“With more small craft breweries per capita than nearly anywhere else in the country, Montana is demonstrating that there’s no limit to what we can accomplish when we combine our world-class work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit with some of the finest grains on the planet.”
~Former U.S. Senator Max Baucus
Not surprisingly, breweries in Montana have played a major role in the history of the area. Even before Montana officially joined the union, the area was littered with craft breweries. Nearly 150 years ago when the industry was just starting to bloom, there was not a good way to transport the alcohol before it would spoil. Boom towns were known for placing significant importance on the saloon and breweries in their community. Often the brewery would be established even before the church. Today over 50 breweries grace Montana’s diverse terrain, and 10 (Snowhop in Helena will soon make 11) of these craft breweries can be found in Southwest Montana.
Here’s a Taste of What’s Brewing in our region:
Philipsburg Brewing Company
Philipsburg Brewing provides a welcoming environment, serving a mix of locals and tourists. The brewery is always hopping and offers live music on Friday and Saturday nights! The décor on the walls is humorous and adds to the atmosphere. Walking down Broadway Street, you won’t be able to miss this vibrant store front. The brewery is located in a historic bank building that was constructed in 1888 on the corner of Broadway and Sansome. Don’t miss their signature Razzu brew!
Beaverhead Brewing Company
Beaverhead Brewing Company strives to produce clean quality beers that are true to the different styles of beer served around the world. Their goal is to offer a broad variety of beers that appeal to the full spectrum of beer lovers. Their name comes from the original brewery in Dillon which operated in the late 1800s through 1919 – the start of prohibition. Calling Dillon home, Beaverhead Brewing Company opened in 2014.
Blackfoot River Brewing Company
Downtown Helena’s Blackfoot River Brewing has long been a staple in the community. The founding partners established the Blackfoot to produce the finest, handcrafted, traditional beers to be found in Montana. Enjoy live music, a rooftop patio, and plenty of space to meet up with friends. This brewery offers a sociable environment, and pairs perfectly with Bridge Pizza located just next door.
Butte Brewing Company
Located on the richest hill on earth, Butte Brewing Company is back in the community after a 50-year hiatus. This family friendly tap room is the perfect place for a quick break in the midst of a busy life, and offers one of the best views of the Summit Valley. The brewery now offers food from the Butte Pizza Company which can be ordered directly from the bar.
Elk Ridge Brewing Company
The recently opened brewery has brought a slice of the micro-brew industry to Deer Lodge. Elk Ridge is all about the community, providing a space for people to gather and enjoy one another’s company. The décor stays true to rugged Montana, with a rustic look and feel, true to the wide-open spaces of the area. Residents are taking full advantage of the new staple, and visitors are sure to love the brewery!
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company offers a mellow and relaxed atmosphere. This is the perfect location to grab a drink with a friend and catch up. On week nights, they sponsor a variety of activities, and host a diverse range of live music. The brewery is located in a completely renovated complex of buildings the earliest of which dates back to 1885. The brewery has space to grow and has recently added a canning line in addition to several tanks to increase production and distribution.
Muddy Creek Brewery
Located in the heart of Uptown Butte, Muddy Creek Brewery is on the corner of Main and Galena. This brewery offers a friendly environment that boasts a large open forum for groups to gather, enjoy a drink and relax. This brewery has a passion for crafting wonderful brews to serve in a comfortable and rustic tasting room.
The Quarry opened its doors in 2007 and has become a hotspot in the Butte community. This brewery can be found in the Grand Hotel on Broadway Street in historic Uptown Butte. If you are looking for a local favorite, the search is over. Offering a regular assortment of favorites, as well as a great selection of seasonal rotating brews – there is something to please everyone who walks through the doors.
Smelter City Brewery
One of the region’s newest breweries, Smelter City Brewing, is located on Main Street in Anaconda, Montana. The Electric Light Building, built in 1895, has sat vacant in the community for many years. With a set of recent renovations, the brewery has taken over the space with 12 rotating taps. The head brewers pride themselves on high quality experimentation and appreciation of the involved farms.
Ten Mile Creek Brewery
Opening their doors October of 2015, Ten Mile prides itself on local sourcing. Resting along Helena’s historic walking mall this is a must during any visit to the Capital City. Although a little smaller than its competitors, this brewery is known for the congregation of younger locals, but it is far from exclusive. As you wander along the walking mall, stop in for a hand-crafted beer at a somewhat organized community.