MONTANA

The 41st state.
Capital: Helena
Motto: Gold and Silver
Flower: Bitterroot
Bird: American Goldfinch

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

Lakeside

For as long as any of us could remember, we have always wanted to start a “family business.” We would have long discussions (enter the beers) about what kind of adventure we could carve out for ourselves and those we loved.  We knew where we wanted to be (Lakeside), what we wanted to do (have fun bringing people together) and how we could do it (great food and awesome beer).  


Tamarack Brewing Company opened it’s doors in the Summer of 2007.  We brewed 380 barrels of beer in our first year of business; almost ten years later, we are up to 4300. Tamarack in Missoula opened in 2011, serving the same great food and drink found in Lakeside. 


We are alive and kicking at Tamarack because of those that make it’s heart beat day in and day out… our customers and our super cool crew.  

 

Bigfork

The Flathead Lake Brewing Company started in 2004 in Woods Bay, Montana. Our owner Greg Johnston has two very specific goals. The first: to make the best beer ever. The second: to have fun doing it. Naming the brewery wasn’t hard. FLBC overlooks the shores of the largest freshwater lake in the West – and we would argue the most beautiful.
We at FLBC work hard, play harder, and do everything to the highest standard. For us, it’s about being leaders in the beer industry, it’s about supporting local and environmental sustainability, and it’s about contributing to the community that has so graciously embraced us. Most importantly for our crew, it’s about making beer and food that we are proud of. We love what we do, and we hope you do too.
Montana is the Treasure State, and we are Montana’s Liquid Treasure.

Hamilton

When you’re out and about exploring Montana, The Last Best Place, make sure and stop by The Bitter Root Brewery in Hamilton for The Last Best Brew. Bitter Root Brewery is proud to be one of the oldest breweries in the state. First opening its doors in 1998, the last 19 years have been a whirlwind of great beer, delicious food and amazing customers! Family run and family friendly are two pillars that have stood true since the beginning.
Bitter Root Brewery’s brewers are passionate about beer and love the opportunity to showcase their talents. The brewery produces over 40 different styles of beer a year with 11 on draft at our tap room at all times. Matching the brewers’ passion, Bitter Root Brewery’s kitchen team creates dishes primarily from scratch with the best local or organic ingredients whenever possible. With plenty of options to please all palates, the kitchen at the Bitter Root Brewery is a favorite stop for both locals and tourists. Stop by and enjoy the excellent selection of local and traveling musicians every Thursday and Saturday evening from 6pm to 8pm. Stay tuned to our Facebook and website to keep track of what’s on tap, food specials and upcoming music and special events. There’s always something new brewing at the Bitter Root Brewery.

Sidney

It only took about 18 months from start to finish, but as the months rolled by more pieces of the puzzle fell into to place and finally we were ready to open the doors. The original plan was to have a small tap room for sampling with a few snacks but it became one of the most exciting new restaurants in Montana. Ironically the brewery took the longest to complete but it rolled out its first ½ barrel of beer to the waiting public a couple of months after the pub opened.
We are centrally located in the town, and love it. We love that our building has history and soul in its bones. We opened our public house in May of 2014, and our first three beers made their debut August 2014.
It all began with a dream and love of craft everything, but especially beer.

Missoula

Draught Works brewery was founded on the philosophy of building better beers
This industrial spirit has driven us to turn out clean, traditional ales and lagers, unique American sours, as well as a wide range of experimental styles.

Just as draught beer is the epitome of fresh beer, the whole Draught Works crew works diligently to guarantee only the highest-quality product makes its way to you, one that reflects our passion for excellence and the spirit of hard work

Missoula

Our mission is to match the quality of our beers to the quality of the Montana outdoor experience. Put in beer geek parlance: We live to pair our world class beers with Montana’s world class outdoors. By handcrafting the highest quality premium beers that convey our passion for an active Montana outdoor lifestyle, and producing and packaging them in environmentally sensitive ways, we expect to grow a community of beer drinkers and thinkers that can help cool our warming world. We are… In Search of Cooler Times®.

