Our opening night cocktail party is not to be missed. The 4th Annual Distiller's Fest features “signature” cocktails and spirits from 10 amazing Montana micro-distilleries, and outstanding appetizers from eight of Whitefish's top restaurants and caterers.
The lineup for this year's Distiller's Fest will be a "Who's Who" of the finest distillers in the Big Sky State, and the top chefs in Northwest Montana. Our lineup of distilleries for 2019 will be announced in April but, you can check out last year’s line up below.
The event runs from 4:30-7 p.m., and tickets are limited! Don't be left out ... Be sure and check back in April to buy tickets before they sell out. Then, add to your calendar, showing up early to help determine the winners of 2019’s "People's Choice Award" for the top Specialty Cocktail, and the "Best Taste of the Feast Award" for the event's finest appetizer!
Ticket can ONLY be purchased online thru the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar.
2019's Participating Distilleries
Spotted Bear Spirits is a community-minded craft distillery planting roots in the vibrant mountain town of Whitefish, Montana. We source the raw materials for our spirits and cocktails from local farms and use organic ingredients whenever possible. Our lineup of spirits includes vodka, gin, coffee liqueur, and an assortment of old world liquors (limoncello, limecello, mandarincello). Take us with you on your travels—to the adventure!
Montgomery Distillery is a family-owned business with roots five generations deep in Montana agriculture. We strive to achieve a seamless blend of tradition and innovation, meshing Old World style spirits with ingredients grown and foraged in Montana. We are a farm-to-bottle operation, foregoing nationally-sourced product for local, house made spirits. The Montgomery Distillery farm rests on 140 acres in Central Montana, providing us with the wheat and rye that are the heart of our spirits, thus allowing us to experiment with grain varietals and farming techniques not available to most distilleries.
Helena’s only micro-distillery, proudly located in the former Montana Distillery and Bottling Warehouse at the north end of Helena’s main, historic gulch. We are just downstream from the strike that turned a gulch into the mining camp that became a state capital. We ferment, distill, and bottle on site, and use only Montana grown grains in our grain-based spirits.
Inspired by a great person and the perfect location, Whistling Andy meticulously handcrafts the finest in innovative and classic spirits using select local grains, local cherries, true first cut cane sugar and locally sourced botanicals whenever possible. Unlike many grain to glass initiatives and high-class liquors, Whistling Andy is very innovative, even industry leading with their products. Whether it's finding age old recipes, or unique new blends derived from what's in season, exciting products often come out of our distillery.
Headframe Spirits is a micro-distillery located in historic uptown Butte. Owners, John and Courtney McKee began their journey with this company in 2010, opening their tasting room doors in 2012. Since then, they have not only won awards and accolades for their products, but also for their impact to their community and state. In 2014 Governor Bullock recognized John and Courtney as Entrepreneurs of the Year and in 2015 as Ambassadors of the Year by the Office of Tourism. Recently, they were award 2016 Small Business Champions of the Year by the Small Business Administration.For more information, visit www.headframespirits.com and www.headframestills.com
Willie's Distillery is a small batch distillery located on the Main Street in picturesque Ennis, Montana on the banks of the fabled Missouri River. Our mission is to make world-class spirits for world-class individuals. We use fresh mountain water straight from the source, and source our grains and ingredients from small Montana farms and growers ranging from a local apiary to the barley fields of the Montana Highline. Each bottle is handled -- and filled -- with care.
Glacier Distilling is a craft distillery nestled in the foothills of Glacier National Park. We specialize in small-batch whiskeys that reflect the rugged beauty of our surroundings. We use local grains and pure glacial water from the Northern Rockies to create alpine whiskeys and fine spirits best enjoyed in the great outdoors.
The foundation of any craft is rooted in the local community, and Bozeman Spirits Distillery is just that, producing whiskey, vodka, gin and rum in historic downtown Bozeman, Montana. We are proud to support Montana family farms and agriculture by using as many local grains and fruits as possible. We are a local manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler that takes pride in our Montana roots ... that's why our motto is "Drink Local!"
Lolo Creek Distillery, has one of the best views in Montana from its tasting room...it’s of Lolo Peak. Owners, Kasie and Matt, opened this distillery off of Hwy 12 one year ago. In that one year, they have come out with three spirits, Vodka, Gin, and Honey Huckleberry Vodka. Currently working on some barrel aged whiskies...release date TBD, all of their grain comes from the Golden Triangle in Fort Benton/Geraldine area. It's some of the most sought after grain in the world, and you can tell, in the smoothness of their spirits, that it is high quality. With a 500 gallon pot still (it is the biggest pot still in Montana) it's truly a showpiece and helps keep up with the high demand of MT made spirits.
A true Montana "Farm-to-Bottle" operation, the folks at Dry Hills Distillery in Bozeman are "inspired by tradition, motivated by perfection." All of Dry Hills Distillery's creations are sourced off their family farms in the Dry Hills, assuring that -- from the field to the bottle -- they are truly hand-crafted, Montana-made spirits. Feast Whitefish is pleased to have the folks from Dry Hills Distillery with us for the first time in 2018!
The list of restaurants already confirmed for this year includes the Firebrand Lodge, Ciao Mambo’s, Logan’s Grill at Grouse Mountain, and MacKenzie River Pizza, with more to be added as the event gets closer.: