Showing posts with label Missoula. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Missoula. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Taste 2017 - Montana Food Bank Fundraiser

The Taste is returning for seconds on March 3, 2017 at Neptune Aviation in Missoula. It's one of the three fundraisers the Montana Food Bank Network organizes annually, and only the second year for The Taste. I was fortunate to attend the event last year and can say it's about as tasty as any event in Montana.

Guests will enjoy over 100 different tastes of deliciously crafted food and drink from over 30 local restaurants, chefs, caterers, breweries, distilleries, wineries and other unique establishments.

Read the description for the Facebook Event:

Establishments providing food tastes include; Good Food Store Missoula, Missoula College Culinary Arts Program, Taste Buds Kitchen Missoula, Sweet Peaks Ice Cream Missoula, The Notorious PIG BBQ, Bravo! Catering, Lolo Peak Brewing Company, Burns St. Bistro, The Resort at Paws Up, The Olde Dairy / The Trough, Orange Street Food Farm, Moxie Nosh, and Green Source Missoula

Drink tastes will be provided by; Bayern Brewing Inc., Katabatic Brewing Company, Wildwood Brewing, Lolo Peak Brewing Company, Great Burn Brewing, Draught Works Brewery, Flathead Lake Brewing Co., Philipsburg Brewing Company, The Highlander Taphouse- Missoula Brewing Company, The Montana Distillery, Whistling Andy Distilling, Rattlesnake Creek Distillers, Spotted Bear Spirits, Headframe Spirits, Montgomery Distillery, Backroad Cider, Mission Mountain Winery, Ten Spoon Vineyard + Winery, Missoula Winery and Event Center and The Dog and Bicycle Bakery Cafe

Voting for the Tastiest Taste Awards will be open to all who attend. Categories for the awards include Tastiest food, Tastiest treat, Tastiest beer, Tastiest cocktail and Tastiest wine. Winners of the Tastiest Taste Awards will be announced at the end of the evening.

A silent auction and everybody wins! raffle will have someone for everyone! Baskets, gift cards and other items have been generously donated by Logjam Productions, Southgate Mall, Wingate Missoula MT, Taste Buds Kitchen, Lolo Peak Brewery, Great Burn Brewery, Philipsburg Brewery, Mission Mountain Winery, Good Food Store, Ten Spoon Winery, Bayern brewery, Montana Distillery, Whistling Andy’s Distillery, Rattlesnake Creek Distillers, Missoula Winery and Southgate Mall.

Live music will be performed by local musician Melissa Forrette Music Official.

All proceeds from The Taste will go to support the programs and mission of the Montana Food Bank Network. MFBN works statewide with 150 partner food banks, pantries, homeless shelters, and local youth and community programs. By purchasing a ticket to The Taste. MFBN can provide the same amount of food that would cost $225 in a grocery store.

The work the MFBN does is astounding. As I toured the facility today, I learned that the organization works with 140 partner organizations throughout Montana, from food banks to Boy & Girls Clubs, and any other organization that has a need for food.

The MFBN has spearheaded some excellent programs, including a Grocery Store Rescue program that salvages perishable food items from 60 grocery stores around Montana that would otherwise be thrown away (think produce and breads in particular). Last year alone the group saved 5 million pounds of food from Montana stores and got it to people who needed it.

With the help of the Montana FWP, Hunters Against Hunger helps provide fresh game to those in need. In the last three years the program has operated, over 100,000 pounds of fresh game has been donated from hunters.

The MFBN also runs the Mail-a-Meal program, packing banana boxes with 50 pounds of food and drop shipping them to "food deserts" in the state to people's doorsteps. These "deserts" are homes that are 40 or more miles away from the closest gas station, so foods don't always come easy.

Last year, the Montana Food Bank Network was able to provide 10 million pounds of food for Montanans, and donations to the organization go a long way. For every dollar the MFBN receives, it can turn that into $5 worth of food from a store.

So who's with me in supporting the MFBN this Friday at The Taste? But hurry, there aren't many tickets remaining. You can get them here (or they are $10 more at the door).

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lucky's Market Brings Beer and Groceries to Missoula

Southgate Mall in Missoula, Montana, is in the midst of a $64 million renovation that will include an upgrade to its current 1970s facade. The revitalization includes a new theater that includes dinner tables, so dinner and a movie happens at the same time.

But the announcement this week is that Lucky's Market will take over the former Sears location on the Brooks St. side of Southgate Mall. The new 32,000 square foot store will employ about 150 people.

