Billings is Montana’s largest city, which means you get cultural attractions as well as strenuous outdoor activities in the stunning mountains Montana is known for.
Billings has all the history about pioneering explorers of what is still the wild west, with the Western Heritage Center and Moss Mansion Museum displaying artifacts and turn of the century architecture to paint an interesting picture.
Of course, the real reason most of us travel to Montana is to experience the incredible natural beauty of Southern Montana. Billings has countless State & National Parks nearby, like Pictograph Cave State Park and the awesome sandstone Rimrocks, where you can hike to your heart’s content.
Whether you spend your days touring museums or embarking on rugged adventures, you’ll want to unwind at the end of the day.
Nothing is heartier in the winter or more refreshing in the summer than a frosty mug of beer, and Billings has plenty of breweries to serve you locally crafted artisanal brews in a festive and comforting atmosphere.
- Thirsty Street at the Garage
- Carter’s Brewing
- Angry Hank’s Microbrewery
- Canyon Creek Brewing
- Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill
- Montana Brewing Company
- By All Means Brewing
- Freefall Brewery
Read on to discover the best breweries in Billings to delight in a delicious beverage after a long day of sightseeing.
2123 1st Ave N C, Billings, MT 59101
Thirsty Street at the Garage is a family-friendly microbrewery and taproom within a giant warehouse that houses the brewery, massive casual seating, a full bar, and a stage for daily events like music, stand-up comedy shows, and trivia night.
Located in the North Park neighborhood, Thirsty Street at the Garage has a wide variety of local, seasonal beers along with imported beers, ciders, and non-alcoholic beverages for the younger crowd.
The bar at Thirsty Street has 14 rotating beers on tap with seasonal specialties. Beers run the flavor and ingredient spectrum with light lagers as well as heavy, creamy stouts. They also have a selection of crafted cocktails.
2526 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101
Located in downtown Billings, Carter’s Brewing is a family-owned and operated microbrewery and tasting room with some of Montana’s best and most diverse selection of brews on tap.
The laid-back interior with a giant flat-screen TV and small front porch patio is a cozy atmosphere to grab a tasty brew and catch your favorite sports game.
Carter’s Brewing offers its own brand of beers that span the gamut of international beers, with everything from IPAs to Belgian Pale Ales. They have weekly specials on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Each day offers a discounted pint of a specific type of beer on tap. They serve snacks like popcorn, and there’s a food truck onsite for a heartier meal to soak up the beer.
20 N 30th St, Billings, MT 59101
Angry Hank’s opened in an old gas station in 2006 as a modest brewery and taproom to enjoy a beer with friends without the distraction of giant TVs and sensory numbing techno music you might find at other bars.
Angry Hanks became so popular that it moved into an old carriage house in downtown Billings to combine their brewing operations and taproom in one big establishment.
They still maintain a simple intention to connect friends over a delicious beer, even if the space is an enormous industrial-chic pub.
They’ve also begun bottling their beers and shipping them across Montana. Still, nothing tastes better than beer fresh out of the tap. My favorite was the light and citrusy Anger Management Belgian Wheat.
3060 Gabel Rd, Billings, MT 59102
Located in Billings’ West End, Canyon Creek Brewing is a labor of love and passion for beer that started in 2000 when master brewer and founder Ron Kalvig began brewing beers in his garage.
What was once a personal project blossomed into a full-fledged business, and Ron soon erected a brick-and-mortar brewery and taproom in 2013.
The giant facility has multiple bars, two great outdoor patios with a massive outdoor fire pit, and over 15 beers on tap. Their beers have great names like “My Schwarz Is Bigger Than Yours” for their perfectly malty Schwarzbier.
2203 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101
Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill is an upscale, modern take on a British gastropub with an onsite cider brewery.
Located in Billings hip Hotel and Depot District in a stunning industrial-chic dining room with a giant German-style wood-burning fireplace, Last Chance Pub offers elevated New American bar food and a wide selection of house-made ciders from Montana, Michigan, and Oregon apples.
They have 16 ciders on tap, along with a selection of cider cocktails and blends. I loved their cherry rum porter blend alongside a delicious Last Chance Cuban sandwich with applewood smoked pork carnitas, cured Canadian Bacon, pickles, Swiss cheese, garlic aioli, and spicy mustard.
113 N Broadway, Billings, MT 59101
Montana Brewing Company is a family-friendly restaurant and pub in downtown Billings, featuring a comprehensive list of locally-sourced craft beers and cocktails using spirits distilled locally.
Their ever-changing seasonal food menu has won the local vote for Best Lunch six years running. Their happy hour on weekday evenings from 4-6 offers 3$ beer, wine, and well drinks.
The massive lunch and dinner menu has every comfort food imaginable, from delicious sandwiches to pizza, tacos, and various mac and cheese.
Whatever you choose for your entrée, I highly recommend trying their Gigantic Pretzel. It’s a pizza-sized soft pretzel served with mustard and beer cheese.
2305 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101
Derived from the Germanic “Uber,” meaning superlative, Uberbrew is a family-friendly pub, brewery, and restaurant that strives to have the best creations of food and beer in a casual yet contemporary atmosphere.
Uberbrew’s onsite brewery produces a small selection of beers that certainly lives up to its German name.
They make six different beers that you can get on tap or to-go in growlers. My favorite is the award-winning Imperial IPA called Humulus Insani. Be careful, though. It has 8.5% alcohol per can and over seven different hops for a strong flavor.
1400 S 24th St W #3, Billings, MT 59102
Located inside a massive and beautifully designed contemporary warehouse space and beer garden in West Central Billings, By All Means Brewing is the most experimental and avant-garde brewery in town.
They use the most cutting-edge technology and techniques to bring a selection of beers like no other. You can tour the massive brew room to learn brewing techniques from the master brewer himself.
The dining space is stunning and offers a high-end Mexican-inspired menu for lunch and dinner. To say they think outside the box with their beer creations is an understatement.
Take, for instance, the Radiant Luxe, a wheat beer aged with peach brandy, orange liqueur, and Cognac barrels with a whopping 11% ABV.
300 S 24th St W, Billings, MT 59102
Teetering between West Central and East Central, Freefall Brewery is a fun, family-friendly brewery, pizzeria, gastropub, and arcade.
The warm, bustling wooden bar and dining room are inviting to enjoy one of their many craft brews with friends while the kids play video games. They also have live music performances and a great “Hoppy Hour” with a two-for-one pint deal from 11- 4 pm.
They brew beers and hard fruit seltzers on-site and offer barley wine on tap. I loved their fruity Outer Banks Apricot Hefe to accompany my thin-crust Woodland Pizza with olive oil, spinach, artichokes, chicken, roasted red peppers, and mozzarella.
While Helena is Montana’s state capital, Billings is Montana’s beer capital with a vast selection of microbreweries, pubs, and beer gardens to explore.
Beer lovers can learn about the brewing process, dine on fantastic bar fare, and drink unique, artisanally crafted beer at any of the excellent breweries in Billings I have listed above.
If you’re looking for an excellent breakfast, lunch, or dinner spot in Billings, check out our list of restaurants in the area.
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