Missoula Beer Guide: Your Missoula guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Missoula

88 /100 3106 WEST BROADWAY STE B
“Stopped in on vacation at old location and found out they moved. Better location (easier to find) and changed their name (used to be Summer Sun Garden and Brew). Owner was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. If you can't find what you are looking for in the singles cooler, he'll gladly break a sixer for you. Excellent selection of local beer, new releases, hard to find, top notch and import beer. Love coming here every summer.“
cmacklin 563 days ago
76 /100
Iron Horse (Restaurant)
501 NORTH HIGGINS AVENUE
“Stopped in on vacation with the family for dinner. Nice atmosphere with a spacious main floor, an upstairs and plenty of tables outside. Service was excellent. Our server was both fast and friendly. Food was excellent. Had a good kids menu. The kids loved their root beer floats. Had a good selection of local beer. Pricing was reasonable. Our new favourite place to eat in Missoula. We’ll be back.“
cmacklin 572 days ago
58 /100 500 BROOKS ST
“Stopped in on vacation with the family. Cool atmosphere, with an Italian theme and nice outdoor patio. Service was non-existent. We had to grab our own menus, cutlery and water, then we were told when we were ready to order to go to the till to order and pay. Our bill included a 15% tip, not sure for what. There was a waitress walking around, not sure what she does though. Food was excellent, but grossly overpriced. Decent selection of local beers and a few top notch. Overall, great food in a nice atmosphere, but with the lack of service and high prices we left feeling gouged. Probably won’t be back.“
cmacklin 573 days ago
78 /100 3106 WEST BROADWAY STE B
“A very good bottle shop, likely the best selection in Missoula. The guys that work here know their stuff. I always enjoy stopping in whenever I'm in Missoula. Thumbs up!“
mbgrayson 607 days ago
38 /100
Worden’s Market & Deli (Grocery Store)
451 N. HIGGINS
“Better than Liquor Planet, but still not a very good selection. They have a few fridges and shelves of craft, but the selection is sparse and you won't find much of interest. Worth a stop though if you're looking for some MT bottles, but don't get your hopes up.“
mcberko 609 days ago
30 /100
Liquid Planet (Beer Store)
223 N. HIGGINS AVENUE
“Maybe this was a good bottle shop years ago, but it is trash now. One fridge of craft, with very little of interest. Don't bother with this place; check out Worden's instead, even though that is not very impressive either.“
mcberko 609 days ago
66 /100 231 W. FRONT STREET
“Open late unlike most other breweries in town, so worth considering for that. 8 core beers, plus 4 seasonals on tap, with flights of either/or or all available for cheap. Beer quality wasn't particularly good, but most were acceptable. Friendly, hospitable service. Not a good beer destination, but a good later night option with cheap ticks.“
mcberko 609 days ago
70 /100 501 N CALIFORNIA ST
“Well set-up tasting room, with tons of table and bar seating. Flights of any 6 available for $15 -- most ciders we sampled were quite enjoyable, being the on drier and funkier side, which we appreciated. Friendly, hospitable stuff. Worth working into your beer tour, as it breaks up the barley nicely.“
mcberko 609 days ago
70 /100 915 TOOLE AVE
“Cool tasting room with lots of seating inside, as well as a patio. Tons of beers on tap (well over a dozen), with flights of 4 available for $10+. Service is super friendly and gave us a bunch of free samples unprovoked -- super appreciated. Beer quality was mixed, with some good, some bad, and most being in the middle of the road. Worth a stop if in town; just beware that they have to stop serving beer at 8pm due to ridiculously prohibitive state liquor laws.“
mcberko 609 days ago
60 /100 5417 TRUMPETER WAY
