The big city also has another so-called brewery called Bones Brewing and Pub, but Yellowstone Valley Brewery makes their beer for them and allows them to call it their own. It is more of a sports bar and casino (which the state of Montana seems to have one on every street corner--casinos, that is). If you are interested in them check them out here:
The big city, down the road, has a lot of nice breweries. The way that I rate them is: Angry Hanks--best beer and served in a converted gas station/garage; good beer and excellent music--Yellowstone Valley Brewery; Carters has some good beers and a nice tap room; Montana Brewery--this is the place to eat and drink some fine micro brews. They are all located pretty much in the downtown area of the big city and make for an accessible crawl if you are inclined to take that adventure. Bones--well, it is a sports bar--enough said.
Probably the one brewery that we--all the family--hit the most often is the Red Lodge Ales. Whenever we make the trek to Red Lodge we have a beer at the tap room before going home. Whenever we complete a hike in the Beartooths or Absaroka Mountains--we have a beer at the tap room. It is sort of a ritual that we all enjoy--plus they usually have free popcorn! If you are interested in Red Lodge Ale--best India Pale Ale in the state of Montana (Bent Nail)--check it out here:
Montana has quite a few breweries and as the weather slowly drifts from winter into our Spring/Summer season the brew fest season is upon us. Today's festival was the first of several that we hope to hit this season to enjoy great beers, good music, and the fact that everything we are drinking was made right here in Montana. For more information about Montana breweries go to:
I will vouch for the majority of the breweries listed on this site as I have been to every one except Beaver Creek Brewery in Wibaux, Montana (http://www.beavercreekbrewery.com/)--it is a little out of the way from Joliet. But we have gotten the first one under our belts and are raring to check out some of the other festivals as they happen throughout the warm season of Montana. One down . . .