The Ultimate Guide to the 9 Breweries in Bozeman Montana

If you are looking for a quietly-awesome beer scene, look no further than the breweries in Bozeman Montana.

With 9 breweries, various beer bars, a cidery, meadery, a winery and 3 distilleries, the alcohol scene in Bozeman is one that is sure to please everyone’s preferences.

Check out our guide below to learn more about all the Bozeman breweries! 

Short on Time? Here are the key takeaways:

  • In our opinion, you can’t miss Mountain Walking Brewery. Literally one of our favorite – in the country.
  • Montana beer laws restricts the amount of what breweries can serve.
  • If you have limited time, SHINE Beer Sanctuary has a lot of local options on tap with great food!

Psst:  We have a bunch of guides about Montana. Browse them all here.

This post was originally published in September 2020, and was updated in February 2024.

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Montana Beer Laws 

Montana beer laws

Let’s start this thing out with a quick lesson on Montana beer laws because they can be rough for the local Montana breweries (if you like to drink the amounts we do).

As of 2019, Montana ranked second in the nation for breweries per capita.

BUT, Montana state law sure makes it difficult for beer-lovers to saddle up at a Montana brewery for a few pints.  That’s because breweries can only serve customers between the hours of 10 AM and 8 PM.

Also, it is unlawful to serve a customer more than 48 ounces of beer in a single day.  That’s 3 pints FYI.

Even worse, if your brewery produces more than 10,000 barrels a year, you can only provide free samples to customers. (There are some loopholes to all of these, for what it’s worth).

These rules are all in place to “protect” the bars and restaurants of the world.

Although unfair to the craft breweries across Montana, it did force us to brewery-hop (and the rest of Montana) and taste everything that these local Bozeman breweries have to offer.  Poor us!

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Mountains Walking Brewery 

mountains walking brewery bozeman
  • Hours: Daily from 11:30 AM – 8PM
  • Food Available: Yes, full restaurant

Just about a mile from Bozeman’s historic Main Street in the Bozeman Brewery Historic District, Mountains Walking Brewery is letting the beer do the talking, in more ways than one.

Head brewer is committed to age-old brewing traditions, having studied the process around the world, and he believes in giving his beer a “healthy measure of freedom” to see what happens when the living organisms in beer aren’t tightly controlled.

The end result, in our humble opinion, is some damn good beer!⁣

The Mountains Walking Teams thinks of their brewery as a conversation between all the parties involved: beer and brewer, beer and food, and beer and the world. What a cool (and true) perspective!

Speaking of food, we absolutely loved our Tachos (yes, tater tot nachos) and even went back the next day to try some of their wood-fired pizza (unashamedly, we returned here twice more on a second visit to Bozeman).

Let’s just say we are glad we went back again (and again), it was that good!⁣

Mountains Walking Brewery - Bozeman MT
Pizza at Mountains Walking Brewery in Bozeman MT

Our first flight included the Tin Sky (NE IPA), Nelson Sauvin Cloud Curtain (oat whip NE DIPA), MTN Mai Tai (pineapple, mango and key lime accompany the coconut and cinnamon from the rum barrels used in aging – try this as a Slushie beer in the summer), and Sweets (an incredibly interesting, unexpected, and delicious cherry chocolate sour ale).

Our take-home haul included even more of their beer to share with new friends as we continue on our journey.⁣ 

Of all the breweries in Bozeman, we visited Mountains Walking 6 times across our 3 Bozeman stints and we aren’t afraid to say that this one is our favorites. 

Map Brewing Company 

Map Brewery - Bozeman, MT
  • Hours: Daily from 12PM – 8PM
  • Food Available: Yes, full restaurant

Map Brewing Company’s mission is simple: craft and drink great beer.

And providing this craft beer in one of the more beautiful settings is just icing on the cake!

MAP is “brewed to explore” which fits this region of the country so well because of all of the things that you can experience and explore nearby.

A large, outdoorsy-feel taproom with maps adorning the walls (obviously) and a patio with stunning views of the Bridger Mountain range in the distance add to the experience of quality craft beer and locally-sourced food.

No matter how you choose to explore Big Sky country, MAP is a laid-back, go-to spot to unwind, grab a beer, and enjoy your friends and family in the midst of nature.

