In the middle of Bozeman, between the historic Main Street and the burgeoning shopping hub on the North 19th, a revitalization of one of Bozeman’s former hot spots is quietly being revitalized. Spearheaded by the Midtown Urban Renewal District, the North 7th Avenue corridor is seeing an insurgence of new businesses.
Over the past decade, microbreweries have risen in popularity primarily for the local taste that is provided in each sip of the craft beer. Bozeman quickly became a hot spot and brewing hub and now plays host to many breweries each with a unique taste and style. To further increase the hand-crafted experience, each brewery in Bozeman has designed their tasting rooms to follow the style of the beer they create. These individualistic tasting rooms have became an exciting oasis for great drinks and conversations. These are our rankings for the best Bozeman brewery tasting rooms.
Bozeman is home to a work-hard, play-hard population, and it’s quite common to see locals in parking lots, pulling on the hiking boots and trail running shoes for pre- and post-work adventures. Weekends are often spent in the mountains speeding down trails on mountain bikes, accruing vertical on the ski slopes, or chasing trout in remote streams.
Residents are keenly aware it’s important to refuel after a day of adventure, and thanks to a booming culinary and brewery scene, it’s easy to find quality, Bozeman-brewed ale throughout the community. Many breweries pay homage to the area’s outdoor acuity by naming their brews after local features and activities. After a long day in the hills, hardly anything tastes better than a tall glass of your favorite brew paired with a hearty burger. Discover the perfect pairings for your favorite Bozeman activities at these local breweries.
Many visitors are drawn to Bozeman for the myriad of recreational opportunities the surrounding mountains and rivers provide. But after a busy day fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, or skiing, the town itself truly shines: Bozeman is home to a vibrant culture and rich history—the town itself can be as big an adventure as the surrounding mountains. Whether you prefer to explore summertime Farmer’s Markets at Bogert Park or take in an outdoor showing of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, here are the local’s favorite in-town adventures:
The IPA has become a popular brew among the nation, including the active brewing scene of Bozeman. Don't believe us? There is a day dedicated to this fantastic drink called IPA Day. With over eight local Bozeman breweries, it can be intimidating to find the best place for your specific taste buds - especially for an IPA lover.
For a quick recap of the history of the IPA, or Indian Pale Ale, it is a popular brew among many individuals and breweries - and for good reason! The IPA style has had a history as rich as its flavor which dates back to more than 175 years. There are three main styles of an IPA which include the American-style IPA, English-style IPA and Double or Imperial IPA in addition to sub styles that have become popular over the years and have included Black, Hybrid, Wheat, or Belgian White IPA. For more information detailed information about IPAs, check out IPA 101.
With a basic knowledge of an IPA, it's time to dive into our rankings for the best IPAs from Bozeman breweries.
Bozeman has something for everyone when it comes to nightlife. Donnie Sexton/Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
Bozeman is quickly gaining a well-deserved reputation as an outdoor playground. Bracketed by mountains on all sides, with the Montana Big Sky arching overhead, it’s a veritable nirvana for active, sunshine-loving thrill-seekers. Regardless of the season—summertime is filled with hiking, backpacking, river running and fly fishing, and wintertime with skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing—days spent in Bozeman go by quickly, and there is always more on the "to do" playlist.
We get it, you came to Bozeman to enjoy the outdoors. You were so excited to hike, fish, mountain bike, rock climb, whitewater raft, and explore, but it's raining. Though rainy days in Bozeman aren't the regular, with over 300 days of sunshine, they do happen. When they do, it can be a challenge to find things to do in Bozeman. We've put together a list of ideas, activities, and places to visit to keep you busy when the sun isn't shining. Enjoy!
Bozeman is mainly known for being a cozy, mountain town with access to awesome skiing, with Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl. People might also recognize Bozeman for Montana State University. What you may not know is that Bozeman has a lot more to offer than just great skiing and a top notch university. Here are a few of our favorite reasons that you should make Bozeman your winter vacation destination.
Bozeman is known to have an expansive and thriving craft beer industry. This is no surprise considering this history of Bozeman's brewing industry which dates back to 1867 with Spieth and Krug Brewery.
Breweries have become the local hot spots in Bozeman. Eight breweries currently call Bozeman home with two more located in Belgrade and more on the way. To say the micro brew industry is booming in Montana is an understatement.
Webstaurantstore.com has even featured Bozeman in The 10 Most Underrated Craft Beer Cities.
With so many great options stemming from all of the local breweries, it can become overwhelming to know where to start. Here is a list that highlights four great dark Bozeman beers that are perfect for winter.