Billings

Carter's Brewing is a family owned brewery dedicated to producing world class beer and promoting craft beer culture.

Helena

At the Blackfoot we make Independent Craft beer using only the finest quality ingredients 15bbl. at a time.
The Tap Room offers ten beers on tap, real ale served through a traditional beer engine each week, free popcorn, great company & growlers to go.
At Blackfoot River Brewing, we believe in making our handcrafted beers the right way. We use only the finest traditional ingredients, specifically tailored to each style of beer. This means that we sacrifice costs and efficiency to give you the quality of beer that you deserve. Most importantly, at our brewery, the brewing of beer is much more important than the selling of beer. In this industry, many brewers come up with catchy names and marketing terms to sell beer, we just focus on making really good beer.

Helena

Crafting fresh-off-the-farm brews from the middle of a hop field, Bale Breaker Brewing Company is a family-owned brewery located in the Yakima Valley. Backed by four generations of hop farming experience, Bale Breaker started in 2013, and has grown to become the fourth largest independent craft brewery in Washington.
Hops are in the family's DNA: the great-grandparents of sibling-owners Meghann Quinn, Kevin "Smitty" Smith, and Patrick Smith first planted hops in the Yakima Valley in 1932, the year before Prohibition ended. Now, Meghann, Smitty, Patrick and Meghann's husband Kevin Quinn are crafting brews that celebrate the world-class hops grown in their backyard. 
With a 30-barrel brewhouse at a 27,000 square foot facility, Bale Breaker crafts four year-round canned beers, including the widely celebrated Topcutter IPA, and a diverse offering of seasonal beers on draft. The onsite taproom hosts frequent food trucks and events, with a beautiful outdoor patio and lawn, perfect for enjoying the Yakima sunshine here in Washington state.

Missoula

Big Sky Brewing Company’s tasting room features a wide variety of our beers on tap. In fact – unless we are slacking – the photo above should be  pretty much what we have on tap right now! We generally have about a dozen beers and hard seltzers available by the glass as well as bottles, cans, growlers, and crowlers to go. The merchandise area holds the world’s largest selection of Big Sky Brewing gear – featuring great brands like Yeti, Marmot, Kavu, Columbia, and Sherpa.
The Big Sky Brewing Company Taproom is open from 11am-9pm Mondays thru Saturdays and from noon-6pm on Sundays. Last pour at 8:00pm Monday-Saturday.
Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3PM. To take the tour you must be wearing closed toe shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.) with flat soles. Tours generally take 20-40 minutes and are free of charge. To take the tour, just be in the taproom by 3pm on a Tuesday or Thursday and let the taproom attendant know you are here for the tour.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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West Glacier

Come and experience Glacier's pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, and the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.

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Yellowstone National Park

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal wonders. As development spread across the West, the 2.2 million acres of habitat within the park became an important sanctuary for the largest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48 states.

Yellowstone National Park

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Wide expanse

Sixteen States, 4,900 miles, one Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is approximately 4,900 miles long, extending from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the mouth of the Columbia River, near present day Astoria, Oregon.  It follows the historic outbound and inbound routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as the preparatory section from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Wood River, Illinois.

Wide expanse

The Rocky Mountains in Montana can be found in the western part of the state, and they stretch from the border of Canada to the north on down to the borders of Idaho and Wyoming. There are several different mountain ranges in Montana that are part of the Montana Rockies, yet have their own names. As such, visitors might find themselves getting confused over what constitutes the Rockies in Montana, and what doesn't. Basically, all of the major mountains and mountain ranges in the state are part of the Montana Rockies, so that should make things easier. You can bet that it's the Montana Rocky Mountains that bring most Montana visitors in, as they are outdoor recreational wonderlands regardless of the season. Summer is the peak season for travel in the Montana Rockies, and winter is also an ideal time to visit if you are looking to enjoy some world-class downhill skiing

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Big Sky

The best white water rafting trip in the Yellowstone region! Whitewater rafting near Yellowstone and Big Sky Montana on the Gallatin River.

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Kalispell

Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi in the lower 48 states, with over 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline. The southern half of Flathead Lake is within the boundary of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Flathead Reservation. Recreationists must purchase a tribal recreation permit. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks maintains thirteen public access sites around the lake.

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Big Sky

There’s a lot more to Big Sky than the endless views and wide-open skies that give this vibrant Montana community its name. Big Sky is an R-Destination. Come Recreate, Relax, Rejuvenate, Reconnect and Return home Refreshed. Big Sky offers unlimited access to outdoor recreation: the wet and wild whitewater experience, blue ribbon trout streams, backcountry hikes, meandering wildlife and widespread wildflowers. If that isn’t enough, Big Sky is your gateway community to Yellowstone National Park adventures, where geologic wonders and rugged nature are in a summer or winter day’s visit with the West Entrance to the Park accessible to the south in just under an hour.

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West Glacier

Lake McDonald Valley is the hub of activity on the west side of Glacier National Park. Once occupied by massive glaciers that carved this area thousands of years ago, the valley is now filled with spectacular sights, hiking trails, diverse species of plants and animals, historic chalets, and the grand Lake McDonald Lodge.
Ten miles long and nearly 500 feet deep (152.4 m), Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, is a direct result of glacial carving. High peaks surrounding the lake all show evidence of the power of glaciers to carve even the hardest of rock. The powerful glaciers that carved the broad "u-shaped" valley that Lake McDonald sits in also carved smaller hanging valleys with wonderful waterfalls that are accessible by numerous hiking trails.

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Leavenworth

There is plenty to keep you and your family busy during your stay. Great Falls’ boasts over 57 parks and 40 miles of River’s Edge Trail along the scenic Missouri River. The City’s premier park, "Gibson Park" features live music during summer months, a walking path, a playground, as well as a duck pond. The community’s skate park and dog park are popular attractions and with four golf courses (two public and two private) – even the golf fanatics in the family will have plenty to do!
Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the opportunities that are waiting here in Great Falls. From hiking, mountain biking, running, kayaking to snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing – the outdoor adventures are endless. Baseball fans can enjoy a game at Centene Stadium where the Great Falls Voyagers play as part of the Pioneer League.
Great Falls offers arts, cultural and live entertainment. Peruse some of our country’s finest contemporary and western art at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art and the C.M. Russell Museum. The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park offer opportunities to explore Montana’s rich heritage and history. The Children’s’ Museum offers educational and interactive opportunities for children of all ages. The Mansfield Center for Performing Arts has a full calendar of performances to enjoy during your visit.

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Whitefish

he year round resort offers skiing and snowboarding on 3000 acres in the winter and hiking and mountain biking in the summer on a variety of trails. There is also an education center located at the summit staffed by Forest Service employees during the summer and winter seasons. This resort has a large village area with hotels, restaurants, bars, grocery, zip-line, alpine slide, and recreation programs for all ages.

Great Falls

Come marvel at this day-use park's remarkable features and view the variety of bird life. Take part in our special events, picnic by the Missouri River, visit the fish hatchery and visitor center, walk along the Rivers Edge Trail, view the nearby Rainbow Falls overlook, or visit the neighboring Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Pet owners, please note: starting July 1, 2017, pets must be on a leash throughout Giant Springs State Park. 
There is no camping at Giant Springs State Park.
Giant Springs was discovered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 and is one of the largest freshwater springs in the country. The springs flow at a rate of 156 million gallons of water per day and the water stays at a temperature of 54 degrees. This is also the site of the Roe River, once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's shortest river.
Almost half a million people visit Giant Springs State Park each year.

 

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

 

Dayton

Mission Mountain Winery is a family owned winery located on the West Shore of Flathead Lake, the largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi, in Dayton, Montana. It is the first Bonded Winery in the state of Montana, with our initial vineyard started in 1980, and our first vintage in 1984. Since then, our wines have received over a hundred accolades and international medals for their bold and extraordinary qualities.

