Havre’s Old Station Brewing Sparks Memories

The historic building housing Havre’s Old Station Brewing Company used to be Heltne’s Gas & Service Station. Located on the edge of Havre’s downtown area, the building sat empty for years. As a youngster growing up in Chinook I remember seeing Heltne’s, a quirky angled building which seemed retro way back then. As the years passed I decided it was rather iconic looking but it still remained vacant. Steve Neifer had a dream though, and now that building … Read more

Historic Building Houses Brewery in Harlowton

It’s almost been a year since Gally’s Brewing in Harlowton, Montana opened their doors to seekers of craft beer. Their first anniversary is December 15, 2018 and plans for a celebration are underway. Gally’s history – over three years ago Drew Galahan got the idea of opening a brewery in his hometown. A vacant building, most recently occupied by a dentist, was calling his name. I hesitate to call the location just a vacant building. … Read more

Sippin’ At Triple Dog Brewery in Havre

It was a beautiful fall day when I stopped at Triple Dog Brewing in Havre. I had been traveling along US Hwy 2 (Montana’s HiLine) taking photos, and sunshine and bluebird skies followed me the entire way. As I approached Havre my timing was good to stop by the town’s oldest brewery. Established in 2014, Triple Dog Brewing has seen two expansions since opening their original brewery. They are in the same location in Havre, 675 1st … Read more

Historic Belt Theater Reopens

A work in progress is what folks called it for many years. Prior to that the “old Belt theater” was just referred to as a mess. Today you would hope to take your best friends and family to see the beautifully restored theater and meeting space. The Historic Belt Theater held a grand opening last week and received rave reviews. As you walk down Castner Street in Belt, Montana, the storefront looks nice but you have no idea what … Read more

Small Towns, Big Flavors: Exploring Central Montana’s Best Craft Breweries

Dotted throughout the small communities in Central Montana, a handful of quality breweries are making their mark, one pint at a time. A relaxing evening in the brewery can be an excellent opportunity to talk with locals, gain ideas for your next day’s adventures and make a few new friends along the way. Oh, and you’ll also get to taste the impressive offerings from some of the best beer makers in the country. Start your … Read more

Enbar Serves Up Craft Cocktails

It was a cold and snowy day, probably best for staying inside by a warm cozy fire. Whoa, change of plan! I was off to a new craft cocktail lounge in downtown Great Falls! Enbar opened December 1st in a beautifully renovated historic building and has seen a steady crowd of folks stopping by to sample their craft cocktails. So, what separates Enbar from your typical lounge? They use Montana liquors in their cocktails and … Read more

A Connection Between Dogs and Beer

I’m beginning to wonder, just what is the connection between dogs and brews? Two fairly new breweries in Central Montana, Triple Dog Brewing in Havre and 2 Basset Brewery in White Sulphur Springs obviously felt compelled to honor the pups. Triple Dog‘s logo proudly shows a dog balancing a pint of beer on it’s nose. The brewery is located on US Hwy 2 on the west edge of Havre. Each time I am driving by I hope … Read more

2 Basset Brewery Plans January 2016 Opening

If you are strolling Main Street in White Sulphur Springs you’ll walk right past the future home of 2 Basset Brewery. And, if you are lucky you’ll see Leroy and Stanley, also known as the 2 Bassets, monitoring construction progress on the building. An auto parts store and also a Gambles Hardware store have occupied this same location but the property has been vacant for awhile. Cue Barry and Chris Hedrich – they’ll soon be … Read more

Tall Boys Tavern – fancy BUT NOT FANCY

I stopped at Tall Boys Tavern in Hobson last week to check out this new business. It is more than a tavern, much more, because they are also serving lunches and dinners daily. The name is unique and it comes from the owners’ sons being, well, tall boys! The next thing I found that was unique was their slogan – fancy BUT NOT FANCY. I wasn’t quite sure what that meant but I figured it … Read more

More Brews in Central Montana

The other day I had an interesting tour of The Front Brewing Company. They are located in what is called The Front Public House, adjacent to Faster Basset (great coffee, crepes and more). It was chilly outside – about 15 degrees above zero. As I walked in to The Front I felt the warmth and saw the glow of a huge double-sided fireplace. Ooh la la, that’s where I’d like to be sitting right now! I … Read more