United States > Montana > Missoula
3fourths (1272) Boulder, Colorado | February 16, 2011| Updated April 20, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
walked in to a crowded, dark bar filled with friendly locals throwing back pints of fine ale on a cold winterís afternoon. sitting at the bar sipping a nitro IPA that honestly wasnít very good, I got a sense that this is one of the local places people take pride in. the walls seemed to be peeling, the bar, tables, chairs and decor seemed thrown together and people seemed comfortable and at home. noisy and boisterous crowd. fun times.
Braudog (721) Hampton, Virginia | May 20, 2007
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
May 2007 - Downtown and an easy walk from our overnight location, this little taproom was swarming with a young hipster crowd on Saturday night. This place isnít glitzy and well polished like Big Sky, nor really concerned with providing comfortable or well appointed seating like Bayern. This is definitely the more laid back variety of taproom, with the emphasis on beer, fresh air and a place to hang with your hippie friends. They had two on nitro and at least a half dozen others on tap. Good beer, good stop.
beernovice39 (248) Montana | December 6, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
Went in the early afternoon during the week. 9 beers on tap. Small crowd, new age type instrumental music on. Great service. Lot more lively at night. If you want to tick go early as flights are cheap.
after4ever (230) Brier, Washington | September 18, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
A beat-up old warrior, pioneer to the Missoula independent brewing scene. Itís in a cool corner of town, with great bakeries nearby and hip-hop and house music booming on the PA (at least thatís what boomed the other afternoon).
The floors are polished cement, the staff are reasonably polished professionals. The barstools are living out what must be their third lives, reincarnated from the scrap heap. The splits in the naugahyde are like backscratchers (beware, wearers of short shorts and short skirts).
The beers are exemplary. They are brewed with imagination and attention to detail, coming out clean and flavorful, often in formulations that are tricky to pull off. These guys do a great job, and, to celebrate, slap a punny cannabis-related name on seemingly every other beer they serve.
Thereís another, newer, glitzier K-Hole on 1st, and I didnít get to check that one out this trip. But Iíll definitely hit up the Myrtle Street branch again. If itís warm out, I think I will bring them a No-Pest Strip. The only real drag to this location is the persistently annoying insect life...but, in the establishmentís defense, itís been unseasonably warm out.
BŁckDich (215) McCall, Idaho | May 3, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Small tasting room brewpub with a long bar and seating area. Lots of hippyish things and hippy type people. Doesnít smell too bad though. A decent selection of beer even though we were told was only at half the usual strength. Friendly waitstaff, very talkative and flexable with needs. Decent beers. No food, just peanuts. Follows the 8PM tasting room rule, so no more than 48oz and such and closes at 8. The interior isnít very upscale, some sheet metal and concrete with a bar thrown in the middle. Iíd come back again though, it was friendly enough, but I hate that 8PM montana law.
marcus (173) Sacramento, California | April 20, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
This is a funky establishment that serves as a nice meeting place for local beer lovers, as well as a filling station for growlers, since Montana law limits on-site drinking to 48 oz per day. There is a long L -shaped wooden bar fronting a dozen taps dispensing beers made on the premises. During my visit, about half of the taps were empty but there was still a nice selection of brews. There was decent background music, but it was often drowned out by brewery noises from the back room. The customers were quite friendly, as is the custom in Missoula, and the barkeep was very competent. This is a pleasant drinking place.
Beerona97 (114) Washington | July 8, 2010| Updated January 12, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
This has a more relaxed, local feel than the other Kettlehouse location, not to mention a much better beer selection. Loved the sample tray and the price. Very nice vibe in here. Been back a lot of times, this place is awesome, I love it. These guys are not afraid to experiment. They do a great coffee porter and I have had some bourbon barrel aged beers from them that were nice..... This place is the real deal. Always friendly and knowledgeable service, almost always a new beer or two to try. This is the best brewery in Missoula for experimental. Bayern puts up some solid beer too, as well as Big Sky.
jake65 (105) Williston, North Dakota | November 4, 2009
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Tucked in the back corner of a large building, this quaint little brewpub was rather neat. Definite hippie/some college hangout and very relaxed. They do dig the beer and the bartended let me sample a couple before deciding on one. Nice selection of gear too. Good brews and a fun atmosphere; I will certainly come back soon.
bitbucket (63) Kirkland, Washington | July 1, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
I missed out on Old Bongwater, but this was still a very nice find. The tasters seemed to be about eight ounces - which was a pleasant surprise. ClientŤle seemed to be mostly college students, and the occasional aging hippie, so I felt right at home. We couldnít stay long, because KettleHouse doesnít have the full liquor license and had to stop serving at 8:00PM.
balke13 (22) MIssoula, Montana | December 7, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Great neighborhood brewpub...no frills joint as the bar, seating, and brewing equipment are all in one building. Very tasty beers and often 1 or 2 will be on nitro which changes things up a bit. Certainly stop by if you are in town.
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