“Brewers and breweries were some of the earliest community-building operations in Montana. Breweries were pretty much one of the first things built, usually before the church, in fact.” 

–Michael Fox, History Curator at Museum of the Rockies

The stunning natural scenery of Montana draws tourists who appreciate beauty, thrill, freedom… What about the tourists who enjoy sipping a finely-made craft beer? 

Montana ranks second in the country for breweries per capita, second only to Vermont. “By 1870, the Chronicle found in the Montana territory’s first census, one in 10 Bozeman adults was making beer, keeping a saloon or working in some aspect of the alcohol business,” according to a 2014 Bozeman Daily Chronicle story. Montana’s history of beer runs deep, so if it’s beer you crave, you’re traveling to the right place. Hike all day (or not) and indulge in some delicious beverages before resting up to do it all again the next day. A dream vacation! 

Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas:

Bayern Brewing, Inc.

Authentic Bavarian beer made with traditional German methods. Located in Missoula.

Big Sky Brewing

Spiked seltzer, food trucks, Moose Drool Brown Ale… this brewery has it all. 

Bitter Root Brewing

Over 40 different styles of beer brewed right near the Idaho-Montana border. Live music in the taproom every Thursday!

Draught Works Brewery

Founded on the philosophy of building better beers. Patio is open year-round for maximum indulgence (deck heaters available for the chillier months). 

Imagine Nation Brewing

This brewery is also a center for community transformation. Take your happy hour to the next level!

Madison River Brewing Co

Come for the stunning views of Gallatin Valley, stay for the delicious beer.

Mighty Mo Brewing Company

A full, scrumptious menu to accompany a pour of your choice.

Philipsburg Brewing Company

Known for top-notch beers made with mountain spring water and Montana malt.

Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company

When you buy a pint, a portion of the proceeds go to a local charity. Drink merrily, knowing your money went to a good cause!

Montana’s history is intertwined with beer, making breweries the perfect way to experience this place!

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