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.
3fourths (1569) Boulder, Colorado | February 16, 2011| Updated April 20, 2013
walked in to a crowded, dark bar filled with friendly locals throwing back pints of fine ale on a cold winter’s afternoon. sitting at the bar sipping a nitro IPA that honestly wasn’t 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.
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 isn’t 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.
A beat-up old warrior, pioneer to the Missoula independent brewing scene. It’s in a cool corner of town, with great bakeries nearby and hip-hop and house music booming on the PA (at least that’s 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.
There’s another, newer, glitzier K-Hole on 1st, and I didn’t get to check that one out this trip. But I’ll definitely hit up the Myrtle Street branch again. If it’s 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 establishment’s defense, it’s been unseasonably warm out.
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.
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.
Small tasting room brewpub with a long bar and seating area. Lots of hippyish things and hippy type people. Doesn’t 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 isn’t very upscale, some sheet metal and concrete with a bar thrown in the middle. I’d come back again though, it was friendly enough, but I hate that 8PM montana law.
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.
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.
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. Clientèle seemed to be mostly college students, and the occasional aging hippie, so I felt right at home. We couldn’t stay long, because KettleHouse doesn’t have the full liquor license and had to stop serving at 8:00PM.