Outside the brewery at KettleHouse Brewing Co. in Bonner, Montana

Outside the brewery at KettleHouse Brewing Co. in Bonner, Montana

KettleHouse Brewing Co.

Makers of Montana’s iconic Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, KettleHouse Brewing Co. has three brewery and taprooms in Missoula, Montana. The newest location in Bonner is nestled on the banks of the Blackfoot River and is home to the KettleHouse Amphitheater, Montana’s premier music venue. KettleHouse is on a mission is to match the quality of their beers to the quality of the Montana outdoor experience. Independently owned and innovating since 1995.

Our mission is to match the quality of our beers to the quality of the Montana outdoor experience. Put in beer geek parlance: We live to pair our world class beers with Montana’s world class outdoors. By handcrafting the highest quality premium beers that convey our passion for an active Montana outdoor lifestyle, and producing and packaging them in environmentally sensitive ways, we expect to grow a community of beer drinkers and thinkers that can help cool our warming world. We are… In Search of Cooler Times.

History

KettleHouse Brewing’s owners, Tim O’Leary and Suzy Rizza, were living in Colorado in the early 90s and caught the buzz for craft beer while frequenting places like Rockies Brewing Company, The Oasis, and Walnut Brewing. Spurred on by some atmospheric chemist friends who knew how to home brew, Tim started brewing in his kitchen in Boulder. Suzy made sure to be out of the house at knockout because one time he forgot to cool the wort before he put it in the glass carboy and it cracked. If you haven’t had sticky wort pour down your kitchen heating vents, you just haven’t lived. When a brew-on-premise opened in Boulder, Tim and Suzy checked it out. One thing led to another and they decided to move back home to Montana to try their hand at building a business with beer and reusable packaging as its founding principles.

So it happened in 1995 that Tim and Suzy opened Missoula’s first BOP. With craft beer pioneers like Wordens spreading the gospel of fine beer to Montana’s largest statewide beer market, Missoula was the obvious place for a weird brewery-like startup. Not knowing how to handle us, the State of Montana decided we could open a “U-Brew” as long as we obtained a brewery permit. So we did. Opening day was insane. Nobody came. We had held a “soft” opening a few days before to let our friends be the first guinea pigs. So our whole pool of customers had already been satisfied. We looked at each other and said “Now what!” since “WTF” hadn’t been invented back then. It was Suzy who probably came up with the logical idea of selling growlers. Suzy worked at the Missoulian by day and joined Tim by night to help staff a floundering neighborhood “U-Brew.” Little by little we hung in there.

The whole point of moving back to Montana was to enjoy our rivers, mountains, and wide open spaces and the “aha” moment that every business owner probably has at some point, spurred us to action.

As we were only allowed to give samples away for free in our taproom, we realized we’d have to help bring Montana’s brewery laws into the 19th century. As it stood, breweries in Montana could give away as much beer as they liked, but could only sell for off premise consumption. We thought we needed to find out a way to sell some beer to the many neighbors who came in and didn’t want to take home a full growler — let alone a keg’s worth of bottles of home brew. They just wanted a place to bike to where they could enjoy a pint or three of fresh beer.

In 1999, KettleHouse along with Himmelberger Brewing and the now defunct Kessler Brewing lobbied the Montana State Legislature to legalize on-premise consumption of beers. Customers could now enjoy 48 oz. per person per day before 8 PM. We soon became the first brewery to charge for a pint of beer in our tasting room. The change in law transitioned us into a small microbrewery and neighborhood taproom. While folks who brewed in the early days sure remember them fondly, it was the “taproom exception” that kept us in business.

Now that we had some time to enjoy Montana’s rivers again, Tim wanted a way to get cans of beer into his raft. Oskar Blues in Lyons, Colorado started canning their beers in 2002 and Tim took note. Four years later KettleHouse became the first modern brewery in Montana to package beer in cans. It soon became apparent that there were a lot of people enjoying KettleHouse beer at home and throughout Montana’s outdoors. With demand rapidly growing, Tim and Suzy started looking for a building to house a new production facility dedicated to canning our award winning beers. In 2008, they eventually settled upon a historic warehouse in Missoula’s Northside railroad district. The Northside Brewery opened in July of 2009 with an expanded taproom to accommodate the ever popular Community UNite program and increased capacity to can beer to quench the thirst of Missoulians and Montanans.

