With two taprooms in Missoula, each with different atmospheres, there's a KettleHouse for everyone.
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Missoula is home to some of the biggest producing breweries in the state. KettleHouse isn’t as big as Big Sky or Bayern, but they’re growing.
KettleHouse has two taprooms in Missoula. There’s the original brewery on the Southside, and their new one on the Northside. Let’s talk about the Southside location first, since it was first to exist.
It’s a small little place, and dimly lit inside. It has a completely different vibe to it than the Northside taproom. I liked it, I just also felt a tad bit out of place being there. Like I didn’t belong. Like everyone knew I wasn’t from there. Which I mean, maybe they did.
But still, it seemed like a cool place. The growlers hanging from the ceiling, the eclectic blend of couches for seating, and the stickers covering the walls.
Sakura Cherry Green Tea Eddy Out ()
You can get all the staple beers at either location. However, if I remember correctly, there were a couple at the Southside I couldn’t get at the Northside. I could be wrong about that though, it’s been almost a year now since I was there.
Okay, now about the Northside taproom. For one thing, it’s huge. Also when you drive into Missoula, you drive right under it. I thought that was the coolest shit ever. There’s a patio out back that sits along the railroad tracks, with a pretty mountain view. It wasn’t busy when I was there, but I imagine it has the potential to be. It strikes me as being a much more lively and loud atmosphere than the Southside will be.
Peach Raspberry Fresh Bongwater (), Haulapena ()
KettleHouse beer is well loved throughout Montana. I feel like Cold Smoke Scotch Ale is the state’s favorite beer. Personally though, I can’t drink Cold Smoke. It’s delicious, very much so, but it gives me a horrible hangover. Even if I just have two, my head is killing me like mad the whole next day. They also have a hemp ale, called Fresh Bongwater, which has a fun bong-shaped taphandle. They sell cans of both of those, which just recently started being distributed in the Billings area. Exciting stuff. Going to the taprooms themselves though is definitely a treat. You can get special seasonal flavors of their main stays.
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