“First brewery you'll hit if you're driving in from the west -- it's located right next to the airport, so it's a good first or last stop in/out of town. Medium-sized tasting room, with flights of 4 for $5. None of their more famous and ambitious beers were on tap and nothing we sampled was particularly good, except maybe a Berliner. Decent service. Worth a stop if you have time.“
mcberko 609 days ago
68 /100
The Bridge Pizza (Restaurant)
600 SOUTH HIGGINS
“Stumbled upon this place on a family vacation. Very busy and hectic. Came around 3pm and found out happy hour is 3-5pm, so service was a little slow but friendly. Happy hour special was buy a slice of pizza get a free draft beer from one of two taps. All their craft beer was located in a glass deli counter where you order. Lots of craft sodas (probably more than beer) which the kids liked. Next time we will probably come before or after happy hour. Just too crazy and loud and not enough seating area. Food and beer was good though.“
cmacklin 893 days ago
84 /100 1151 W BROADWAY
“My second favorite brewery in Missoula. Slightly outside of town (definitely walkable), near a hospital. A cozy interior with a small bar (just a few seats), tables, and outdoor patio. Lots of interesting artwork on the walls. They had live music when I visited (Irish music, I believe a weekly event). They had 8 beers on tap, and seemed to specialize in IPAs (I tried 2 of their NEIPAs and a west coast IPA, all excellent), but they have a few other styles and their abbey tripel was great. No food but there is free popcorn. A must stop for beer in Missoula.“
LilBeerDoctor 933 days ago
76 /100 231 W. FRONT STREET
“A brewpub/restaurant in downtown Missoula. A large place with lots of restaurant seating. There are TVs. There were 8-10 beers on tap, mostly basic lighter styles. I tried the rye pale ale, Belgian golden ale, and witbier, and they were good (not standouts but solid). They have a pretty extensive food menu, with plenty of varied options (sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pasta, and other entrees). I got potato soup and a huge portion of pasta, both very delicious (and I could not finish my pasta). Overall, good food, beer is ok, but probably worth a stop.“
LilBeerDoctor 933 days ago
86 /100 915 TOOLE AVE
“Excellent brewery in Missoula. Decent sized place and there is a large patio also. It was pretty popular and crowded when I was there. The beers were excellent and some interesting styles too (pale ale with green tea, English pale ale, coffee cream ale, sour ale with tomatillo salsa!, oatmeal stout). No food but there are food trucks I believe. This place along with Imagine Nation are must stops in Missoula (I would probably give a slight edge to this place based on the beer)!“
LilBeerDoctor 933 days ago
76 /100 313 N 1ST STREET WEST
“A decent brewery in Missoula just across the train tracks. A large space. They have a large tap list (16 taps), lots of IPAs, which seem to be their specialty (they probably had at least 5 IPAs on). The Blood Knot IPA was pretty good. Other styles (czech pilsner and coconut porter) were not as good. Coincidence? In any case, I'd recommend trying one of their IPAs. No food, just snacks. Not my favorite stop in Missoula, but it was decent.“
LilBeerDoctor 933 days ago
78 /100 103 W SPRUCE
“Definitely the place to go for late night munchies "and" local craftbeers. Very cool vibe...lots of history...great service. The food lives up to the expectations you’d normally have for a "last stop of the night" (not that they aren’t open other times...just that other times there are likely better choices). The draft list was large enough with a number of local and regional choices. All in all...the place to visit when you’re looking for this kind of place...“
PRBeer 1546 days ago
86 /100 915 TOOLE AVE