The grocery will have an in-house butcher who will serve meats that have never been treated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. Customers will also find a department with ready-to-eat meals made daily, such as grab-and-go sushi and a cheese island stocked with products from all over the world. There will also be a juice bar, a café area with coffee, bulk foods, an apothecary department, and a beer and wine department.

But beyond buying beer to take home, Lucky's Market will sell beer and wine for shoppers to sip while picking out dinner. Yes, a "sip 'n shop" experience is coming to Missoula. Lucky's is new to Missoula, but not new to Montana. There's already a Lucky's Market in Billings.

According to a press release distributed by Southgate Mall, customers can grab a $2 pint of local beer or a $3 glass of wine to “enhance the shopping experience.”

Lucky's Market is set to open mid-2018.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Last Best Beer Show: Montana’s Only Craft Beer Radio Program

On the night of the MBA Fall Brewers Festival, I debuted my new radio show, The Last Best Beer Show, on Newstalk KGVO 1290 AM and 101.5 FM. The show airs Fridays at 10 PM and again on Saturday at 7 PM.

The aim of the show is to highlight what’s new in and around Missoula in terms of beer and beer-centered events. Each week features an in-depth interview with the movers, shakers, and creators of the Montana craft beer industry. We discuss the national beer scene, and one of my favorite segments is all about beer and food.

Anyone can listen to The Last Best Beer Show, even if you can’t tune in. The show is streamed live at and archived, both on this blog and the station’s website.

If you have suggestions for future episodes, leave a comment below.

Of course, this show wouldn’t be possible without my sponsors. Thank them for me the next time you’re at their business!
If you missed last week's show, listen below:


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Montana Brewers Association Conference and Fall Brewers Festival

Missoula will be host to several days of Montana's best brewers and beers from October 14-16. Starting with the Montana Brewers Association 2015 Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, Caras Park then fields the Friday night 7th Annual Fall Brewers Festival.

The Fall Brewers Festival will be the largest selection of Montana-only brewfest, but it could be argued that this will be the largest brewfest in Montana, period.

General Admission: $25 IN ADVANCE, $30 DAY OF FESTIVAL, includes unlimited beer samples.

VIP Hour: $35 IN ADVANCE, $40 DAY OF FESTIVAL, includes unlimited beer samples.

Families are welcome at our festival. Kids 12 and under are free. All others who enter the festival must have a ticket.

Tickets for MBA 2015 Conference:

Tickets for Fall Brewers Festival: ($35 VIP, $25 GA)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
7:30 – 8:30 am        Free Yoga: Danielle Spillman, Find Your Light Yoga

8:00 – 9:15 am        Registration & Breakfast

9:15 – 9:30 am        Welcome: Matt Leow, executive director of Montana Brewers Association

9:30 – 9:45 am        Opening Remarks: Mayor John Engen

9:45 – 10:00 am       Buy Local Campaign:
Mike Hope, President of Tavern Owners Assn.
Josh Townsley, President of Montana Brewers Association

10:00 – 11:20 am     Social Media/Marketing within the Tourism Industry: Tia Troy, Glacier Country

11:20 – 11:30 am     Coffee Break

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Keynote Address: Governor Steve Bullock

12:00 – 1:00 pm       Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm        Breakout Sessions

1.Water and Energy Use Reduction
Moderator: Matt Leow
Alistair Stewart, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
Sam Hoffman, Red Lodge Ales
Eddie Wooldridge, KettleHouse Brewing Company

2.The US Hop Market…The Past, the Present and the Future
Tom Britz, Glacier Hops Ranch, National At-large Director for Hop Growers of America (HGOA) & Chair of the Small Growers Council of HGOA.
2:00 – 2:30 pm        Trade Show
2:30 – 3:30 pm        Breakout Sessions

1.Legal Considerations Associated with Buying Beer and Wine Licenses
     Moderator: Matt Leow
John Flynn or Joel Silverman, Silverman Law Office
John Iverson, Tavern Owners Association
Brandon Cartwright, The Front Brewing Company
Max Pigman, Lewis and Clark Brewing Company

2.  Quality Control
Moderator: Mark Hastings
Kyle Sillars, Big Sky Brewing
Todd Crowell, KettleHouse Brewing Company
Sean Tobin, Lewis & Clark Brewing Company

3:30 – 5:00 pm        MBA Member Meeting

5:30 – 11:00 pm       Missoula Pub Crawl and Dinner

Thursday, October 15, 2015
8:30 – 9:30 am        Free Yoga: Danielle Spillman, Find Your Light Yoga

