Montana Brewing Company

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Montana Brewing CompanyMontana Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

113 N Broadway
Billings, Montana, 59101-2043
United States

(406) 252-9200 | map

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Passing through Montana, I stopped at this really nice and clean brewpub. Thought it was fairly loud for a Tuesday night that night, but I figured those Montanan cowboys are probably just a rowdy type that drink every day of the week, no worries, I dig that.
Service was very nice - management seemed to understand the importance of keeping up with the peak crowd. Selection is their beers. Food was quite good.
Only gripe was Wi-Fi was pretty crappy, other than that, I'd go back there if I lived closer.

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Photo of Shy_Traveler45
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Photo of BlueSpader
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Ironnomad
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of B_B
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of tbone1384
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Taproom in dinner club setting. Did a flight of beers that were good but also safe in choice. Service was good, didn't try any food although it looked good. Prices reasonable. Will go back when craft beer is more established in Billings as the brewer does know what he is doing.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Scottie_A25
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Stopped by here right at opening. There aren't many Brewpubs around Billings open for normal hours so we ended up at MBC. Was not disappointed. Our server, Edgar, was very helpful and gave us a flight plus tasters of the other 3 beers on tap. All 11 beers were very good, with the Porter, Huckleberry Wheat, Young Dunkel, and Indian Cliff IPA being the favorites. All great, quality beers. I would come back here in a heartbeat.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Came here for supper on a roadtrip to Yellowstone. Stopped at three or four different brewpubs along the way, but this was by far the best. The food was excellent, especially the enchilada bites, and the beer was even better. This was the only place I've ever been able to find a pomegranate beer (and it was good, though I assume seasonal). Custer's Last Stout and their Pale ale were both phenomenal, great examples of their respective styles. I made a three hour detour just to check out the city of Billings and it this was probably the highlight.

The only negative comment I'll make is that the server, although helpful regarding the food menu, was unable to make any recommendations regarding beer as he was only 18. In fact he said he didn't even believe in the idea of drinking beer, or that it was a good idea - something to that effect. It was a little confusing. Safe to say he probably should not have either applied to or been hired by the Montana Brewing Company, which I assume has its beer firstly in mind.

Anyway, it was an overall great experience and I'd return again with the hopes that my server is a little more beer-savvy - at least with the beers he's serving.

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Photo of John_M
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Was driving through Montana, on my way to Oregon, and this seemed like a good lunch spot.

Located in downtown Billings, MBC is fairly sizeable brewpub restaurant, that put me in find of a Chili's or Applebee's when I came in off the street. As you walk-in from the side, you seen a fair size wrap around bar, with a good size dining area to the left. There's a few "custer's last stand" decorations around, and the red painted walls give the place a warm vibe. There were also several TV's over the bar area, this day turns to opening day baseball. There were roughly 12 tap handles this day, which I thought bode well for the selection at MBC. However, it turned out that they had just 6 or 7 beers on tap this day, along with one cider. I tried the espresso porter, custer's last stout, an IPA and the smoked rye. All were fairly decent, with the porter and smoked rye the more interesting of the options available. I'm not sure if it's the result of some ordinance or if this was intentional by MBC, but all of the beers were in the 5% range. I don't believe there was anything over 6% abv. In any event, while the beers here weren't bad, nothing I tried was so good that I felt the need for a full glass (I stayed with the sampler glasses). Service was OK. My bartender was pleasant enough, in a TGIF kind of way. This isn't the sort of place where I think you can expect a whole lot of information from the staff. As for food, I went with the Ceaser salad. It was pretty much your typical lackluster salad that you would expect to get at any large chain restaurant. It didn't help that a fair number of the romain lettuces leaves were wilted or soiled looking.

