A Guide to the Best Missoula Breweries so you know where to drink (and what to drink) while you’re in town.
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I had no idea about the craft beer scene that would welcome me when I arrived in Missoula, Montana.
I had heard from a friend living there that craft beer was getting bigger around town, with quite a few recent Missoula breweries opening up, but every person and their mom says their city has the best craft beer scene in America these days.
On a stunning property next to the Gallatin River and just west of Bozeman, you’ll find the tucked away gem, Gallatin River Lodge. After Kendall and I spent our quick day around downtown Bozeman, we drove the short distance in the late afternoon to the winter hideaway and discovered one of the most beautiful spots of Southwest Montana in the process.
I was only able to spend a short amount of time in Bozeman compared to Missoula, but I still enjoyed my day in the city, exploring the small downtown area, fitting in a craft brewery, and taking in another side of Montana.
Think back to the late 19th Century, a time when the West was for the brave and wild-hearted, a place for adventurers. Sam Wilson was one of these classic westerners. He laid the foundation for what is now the 320 Guest Ranch in southern Montana in 1898 with his 160 acre homestead along the Gallatin River.
The Holiday Inn gets a bad rap for being a generic hotel chain, and before I actually stayed at a nice one, I would’ve completely agreed with the naysayers. However, after staying at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, I can safely say that I was more than a little impressed with what I found at this particular location.
I knew when I first heard Nomadic Matt talking about Missoula, Montana during his book tour a year ago, it was a place I wanted to visit. I did a little research, started following the Visit Montana Instagram (warning: they post photos that will make you move to Montana), and was soon inspired for my own trip to Big Sky Country.