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Headframe Spirits in Butte, Montana

If you are looking for a side trip during your Yellowstone National Park vacation or if you are en route to Glacier National Park, consider heading to Butte, Mont., about 150 miles northwest of Yellowstone’s West Entrance. It’s home to a historic mining town and Headframe Spirits, an innovative distillery with a tasting room.

For more than a century, adventurers have journeyed to Butte, Mont., to seek fame, sometimes fortune and a better life. With them they brought vital skills, physical strength and big appetites for the American Dream. There is no more delicious flavor than success born of hard work, innovation and commitment. Which is why you must stop at Headframe Spirits when you are in Butte.

The bar at Headframe Spirits in Butte, Montana
Photo courtesy of Headframe Spirits

Headframe Spirits A Boutique Distillery

Founded in 2010 by John and Courtney McKee, the distillery, in classic Butte fashion, is not only a premier distillery but a supplier of the cutting-edge technologies that make distilling the most exciting and unique expression of Americanism in the United States today.

Open to the public for tours and tasting at 21 South Montana St., Headframe Spirits is located in the true heart of Butte’s classic uptown district and literally over the Destroying Angel copper mine. Each of the spirits is named after an actual mine in the Butte district, and the list of titles tells graphic stories of life, death and struggle as the town dug miles underground to provide the essential copper ore that electrified America at the turn of the 20th century.

In the 21st century, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock named Headframe Spirits “Entrepreneurs and Ambassadors of the Year” in 2014 and 2015. Respectfully acknowledging the past, Headframe Spirits embraces its role as strong community contributor.

Ingredients from Montana to Make Whiskey, Gin and Bourbon Cream Liqueur

How does history taste? Well, it’s not boring in Butte. Crafted after the city’s passion for living and working, each spirit showcases the very best that Montana offers. Using Montana-sourced world-class grains, including rye and white winter wheat, with mineral rich snow-melt water from the Continental Divide and the brash dedication to the highest quality, Headframe Spirits makes the following products:

  • Neversweat Bourbon Whiskey
  • Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liqueur
  • High-Ore Vodka
  • Destroying Angel Unaged Rye Whiskey
  • Anselmo Gin

Produced at quality levels exceeding big mass-produced international brands and not content to simply produce the best spirits in Montana, the distillery also manufactures continuous flow distillation systems used by distillers around the world seeking to create their own “sense of place.” Embracing the principles of economy, accuracy, razor sharp quality and dependability, Headframe Spirits is exporting the values that made Butte famous throughout the world, again.

Go on Tour or Visit the Headframe Spirits Tasting Room

Come taste the history and quality that make Headframe Spirits the national leader in the distilling industry. Born of the “Can-Do” mindset of the true West, Headframe Spirits embraces 140 years of toil and triumph that is the legacy of Butte. The Tasting Room is open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Distillery tours are Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment for groups of six or more through email at

More Information:
21 S. Montana, Butte, MT 59701