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Mar 26, 2015

Pre-Order Montana Cap Map - Support MCBW!

By now you've probably heard about the super awesome Montana Cap Map. Well, now you'll have the chance to pre-order your own map and save on shipping costs, all while supporting MCBW! That's right, by using the Buy Now button below, you can order one of these great MT Cap Maps, which will arrive during MCBW, and you won't have to pay for shipping. 

We're bringing you this opportunity because we are guaging how many of these great maps to bring in for our event. Quanties are limited, so first come first serve! 

The cost $39, and they must be picked up in person sometime around April 25 - May 2. Please email "ryan [at] missoula beer week dot com" to arrange pick-up. 

Tags Montana Cap Map

May 2, 2014

Results of the Montana Beer Blind Tasting

Over 60 beer lovers tried the "Montana Beer Blind Tasting" at The Rhino earlier this week! ONLY ONE PERSON GUESSED ALL FOUR BEERS!

Congrats to Brian K. for knowing that the four beers were:
Big Sky Brewing Company Pygmy Owl IPA
Draught Works Brewery Clothing Optional Pale Ale
Bayern Brewing Inc. Maibock
Kettlehouse Brewing Company Joe Smoke (Coffee-infused Cold Smoke)

Lots of people got 3/4 correct...

Brian gets a cool Meriwether growler carrier and swag!

Interestingly, the most commonly guessed "incorrect" beer was Wildwood Brewing's Karapiller Red Lager. Some of you chose that in place of the maibock and some in place of the pale ale.

Categories Events Tags Rhino Montana Beer Blind Tasting

Apr 24, 2014

Get Your Tickets!

While many of the events for Missoula Craft Beer Week can be a game time decision, quite a few require advance tickets or reservations.  One is already sold out and several others are close, so don't delay! Details are available on our Schedule page.  Here's a list of events requiring advance tickets or reservations  (some may still be available on the day of the event, but why take the chance!):

Sunday, April 27

Bacon-N-Beer Breakfast, Draught Works Brewery, 10:00 a.m.

Monday, April 28

Know Your Hops Tour, Thirst Gear Pedal Pub, 3:00 p.m.

Flathead Lake Brewing Co. of Missoula Brewers Dinner, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 29

How Beer is Made Tour, Thirst Gear Pedal Pub, 3:00 p.m.

Sweet and Sour Beer Dinner, Caffe Dolce, 6:00 p.m.

Mini-brew Demo (free, but requires sign up), Chapman Homebrew Supply, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 30

How to Taste Beer Tour, Thirst Gear Pedal Pub, 3:00 p.m.

Make-A-Beer-Book-Class, The Vespiary at Bayern Brewing Co., 6:00 p.m.

Beer and Cheese Pairing, Good Food Store at Draught Works Brewery, 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Tamarack Beer Dinner, Tamarack Brewing Co., 5:00 p.m. 

Art on Tap, Caffe Dolce (sold out, but waiting list available), 6:00 p.m.

Big Sky Beer Dinner, Stone of Accord, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 1

Inaugural Craft Beer Cup Mini-Golf Tournament, 5:15 p.m.

Friday, May 2

Buzzed Brews: A Beer and Coffee Tasting, Black Coffee Roasting at Kettlehouse North, 4:00 p.m.

Iron Horse Brewing Co. Beer Dinner, Burns St. Bistro, 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.

Caffe Dolce "Sweet & Sour" Dinner!

Imagine yourself in the midst of this! Caffe Dolce is returning with yet another epic beer dinner. This time it's all about "Sweet & Sour" - sweet dishes paired with sour beers and sour dishes paired with sweet beers. (By the way, Caffe Dolce has always sold out its events!) Here's all the details:

"Sweet & Sour" BEER DINNER Tuesday April 29th (6:00 PM) 

"Join us for an epic pairing of beer and food. Sweet dishes will be paired with sour beers and sour dishes will be paired with sweet beers. Plus, patrons will hear from one of the masters of American sours, David Brendgard, the new lead brewer for Flathead Lake Brewing Company, who spearheaded the sour beer and cellaring program for Deschutes Brewery in Oregon.

