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Montana Ale Works

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

601 E Main St
Bozeman, Montana, 59715-3468
United States
phone: (406) 587-7700

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Photo of thesquire
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%

thesquire, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Jack_Mattson87
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Jack_Mattson87, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

elkinbrown, May 22, 2014
Photo of MTfish
3/5  rDev -26.3%

MTfish, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of loren01
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

I've been here a bunch of times, its a must that you visit Ale works if you are anywhere around Bozeman. Its probably one of the better beer places in the state of MT. Tap selection is very good, mostly MT beers...hard to find stuff outside the state of MT. There are a few beers from OR and WA as well. Food is exceptional, have never had anything that was less than that here. Service has always been great as well. I highly recommend checking this place out if you are a beer and food nerd like I am.

loren01, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of websherpa
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

The ale works is the go to beer bar in town. They don't quite have the number of beers that Old Chicago has, but they way out class it. The building is an old rail building, with a car as add on wing dining room. They have a 360 wrap around bar with screens inside and a variety of seating options from booths to bar tables. The selection is good, with a nice menu and quality beers all around. I'm cheap, so the beers are a little pricey, and I can't get there as much as I would like. The food looks like a classy version of the typical bar servings.

If you are in bozeman, it should be on the hit list.

Edit: They serve fantastic burgers and fries. Bar food yes, but with way more class than you will get elsewhere.

websherpa, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Atmosphere: I went here for the first time a couple weeks ago. It's in a tastefully redone train depot, and it's huge when you go inside. Very open. They have several pool tables on one end, a bar in the middle, and the rest is booths and tables for seating. They even have tables set up inside an old rail car that is connected to the building. Pretty cool.

Quality: Both the food and the beer we had was excellent.

Service: Our waitress was awesome. Very friendly and gave good suggestions when asked.

Selection: I didn't see anything too outlandish as far as food, but there was a wide selection and I'm guessing it's all very good. As far as beer, I think they must have had at least 2 or 3 beers from every microbrewery in Montana as well as some other well-known beers from the Pacific NW. Very nice selection.

Food: I had Mahi Fish Tacos and my girlfriend had the Bison Patty Melt. Both were awesome. The food wasn't super flashy, but it was solid and I'll bet anything on the menu is good.

zhanson88, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of lehows
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Located in a huge building on the eastern end of Main St. There is an old railroad car attached to the front of the building and the entire site used to be part of the railway system. Very big space inside with high ceilings. The rectangular bar is to your left when you enter. There is a dining area to the right along with several pool tables. They also have live music here on certain nights. The tap list was the largest I have seen in Montana and consisted of mostly local Montana beers and some regional northwestern brews. Montana beers are marked on the menu with the Northern Pacific logo, which is also used in part of the logo for Montana Ale Works. They have their own house beers, brewed for them by Blackfoot River Brewing in Helena. All of the beers I had were very good. The food was pretty good too and the service was excellent. Everyone working there was super friendly and very knowledgeable about the beers. This place is a must-stop if you are near Bozeman.

lehows, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Cool atmosphere, unique in that it is a converted train station or some such. Large and open. Big bar, plenty of tables and pool tables as well. There is a good selection of beers on tap, their own brewed there as well as a broader selection. Beer was excellent and the wait staff was very knowledgable. The food was decent and fairly priced although not a huge variety on the menu. Overall this place is a must stop at if you are in Bozeman. Not a whole lot of other places to get a good pint in that town.

BeerisfoodLLC, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Went here with my brother and a bunch of his friends from MSU. The atmosphere is pretty cool, the building is a repurposed train station with lots of pool tables and seating, and an open feel from the relatively high ceilings.

Service is friendly and knowledgeable, with a firm grasp of beer styles and breweries.

The selection is chock full of western/northwestern microbrews and heavy on Montana beers, much to everyone's delight. There is a decent selection of imports and macros as well.

Food was solid. Meat is good. Bacon is like fairy dust to bar food, just sprinkle it on everything and its fantastic.

HeyItsChili, Jan 06, 2009
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Montana Ale Works in Bozeman, MT
91 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.