“Would have previously said this was the best place in Missoula...previously as in before Imagine Nation...but they are still a very close second. The taproom is big but well done...fun place and vibes (patio too...but too cold when I visited)...great staff...really enjoyed their attention and conversation. Loved the Scepter Head IPA, the Last Rites Mexican Chocolate Porter, and the Potato with a Mohawk Double Rye IPA. Also notable were the Dixon Melon Gose and Pineapple Express Tropical IPA. All in all a good time and a must visit when in Missoula.“
PRBeer 1547 days ago
88 /100 1151 W BROADWAY
“Best place in Missoula hands down (Draught Works is a close second). Fairly new so not well written about yet (so easy as a visitor to miss it)...not far from Bayern which was my first top (solid German style beers). This place has a great vibe...great atmosphere. Love the stained glass church window! The staff here are really great...struck up some very enjoyable conversations while visiting. Let’s not forget there was a really good jazz band playing while I was there...so definitely a good time! Now for the beers...all very good...and a couple were definitely exceptional. Lupujus 5 Session IPA was very good...but the Lupujus 8 IPA (more like double IPA at 8.5%) was an incredible milkshake IPA...the name now being used to describe the OJ/juicy/milkshake appearance northern Vermont/New England style of IPA that has taken the east by storm. Imagine Nation says they are the first to do this style in Montana. It was very well done (I come from NJ and travel to northern VT often...have had the best of the best of this style...Heady Topper & Sip O’ Sunshine...and Lupujus 8 is a very good representation of the style). Also noteworthy was the Freedom Fighter IPA (the milk stout and red ale were very nice too). I firmly believe a craftbeer trip to Missoula is not complete without a stop here. Go out of your way to drink craftbeer in Missoula...and make sure you include Imagine Nation.“
PRBeer 1547 days ago
76 /100 1507 MONTANA STREET
“Seems to be the highest rated brewery in Missoula after Tamarack (and although I didn’t go to Tamarack in Missoula...went to their Lakeside location south of Kalispell...and although I liked the place...didn’t think the beers were special...so it’s possible Tamarack might be rated a bit higher than it deserves beer-wise). As for Bayern...nice selection of German style beers...all good to better...none truly exceptional. The Schwarzbier might be the closest though. I did like the pilsner, helles, and the dunkelweizen. The bartender and patrons were great...all in all a good time on a Sunday afternoon (but not as good as my Missoula favorite...Imagine Nation).“
PRBeer 1547 days ago
88 /100 1151 W BROADWAY
“Very cool brewpub, had a great time when we visited. A full jazz band playing in the corner, lots of people hanging out and having a good time, good beers and helpful staff!“
Kristophe 1605 days ago
48 /100 5417 TRUMPETER WAY
“Big brewpub with lots of people visiting. Beers are OK but the staff weren’t very interested in us. Such a shame.“
Kristophe 1605 days ago
92 /100 915 TOOLE AVE
“My favorite of the places we visited in Missoula. Huge patio and awesome bar, super friendly and helpful staff, good prices and delicious beers. A must visit when in town.“
Kristophe 1605 days ago
82 /100 231 W. FRONT STREET
“Super friendly staff and tasty beers. Had some very nice cajun shrimp to go with the beers. Nice place.“
Kristophe 1605 days ago
76 /100
The Rhino (Bar)
158 RYMAN STREET
“Cool place with lots of locals hanging out. Nice beer selection and helpful staff.“
Kristophe 1605 days ago
76 /100 231 W. FRONT STREET
“Nice place. Stopped in with my family for supper. Very kid friendly. The whole place was filled with families. Great, friendly service from our waitress. Good food with huge portions. None of us could finish our meals. Good, tasty beer. Reasonable prices. Definitely worth a stop.“
cmacklin 1667 days ago
78 /100 313 N 1ST STREET WEST
“Rustic building in a cool area overlooking Orange St. Friendly staff. 12 house beers on tap. The beers are much better than I expected. Definitely worth checking out.“
50belair 1671 days ago
76 /100 229 EAST FRONT ST.
