The Group Travel Leader

JAN 2017

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T H E GROUP G R R O U P TRAVEL LE ADER T H E I I WWW.VISITBILLINGS.COM D I N I N G A N D D R I N K I N G Like many cities in the United States, Billings has undergone an impressive downtown revitaliza- tion over the last 20 years, and Historic Montana Avenue is now a visitor highlight. This walkable area is home to many of the city's best restaurants, as well as its up-and-coming brewery district. There are now seven breweries in Billings, along with two distilleries and a cidery, and groups can tour, taste and even enjoy meals at several of them. "One of the best places to start is Trailhead Spirits," Tyson said. "It's in an old train depot that has been completely renovated. The distiller takes wheat and rye from his family farm in northeastern Montana and uses it to distill chocolate whiskey, rye whiskey, vodka and gin. The distiller is very social and will take you on a tour, and you can have a couple of drinks." Across the street, Uberbrew is a celebrated beer producer that has been winning national brewery awards. There are some smaller breweries in the neighborhood as well, some of which serve food along with beer tastings. Groups can plan their meals around a stop at the Cider House, which uses apples grown locally and throughout the region to create cider products. "They have an amazing chef who pairs their ciders with different tapas," Tyson said. "They are located in an old historic warehouse, and they just opened a few months ago. It's very popular." Tyson also suggested that groups stop in for a bite at the Burger Dive, a small restaurant down- town that has been featured on Food Network and is beloved by locals. "It's a greasy spoon in the greatest sense," she said. "It is small and has limited hours, but it's well worth the wait. If you're here, you don't want to miss it." REFLECTING IN THE BEARTOOTH MOUNTAINS SUNSET ON THE RIM ROCKS SURROUNDING BILLINGS

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