9:00 – 10:00 am       Registration & Breakfast in the Atrium

10:00 – 10:30 am     Welcome & Presentation: Steve Lozar, Montana Brewery Historian

10:30 – 11:30 am     Workplace Safety: Matt Stinchfield, BA Safety Ambassador

11:30 am – 12:30 pmLunch & Networking Roundtables

12:30 – 1:30 pm       Breakout Sessions

1.Wholesale Distribution 101
Moderator: Mark Hastings
Al Pils, KettleHouse Brewing Company
Jeff Grant, Draught Works
Brian Clark, Fun Beverage
Mike Markovich, Summit Beverage

2.Legal Topics to Have on Your Radar: Crowdfunding, HR, trademarks and dram shops
Attorneys from Crowley Fleck: Danielle Coffman, Jason Loble (Securities), Scott Hagel (HR), Bob Griffin (Trademarks)

1:30 – 2:00 pm        Trade Show

2:00 – 3:00 pm        Breakout Sessions

1.Understanding Draught Quality: Getting your best beer to the customer Dan Fallon, President of McDantim

2.Friends of Montana Craft Beer: What writers, bloggers and state government initiatives are doing to raise the profile of Montana’s craft beer industry
Moderator:Matt Leow
Ryan Newhouse, author
Alan McCormick, Growler Fills
Alex Sakarieassen, Missoula Independent
Andy Shirtliff, Governor’s Office of Economic Development

3:00 – 3:15 pm        Break

3:15 – 4:15 pm          Breakout Sessions

1.The State of Our Raw Ingredients: Perspectives on Montana barley from every point in the supply chain.
Moderator: Mark Hastings
Jamie Sherman, MSU Barley breeding Research Project
Mark Black, Malteurop
Collin Watters, MT Wheat & Barley Committee

2.Canning, Packaging and Labeling: label design, getting approved online, choosing a canning line, storage requirements, etc.
Moderator: Nolan Smith
Tony Reindl, Montana Canning Company
Max Pigman, Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
Todd Scott, Bozeman Brewing
Jason Goeltz, Bitter Root Brewing

4:15 – 5:15 pm        Live Beer Blogging Workshop:
Taste and share your thoughts about Montana’s latest beers with writers Ryan Newhouse, Alan McCormick, Skylar Browning, Alex Sakariassen, and others.

Host: Doug “the Beerbarian” Bailey, Red Lodge Ales.

Outlaw Brewing
Moon’s Rising Red, Harvest Red Ale, 6% ABV
Passive Aggressive Pale Ale, Heavy Pale, 6.80%
Belgain Chocolate Ale, Belgain Specialty, 5.20%
Goemon’s Honey Lemon Ginger, Braggot Ale, 6.60%
Fresh Hop, Session IPA, 5.60%
Amarillo Pale Ale, Pale Ale, 5.60%

Bayern Brewing, Inc.
Bayern Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest, 6%
Montana Helles Lager, Helles, 5.6%

Beehive Basin Brewery
Drunkelweizen, DunkelWeizen, 4.80%
Green Bridge IPA, IPA, 6.40%
50. Cal Coffee Porter, Coffee Porter, 7.90%

Draught Works Brewery
Last Rites Mexican Chocolate Porter, Chocolate Porter, 5.80%
Pineapple Express Tropical IPA, American-Style IPA, 7.40%
Mae West Huckleberry Sour, American Sour, 5.70%
Clothing Optional Pale Ale, English-Style Pale Ale, 5.20%

Great Burn Brewing
Bourbon barrel aged Double Down Oatmeal Brown, Brown Ale, 7.7%
Montana Creamsicle, Cream Ale, 5.2%

Busted Knuckle Brewery
Rusted Nut Amber, Amber Ale,  5.2%
Black Nail Stout, Stout, 5.9%

Blacksmith Brewing Co.
Chocolate Porter, Porter, 6.60%
EKG IPA, English style IPA, 7%
Oktoberfest Beer, 5.40%

Missoula Brewing Company
Highlander Pintler Peak Doppelbock, Doppelbock, 7.4%
Highlander Mount Baldy Belgian Strong Ale, Belgian Strong Golden, 10.6%
Highlander Warrior Mountain Robust Porter, Robust Porter, 7.6%

Cabinet Mountain Brewing Co.
Bourbon Barrel Peach Wheat, Fruit Beer, 5%
Yaak Attack IPA, IPA , 6.6%
Bad Medicine Smooth Dark, Strong Ale/Scotch, 7.4%
Fresh Hop Ale, Fresh Hop, TBD

