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.
Larger industrial building on edge of Missoula, but opens to a nice tap room and gift shop, with some views of the brewing floor. A good handful of taps that included the staples and some in-house-only beers that the brewers are playing with. Not my favorite brewery but an interesting visit (if for nothing more than the free samples!)
I do not know if this is the same as when I was here over a decade ago, but it was a small room with very friendly service and samples. Across the street from a great bread shop. Nice local spot to get some local beer.
Visited the brewery, with a brewery employee. I had an awesome time, as well as a private, one-on-one tour, but I realize that this isn’t typical, so I’ll try to keep my review purely on the taproom/tasting room. The tasting station is set up in a reasonably large gift shop, and they pour small (3oz?) samples of about a half dozen of their beers. Generally the big sellers like the IPA and Moose Drool, and a seasonal or two. All the samples are free, but there is a hard limit on how many you can have, and you can’t pay for a full pint, or for extra samples. Not Big Sky’s fault, this is just Montana’s legislation, but I think you honestly woould be better served just checking out a few of the local pubs and trying the Big Sky stuff that way, unless you’re DYING for a Big Sky travel coffe mug.
Great place to grab some FREE BEER. They give you four free, I’d say, 6 oz. pours. I wouldn’t have cared if it was a smaller sample, I mean shit, the beers were free. The place had a nice gift shop, but they were selling some unexpected gifts, e.g., winter coats. Some of the merchandise had their name of it, and some of it didn’t. They had a special barrel-aged Slow Elk, and a Saison, on-tap only, so it was cool to try those. Also, they had their "regular" line up there to top it all off. Nothing here food-wise. It’s not too far from the downtown area, and it’s surround by beautiful Missoula. Actually, it’s quite beautiful out here. Overall, the value is perfect, and the beer, in my opinion is mediocre, but when you’re not paying for it, who cares? Bartenders are friendly.
after4ever (322) Mukilteo, Washington | September 18, 2011| Updated September 19, 2011
This is very much a working production brewery, and, when you drive up, the overwhelming impression is one of the immensity of the facility. You know there’s a lot going on. When you walk in, the tasting rooms feels far more like a gift shop than a bar. You can schedule a tour in advance, but if you just show up, you can at least peek through the windows in the tasting room as well as upstairs. Downstairs you can see the fermenters; upstairs, the bottling line, barrels, and bright tanks.
The merch is impressive--in addition to the usual t-shirts, sweatshirts, and bottle openers, you get the coozies, the multitudes of glassware, coffee mugs AND Big-Sky-labelled coffee beans. Well, actually, it’s Hunter Bay coffee, and you can also get bags of it ground. But you get the idea--TONS of different Big Sky schwag.
The tastes are free. 4 ounces of complimentary goodness. They will sell you growlers, growler fills, and I believe bottles to go. They have four faucets going on a given day. It’s a nice operation for a bustling regional brewery, though it’s definitely not a bar--just a tasting room.