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May 1, 2013

1st Annual Craft

1st Annual Craft

Think you'd got the best craft beard (a.k.a. "beerd") in Missoula? You could win a year's supply of weekly growler fills from Big Sky Brewery or fun prizes from Hair Headquarters for Men.

The competition takes place at the Garden City Brewfest at Caras Park from 2-4 p.m. Not only must you have awesome facial hair, you must be at least 21 years old and bring a canned food donation for the Missoula Food Bank to compete. Guest judges from Hair Headquarters for Men and Missoula Food Bank will pick the winners!

Apr 26, 2013

Get Your Stickers!

Get Your Stickers!

These great and limited stickers will be available for purchase throughout the week and at the Garden City Brewfest. Get them when and where you can! Only $1 and proceeds support future Missoula Craft Beer Week events! 

Apr 24, 2012

Earn the Missoula Craft Beer Week Badge via Untappd

Earn the Missoula Craft Beer Week Badge via Untappd

Untappd, a social way to share and explore the world of beer with your friends, has unveiled the official Missoula Craft Beer Week Badge, which you can earn by checking into a beer at one of the following event locations during Missoula Craft Beer Week (May 1 - May 5):

  • Big Sky Brewing Company
  • Draught Works
  • Kettlehouse
  • Kettlehouse Brewing Company North
  • Bayern Brewing Tasting Room
  • Caras Park
  • Tamarack Brewing Company Alehouse And Grill
  • Flathead Lake Brewing Company of Missoula
  • The Rhino
  • The Old Post
  • The Wilma Theater
  • Caffe Dolce
Untappd is free to use and available online, iPhone and Android. Check it out and don't miss out on the chance to earn this unique badge!

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Apr 20, 2012

20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GARDEN CITY BREWFEST SLATED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012 IN CARAS PARK

20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GARDEN CITY BREWFEST SLATED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012 IN CARAS PARK

20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GARDEN CITY BREWFEST SLATED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012 IN CARAS PARK

Over 5,000 people expected at state’s oldest and largest beer festival

April 20, 2012

McCarthy, MDA

The 20th Anniversary of the Garden City BrewFest will take place Saturday, May 5, 2012 in Caras Park and will be the culminating event of the first-ever Missoula Craft Beer Week. Sponsored by Bayern Brewing Company, Headwall Magazine, KrisCo Liquor and the Montana Radio Company, the Garden City BrewFest will kick off at high noon with 60 beers on tap and a dozen wines offered, and an estimated 5,000+ folks are expected to attend.

“This event has turned into the annual rite of spring for Caras Park and Downtown Missoula,” says John Horner, President of the Missoula Downtown Association Board of Directors. “This is a really fun event that gives us the opportunity to showcase a thriving industry in Montana, draws thousands of people to downtown, and helps the MDA fund some of its mission activities such as advocacy, beautification, and marketing.”

While there is no admission fee, those who want to sample beers must purchase a 7-ounce commemorative glass, wristband and two beer tokens for $10. Additional tokens are $1 each. Guests will be required to present identification and must be 21 years or older to purchase. All designated drivers will receive a DD wristband and free soda or water for the duration of the event. Mountain Line is providing free transit services throughout Missoula the entire day. The BrewFest also marks the final day of Bike Walk Bus Week.

As the oldest and largest beer festival in the State of Montana, the Garden City BrewFest was created in 1993 by four businesses in Downtown Missoula that wanted to showcase the new microbrew industry. Bayern Brewing Company, the Rhinoceros, Iron Horse and Worden’s Market created an entity known as BRIW Inc., and as such the BRIW-Fest was born.

The event was gifted to the Missoula Downtown Association in 2003 and renamed the Garden City BrewFest. Since then, the event has grown from approximately 2,500 attendees to a maximum of 6,500 attendees in 2010.

“We especially want to give thanks to the founders of this event – Jurgen Knoeller, Kevin Head and Brad Martens, Tim France and Tami Ursich – for their creativity and foresight, as well as their generosity,” Horner adds. “The MDA is so fortunate to have such exceptional support from these and other Missoula businesses.”

This year’s event will seem a bit brighter no matter what the weather calls for, as Picasso Brothers Painting Company has just completed the painting the pavilion structure, the west-side stairwell, the lamp posts and the information kiosk in the park. Additionally, this will be the first time this festival has had the opportunity to use the new stage in the events ring since it was still under construction in 2011.

Live music will be provided by many of Missoula’s exceptional entertainers: Sick Kids XOXO from 12-2:30 pm, the ‘Lil Smokies from 3:00-5:30 pm, and Russ Nasset & the Revelators from 6-8 pm.

Highlights of the 2012 Beer List include:

  • 35 breweries will be featuring 61 beers
  • 35 beers from 18 Montana breweries
  • Beers from the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Michigan, Wisconsin
  • Crisp Apple Cider from Angry Orchard Cider Company

Highlighting the 2012 Wine List are:

  • MisSOULa Red from the Missoula Winery & Events Center
  • Flathead Cherry and Range Rider from Missoula’s Ten Spoons Vineyard
  • Wines from Argentina, Chile, France and South Africa

