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Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

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Place Score: 88
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.84
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2 Central Ave
Whitefish, Montana, 59937-2547
United States
phone: (406) 863-1000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @grtnorthernbrew

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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 6
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I'm glad I did some reconnaissance before visiting this brewery. If you were to walk in off the street, you might believe this is a tiny tasting room. The street level of the operation is a small bar, a couple of tables, a fireplace and a couch. It's cozy, but it gets better when you head upstairs. The upstairs bar is larger, with a few more tables and a TV or two. There is also a food counter - more on that later. I knew from my research there was another room on the second level, so we headed there because the rest of the place was pretty busy. We settled in the games room, a cool space that overlooks the working part of the brewery. My boys enjoyed the darts and shuffleboard while we ordered our food and drinks from the bar. The sandwiches were delicious, the service was super friendly, and we got to watch a Canada - USA hockey game on New Year's Eve. The beer was very good - the only disappointment was the lack of GNB Root Beer on tap.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Murrhey
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I wasn't here for long, but I didn't really enjoy it. The atmosphere was not very inviting (although going at 4 p.m. might have played a factor). The service was irritable and tough to deal with. Maybe it was a bad day, who knows?

Quality and selection were great. Very big plus here. There were many different brews on tap and I had several of them. Seasonals (like the Marzen I got) were rocking too.

A couple bottles were behind the counter as well. Pretty good selection.

Didn't try any food.

Nine dollars for a growler fill is good enough for me.

Would like to check it out at night sometime.

Photo of Florida9
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Happened across this place while taking a detour from a 10-day trip to Glacier National. Always great to find a local brewpub.
Black Star (as the brewpub operation is known - apparently because there is an unaffiliated bar across the street rather confusingly called Great Northern Bar) is located at the North end of the main drag in the resort town of Whitefish. The brewpub itself is rather small, but is very well kept, and obviously caters to the area's heavy tourist trade. There is a small bar downstairs and another upstairs. Light colored wood, dark metal, and glass dominate the architecture of the place.
The beer selection is fairly weak, with only one beer of each style on tap and even then there are only 6-8 taps. On my visit there was only one IPA, an American lager (their namesake beer), a strong Ale, a Scottish ale, a porter, and something else unremarkable. Not even a stout or a Pale Ale on tap and nothing even suggestive of a sour, a double anything, or anything that has seen anytime in a barrel.
That said, while the beers and selection weren't of the quality I'm used to, the place did have a certain charm to it. A friendly staff along with an open, festive atmosphere made this pub feel particularly welcoming.
There is some light food available. Basically a half dozen different sandwiches, a cheese and sausage plate, and some chips. Very limited, but prices were fair, especially considering how expensive the area can be.

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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome joint. Stayed on Big Mountain for a week during the summer and during my week in Montana I hit this place up 5 times.

Atmosphere is great. There is now a bar downstairs and upstairs with different beers on tap at each bar (obviously some repeats). The brew house is 100% visible from all sides. I agree with one commenter that it is a little industrial but I think they've updated the decor and it is not off putting in the least. Having a bar when you walk in the door I'm sure helps a lot too.

There's lots of great seating and an awesome game room with corn hole, darts, and shuffle board. The bartenders are great and seemed to know there stuff. All the locals (there were lots) were friendly.

I got to try a lot of their beers and several were very good with some being great and some being mediocre at best. They had a stout on tap that had a different name every day ("Sobriety?"; "Pizza"; etc.) but was always the same beer and was always delicious. Drinkable, slight smoked malt characteristics, thick and chewy. Awesome.

Overall, in Whitefish there is a lot of stuff to check out and more coffee shops than you can shake a stick at- but this brewery stands above it all (literally- it's the tallest building in the city). A great hang out spot with lots of good beer. Check it out for sure if you're remotely close. A drive from Kalispell is definitely in order.

Photo of youbrewidrink
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice brewery in a modern industrial structure in the middle of the downtown are of Whitefish.

Merchandise on the first floor, bar up the stairs on the second floor.

Everything is very modern, steel, glass & concrete. Unless you are a local it's a little off putting, you are not sure if you are in the right place.

Once you are there the bartender was very pleasant, the draft selection was pretty good and an ok atmosphere.

No food, that's across the street. If in Whitefish, stop by, but don't go out of your way.

Photo of Torontoblue
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great looking place! 2 flights of stairs lead you to a large bar area with a games room further back. All glass construction with a nice view of the mountains. Beer selection was decent enough; all house brews as you’d expect. Had the Black Lager and Stout. Good, decent, balanced, middle of the road beers. The place was very quiet the night we visited; just me & the wife, 3 people at the bar and the server. There were a few more in the games room, but that is away from the bar area. It felt very dour in there, hence I only had 2 pints and then departed. Didn’t get back there as I spent more time across the road at the Great Northern Bar & Grill. Will come back here during the Summer and see how it is when it’s busy.

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Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House in Whitefish, MT
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