“Only stopped in yesterday for the first time. They have been opened for ten months. Got a growler fill of Bourbon County Imperial Stout....wow. It is stout week and they are really celebrating. Thumbs up! Nice addition to the Missoula beer scene. Check it out.“
mbgrayson 1831 days ago
82 /100
Worden’s Market & Deli (Grocery Store)
451 N. HIGGINS
“We stopped in here on our trip west and I’m glad we did. A nice corner grocery and sandwich shop. The selection of beer is pretty solid but not outstanding. Lots of locals, PNW brews, and a fair amount of imports. The only drawback is the single basket is very limited and nothing you’d real want (I saw a couple Coors Lights in there). Service was really good with the cashier asking a few times if he could help and then talking to me about my selections and giving me good advice for the next good locals I should try. Everyone who worked there that afternoon was real friendly. We grabbed a couple sandwiches- both were excellent. I asked if there was a good park nearby and was given great directions to Greenough park, where we enjoyed the sandwiches and drinks. All in all, a real nice grocer with great service and a good selection of beer. Your best bet in the area.“
Capa 2124 days ago
80 /100 231 W. FRONT STREET
“Stopped here on the way to the Gorge for Phish, and they were playing Ya Mar. Pretty heady. Only had time for 2 beers and a quick lunch. Hopefully I will make it back here someday.“
ajnepple 2163 days ago
68 /100
Worden’s Market & Deli (Grocery Store)
451 N. HIGGINS
“Old small town grocery store with a small coffee shop in the corner. Lots of coolers filled with beer. Unfortunately most of the beer is sold in 4 or 6 packs, not many singles. Had a few ciders and meads. Small selection of cigars.“
Sledutah 2292 days ago
76 /100
Liquid Planet (Beer Store)
223 N. HIGGINS AVENUE
“Cool little store with with a coffee, beer, wine and sandwiches. A nice selection of local, US and imported beers. Most are sold in singles, They have a few coolers and shelves. Good service. Don’t miss this place.“
Sledutah 2292 days ago
68 /100
Finn and Porter (Restaurant)
100 MADISON ST
“Big restaurant and bar located in the Doubletree downtown. Great view of the river. Good and friendly service. Good food. Went for breakfast so we didn’t have any beer. The tap list looked decent, mostly Montana beers.“
Sledutah 2292 days ago
80 /100 2230 MCDONALD AVE
“Nice, new brewery. Only open for a few months. A small hand written sign sitting outside with the "Opening Soon" whited out. Inside is a like a small warehouse feel to it. A nice big bar top. Plenty of seating inside, some outside seating and a small area upstairs. Good service, the beer was very good. Add this to you "do not miss" brewery.“
Sledutah 2293 days ago
64 /100 500 BROOKS ST
“Small little restaurant. More of a hipster hangout. Lots of foofoo food, for Sunday brunch anyways. The dinner menu looks much better. They have a nice tap selection of mostly local beers. A good bottle list of local stuff and imported. I’ll try it again, but for dinner. The pizza menu looks good.“
Sledutah 2293 days ago
70 /100 701 S ORANGE ST
“Old style grocery store. A good selection of Montana beers. Mostly in 4 & 6 packs. 1 cooler of bombers. Good prices. A small deli up front.“
Sledutah 2293 days ago
72 /100
The Rhino (Bar)
158 RYMAN STREET
“Visited after the Montana Brewers Festival on a Saturday night. This place was packed and loud with college kids. A nice tap and bottle list, good prices and quick friendly service. Long and narrow bar.“
Sledutah 2293 days ago
58 /100 5417 TRUMPETER WAY
“This is basically a large store for swag, with a small tasting bar. You get four samples of four ounces each, one at a time, for free. No flights as such. I expected it to be quiet at noon on a Monday, but a steady stream of young moms with toddlers came through for growler fills and free samples, more power to them. Beers were very tasty, and there were a few that were new for me. The airport is just across the road, so this is an easy stop if you’re flying in or out.“
Travlr 2294 days ago
62 /100
The Bridge Pizza (Restaurant)
600 SOUTH HIGGINS
“This is sort of a small deli with a pizza counter. Just two taps, but lots of local bottles in the deli case up front. Most are bombers, so come prepared to share. Pizza is tasty.“
Travlr 2294 days ago
80 /100
Liquid Planet (Beer Store)
223 N. HIGGINS AVENUE
“The map shows this place on the south side of the river, but it’s really a couple blocks north, so just a block or so from Worden’s and Flathead. The selection was a pleasant surprise, well organized. Plenty of local stuff, Idaho stuff, and even some oddities like a porter from Lebanon (the country). Staff were uber friendly. Small hipster groceries as well, sandwiches, coffee etc - kind of like a Starbucks on steroids with beer and better coffee. Worth a look for sure.“