Victor

Our award winning contemporary meads have hit the “Not-too-Sweet spot between meads and wines. We’ve created complex flavors that delight connoisseurswhile offering wine lovers a change from the same old grapes, and delighting beer drinkers with a complexity of flavors that aren’t overpowered by sweetness.
Our Traditional line of honey mead wines are crafted in the style of the old world. Enjoyed by mead enthusiasts everywhere, these meads are designed for those wanting traditional mead with big honey flavor. They have been described, as a great representative of what mead should be and with over 12 flavors ranging from traditional honey to chokecherry you’re guaranteed to find an option perfect for even the pickiest palate.

Miles City

Tongue River Winery and the Thaden family are committed to making wine out of local or regionally grown fruits.  The vineyard is a testimony to grape varieties which can stand our very cold/very hot climate! 
The wines that most people are accustomed to hearing about — Merlot, Cabernet, Riesling, Shiraz, to name a few — are made from European grapes which would die to the ground at 0° F at best.  We'd never get a crop.
Our grapes on the other hand — Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac Blanc and La Crescent— are hybrid crosses of European and wild native American grapes, which can tolerate temperatures from -25°F all the way to -45°F and come up smiling the next year most of the time!  We've found Marquette, Petite Pearl and Crimson Pearl to be "iffy" at our place.  We're trying out experimental unnamed grape cultivars from NDSU.  In addition, we use our common prairie fruits (apples, plums, cherries, raspberries, currants, rosehips, edible honeysuckle) to add to our roster of delicious and unusual wines.

Billings

Our wines are crafted at our winery from premium hand-picked red and white grapes harvested from small family vineyards located in the Yakima Valley of Washington. The viticulture areas include Rattlesnake Hills and Yakima Valley. In 2018 we harvested 68,000 lbs. of grapes from Elephant Mountain Vineyards, Yakima and Lonesome Spring Ranch, Benton City, WA. Working closely with the vineyard owners and their managers we monitor all stages of growth and assist in the agronomic decisions leading to harvest.

Missoula

In 1998 we started throwing rocks into a truck from a pasture Connie Poten bought to keep from development with the help of anyone who happened by to clear the land for a vineyard. Crazy, but legendary Elmer Swenson in Minnesota had developed French-American hybrid grapes for cold climates. Our mission at Ten Spoon is to grow and produce quality wine and to preserve open space for wildlife, agriculture, people and companion animals. Our farming and wine-making are made possible by dedicated employee partners and friends, and our ever-popular community harvest proves every year that Ten Spoon is now a traditional part of Montana’s agricultural and cultural heritage.
We grow these French-American hybrid grapes—the vines thrive to temperatures -30 degrees—in our certified organic vineyard. Our award-winning wines include Flathead Cherry Dry and Cherry Blossom, made from organic cherries grown by Lise Rousseau and Al Silver at Fat Robin Orchard on Finley Point, Flathead Lake, as well as the Salish Dupuis family’s organic cherries nearby. We also buy varietal grapes that can’t grow in Montana from small vineyards in Washington state.

Kalispell

Established in 2011, Glacier Sun Winery is the Flathead Valley’s premier full production winery creating new and interesting wines.  Sourcing grapes from eastern Washington, we make a variety of Red, White, Fruit, and Dessert wines. Famously known for our Huckleberry Peach wine, we also use local fruits to create our rotating selection of fruit wines.

Cody

The past 24 years have been focused on raising buffalo and since 2010, found us making wine from some of the highest quality grapes from California, Oregon, 

Washington and now the great state of AZ.  Wyoming born, and a family ranch established and still going strong since the 1890's, we moved south to expand into the desert beauty of Arizona in December 2017!


Buffalo Jump was Cody, Wyoming's very first winery and serves fine wines throughout the state of Wyoming, Montana, and Arizona. We give Western hospitality a whole new name!  

We look forward to sharing a wine flight, sending you home with a special bottle or joining us for Wine Down Friday, a Sip & Paint class, or even just to have a glass of wine in our tasting room. 

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