Flathead Lake Brewing Co
Beardance Black IPA, Black IPA, 6.9%
Le Cygne Biere de Garde, Biere de Garde Ale, 7%
Lone Walker Ale, American Pale Ale, 4.5%
Galaxy Pale Ale, American Pale Ale, 5.5%
Swimmer’s Itch Saison, Belgian Saison, 5.3%

Katabatic Brewing Co.
Katabatic Oktoberfest, Lager, 6.3%
Anabatic Amber (NABA Gold Medal Winner), American Amber, 6%
Katabatic APA, American Pale Ale, 6.1%
Katabatic Hefeweizen, American Hefeweizen, 5.7%
Katabatic Scotch Ale, Scotch Ale, 7.3%

Muddy Creek Brewery
Occupy Oktoberfest, Special Spiced Beer, 6.9%
Muddy Creek Chocolate Stout, Chocolate Stout, 6.5%
Blasted IPA, West Coast IPA, 6.5%

Tamarack Brewing Company
Redemption Red, Imperial Red Ale, 10%
Headwall, Double IPA, 9.6%
Rutting Raspberry Elk, Raspberry Bourbon Scotch Ale, 7.7%
Hat Trick Hop, IPA, 7%
Yard Sale, Amber, Red Ale, 5.5%
Sip ‘n Go Naked, Apricot Hefeweizen, 5.5%

MAP Brewing Company
Smoked Lion Wheat Ale, Gratzer, 3.30%
Northbound Blonde, Blonde Ale, 4.80%
Destination Ale, Session IPA, 4.50%
Big Relief Stout, Stout, 6.50%
Steep Terrain Double IPA, Double IPA, 8.50%

Bonsai Brewing Project
Big Ole’ Poppa, Barrel Aged Imperial IPA, 9%
Lil’ Miss Thang, Blonde Ale w/ Ginger and Habanero, 5.7%
Toasted Roper, Oatmeal ESB, 5.8%
ShowBiz, Fresh Hop IPA, 6.5%
Sheriff John Brown, American Brown Ale, 6%
The Unkindness, Stout, 6.6%

Canyon Creek Brewing
O.N.S. Blonde, Blonde Ale, 5.5%
C4 IPA, American IPA, 6.9%
Rabbit Head Red, Irish Red Ale, 5.5%
What The Hell, Specialty Beer, 9%

Black Eagle Brewery
S.O.S. IPA- Save Our Stack, India Pale Ale, 6.00%
Smelter Men, Blonde Ale, 5.30%
Smoke Stack, Scottish Ale, 6.10%
Half Stack Heffeweizen, Heffeweizen, 5.80%

The Front Brewing Co.
Punkin Rye Ale, Spice, Herb,Vegetable beer, 8.80%
Sunset IPA (Citra Fresh hop), American IPA, 7.50%
Vanilla PackMule Porter, Spice (Porter), 5.10%

Bandit Brewing Co.
Squeeze Me IPA, American IPA, 7.00%
Bliss Stout, Imperial (milk) Stout, 8.00%

Quarry Brewing
Youz Guys ESB, English Style ESB, 5.50%
Open Cab Copper, Irish Red, 5.20%
Gneiss IPA, American style IPA, 6.80%

Big Sky Brewing Co.
Missoula Fresh Hop Ale, Fresh Hop Pale ale, 5%
Powder Hound Ale, Winter Ale, 6.2%
Ivan the Terrible, Russian Imperial Stout, 9.5%
Surprise Firkin

Mighty Mo Brewing Co.
VIP, Vanilla Imperial Porter, 8.20%
Coco Brown, Coconut Brown Ale, 5.30%
Lip Ripper, IPA, 6.50%
Oktoberfest, German Marzen, 5.50%

Madison River Brewing Company
Green Emerger Fresh Hop Ale, American Pale Ale, 5.90%
Salmon Fly Honey Rye, Unique Ale, 5.20%
Copper John Scotch Ale, Scottish Ale, 7%
Irresistible Amber Ale, Amber Ale, 5.50%
Hopper Pale Ale, Strong Pale Ale, 6%
Black Ghost Oatmeal Stout, Stout, 8%,
The Juice, Double IPA, 9%

Kalispell Brewing
Two Ski Brewski, Pilsner, 5.2%
Winter at Noon, Dunkel Lager, 5%
Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest, 6.1%
Fresh Hop by Pop, Fresh hop ale, 5.8%