2012 Beer List

1. Maibock (wooden barrel) Bayern Brewing Company Missoula, Montana

2. Dump Truck Summer Bock Bayern Brewing Company Missoula, Montana

3. Barrel-Aged Double Haul IPA Kettlehouse Brewing Company Missoula, Montana

4. Midnight Sawyer Black Lager Kettlehouse Brewing Company Missoula, Montana

5. Red Dread Imperial Red Ale Bitterroot Brewing Company Hamilton, Montana

6. Huckleberry Hefeweizen Bitterroot Brewing Company Hamilton, Montana

7. Flathead Cherry Ale Glacier Brewing Company Polson, Montana

8. Golden Grizzly Ale Glacier Brewing Company Polson, Montana

9. Single Malt IPA Blackfoot Brewing Company Helena, Montana

10. Bavarian Pils Blackfoot Brewing Company Helena, Montana

11. Salmon River Honey Rye Madison River Brewing Company Belgrade, Montana

12. Hop Juice (Double) IPA Madison River Brewing Company Belgrade, Montana

13. Centennial IPA Flathead Lake Brewing Company Bigfork, Montana

14. Dirty Ginger Ale Flathead Lake Brewing Company Bigfork, Montana

15. Head Plant Pale Ale Lone Peak Brewery Big Sky, Montana

16. Hippy Highway Oatmeal Stout Lone Peak Brewery Big Sky, Montana

17. Twilight Ale Deschutes Brewery Bend, Oregon

18. Chainbreaker White IPA Deschutes Brewery Bend, Oregon

19. Kellerweis Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Chico, California

20. Torpedo Extra IPA Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Chico, California

21. IPA Lagunitas Brewing Company Petaluma, California

22. Lucky 13 Alt Lagunitas Brewing Company Petaluma, California

23. Summer Ale Samuel Adams Beer Company Boston, Massachusetts

24. Norse Legend (Sahti) Samuel Adams Beer Company Boston, Massachusetts

25. Black IPA Alaskan Brewing Company Juneau, Alaska

26. Red Tail Ale Mendocino Brewing Company Hopland, California

27. Chateau Rogue Oregasmic Rogue Brewing Company Newport, Oregon

28. Summer Shandy Leinenkugel’s Brewing Company Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

29. Belgian White Wheat Ale Blue Moon Brewing Company Golden, Colorado

30. Crisp Apple Cider Angry Orchard Cider Company Cincinnati, Ohio

31. Bud Light Anheuser-Busch St. Louis, Missouri

32. Shock Top Lemon Shandy Aneuser-Busch St. Louis, Missouri

33. Double IPA Big Sky Brewing Company Missoula, Montana

34. Anniversary Dormunder Export Lager Big Sky Brewing Company Missoula, Montana

35. Widmer Drifter Pale Ale Widmer Brothers Brewing Portland, Oregon

36. Widmer Citra Blonde Widmer Brothers Brewing Portland, Oregon

37. Redhook Wit Red Hook Brewing Company Woodinville, Washington

38. Stone Brewing IPA Stone Brewing Company San Diego, California

39. New Belgium Summer Sault New Belgium Brewing Company Ft. Collins, Colorado

40. New Belgium Dig Pale Ale New Belgium Brewing Company Ft. Collins, Colorado

41. Wild Huckleberry Lager Great Northern Brewing Whitefish, Montana

42. Wheatfish Hefeweizen Great Northern Brewing Whitefish, Montana

43. Beltian White Harvest Moon Brewery Belt, Montana

44. Nut Brown Harvest Moon Brewery Belt, Montana

45. Longboard Kona Brewing Company Kona, Hawaii

46. Kona Wailua Wheat Kona Brewing Company Kona, Hawaii

47. Highlander Beer Missoula Brewing Company Missoula, Montana

48. Spring Reign Ninkasi Brewing Company Eugene, Oregon

49. Oatmeal Stout Ninkasi Brewing Company Eugene, Oregon

50. Mica Maibock Quarry Brewing Company Butte, Montana

51. Shale Pale Ale Quarry Brewing Company Butte, Montana

52. Select Amber Bozone Brewing Company Bozeman, Montana

53. Hopzone IPA Bozone Brewing Company Bozeman, Montana

54. Scepter Head Indian Pale Ale Draught Works Brewery Missoula, Montana

55. English Summer Ale (un-named) Draught Works Brewery Missoula, Montana

56. Bodacious Bock Wildwood Brewing Company Stevensville, Montana

57. Discerning Pilsner Wildwood Brewing Company Stevensville, Montana

58. Flashflood Milk Stout Higher Ground Brewing Company Hamilton, Montana

59. Clearwater Crystal Ale Higher Ground Brewing Company Hamilton, Montana

60. Nosferatu Imperial Ale Bowser Brewing Company Great Falls, Montana

61. Electric City IPA Bowser Brewing Company Great Falls, Montana

Downtown – Where Missoula Plays!

Tags Missoula Downtown Caras Park Garden City Brewfest Missoula Craft Beer Week Anniversary MDA

Apr 18, 2012

The Love of Beer Movie Makes Montana Debut!

The Love of Beer Movie Makes Montana Debut!

The documentary celebrating women in the craft beer industry, The Love of Beer, is making its Montana debut as part of Missoula Craft Beer Week. Tickets are $8. The show is Thursday May 3 at 7 p.m. Get there early for a good seat! 

From the film's website:

The Love of Beer is a feature length documentary celebrating the women in the Pacific NW beer industry.  Produced by Lingering Illocutions and created by Alison Grayson, The Love of Beer stars Bend Brewing’s Tonya Cornett and Saraveza’s Sarah Pederson and featuresTeri Fahrendorf, Lisa Morrison, Gayle Goschie, Amy Welch.  The Love of Beer is an intimate portrayal of craft beer’s female forerunners.  Staying true to cinema vierte, these women tell their stories in their own words and through their own actions.  Check out our trailer to learn more.

Here is the trailer:

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