Located off the beaten track, this is a friendly German-style brewery that practices Rheinheitsgebot, resulting in a nice range of well-crafted, very clean beers. The staff and the clientele (mostly locals) are quite friendly making for a pleasant drinking experience. There is a nice bar with about 7 taps, a few tables and an outdoor patio.
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).
This place was very quiet early on a Friday afternoon, but there was a steady stream of folks coming in for growler fills and a pint. I had the sampler of all nine beers on offer, well brewed German styles, nothing very exciting. Staff and customers were friendly and engaging. I’d like to return on a weekend.
One of my favorite breweries in the state. The taproom is a nice clean, friendly place, and has been nice and quiet the few times I’ve been in. I wish they had a slightly larger selection to choose from (though I think that for everywhere I go!), especially as most of their beers are available all over the state in 6-packs.
In short? Great staff, great setting. Disappointing beer.
In long? This is clearly a brewery on the go, and they have a few offerings that have solid local followings. Their beers are available throughout the NW, and maybe even farther afield for all I know. They’re making money, and they have a shiny new taproom to show for it. It’s really nice, with big windows looking in on the bottling line, a cool upstairs that has a clubhouse feel (and faux old-world-castle decorations).
Outside on the patio, there’s a giant chessboard inlaid into the cement, about 6’ by 6’. 3’ high plastic chess pieces await the warriors of the table, of whom Missoula can evidently boast a fair few, including a local legend said to once have given Bobby Fischer all he could handle and then some in a friendly game.
We didn’t check out the food, but we did try a couple beers. Like a lot of Bayern’s offerings, they seemed a little flawed, though the recipes show a lot of character and imagination. If I could get my hands on a batch that didn’t taste like artichokes, I’d be a lot more excited about their lineup.
Really cool taproom. Came here right after Germany won 3rd in the World Cup expecting a nice boisterous crowd but it was exactly the opposite. Just a few older people sitting at the bar. Nice sampler, one bad thing is that they don’t really have anything on tap that they don’t bottle,at least not when I was there. Still though a very nice establishment.
this german style brewery is awesome. all the beers on tap are german. the seasonals are great beers. pilsner, amber, dragonsbreath hefeweizen, dancing trout ale, wilbur weizen are on tap year round but the seasonals are the notable ones- dopplebock, maibock. killarney, faceplant, octoberfest. the service is great and make sure you get a pretzel while your here too.a great place to relax and have a couple beers with your friends.