HA) Brewing Co.
Foundation Witbier, Belgian Witbier, 5.5%
Boulder Mtn. Stout, Stout, 6.6%

Bitter Root Brewing
Wet Hop Imperial IPA, Imperial IPA, 7.70%
Bitter Root IPA, IPA, 6.20%
Single Hop Ale, Northwest Pale Ale, 6.30%
Huckleberry Honey Ale, Fruit Beer, 5.10%

KettleHouse Brewing Co.
Garden City Pale Ale, Fresh Hopped Pale Ale, 5.80%
Joe Haul, IPA, 6.50%

Neptune’s Brewery
Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest, 6.40%
Montana Wild Hop #1, Fresh Hop, 4.20%
Latte Stout, Stout, 6.50%

Wildwood Brewing
Organic Lucid Cream Ale, Cream Ale, 5%
Organic Bodacious Bock, German Amber Bock, 7.50%

Beaverhead Brewing Company
Dawg Red Ale, Irish Red Ale, 7.80%
Poindexter Pilsner, American Pilsner, 4.80%
Whitetail Witbier, Belgian Witbier, 5.00%
Beaverslide IPA, India Pale Ale, 6.70%

Bozeman Brewing Co.
Bozone Terroir, Fresh Hop, 6.50%
Bozone Select, Amber Ale, 5.50%
Hopzone, IPA, 7.50%
Bozone Berliner Weisse, Berliner Weisse, 4.00%

Triple Dog Brewing
Vanilla Hoarder Porter, Porter, 4.7%
Mt. Otis, Pale ale, 5.7%

Red Bines, Fresh hop Red IPA, 7.1%

Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company
Harvest Ale, Fresh Hop All Montana American Pale Ale, 5.10%
Oktoberfest Lager, Marzen Lager, 5.00%
Easy Sippah, Session IPA, 4.50%

Bridger Brewing
2015 Saison, Saison, 7%
Lee Metcalf Pale Ale, APA, 5.40%
Ghost Town Coffee Stout, Coffee Stout, 6.5%
McTavish Scotch Ale, Scotch Ale, 7%

406 Brewing Company
Mosaic Fresh Hop, Pale Ale, 5.2%
Hop Punch IPA, IPA, 6.5%
Chinook and Cherries Imperial IPA, Imperial IPA, 8.3%

Philipsburg Brewing Company
Five Phantoms, Spiced Pumpkin Barley Wine , 8.50%
Rope Swing Saison,Chardonnay Barrel Aged Saison, 5.70%
Badfinger Imperial Stout , Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout , 10.00%
Razzu !, Raspberry Wheat , 5.20%

Higherground Brewing Co.
Fall Fur Pumpkin Cream Ale, Pumpkin Cream Ale, 5.3%
Hurruh Scotch Ale, Scotch Ale, 7.2%
Borderland Sour , Sour, 5.8%
Hula Hopped IPA, Double IPA, 8.1%

Meadowlark Brewing
Squashtoberfest, Oktoberfest-Style Lager, 6.6%
Argo, Biere de Garde, 8%
Orion, Belgian-Style Tripel, 11.2%
Car Ramrod, Imperial Pilsner, 7%

Lewis & Clark Brewing
Pumpkin IPA, IPA, 5.50%
Miner’s Gold, Hefeweizen, 5.10%
Crystal Dry-Hopped Prickly Pear, Pale Ale, 5.60%

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Imagine Nation Brewing Hosts Grand Opening and Imagine Fest

It's hard to believe, but Missoula's second newest brewery is about to have its Grand Opening. Yes, Imagine Nation Brewing, which opened its doors in the summer of 2015 already has more beers under its belt than the newest, Missoula Brewing Company. But don't worry, this isn't a competition. It's beer!

Anyway, on September 19, from noon to 8 p.m. (the same time of the Missoula Brews Cruise), Imagine Nation Brewing will host its grand opening celebration and first Imagine Fest, which will highlight the brewery's unique community center.

“While we are very excited for the grand opening, we are especially thrilled to launch the Center for Community Transformation,” remarked co-owner, Fernanda Krum. Krum continued, “The inclusion of this educational center in the brewery is what defines the unique mission of the INBC.” This concept has piqued the interest of many local groups. Susan Hay Patrick, chief executive officer of United Way of Missoula County, said, "Getting together over a beer to discuss the issues of the day is a very 'Missoula thing.’ We've been impressed by (co-owners) Robert and Fernanda's determined efforts to provide a unique space for individuals and groups to find common ground over a good brew."

