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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

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 ThirstGear.com. $35 per seat. 

Categories Events Tags Thirst Gear

Apr 22, 2014

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:

TWEEDS 'N KNICKERS

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.

406-549-1111

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

Categories Events Tags Chapman Home Brew Brew Demo Wort Grain homebrewing

Apr 11, 2014

Beer and Cheese with GFS and Draught Works

Another great event from our sponsor, Draught Works, which has partnered with The Good Food Store to bring you a beer and cheese pairing.

Draught Works has hand selected eight specialty (many unreleased to the public) beers to accompany an array of cheeses hand-selected by the experts at Good Food Store. Draught Works brewers and the Good Food Store cheese expert will be present to walk you through the tasting and educate you about both.

Wednesday, April 30th 2014. Two seatings are available (5:30 and 7:00 p.m.) and each seating is limited to 25 seats. Cost is $20 per person. Call Draught Works at 406.541.1592 to reserve your space.

Categories Events Tags Draught Works Good Food Store Missoula Beer Cheese

Apr 9, 2014

Beer 'N Bacon Returns to Draught Works

You know the saying, "You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning"? Well, you can't enjoy all of Missoula Craft Beer Week unless you start on Sunday April 27th...with Draught Works' 2nd Annual Beer 'n Bacon Breakfast (10 a.m. to Noon). Tickets just went on sale this week for this super popular event. It's limited to 150 attendees and includes all-you-can-eat bacon, breakfast served by Burns St. Bistro, bottomless coffee from Black Coffee Roasting, maple bacon donuts, and this rad mug.

Tickets are $35 and available at Draught Works only. Call 406.541.1592 to reserve yours. 

After the Beer 'N Bacon Breakfast, stick around for the innagural Brews on the Block (Party), from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00, between Draught Works and Summer Sun Brew Supply. We'll have games, food, movies, more games, and beer. 

Categories Events Tags Beer N Bacon Draught Works

Apr 8, 2014

Make a Beer Journal!

Calling all craft beer fans and homebrewers! We have an exclusive class offering during Missoula Craft Beer Week in which you can make a medieval-style, leather-bound beer book. You can choose either a beer journal insert suitable for tracking all the beers you taste and breweries you visit, or for the homebrewers, choose the detailed insert for keeping notes of every batch of brew you make. 

Audra from Missoula's The Vespiary is hosting this limited class at Bayern Brewery on Wednesday April 30, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. 

"We will be using the Leather Longstitch method," says instructor, Audra, "an ancient, multi-signature book structure that lays flat when opened and makes for an awesome journal. Pages are sewn directly into the leather and make a decorative pattern on the spine."

Materials will be provided. No previous bookbinding experience necessary.

Class space is very limited, and we are working on a few extra "perks" for attendees. Tickets are available for $50 through Eventzilla or on-site at The Vespiary - cash, checks and credit card accepted.

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Categories Events Tags The Vespiary Bayern Brewery Beer Journal