Courtesy Grouse Mountain Lodge
On Central Avenue, Whitefish’s main street, the Great Northern Brewing Co. stands out among the clapboard and brick storefronts. All glass and completely contemporary, it claims to be Whitefish’s tallest building — all three stories of it — which tells you a little about this Western resort town, overshadowed by the Northern Rockies.
There’s more brewing at Great Northern than Buckin’ Horse Pilsner, Going to the Sun IPA and Big Fog ESB. The brewery’s bar and restaurant, the Draught House, is abuzz as skiers and shoppers stop by for drinks and appetizers. Its second-floor Mezzanine, which overlooks the brewing operation and downtown Whitefish, is in demand for parties and receptions for 50 or fewer guests.
With dartboards, skeeball and shuffleboard, it can be a place to unwind; or with its 56-inch plasma-screen television, DVD player and speakers, a place to award and reward employees.
At Central Avenue’s Crush Wine Bar, the drink is different, but the view of Central Avenue is much the same. Groups of up to 100 can enjoy wines, handcrafted beers, appetizers and desserts in its loungelike space, overlooking downtown. The bar is outfitted with a stage, a sound system and three large-screen televisions.