After tasting through the dinner and pairings, and I can tell you that this dinner will blow you away. Beer tasting dinners are one of the coolest things we do at Dolce-- I hope you can make it. -Peter"

$65 pp / Reservations Required 830-3055 *3 / Limited Seating

Menu Preview:

Antipasti (Sweet):  Lobster and mascarpone crepe with caramelized onions and smoked sea salt Beer Pairing: Flathead Brewing Centennial Sour

Salad (Sour):  Shaved rhubarb and arugula salad with lime juice, preserved lemon, and Tucson olive oil Beer Pairing: Gulden Draak

Pasta (Sour): Squid ink spaghetti with sorrel pesto, Alaskan shrimp, and chilies Beer Pairing: Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Quad

Entrée (Sweet): Grilled beef fillet with crispy sweetbreads, roasted pear, and honey vinegar Beer Pairing: Flathead Brewing Montucky Sour Brown

Dessert (Sour): Passionfruit and white chocolate mousse tartlet with fried kefir leaves and lime zest Beer pairing: Black Diamond XV Porter

Categories Events Tags caffe dolce sweet and sour beer dinner

Thirst Gear Booking Three Educational Tours for MCBW

Gold-level sponsor, Thirst Gear, a 15-seat "pedal pub," is hosting three unique, fun, and educational tours next week during its Missoula debut at Missoula Craft Beer Week. Each three-hour tour provides a behind-the-scenes look into the city's craft beer scene, an expert tour and tasting guide, and two beers "on the house." All tours are scheduled for 3 - 6 p.m. 

Profits from each tour are donated to Missoula Craft Beer Week!

Monday April 28 - "Know Your Hops" - Join Jared Robinson from Summer Sun Garden & Brew for a "nose on" tour that educates you about hop varieties and get a taste of hop-forward beers. The tour includes a stop at the Kettlehouse Southside location for a special beer poured through their Randall

Tuesday April 29 - "How Beer is Made" - Ride along with Mike Howard, owner/brewer for Missoula's upcoming brewery, Great Burn Brewing Co. and find out first-hand how commercial craft beers are made. Stops include Draught Works, Kettlehouse, and Bayern. 

Wednesday April 30 - "How to Taste Beer" - One of Missoula's most knowledgeable "beer guys" is Mark Waiss, a Certified Cicerone and craft beer expert at Summit Distributing. Mark has taught hundreds of people the proper techniques for getting the most out of each glass of craft beer. He'll cover why proper glassware is important, what to look for in each style, what off-flavors might pop up, and how to speak the "beer talk." 

Book now for these tours/classes on $35 per seat. 

Categories Events Tags Thirst Gear

Apr 22, 2014

Flathead Lake Brewers' Dinner and Special Releases

We love food and beer pairings for Missoula Craft Beer Week and Flathead Lake Brewing Company of Missoula is putting on a great one Monday, April 28.  

Enjoy a four course meal at the Galaxy Lounge paired with Flathead's excellent beers while talking with Flathead's brewers.   Happy hour begins at 6:00 p.m. with the dinner following at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person and are available at Flathead Lake Brewing Co. of Missoula at 424 N. Higgins Ave.

Flathead is also sending down two special beers that will be available all week (while supplies last): Montucky Sour Brown and American Wild Ale with Cherries. The American Wild Ale is brewed by starting with a pale ale, adding "souring critters" (a blend of Brettanomyces, Saccharomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus), putting it all in a cherry port wine barrel, adding some sweet cherries from the Flathead Valley and waiting and waiting.  Get your tickets now!

Brews on the Block (Party) on Toole Ave. April 27

Join Missoula Craft Beer Week for its first-ever "Brews on the Block (Party)" on Toole Ave. on Sunday April 27 from 12:30 - 6:00 P.M. (immediately following the Draught Works Beer 'N Bacon Breakfast). 

We'll have several food trucks, beer poured from Tamarack's "Ambrewlance", a gaggle of games from Summer Sun Garden and Brew Supply, an outdoor cinema courtesy Warm Springs Productions, a chance to win brew tours from Montana Brewery Tours and Tap Room Tours. You can also try out a seat on Thirst Gear. 

