I hadn’t been to Vizsla Brewing since last November when I met several friends at Havre‘s newest brewery. Vizsla is located in Holiday Village Mall on the west end of Havre in a large open space. And yes, Vizsla was inspired by a dog breed.
It was a bit after 4pm, their opening time, and there were already several tables filled. Maria, who owns Vizsla with her husband, was at the taps along with two others. Coming from southern California, the move to Havre must have been a huge change but I think the northern location definitely agrees with them.
My favorite beer request is a brew that is fairly pale and not too hoppy. The recommendation was a Bichon Seison. Although it didn’t have the words “pale ale” in the name, I ordered it and was very pleased with the taste. Sometimes I just have to get out of my rut! And, this brew recently won a gold award at the Montana Brewfest.
Vizsla attended the Montana Brewfest in Great Falls the first weekend in June along with a LOT of other Montana breweries. Being one of the new kids on the block I think they were pleased just to be involved. And, Maria was more than pleased, beaming with pride, as the awards were announced.
The brew I tasted last fall, Bichon Seison, was one of three gold winners from Vizsla. The technical scoop on this farmhouse ale reads like this: it is a 4.2% ABV with low bitterness and low hop taste. It is a Belgian ale with a fruity after taste which is from the yeast.
Another gold medal winner for Vizsla was their Winter Red Ale. This one is described as sweet and malty with a malt aroma and no hop bitterness. This isn’t my kind of beer but I know several brew critics who just love it. No wonder it came out wearing a gold medal!
The third gold medal went to Vizsla’s Brown Lab brew. At a 5.3% ABV it is billed as having low bitterness and a chocolate flavor with a slightly nutty taste at the finish. This is one I’d like to try, maybe because of the chocolate.
Another beer on the menu that sounds great for summer, besides the Summer Shandy, is a Grapefruit Bellini. It’s listed as a beer cocktail from Vizsla’s grapefruit wheat beer.
Overall, Vizsla has a dozen varieties of brews and several appetizers including a charcuterie board, bruschetta platter and a caprese salad with toasted French bread. I haven’t sampled any appetizers yet but that’s a good reason to head back to Havre and stop in at Vizsla.
Follow Vizsla on Facebook to keep up on brew releases, special events and entertainment at the brewery. And give this new kid on the block a hearty congrats for being named Montana Brewery of the Year.