Don’t Miss Big Sky Brewery in Missoula

Just like hiking, biking, and other forms of outdoor recreation are integral to an authentic Missoula experience, so is a visit to one of the city’s thriving craft breweries. Each of Missoula’s breweries offers its own distinctive character and innovations. Big Sky Brewing in Missoula, one of the most renowned establishments, stands out for its exceptional beer and welcoming atmosphere. Visiting breweries like Big Sky Brewery offers a perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring Missoula’s abundant outdoor activities.

Of course, visits to these breweries are just a small part of what’s waiting for you in Missoula this summer. Missoula is a world-renowned destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering nearly endless miles for hiking and mountain biking, excellent lakes and rivers for boating, paddling, rafting, and fishing, and quiet time immersed in the breathtaking beauty of western Montana. Beyond being a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, the thriving heart of Missoula is a cultural hot spot, filled with plenty of fantastic shopping, great farmers markets, top-rated art museums and galleries, exceptional restaurants, and so much more. It’s such a well-rounded destination for a wide range of travelers. 

Immerse yourself in an authentic Missoula getaway, and stay just outside town in our lodge-style Bed and Breakfast. Our rustic but elevated accommodations provide a quiet, peaceful place to retreat at the end of the day, where your only neighbors will be a few other guests and the plentiful wildlife that moves throughout our property. A stay here is about as authentic to western Montana as it gets. We’d love to treat you to our award-winning hospitality this summer. Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast in Missoula today! 

Craft brew flight at top Missoula breweries, like Big Sky Brewing

Don’t Miss Big Sky Brewing in Missoula

Though there are plenty of great breweries across the country, we think we’re pretty spoiled with those right here in Missoula. In particular, we’re big fans of the craft brews made by Big Sky Brewing in Missoula. Next to longtime Missoula staple Bayern Brewing, Big Sky Brewery is one of the oldest beer establishments in the city.

They brewed their first beer, Whistle Pig Red Ale, in 1995. At first, their ale-style beer was only available on draft at their original  Hickory Street location. But by the early 2000s, Big Sky Brewing in Missoula began to bottle and sell their beer. Today, Big Sky Brewing brews and bottles its beer at its flagship location by the Missoula Airport. 

Visiting Big Sky Brewing’s Taproom is a “must” for any beer lover in Missoula. You’ll find a wide variety of their signature beers on tap, of course, including some fun seasonal varieties. During the summer, Big Sky Brewing in Missoula becomes a popular destination – but it’s not just because their beer is excellent. They also host a fantastic summer concert series. 

The Big Sky Brewing Amphitheater is one of the coolest summer concert venues of the year. Amphitheater seating is casual, with a large grassy field perfect for blankets and chairs. There are selections from Big Sky Brewing’s lineup available for the concerts, as well as various food truck vendors. 

Friends enjoying beers out at the top Missoula breweries

More Fantastic Missoula Breweries to Try

With a great lineup of locally-made beer and a fantastic concert venue, it’s easy to see why Big Sky Brewing in Missoula has earned such a dedicated following. However, it’s just one of the many great Missoula breweries worth trying while you’re here. That’s particularly true this summer. As the weather heats up and adventure season kicks off, these breweries offer a fantastic way to unwind at the end of the day. 

From exploring Missoula’s vast wilderness with one outdoor adventure after another to enjoying the vibrant arts in downtown Missoula, this rugged Montana town truly does have something to offer everyone. Below, we’ve included a list of some of our favorite Missoula breweries to try next time you’re in town. 

  1. Bayern Brewing is one of the oldest Missoula breweries and also happens to be the only German microbrewery in the Rockies that offers excellent Bavarian-style lagers, pilseners, and hefeweizen. It’s great to visit year-round, but we really love their beer garden on a warm summer day. 
  2. Like Big Sky Brewing, Kettlehouse Brewing first opened in 1995. Next to its brewery, it offers a river-side Amphitheater.
  3. Draught Works Brewery has a great assortment of ales, lagers, and more experimental styles like a Hazy Latte IPA and hard seltzers. Like most Missoula breweries, they also have a great outdoor patio and offer live entertainment throughout the summer. 
  4. Great Burn Brewery, on the south side of Missoula, is perfect for hop-loving beer drinkers who love West Coast-style IPAs. 
  5. For great beer paired with a fantastic meal, head to the local favorite Tamarack Brewing Company.
  6. Highlander Beer is a favorite among locals. Though this establishment has a long history that dates back more than 100 years, they recently reopened in 2015 and haven’t looked back since. 
  7. Conflux Brewing Company is the spot to go if you’re looking for something unique to drink. As a bonus, they have a great food menu that pairs well with whatever you’re drinking that day. 

If you’re ready to drink your way through these fantastic Missoula breweries this summer, it’s time to book your stay at our top-rated Bed and Breakfast in Missoula. 

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