If you haven't yet registered for the Craft Beer Cup, we'll have registration open at the Block Party (it's the last day to register!). 

The Zoo City Zymurgists will be on hand for the home brew demo and brew equipment/beer collectibles "swap meet." 

You must be at least 21 to purchase and consume alcohol. ID required.

Categories Events Tags Brews on the Block Party Draught Works Summer Sun

Apr 18, 2014

Inaugural Craft Beer Cup: A Mini Golf Tourney and Pub Crawl

:: SOLD OUT ::

Who doesn't love a good pub crawl, winning stuff, and helping a great local non-profit? Here's your chance to play in one of Missoula Craft Beer Week's signature events, the Craft Beer Cup: A Mini Golf Tourney & Pub Crawl on Thursday May 1. 

It's simple, gather a team of 4-6 players, each player pays $20 (includes a t-shirt!), and bring your putter and ball to play 9 holes at 9 different bars, with over 9 breweries sponsoring each hole. The breweries are bringing bagloads of swag to give away all night, and the bars are building some of the finest, most-fun mini golf holes in Missoula County! 

Players packet pick-up will be on May 1 between 5:15 - 5:45 P.M. Tee time starts at 6:00 p.m. sharp! Shotgun start, with two teams starting at each hole. 

Here is the full list of where holes will be and which breweries are sponsoring:

Registration @ James Bar - Sponsored by Ninkasi Brewing Co. (OR)

James Bar - Sponsored by Bayern Brewing

Iron Horse - Sponsored by Kettlehouse

The Old Post - Sponsored by Big Sky Brewing

Charlie B's - Sponsored by Flathead Lake Brewing Co.

Flathead Lake Brewing Co. - Sponsored by Elysian Brewing (WA)

Reds Bar - Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing (CO)

The Rhino - Sponsored by Great Northern Brewing

Tamarack Brewing Co. - Sponsored by Tamarack Brewing Co.

The Top Hat - Sponsored by Draught Works

Awards Ceremony @ The Top Hat - Sponsored by Iron Horse Brewing (WA)

Prizes will be awarded for best individual scores (Men's and Women's), Best Team Score (best four players on each team), Best Dressed, and Player's Choice Award for Best Hole Design. 

We know how much fun it is to dress up, so this year's theme is:


Think vintage, plaids, herringbone, ascots, dapper. Betty's Divine will be judging the Best Dressed at the Awards Ceremony and giving out a gift certificate. Get creative!

Registration is now open at The Rhino. We are limited to 18 teams max and expect to sell out! Cash or check only. Must register by April 27 (by close of the Brews on the Block Party). 

VIP ALERT! We are offering two team entries for $250 each that includes a private chauffeur from hole to hole on the Thirst Gear bike and snacks. 

All profits are donated to the Missoula Food Bank

Categories Events Tags Craft Beer Cup Missoula mini golf bars breweries

Apr 12, 2014

Chapman Home Brew Hosts Mini Brew and Grain/Wort Tasting

Chapman Home Brew (2330 S. Higgins) will host two unique events during Missoula Craft Beer Week. We are excited to have them with us this year! Here are both event descriptions:

FREE Mini Brew Demo: TUESDAY APRIL 29 at 7:00 p.m. || Chapman Home Brew. 2330 S. Higgins. Have you thought of making your own beer but do not have the money or space for doing 5 gallon batches? Join us for a demonstration of very small scale beer brewing (~1 gallon batches) Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Brewing small batches is also a great way to test recipes before committing to bigger batches.

Space will be limited for this FREE CLASS so please pre-register with Chapman Home Brew before Saturday (April 26) at closing time. 406.549.1111.

Grain/Wort Tasting: ALL WEEK || Chapman Home Brew. 2330 S. Higgins. All grain brewers; have you used any of the other base malts besides North American 2-Row? This will be your chance to try a taste of several different base malt grains and wort made with those grains. There will be six to eight of them to taste and compare. Available anytime during our regular business hours during Missoula Craft Beer Week. 

Chapman Home Brew

2330 S. Higgins Ave.


hours: Mon through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM and Thursday evening to 8PM

Categories Events Tags Chapman Home Brew Brew Demo Wort Grain homebrewing