Bozeman Brewing Company 

Bozeman Brewing 2023
Bozeman Brewing 2023
  • Hours: Daily from 2PM – 8PM
  • Food Available: No, but their is a free popcorn machine

Founded in 2001, Bozeman Brewing Company, aka The Bozone, is Gallatin Valley’s oldest operating craft brewery.

Located near the edge of the town’s historic Brewery District (and a lengthy stone’s throw from Mountains Walking), their tap room offers 20 beers to drink ranging from classic style amber ales to one of their craft barrel sours. 

Speaking of sours, Bozeman Brewing has the largest production of sours in the state. Under their roof are over 250 barrels of sours waiting to reach perfection and which are released in small batches.

How small you ask? 1 barrel release at a time small.

If you’re like Samantha and love sours, this should be one of your first stops when visiting the breweries in Bozeman.

If we are being honest, this wasn’t our favorite stop when we first came through in 2023. We revisited them in 2023 and were pleasantly surprised to say they “upped” their beer game and we thoroughly enjoyed what we tried. They have a pretty small tasting room so be prepared to stand to enjoy a frothy cold one.

Outlaw Brewing 

outlaw brewing bozeman montana
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday 2PM – 8PM
    • Friday – Sunday 12 PM – 8 PM
  • Food Available: Food trucks only Tuesday – Saturday from 4-8

Outlaw Brewing’s owner and founder is a native Virginian, so we have something in common with him other than our love of craft beer. 

What started in the corner of a barbeque restaurant in nearby Belgrade, Outlaw Brewing has grown into a great taproom and patio in Bozeman today.

We had 13 different draft options to choose from and went with the Jungle Flair (tangerine, guava, and mango sour) and the Rainsticks & Whales (New England IPA).

Bridger Brewing 

Bridger - bozeman breweries
  • Hours: Daily from 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Food Available: Yes, full restaurant

Founders David Breck & David Sigler originally teamed up to form an engineering consulting firm, but David #1 told his new partner that he really wanted to open a brewery to which David #2 said “Why don’t you do both?” 

And along came Bridger Brewing which opened in 2013.

With a strong commitment to supporting local, Bridger Brewing sources hops and wheat harvested from down the road and consistently looks for the freshest ingredients for their beer and food.

The beer was good and the fresh goat cheese and bread were a perfect complement for our flight!

Located conveniently near Montana State University’s campus, this brewery in Bozeman has a great rooftop patio and large taproom for trying all of their beers.

Bunkhouse Brewery 

Bunkhouse Brewing Bozeman MT
  • Hours: Daily from 12PM – 8PM
  • Food Available: No

What used to be one of the smallest breweries in Bozeman, Montana, Bunkhouse Brewery now has a massively new location on the far west side of town. Their OG location near campus closed in December 2023.

This new 2-story location offers plenty of room both inside and out to get your drink on.

They offer 12 taps and a fridge full of cans to choose from. We split a flight of 4 which consisted of: Kaleidoscope Sour, Lemon Drop Grisette, Awkward Salmon IPA, and Forklift Rodeo Pale Ale. Since I love a good sour, the Sour and Grisette were both homeruns for me. Chris really enjoyed both of his hoppy selections as well.

Shred Monk Brewing

Shred Monk Brewing - Bozeman MT
  • Hours: Daily from 10 AM – 8PM
  • Food Available: Yes, full restaurant

Located on Main Street, Shred Monk Brewing is one the newer breweries in town opening in early 2022.

Don’t let this fool you into thinking they don’t have excellent craft beer. They won bronze at the Great American Beer Festival for their German Pilsner in 2022. They usually only have a handful of taps to choose from that tend to lean more towards the pale ales.

Their restaurant supports local providing a farm to table menu. Local favorite is their smash burger and roll out weekend specials as well. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 – 6 PM and be sure to stop in for one of their live music events.

Last Best Place Brewing

last best brewing in bozeman
  • Hours: Everyday from 12 PM – 8 PM
  • Food Available: Food trucks and/or you can bring/order in

Last Best Place Brewing Company was founded in 2021 by Colin Ruh-Kirk and Will Thompson and is all about whipping up fresh, tasty beers. Their name is a nod to Montana’s charm, celebrating local ties with Gallatin County’s farmers and businesses. They’re all about that homegrown flavor, sourcing their goodies right here in the “Last Best Place.”

