Big Sky Country is known for fresh air, wide open spaces, and views that dreams are made of but what may surprise some is that Montana is also 2nd in craft breweries per capita in the country.  With over 40 breweries in the state of Montana, it is no wonder that several have settled into the Missoula area and that Missoulians are welcoming new breweries every year. Montanan’s take our craft beer seriously.

1. Over half the malted grain used for brewing in Montana, is actually grown in Montana.

Big Sky Brewing's beer stations in Missoula, Montana

2. Beer brewed in Montana is sold in 24 states around the country, in 5,000 retail locations.

3. Montana ranks 2nd in number of breweries per Capita

Craft Breweries per Million People, Montana comes in at number 2

Montana Beer Facts Via Wikipedia

4. Montana took home 27 awards at the North American Beer Awards 2014

Beers lined up at Tamarack Brewing Company in Downtown Missoula

5. Montana Was Named the Best State for Beer Lovers

Beers at Draught Works Brewery in Missoula

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6.Montana’s have been brewing beer since before Montana was a state

7. Largest brewery in the state is Big Sky Brewing Co., they are the makers of Moose Drool

Big Sky Brewing Co in Missoula Montana

8. Draught Works Brewery named Best Very Small Brewery of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival 2014

The patio at Draught Works Brewery in Missoula, Montana

9. Missoula alone has over 6 Annual Brewfests each year

Garden City Brewfest at Caras Park in Downtown Missoula

10. Missoula’s newest brewery is Great Burn Brewing opened it’s doors this year as Missoula’s 8th brewery, and Montana’s 47th brewery

Great Burn Brewing, Missoula's newest brewery in 2014

11. Bayern Brewing is the oldest brewery still in operation in the state of Montana

Bayern Brewing in Missoula, Montana is Montana's oldest Brewery

12. KettleHouse Brewing Company has two locations in Missoula and is looking to expand to keep up with demand of their signature beers

Kettlehouse North in Missoula, Montana

13. Missoula alone has made several lists when it comes to the brewery scene in town

Among the list are:

Best Unusual Beer Experiences
Best Small Beer Cities
Best Beer Cities in America 
10 Best Beer Cities

A beer and a view from Draught Works Brewery in Missoula

14. Tamarack Brewing “Yard Sale” Amber won best Amber Beer in this years Montana Brewers Fall Festival

Beer being poured from the tap at Tamarack Brewing in Downtown Missoula
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“You don’t have to move to Montana if you love beer, but it might be worth your while to make a pilgrimage there sometime soon.” ~ Best US States for Beer Lovers

 

Visit the Breweries Page for a list of all the breweries in Missoula, and some of their signature brews.