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Knoff Group Presents: Our Favorite Local Places for Montana Made Beer or Cocktails

cocktail in lowball glass in bozeman spirits distillery

Montanans love their breweries and distilleries! Whether you’re celebrating a great day on the mountain or are needing a cold brew after a float down the river, Bozeman and the surrounding areas have a top-notch selection of breweries and distilleries. Knoff Group Real Estate has compiled a list of our favorite local establishments for a cold, fresh-made brew, or Montana made cocktail.


Below is a recap of our favorite breweries both in Bozeman and nearby. For more detailed information on our top five breweries in Bozeman – please click here:

pint of beer inside bridger brewing

In Bozeman

Bridger Brewing is located on the edge of the Montana State University campus so it’s convenient for students. They serve phenomenal gluten-free pizza and feature a wide variety of year-round and seasonal beer options.

sampler of beer from mountains walking brewery

Mountains Walking Brewery and Pub is located on the northeast side of town, just minutes from Main Street and downtown Bozeman. Not only do they offer a wide selection of eclectic rotators and flights, they have also have a full menu and outdoor patio seating. We recommend their homemade pretzels or bison chili!

can of beer outside of MAP brewing

MAP Brewing is the place to go if you want to enjoy a brew with a view. They’re located over by Bozeman Beach and feature unbeatable views of the Bridger Mountains. MAP’s interior features a massive rock fireplace with spacious seating, but if weather permits the patio is another great option. They feature a wide selection of beer on tap as well as seasonal beers and a full menu.

plastic cup of beer inside of outlaw brewing

Outlaw Brewing is located behind Target, on the edge of the Cattail Creek subdivision. They feature a large range of on-tap beers and seasonal rotators. On the weekends, they have a food truck outside and when weather permits – live music! Furthermore, they also have a location at Bar 3 Bar-B-Q in Belgrade.

pint glass of beer from bozeman brewing company

Bozeman Brewing Company is Bozeman’s longest standing brewery located on the northeast side of town. Not only do they have some of the most creative beers around, they also feature Sunday FUNday where 50 cents from every pint sold benefits the non-profit of the day. Go check them out and try the local favorite – the Bozone Select Amber Ale!

glass of beer inside of madison river brewing company

In Belgrade

Madison River Brewing Company, located in downtown Belgrade is a great spot to enjoy a brew. They feature a wide variety of beers on tap, seasonal brews, and year-round brews – they really have a little bit of everything. Not only do they have a taproom in Belgrade, they also have a number of locations across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and North Dakota.

Not only does Outlaw Brewing have a main located in Bozeman, they also operate out of Bar 3 Bar-B-Q in downtown Belgrade. So, if you’re craving some top-notch ribs and a beer on tap, make your way over to Bar 3. Their creatively inspired beer and savory southern style barbeque will not disappoint!

sign outside of beehive basin brewery

In Big Sky

Beehive Basin Brewery is a fairly new microbrewery located in the Town Center of Big Sky, about an hour and 15 minutes from Bozeman. They feature seven staple beers as well as a few rotating options. At this point they don’t offer food, but they do allow you to bring outside food in!

pint glass of beer inside of lone peak brewery and taphouse

Lone Peak Brewery and Taphouse, home to the best burger in Big Sky, is located in Meadow Village just before the Town Center. Not only do they serve American-style cuisine, but they also feature a large range of beer and cocktails. Plus, gluten-free and non-alcoholic beers are available upon request.

pint glass of beer inside of neptune's brewery

In Livingston

Neptune’s Brewery is a popular brewery in Livingston, about a 30-minute drive from Bozeman. This joint is a quaint, sea-themed oasis that features a variety of beer brewed on-site as well as rotating seasonal beers. It’s a fun spot that you don’t want to miss!

pint glass of beer inside of katabatic brewing company

Katabatic Brewing Company is located in downtown Livingston. It features a variety of different brews, all made on-site from scratch. Whether you’re feeling a lighter Katabatic American Pale or a hoppy Broadwater IPA, they’ve got it all.

pint glass of beer inside of burnt tree brewing

In Ennis

Burnt Tree Brewing is located in Ennis, a small town about an hour from Bozeman. They feature a variety of craft beers and delicious homemade pizza. During the summer, you can sit outside in their garden and enjoy your beer or beat the heat in their cozy taproom. Additionally, they’re always having fun events – like fly tying during the winter – so make sure to follow their Instagram to stay updated.

cocktail in lowball glass inside of bozeman spirits distillery


In Bozeman

Bozeman Spirits Distillery is located on Main Street in downtown Bozeman. They pride themselves on using pure Rocky Mountain water from the Greater Yellowstone System to produce delicious locally crafted spirits. We recommend stopping into their tasing room downtown to enjoy a refreshing cocktail.

exterior of dry hills distillery

If you’re looking for locally crafted, Montana-made spirits and delicious cocktails then Dry Hills Distillery is the place to go. Their tasing room is conveniently located just off of Huffine in Four Corners, about a 10-minute drive from downtown Bozeman. It’s also near the Bozeman Hot Springs and on the way to/from Big Sky, making it a relaxing stop after an adventurous day.

exterior of wildrye distilling

Located in the Cannery District, Wildrye Distilling prides themselves on using local ingredients to create the perfect Montana-made cocktail. Whether you’re wanting Apple Pie or Montannassee Corn (white whiskey), this distillery has it all. They even grow and pick their own sweet corn for the Five Drops Bourbon from their family farm in Corvallis, Montana. We recommend swinging by their tasting room and trying it out for yourself!

exterior signage of willie's distillery

In Ennis

Willie’s Distillery is located in Ennis, a small town of about 900 residents about an hour’s drive from Bozeman, Willie’s is proud to produce several of Montana’s best-selling Montana-made spirits. We recommend taking a day trip to their tasting room and be sure to try the Montana Honey Moonshine and Devil’s Brigade Whiskey!