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

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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:

In Bozeman:

New Ventures Brewing is Bozeman’s newest microbrewery and is located southwest of the Four Corners intersection. One of their brewers is a big Douglas Adams fan, so you’ll see a lot of Hitchhiker’s Guide-themed brews on tap. They also sell home brewing supplies, and host classes, game nights, and movie nights. Their 2nd floor seating area is available to rent for private parties. If you’re a fan of craft root beer, you can find that here, too!

Shred Monk is located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Bozeman. They not only have beer and food, but coffee as well! They feature live music every Tuesday night and donate a portion of proceeds to local non-profits.

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!

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. Bridger Brewing also makes their own ginger beer and root beer – both are delicious!

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.

Bunkhouse Brewery has 2 locations in Bozeman – one on the MSU campus and a brand-new one in Four Corners. They feature events like Open Mic Mondays, Cribbage League on Tuesdays, and Thursday Trivia. Bunkhouse currently does not serve food, but there are several options near both locations.

MAP Brewing is the place to go if you want to enjoy a brew with a view. They’re located 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.

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!

Polar Brewing is located inside of the Nordic Brew Works building in the Ferguson Farm mixed-use community. You can purchase cans of Polar beer and select to-go pizzas from right in the lobby, or stay and have a seat in the beautiful, light-filled, industrial-yet-cozy dining area. Bonus: Nordic serves up some delicious food!

What goes better with beer than pizza? Freefall Brewing is located in the same building as Audrey’s Pizza Oven, both of which are owned and operated by the same 6th generation Montanan-family. Their head brewer started brewing with his father at 14 years old and went on to own and operate several breweries before settling in at Freefall. The beer menu here features 7 ‘mainstay’ brews and about a dozen limited editions, rotators, and seltzers. They also make their own root beer and hard root beer. The food menu has a good assortment of apps, salads, and of course pizza. There is a sequestered room available to rent for parties, and an arcade.

Last Best Place Brewing Company has something for everyone – from their flagship brew, a Pika Pale Ale, to a variety of soft drinks and juices for the non-drinkers. They don’t serve their own food, but often have food trucks present and allow you to bring in outside food. We saw a huge variety of board games around, so it was no surprise that they host game days every Sunday. They also have other weekly events like Trivia, ‘Singo,’ and Ladies Night.

In Belgrade:

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!

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.

glass of beer inside of madison river brewing company

In Big Sky:

sign outside of beehive basin brewery

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!

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 lone peak brewery and taphouse

In Livingston:

pint glass of beer inside of neptune's brewery

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!

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.

In Ennis:

pint glass of beer inside of burnt tree brewing

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.


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.

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!

In Ennis:

exterior signage of willie's distillery

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!