When we visited, Sam tried the Tourist Trap, a Huckleberry LemonGrass Ginger Sour while Chris enjoyed his Locals Only IPA. All of their beer is gluten-reduced – does that mean it’s healthy? 😉

While the beer was above average, we think this spot has a few more years to figure out its niche and craft. We’ll be excited to try them again when we roll back through town.

FreeFall Brewery (and Audrey’s Pizza Oven)

Freefall Brewing in Bozeman MT
  • Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12 PM – 8 PM
    • Closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Food Available: Yes, full kitchen

Freefall Brewery isn’t what you’d expect for a brewery. This spot is restaurant first (Audrey’s Pizza Oven), brewery second which was apparent with their beers.

As a testament to a six-generation family heritage in Montana, their dough is made fresh daily and honors Audrey’s original technique. We were only here for the beers, but the food coming out of the kitchen smelled delicious.

On their beer lineup are 7 mainstays (ranging from Witbier to Black IPA to Lagers) and 10 rotating beers as well. Chris tried a pint of their mainstay, “Oh Wow” IPA and Sam tried 2 of their seasonals: SweetPea Butterfly Flower Witbier and an Apricot Ale. In our honest opinion, the beer wasn’t bad but we found it lacking the “craft” in the beer-making promise. Both the seasonals were lackluster in flavors and the “Oh Wow” IPA didn’t, well, “wow” us.

As we always suggest, go visit the place for yourself and make your own opinion. Just because it wasn’t our favorite, doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it.

Nordic Brew Works (Closed)

Nordic Brewing - Bozeman, MT
  • Hours: TBD
  • Food Available: TBD

*Note: As of October 2023, Nordic is currently closed and will reopen under new ownership in 2024.

Bonus: SHINE Beer Sanctuary 

  • Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 11 AM – 9 PM
    • Thursday – Saturday 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Food Available: Yes from Lapa Grill

When we first looked up breweries in Bozeman, SHINE Beer Sanctuary popped up and the name alone had us excited to go.

SHINE is committed to helping beer lovers find their sanctuary and we believe they succeeded. With 30 rotating beer taps and 4 wine taps, you can drink a pint of grab a flight as you soar around the world (or locally) with some brews.

The best part, they have an epic bottle shop where you can find local and around the world beers to take home.

They even have a really good restaurant attached to the beer sanctuary called Lapa Grill & Soup Shack serving up yummy burritos, street tacos, soups, and salads. 

Where to Stay in Bozeman, MT

We spent over 3 weeks here in Bozeman and really got a chance to know the town. When our parents came to visit, we scouted out these hotels for them and all of them were great! probably has the widest selection of budget (and luxury) accommodations in the world. In our experience, they consistently found the cheapest rooms. We also like their easy to use interface and no money down policy. When we book our travel stays, we personally use

Element Bozeman

This hotel is located 1 block off main street and is within walking distance of the historic downtown district. If you are looking to enjoy the nightlife and want easy access to great restaurants, this is the hotel for you.

>>>Check current prices or book your stay here


The LARK aims to bring a modern twist into a motel setting. Located on the main downtown street, this super chic hotel is perfectly located to give you access to all the bars, restaurants and shops plus is conveniently located 2 miles from the Museum of the Rockies.

>>> Check current prices or book your stay here

Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman

If you are looking for a quieter part of town with great mountain views, the Homewood Suites is your best bet. Located off of I-90, this hotel is convenient to the “M” Trail as well as Map Brewing. Only a 10 minute drive from downtown, this hotel has an indoor pool as well as fire pit.

The last time we visited Montana, my parents stayed here. They enjoyed the quiet but wished they had been closer to downtown so they could walk more. Food for thought!

>>> Check current prices or book your stay here

Want to explore more places to stay in Bozeman? Click here to see all the hotels in Bozeman. 

It’s no secret that Bozeman has become a secret destination for breweries. While most people pass through on their way to Yellowstone National Park, the Bozeman breweries are worth hanging around town for.

Whether you like a light beer, IPA, or heavy stout, there is something to please everyone’s beer palate. 

Looking for liquor? Check out our quick guide to the distilleries in Bozeman.

Not done drinking in Montana? Check out our Guide to the Breweries in Missoula

Ready to visit to Bozeman? Read hotel reviews, check current prices then book your room here!

But where do we personally recommend? The Lark is our hands-down favorite for location and style.

Don’t forget to pick up an Montana guidebook for your other Bozeman adventures.

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