Alcoholic Beverage Retail Competitive Bidding Process

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.

View available licenses or submit and edit a listing.

Fees

Minimum Bid: 75% of Market Value as determined by the department

No Active Bidding Available

There are currently no active or scheduled competitive bidding opportunities.

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Year OfferedLicense TypeLocationDate of Competitive BidName of WinnerMinumum Bid AmountWinning Bid AmountApplication Approved
2022All-Beverage (Floater)City of Billings3/17/2022-4/21/2022Carvers, LLC$489,750.00$750,000.0010/24/2022
2022On-Premises BeerCity of Billings3/17/2022 - 4/21/2022Sophies Kitchen$278,500.00$350,000.007/1/2022
2021All-BeverageCity of Ekalaka2/12/2021 - 3/19/2021TSO ENTERPRISES, LLC$22,500.00 $25,500.00 8/2/2021
2021On-Premises BeerCity of Helena2/12/2021-3/19-2021William Bullock$80,000.00 $85,000.00 10/12/2021
2021All-Beverage License (New)City of Belgrade02/12/2021-03/19/2021Grl Events, LLC$260,000.00 $677,000.00 9/24/2021
2021All-Beverage (Floater)City of Columbia Falls2/12/2021 - 3/19/2021Johnathan D. Shockey$195,000.00 $360,000.00 1/25/2022
2021RBWCity of Belgrade10/27/2021 - 12/2/2021YHWH SHALOM, LLC$55,000.00 $65,000.00 4/8/2022
2021All-Beverage (Floater)City of Columbia Falls10/27/2021 - 12/2/2021Late Than Never, LLC$200,000.00 $551,000.00 5/6/2022
2021All-Beverage License (New)City of Belgrade10/27/2021 - 12/2/2021Bozeman Beverage 1, LLC$393,750.00$750,000.009/16/2022
2021On-Premises BeerCity of Hamilton10/27/2021 - 12/2/2021Jessi's Wine & Goods LLC$31,650$35,235.339/15/2022
2020All-Beverage (Floater)City of Bozeman09/25/2020-10/16/2020DOS HOMBRES LLC$371,250.00 $770,001.00 9/7/2021
2020RBWCity of Missoula09/25/2020-10/16/2020The Den: By Market on Front$42,000.00 $65,333.00 11/2/2021
2019All-Beverage (Floater)City of Bozeman07/31/2019 - 09/05/2019Los Altos Jalisco, LLC$371,250.00 $1,200,000.00 2/25/2020
2019On-Premises BeerCity of Bozeman07/31/2019 - 09/05/2019KBB, Inc $220,000.00 $454,001.00 3/16/2020
2019All-BeverageCity of Belgrade5/22/2019 - 6/26/2019The Whole Cow, LLC$262,500.00 $525,000.00 4/27/2020
2019On-Premises BeerCity of Missoula07/31/2019 - 09/05/2019Cranky Sam Public House, LLC$122,679.00 $382,000.00 5/4/2020
2019On-Premises BeerCity of Bozeman05/22/2019 - 06/26/2019Bozeman Hotel Bar, LLC$220,000.00 $402,010.00 5/27/2020
2019All-Beverage (Floater)City of Missoula9/12/2019-10/18/2019Conflux Taphouse LLC$323,300.00 $443,000.00 10/21/2020
2019All Beverage (Floater)City of Bozeman9/12/2019-10/18/2019D3 Companies, LLC$371,250.00 $1,100,000.00 5/13/2021
2018All-Beverage (Floater)City of Bozeman8/16/2018 - 9/20/2018Bozeman Taproom, Inc.$371,250.00 $451,000.00 1/18/2019
2018All-Beverage (Floater)City of Three Forks8/16/2018 - 9/20/2018Folkvord Family Investments, LLC$71,577.00 $151,100.00 4/1/2019
2018On-Premises BeerCity of Belgrade8/16/2018 - 9/20/2018Big Sky Beverage, Inc.$168,300.00 $210,001.00 10/1/2019