Within about six months of opening the Northside, we realized we still didn’t have the capacity produce enough beer. We made the very tough decision to pull out of some markets in Montana because we just couldn’t keep up with demand. We scrimped and scrimped some more and we like to say that we had the only salesperson whose job it was to say “No, you can’t have what we’re selling.” In 2013, Tim and Suzy stood on the banks of the Blackfoot River in Bonner, Montana, and another vision was born. After a few years of due diligence and working with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, we broke ground in 2015 on 18 acres for a new 25,000 sq. ft. production brewery. We started brewing in January of 2017 and we feel like we can finally take a deep breath, knowing that our beer is now available in the far corners of our home state of Montana!

SouthSide Brewery

602 Myrtle Street was once simply “The KettleHouse” and later dubbed “The K-Hole”. It opened in late summer of 1995 and has evolved into what stands before you today, an iconic Missoula establishment. If you were to slide into the taproom on any given day you might find yourself sitting next to the widest cross section of Montanans as you could possibly imagine. The only thing more diverse than the patrons of the K-Hole is the wide spectrum of beer brewed on premise. From Pilsners to Porters, to Bitters and Bocks, you can find it all at 602 Myrtle Street. We like to look at the Southside as our beer laboratory.

Our loyal patrons have helped steer the ship as it were, deciding what “ports of call” our brewers visit on their excursions in the brewhouse. What started as Tim and Suzy’s little beer stand has become the place to try something new or order a classic growler of Cold Smoke Scotch Ale.

In recent years, our brewhouse has expanded into the newly-leased space next door. This move allows us to make more delicious beer to be sold around Montana. Our taproom capacity has expanded as well. Customers will be able to enjoy a pint while watching the production staff hard at work in the brewery next door. With our extended hours, you can now enjoy the relaxed and fun atmosphere you’ve come to love for longer. Be sure to stop by the Myrtle Street Taproom and check it out our latest brews on tap and see all the friendly familiar faces!

Northside Brewery

In 2006 KettleHouse became the first modern brewery in Montana to package beer in cans. Demand for our canned beers increased rapidly and we quickly grew out of our Myrtle Street location. Owners Tim and Suzy started looking for a building to house a new production facility dedicated to canning our award winning beers and eventually settled upon a historic warehouse in Missoula’s north side railroad district.

313 North 1st St West – the “North side KettleHouse” opened its doors to a thirsty public on July 3, 2009. This location hosts our expanded taproom and brewery and was home to our canning operation from 2009-2016. Constructed in 1909, destined to be the new KettleHouse Brewery, the building originally was a fruit and vegetable storage warehouse for the Lindsay Company. Designed by architect A.J. Gibson the warehouse was state of the art when it was built. The building included a ‘Banana Room’ for ripening bananas, which we use for our North side barrel aging programs.

When you’re at the North side KettleHouse, look around the taproom and you will see many of the old fixtures of the Lindsay warehouse incorporated into the modern taproom. Today when walking through the doors of this historic building you will be consumed by the glorious smell of beer brewing.

Our North side brewhouse is capable of producing 30 barrels (930 gallons) of beer per batch and is currently brewing for the customers of the North side taproom.

In the taproom you will find a variety of patrons enjoying one of our hand crafted beers. On Wednesday nights, folks come and ‘drink for a cause’ at our popular Community UNite program where a portion of pint proceeds go to a local organization of our choice doing good work around the community.

Come check out the North side KettleHouse Taproom and Brewery, have a pint and grab a growler to go — straight from the source.

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Inside the taproom at KettleHouse Brewing Co. in Bonner, Montana

Inside the taproom at KettleHouse Brewing Co. in Bonner, Montana

This brewery has multiple locations.

Southside Brewery

  • 602 Myrtle St
  • Missoula, MT 59801
  • United States
  • (406) 830-3163

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 12 PM - 10 PM
  • Monday: 12 PM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 10 PM
  • Saturday: 12 PM - 10 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Bonner Brewery

  • 605 Coldsmoke Ave
  • Bonner, MT 59823-8504
  • United States
  • (406) 728-1660

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 12 PM - 9 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Northside Brewery

  • 313 N 1st St W
  • Missoula, MT 59802
  • United States
  • (406) 215-1979

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Monday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 12 PM - 9 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

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News

KettleHouse Brewing Co. in the News

KettleHouse Brewing Closes its Northside Taproom

Due to COVID-19, KettleHouse Brewing Co. announced that the brewery would permanently close its taproom at its Northside location in Missoula, Montana. Read More

KettleHouse Brewing to Release “Fish On!” Juicy Montana Pale Ale

KettleHouse Brewing Co. is reeling in the Spring season with the release of Fish On!, a Juicy Montana Pale Ale, bursting with grape, pineapple, and tangelo. Read More