The Competitive Bidding Process lets people and businesses bid on the opportunity to apply for an available license. The highest bidder meeting all requirements is allowed to apply for the license.
All bids must include an Irrevocable Letter of Credit (ILOC) from a financial institution:
- Issued in the name of the business or one of its individual owners; (HB35 2019)
- Equal to or greater than the bid amount; and
- Good for one year after the competitive bid deadline if bid is won.
The minimum bid is set at 75% of the market value of the license compared to licenses with the same type and privileges sold in the quota area or a similar area.
The competitive bidding process is subject to the Competitive Bidding Terms and Conditions (PDF, 137.1 KB).
Please Note: A license issued through a competitive bidding process is not eligible to offer gambling under Title 23, Chapter 5, parts 3, 5, or 6.
Licenses Available for Sale
In addition to licenses available through the competitive bid process, we also have created a list of alcoholic beverage licenses available for sale.
No Active Bidding Available
There are currently no active or scheduled competitive bidding opportunities.
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|Year Offered||License Type||Location||Date of Competitive Bid||Name of Winner||Minumum Bid Amount||Winning Bid Amount||Application Approved|
|2018||All-Beverage (Floater)||City of Bozeman||8/16/2018 - 9/20/2018||Bozeman Taproom, Inc.||$371,250.00||$451,000.00||1/18/2019|
|2018||All-Beverage (Floater)||City of Three Forks||8/16/2018 - 9/20/2018||Folkvord Family Investments, LLC||$71,577.00||$151,100.00||4/1/2019|
|2018||On-Premises Beer||City of Belgrade||8/16/2018 - 9/20/2018||Big Sky Beverage, Inc.||$168,300.00||$210,001.00||10/1/2019|
|2019||All-Beverage (Floater)||City of Bozeman||07/31/2019 - 09/05/2019||Los Altos Jalisco, LLC||$371,250.00||$1,200,000.00||2/25/2020|
|2019||On-Premises Beer||City of Bozeman||07/31/2019 - 09/05/2019||KBB, Inc||$220,000.00||$454,001.00||3/16/2020|
|2019||All-Beverage||City of Belgrade||5/22/2019 - 6/26/2019||The Whole Cow, LLC||$262,500.00||$525,000.00||4/27/2020|
|2019||On-Premises Beer||City of Missoula||07/31/2019 - 09/05/2019||Cranky Sam Public House, LLC||$122,679.00||$382,000.00||5/4/2020|
|2019||On-Premises Beer||City of Bozeman||05/22/2019 - 06/26/2019||Bozeman Hotel Bar, LLC||$220,000.00||$402,010.00||5/27/2020|
|2019||All-Beverage (Floater)||City of Missoula||9/12/2019-10/18/2019||Conflux Taphouse LLC||$323,300.00||$443,000.00||10/21/2020|
|2021||All-Beverage||City of Ekalaka||2/12/2021 - 3/19/2021||TSO ENTERPRISES, LLC||$22,500.00||$25,500.00||8/2/2021|
|2020||All-Beverage (Floater)||City of Bozeman||09/25/2020-10/16/2020||DOS HOMBRES LLC||$371,250.00||$770,001.00||9/7/2021|
|2020||RBW||City of Missoula||09/25/2020-10/16/2020||The Den: By Market on Front||$42,000.00||$65,333.00||11/2/2021|
|2021||On-Premises Beer||City of Helena||2/12/2021-3/19-2021||William Bullock||$80,000.00||$85,000.00||10/12/2021|
|2019||All Beverage (Floater)||City of Bozeman||9/12/2019-10/18/2019||D3 Companies, LLC||$371,250.00||$1,100,000.00||5/13/2021|
|2021||All-Beverage License (New)||City of Belgrade||02/12/2021-03/19/2021||Grl Events, LLC||$260,000.00||$677,000.00||9/24/2021|
|2021||All-Beverage (Floater)||City of Columbia Falls||2/12/2021 - 3/19/2021||Johnathan D. Shockey||$195,000.00||$360,000.00||1/25/2022|
|2021||RBW||City of Belgrade||10/27/2021 - 12/2/2021||YHWH SHALOM, LLC||$55,000.00||$65,000.00||4/8/2022|
|2021||All-Beverage (Floater)||City of Columbia Falls||10/27/2021 - 12/2/2021||Late Than Never, LLC||$200,000.00||$551,000.00||5/6/2022|