Shrug. An OK stop with OK beer, but if I'm back in Billings again, I think I'll try someplace else.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

big establishment right in the middle of old downtown. it has a nice outside area, and really fills up at night. theve got about nine beers on, all of which are decent, a few of which are wonderful. the swan son ipa was a winner, as was the stillwater rye. the food was alright, good wings and sandwiches, but nothing too out there. our waitress was brutally bad, and id give service a rotten score, but the bartender inside was great, lots of free samples, good knowledge, and conversation, so ill keep it at a 3. girls were dressed to the nines, but not attentive. no waters, small plates for apps, nothing. seemed odd. prices were fair enough though, and the beer was good, and thats all that matters. ill probably be back here in my lifetime, but i dont think this is the best brewery in billings.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

had dinner here during a recent business trip to Billings.

the atomosphere was about average, there was a bar and some high-top tables around the bar, and then a regular dining area in the back half. brew tanks were visible through some windows.

I had the Fat Belly Amber with my food, but unfortunately I had to be up early so couldn't stay later to sample more of their beers. but they had a decent selection, I guess their 4 regulars and then I think 3 or 4 other seasonals/ special selections.

food was great, my burger was nice and juicy, and the fries were good too.

pretty good value, as my beer and burger came to a little more than ten bucks. which is probably average for Montana, but would be a deal back home in the Philly suburbs.

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Photo of ericj551
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

My girlfriend and I stopped in at Montana Brewing Company while driving cross country. We were a little early for dinner, and we were seated fairly quickly. We had out of state ID's, and were a bit frustrated to have to get our passports out of the car.

The beer was pretty good, although they were out of a couple things. We milked our pints, as we had a long drive ahead of us. The food was alright, but not as good as our previous stop the night before at Fitgers in Duluth. One of my last french fries tasted moldy, everything was good up until it, but it left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I stopped in here for lunch while I was on vacation in Montana. This is a very nice place for a beer and a meal. There is a rectangle shaped bar with some tables around it, a large dinning area in the back, and a nice patio outside. Very chill and relaxed. The service was really good. The bartenders might not have known as much about the beer as I would like, but they were very prompt and enthusiastic. The food was OK. I had a pastrami sandwich that was decent. The sweet potato chips were awesome though. I came back latter (see below) and had a pizza. That was not all that great. Nothing bad, just average.

The beer was really good. I had several beers over the course of my vacation. A great rye and stout with an above average Scottish/Amber Ale. A pretty good APA and Hefe as well (even if it was not to my tastes exactly). It was all fresh, and very high quality. Overall, a great place to have for a local brewpub. I wish I had a place like this in Houston. Highly recommended.

EDIT: I came back for lunch before my flight left from Billings. I ordered a pizza, and the cook burned it. The manager came out and told me before I even knew what happened. I did not have time to eat it there because of my flight. So they remade the pizza, put it in a to go box free of charge. No service is ever going to be perfect anywhere. All anyone can ask for is they do the best they can. The situation could not have been handled any better. This place is great.

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Photo of bigkingken
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was a little worried coming in because Billings stinks, the hotels are lousy, and the downtown area was dead. Except, that is, for the patio of the Montana Brewing Company, and with good reason.

Although there is certainly nothing special about the building or the place itself, it gives off a very "at home" feeling. The service is good, the beer is very good, and the food is excellent.

The Golden and Berry Golden are both very good, the latter manages to be extremely palatable to non-beer drinkers while still tasting like a beer to me, which is hard to do. The darks are outstanding, but my favorite was a seasonal rye that was so different and complex, my dining partner had to drive us home.

The plate of asiago pasta across the table from me was simply outstanding, and the peppered elk burger I put down was well above average. But what made the meal was the sweet potato fries. I absolutely love good sweet potato fries, and these were probably the 2nd best I've ever had. They're circular and cut thin like a chip, yet retains the texture and thickness of a fry. Maybe because of this it retains all of its sweet potato goodness, and comes with a great dipping sauce that I ended up not even using.

Dinner was topped off with dessert that, while decent, was probably not worth the indulgence. We shared the cherry tart pizza that was unique, but uninspiring.

Overall, well worth the trip, and I'd recommend it to anyone trying to decide which city stop in on a pub tour.

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Montana Brewing Company in Billings, MT
Brewery rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 125 ratings