Travlr 2294 days ago
60 /100 500 BROOKS ST
“Classy little restaurant with a small but well chosen selection of beers, a few local, and most from farther afield - New Belgium and the like. The wait for brunch on a Sunday was twenty minutes, so we didn’t stay to eat. May be worth a look if you have the time.“
Travlr 2294 days ago
66 /100
Finn and Porter (Restaurant)
100 MADISON ST
“This place had a good selection compared to other bars in town, and it exceptional compared to other hotel bars. Seven local breweries were represented, as well as the apparently obligatory macro stuff. The bar itself is a circular affair in the center of the restaurant with a nice view of the river. Service was quick and efficient, food was tasty.“
Travlr 2294 days ago
68 /100 2230 MCDONALD AVE
“New, modern brewery just a few blocks south of downtown. Long bar, handful of tables, small upper deck. Six beers on offer available in a flight, all were tasty. Staff was very frie dly. Large parking lot, so that’s not a problem. No food. Good place, worthwhile stop.“
Travlr 2295 days ago
68 /100 701 S ORANGE ST
“Old style small supermarket with a solid selection of local beers. Belgians are up front, most stuff is in the back. Mostly four and six packs, with one fridge of bombers on the far right. Small deli bakery up front as well. Tons of parking.“
Travlr 2295 days ago
84 /100
The Rhino (Bar)
158 RYMAN STREET
“What a fun place. Long and kind of narrow, single pool table in the back. Staff were quick, efficient, friendly even though it was crowded. Blackboard menus didn’t include the brewery names, but pretty much everything was local/regional. Fun crowd. I’ll be back.“
Travlr 2296 days ago
82 /100 231 W. FRONT STREET
“Large place, more like a restaurant than a brewpub, and the emphasis on the food really shows - tasty stuff. The beers included three seasonals, and staff were generous with samples. Nice place.“
Travlr 2296 days ago
84 /100 602 MYRTLE ST.
“Smallish place with an L shaped wrap around bar. Pleasantly crowded. Nine beers with sampler trays on offer. Staff and regulars were very friendly and knowledgeable about not only the beers, but also the beer scene state wide. Beers were tasty. Oh, and the bartender gave me a fresh plum, extra point for service. I can’t count that as points for Food, though, because not everyone got a plum, just me. Great place.“
Travlr 2296 days ago
84 /100 915 TOOLE AVE
“This place is big, nice big patio, huge indoor seating area and large bar with a nice view of the brewhouse. Very lively on a sunny Friday afternoon, nearly every table full, but easy to get a seat at the bar. They were very dsciplined, not serving folks who were standing at the bar unless you lined up at either end - confusing for a few folks who didn’t know that particular rule. They had a dozen beers on offer, decent variety, but only served pints, in the much-maligned shaker glasses, but staff did give samples in little baby hefeweizen glasses. Change the policy on pints and they’d get a 5 for atmosphere. Fun place.“
Travlr 2296 days ago
64 /100 424 N. HIGGINS
“Sleek modernish place with big front doors/windows that open onto the patio, great on a nice day. Just four beers on offer, the other were out. But the sampler paddle had four slots, so I survived. Staff was ultra friendly. Food looked OK but I had just eaten at the Old Post right across the street. Decent enough for a look.“
Travlr 2296 days ago
70 /100
Worden’s Market & Deli (Grocery Store)
451 N. HIGGINS
“Reminds me of a small town grocery store that stocks a bit of everything. There’s a deli counter as well, and the beers are in the back, plus a handful of local ciders. Six or seven other folks were shopping for beers too, so it seems to be pretty popular. Prices were decent, and they had a fair selection of local stuff and some interesting Belgians. Right around the corner from Old Post and directly across from Flathead.“
Travlr 2296 days ago
80 /100 103 W SPRUCE
“This place place captures all of the positive connotations of a dive bar, and none of the negative. Large range of Montana beers plus a few others. It looks kind of like a diner but with a long bar instead of a counter. Very characterful and full of characters. Bartender Pat set a glass of water, menu and change for the parking meter in front of me before my butt fully hit the bar stool, and he had good advice about the beers. Food was very tasty and filling. Nice stop.“
Travlr 2296 days ago