There is nothing quite like a cold brew after floating the river on a warm summer day, dusting off after a beautiful hike or celebrating a great day on a mountain. Knoff Group Real Estate has compiled a list of our favorite Bozeman area microbreweries (and a few other non-beer purveyors) and you aren’t going to want to miss them.
#5 – Bridger Brewing
Coming in at #5 is Bridger Brewing, located on the edge of the Montana State University campus – a popular spot for students and MSU fans to grab a drink. Make sure to stop in or fill a growler to sample their wide variety of year-round and seasonal beers (with many gluten-free beer options). In 2021, the widely anticipated opening of an additional location in Three Forks that will have a music venue component will take place. Additionally, Bridger Brewing will also be releasing canned beer. Don’t forget to look at their full menu and try one of their specialty pizzas (with a gluten-free option!) for some of the best pizza in Bozeman.
#4 – Mountains Walking Brewery and Pub
Mountains Walking is located on the northeast side of town, only minutes from Downtown Bozeman. Their master brewers create a wide range of tasty beverages, ranging from classic lagers to bright IPAs to mixed fermentation. We love the eclectic mix of options that you won’t find anywhere else in Bozeman – such as their Nitro Vanilla Cream Ale or their Cherry Chocolate Sour Ale. Grab a beer, take a seat on the patio, try one of their homemade pretzels from their full menu and enjoy a perfect afternoon in Bozeman.
#3 – Outlaw Brewing
Outlaw Brewing is one of our favorite neighborhood breweries in Bozeman, located behind the Target shopping center and on the edge of the Cattail Creek subdivision. They typically offer 11 beers on tap (some gluten-free!) – including seasonal brews to accommodate various seasons in their spacious taproom. On their patio they feature local food trucks and live music. We also love that Outlaw Brewing offers a popcorn machine, a game corner and outdoor space for kids to run around while you enjoy a cold brew! Also check them out at their Belgrade location.
#2 – Bozeman Brewing Company
Our top 5 brewery list would not be complete without Bozeman’s longest standing brewery – Bozeman Brewing over in the northeast part of town. They have been around since 2001, but that doesn’t stop them from innovating some of the most creative beers out there. The environment here is hard to beat (insert their tasting room open seven days a week), not to mention Sunday FUNday where 50 cents from every pint sold benefits the non profit of the day. The beer selection at Bozeman Brewing is endless, but the local favorite is the Bozone Select Amber Ale. They also offer numerous gluten-reduced beers. Don’t miss a trip to Bozeman Brewing so you can learn about some Bozeman history while sipping on some of the best brews in town!
#1 – Map Brewing
Whether you just wrapped up an epic ski day at Bridger Bowl or a relaxing lake day at Bozeman Beach, MAP Brewing is the place to finish off the day. MAP’s interior features a massive rock fireplace, spacious seating and two levels to enjoy your brew. Or, if weather permits, sit outside on the patio with unbeatable views of the Bridger Mountains, overlooking the water while you sip away the day. We don’t love MAP just for the views, though. They have a wide range of beer on tap and quite a few seasonal beers, including our personal favorite, the Strawberry Rhubarb Sour. They also have a few gluten-reduced beers to go along with their full menu which includes burgers, tacos, and appetizers.
If beer is not your forte, we’ve also included some of our favorite places to grab a hard cider, mead or wine below.
For hard cider:
The Lockhorn Cider House is a small cidery that is located in Downtown Bozeman. They specialize in crafting all natural hard ciders as well as Bone Dry ciders. Their ciders are absolutely delicious, and you can’t even try to beat the rustic feel of their tasting room. Get this, their tasting room actually used to be a historic farm house garage and has since been totally rebuilt! The outdoor seating at Lockhorn is hard to beat too. If the weather is nice, relax on the patio next to the outdoor fireplace and you won’t ever want to leave. They also have a new local orchard, a CSA garden and do an apple collection to create local cider annually. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this cidery!
For those that are unaware what mead is, don’t worry, we’ll help you out! Mead is not beer or wine, although some meads taste similar to cider. It is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water and sometimes various fruits, spices, grains or hops. Lucky for you, Bozeman has it’s very own meadery, opened in 2018!
Vahalla Meadery is located in the north side of Bozeman and offers a combination of locally crafted mead and Scandinavian-Style cuisine. They carry a large array of styles, ranging from traditional sweet to dry meads to mixed flavor combinations. One of our favorites is the Dragon’s Blood, which is a beet and ginger infused mead with an ABV of 10.75%. Order some Swedish meatballs or a Nordic picnic basket on the side and you will not be disappointed.
Blend is a winery located in Downtown Bozeman. They offer a wide selection of food that has been specially created to pair perfectly with their wines. Most of the wines from Blend originate from Washington, with a few originating from Oregon grapes. Even better, if you love wine and people, then join their wine club! They do quarterly releases where Blend hosts wine club parties and members are introduced to the new wines. If you’re new to Bozeman, this is a great opportunity to get involved.