Iron Horse Brew Pub

Not Rated.
Iron Horse Brew PubIron Horse Brew Pub
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

501 N Higgins Ave
Missoula, Montana, 59802-4534
United States
phone: (406) 728-8866

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Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

No longer a brewpub and no longer affiliated with Bayern.
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 13
Photo of AylwinForbes
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dulcie and Aylwin's big beer adventure day 3 finds us in Missoula, MT. Neither of us had spent any time in Montana previously and we were pleased to find that Missoula is a nice college town (very pleasant compared with the ghastliness that is Billings or Dickinson on that long desolate 90 - 94) that sports no less than three breweries.

As a previous reviewer noted, the Iron Horse is not a brewpub and has not been connected with the Bavarian brewery for years (probably for the better) and is in a completely different location. We were unfortunately misled by the out-of-date directions on BA and made a lap of Missoula before finding the Horse about 3 blocks from our hotel.

Outdoor rooftop patio is a delight and removes one from the youth and noise of the main room (might be appealing to the young but less to an aging pair).

Beer selection decent and featured all the Missoula brews, inlcuding the excellent Blue Sky (outstanding IPA). Standard price of $3 a pint unbelievable! Service a little slow to get going but thereafter okay.

Food was quite decent and probably above average for this sort of place - quite fine to go with our beer. Four pints and a hamburger for about $20 represents outstanding value to us.

Photo of Knuckles
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

So when my youngest sister told me that she wanted to move to Boston from Seattle, and decided that she did, in fact, want my help doing so, one of the first stops I planned out was Missoula to hit the Iron Horse. Back in the day, the Iron Horse used to be the brewpub for Bayern Brewing, but apparently that relationship has been severed. I know that the company had originally started as a brewpub, but then their capacity outgrew the facility, so they opened a production brewery elsewhere in Missoula and then "sold" their beer to their brewpub (Montana can be really freaking whack sometimes). Apparently at somepoint between then and now, they've split off from each other completely.

Anyway, so we left Seattle far too late, had to make a few stops here and there for bathroom breaks (Ellensburg), bordello museums (Wallace, ID) and to watch the firefighting helicopters work their magic on the wildfires along the I-90 corridor in Montana. All this lead to us not pulling into Missoula until 7:00 PM MDT or so. We park the car, get out, and this biker walks over to us as he pulls out a pack of cigarettes and shakes one out as best he can, being that he's irretrievably fucked up, "Minnesota, huh?"

I look at Kerri and shrug my shoulders. "Sorry, man, we're from Seattle. This is a rental."

He mulls that over for a minute, shrugs his shoulders and says, "Good. I fucking HATE Minnesotans." He jams the still unlit cigarette in his mouth, and sticks out his hand. "I'm Shorty Smith, Hells Angel."

This was my reintroduction to the Iron Horse. The motto on their website reads, "Where you'll always find someone you know." Cool, now I know Shorty Smith.

Atmosphere: Inside it's changed a LOT since I left Montana. Originally this brewpub was in the old train depot, then they built a new location a little bit closer to the retail core of downtown. What used to be a very good brewpub inside has become more of a TGIFridays kind of atmosphere. However, they have patio seating outside that is just fantastic. It was about 90 the evening we were there, and just perfect for a couple of pints of hefeweizen and a burger.

Service: We were there during Bike Week at Sturgis, which if you've ever been in Montana before, during or after Bike Week, it gets really goddam busy pretty much everywhere. The Iron Horse was no exception, this place was packed. Yet we were able to choose our own table (which I always prefer), and had a server with us just moments after we sat. She was very attentive, and always prompt with food and/or drink.

Selection: Well, I was disappointed, simply because I'd hoped they'd have a wider range of Montana beer (particularly from Bayern). They have 18 taps, with three devoted to macros. The rest are either local craft brews, or college craft brews like Widmer and Fat Tire.

Food: Standard brewpub fare: burgers, pizzas, salads, etc. I had the organic beef burger and it kicked ass. The patty looked like I had made it (meaning it bore zero resemblance to a disc), and the beef was spectacular.

Value: This place is one of the most reasonably priced pubs I've ever been to. I think the burger and fries ran $6, and the beers were $3.00 apiece. My sister got some fish and chips, and those were cheap as hell as well.

Please note: This place is not affiliated with Bayern at all any longer, so Beer Fly is incorrect. You can visit their website at: www.ironhorsebrewpub.com. And hey, if you need any other suggestions about where to drink in Montana, give me a call.

Photo of ElGordo
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Really large, family-friendly brewpub. On a Saturday evening, the place was split between college kids out enjoying beer on the patio and parents with little leaguers. Nice woodwork and valuted ceilings, but too many neon signs to make the place remarkable. Since I showed up with a party of almost 20, we got a banquet space in a loft above the main floor. Great food - the salads are amazing, and the half-order was more than enough to feed my sizeable appetite. Excellent service for our huge party, too, especially considering the servers had to climb a flight of stairs to get to us. Beer selection was pretty good - over 25 taps with brews from all over the northwest, and a couple of macro swill taps to keep the unadventurous locals happy. Overall, a great experience.

Iron Horse Brew Pub in Missoula, MT
90 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.