Bridger Bowl. Inside it feels 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 food!
Even with the new 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 of a warehouse with a bunch of happy looking people sitting on the patio and the Tumbleweeds food truck in the parking lot. Outlaw started in a small corner of a restaurant in Belgrade back in 2011. Lucky for us Bozemanites they decided to move west and open here in town! 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.
At 406 Brewing there is a strong love of the Bozeman community and it shows! The beer is awesome, the art on the walls is from local artists and the live music is playing almost every Friday and Saturday night! They sit right in the middle of town off of Oak Street and are 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.
WHITE DOG BREWING COMPANY
Bozeman's only downtown brewery! White Dog Brewing is also the only one in town with a custom Front Rail to keep your beer nice and cold. The inside is beautiful with exposed brick, concrete floors and local artwork to give it a modern industrial feel. Grab a taco at Victory across the street and sip on a White Dog IPA. They are open seven days a week and are, of course, dog friendly! White Dog recently started canning so you can find their beer at many grocery stores in town.
A little less known is Bunkhouse Brewery, which in a town that it's hard to find an open table at most breweries is a good thing. They sit across from the Brick Breeden fieldhouse, making it a great spot to head before a MSU game or event. At the Bunkhouse tradition matters...they are committed to old brewing conventions and making beer with passion. Another thing they are passionate about is community and you know we love that! Their tasting room is open everyday and on Fridays they do Growlers for Good where $3 of your fill goes to a designated charity. You got to love that!
If we missed your favorite, it's not because we don't love it there is just only so much room on the list! We've yet to find a Bozeman brewery we don't like. It's spring time in Bozeman which means Gear Belly Pub Bike tours will be out and about soon to take you on a brewery tour so you can try them all yourself. Cheers!