Montana has a long history of illicit moonshine and outlaw rum runners. Today, we’re fortunate that we don’t have to worry about drinking responsibly being illegal. And we also get to take advantage of the long tradition of spirits in the Treasure State. When you’re camped out under the stars, it only makes sense to take a sip or two of a locally crafted beverage. So mix up a sundowner and kick back under the Big Sky while you enjoy some of these local favorite distilleries.
Glacier Distilling has been fueling tall tales and conversations around the campfire since 2010. There’s no better way to end the day than sipping one of their whiskeys neat or in a craft cocktail. Grab a bottle on the way to Glacier, or enjoy a sip or two with friends in their tasting room when your day of adventuring is done.
With a cozy tasting room right in downtown Whitefish, plus locally sourced ingredients and a flavor made for adventure, Spotted Bear Spirits offers up a relaxed atmosphere and tasty drinks. If you have a taste for giving back, take a sip of their Midnight Forest Bourbon Whiskey, crafted in partnership with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers ($2 from every bottle helps support conservation).
Alchemy meets art at Whitefish Handcrafted Spirits, where each bottle is the product of incessant refining, reimagining and revitalizing until they reach near perfection. Form those sense memories that will transport you back in time whenever you sip.
When your path takes you to Flathead Lake, it’s best to make a stop in Bigfork at Whistling Andy Distillery. As Montana’s oldest operating distillery, open since the start of 2010, Whistling Andy focuses on the local, from grains to botanicals and cherries, that come from the region whenever possible. Taste what makes these spirits award winners across the board.
From their tasting room with cocktail service, to the impressive range of offerings bottled here, Wildrye Distilling brings the flavor of Montana botanicals to the forefront. They even grow and pick their own sweet corn from the family farm in Corvallis, Montana. Sip the flavor grown in the mountains, and take home a bottle to savor.
This small-batch distillery in Ennis, Montana, brings world-class spirits to this corner of Southwest Montana. It’s easy for your path to take you to Ennis as you venture to West Yellowstone. Take a little time to sip from their selection of whiskeys, vodkas, and moonshine, and see how the clock slows down for small-town living.
At Bozeman Spirits, find whiskey, rum, vodka and gin distilled and bottled onsite. And if you thought the huckleberry hype couldn’t get any bigger, you need to try their famous Cold Spring huckleberry vodka. With local grains fueling their community spirit, you’ll love to settle into historic downtown Bozeman with a glass or two at Bozeman Spirits.
As a certified B Corporation, Headframe Spirits takes social and environmental performance seriously. From refining and then manufacturing distilling systems to serving up inventive craft cocktails in their tasting room, Headframe brings the history of Butte—including its entrepreneurial spirit—to the forefront.
When you’re ready to sip your way (safely, and drinking responsibly, of course!) across Montana, Highline Adventures has a spot for you to set up basecamp. From sustainable hotel stays to green-conscious camping, book your stay for your Montana adventure.