Here's the schedule of events, as listed at

Live Music
  • 12-12:45pm:  Community Drum Circle
  • 1-3pm:  Local Yokel
  • 4-5pm: Caleb Van Gelder Trio
  • 6-8pm:  Wartime Blues
  • 11-11:45am: Kids’ Vibrations, hosted by Tangled Tones Music Studio (donation-based)
  • 1-2:30pm:  Theatrical Improv for Kids, hosted by Kevin Harrington
  • 3-4pm: “How do We Create Social Change” with Mayor John Engen and Susan Hay Patrick, CEO of United Way of Missoula
  • 3:30-4:30pm and 4:45-5:45pm:  Appreciate Beer Like a Pro, hosted by Alan McCormick, MT contributor of Rocky Mountain Brewing News and author of  Growler Fills
  • 4:30-5:30pm: Compassion Without Borders, hosted by Kim Maynard, Mansfield Fellow in International Affairs
Local Food Vendors
  • Clove Cart Pizza Peddlers
  • Bao Chow Hot Asian Buns
  • Covered Wagon Hot Dogs
  • More to be announced!
Special Art Show
“Wild Propaganda,” by award winning independent film director and artist Rob Whitehair from Tree and Sky Media Arts.

After Party
The Top Hat Lounge, located at 134 W. Front St. in Missoula, will feature INBC’s beers on tap, a first for the brewery, which has been selling beer exclusively out of its brewery taproom for the past six months. The Big Sky Mudflaps will be playing to celebrate their 40th anniversary of performing together. The show is free and begins at 9 p.m.

I must give a special shout out to Imagine Nation's newest beer release, their double IPA. It's Robert's favorite beer he's brewed so far, and the taste I had from the tank (#humblebrag) was incredible. Look for it during Imagine Fest! 

And if you haven't see this video, you should:

Monday, September 14, 2015

Inaugural Missoula Brews Cruise

Townsquare Media, Montana Brewery Passport, and Missoula Bike Source have teamed up to present the inaugural Missoula Brews Cruise on Saturday September 19, 2015. This day-long event features a poker run by bicycle, where participants pedal to Missoula breweries and bars to collect cards. Proceeds go to MTB Missoula, the area’s only mountain bike advocacy group.

“Our radio stations reach a diverse audience, but a love for local beer and riding bikes is a common thread,” says Christy Lefler, Marketing Specialist for Townsquare Media. “Our team has been looking for a unique way to blend bicycles and Missoula breweries, and thanks to Ryan Newhouse and his Montana Brewery Passport, and Chris Larson at Missoula Bike Source, we were able to collaborate and create this amazing event.”

Participants can register for the event online at or at any of the participating locations (see map below). Registration will close on Thursday September 17.

On Friday September 18, participants can pick up their registration bags at Bayern Brewing between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m., when it is expected that Bayern will be offering its new food menu to the public.
On the day of the event, riders will meet at Kettlehouse-Northside at noon and begin their poker run through Missoula. In order to participate, riders will need to stop at a minimum of five partner locations to collect a card. When they have collected their cards, they will be turned in at Great Burn Brewing starting at 5:00 p.m. (but no later than 6:30 p.m.). The best male poker hand and female poker hand (ties will be broken) will each winner a new cruiser bike, courtesy Missoula Bike Source.

Want a sneak peak at the locations? It's all here:
Still wondering how it works? Read this:
1. Sign up here: or at a participating brewery. Registration will close on Thursday September 17. It's only $10.
2. On Friday September 18 from 5-8 p.m. join us at Bayern Brewing try their new menu, pick up your registration packet, and plan your route.
3. Starting at noon on Saturday September 19 at KettleHouse Northside Taproom, launch your steel steed (i.e. bicycle) on a citywide tour. If you missed getting your packet at Bayern, you can pick up your packet at Kettlehouse-Northside before you start the tour. If you purchase a beer at Kettlehouse-Northside, you will be entered to win a cool Coldsmoke neon sign.
4. Start pedaling! Stop by at least five different participating locations to collect your cards and build your poker hand. There are at least seven stops, so feel free to collect up to seven cards (only your best five cards will make your hand).
5. Starting at 5 p.m., Great Burn Brewing will kick off its after-party festivities, complete with food trucks, games, and live music! ALL HANDS MUST BE TURNED IN BY 6:30 P.M. to be eligible to win prizes.
6. Throughout the day, tag your social media with #‎mslabrewscruise. We’ll be looking for them to share!

For more details, visit the Facebook event page:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

University of Montana Offers Montana Brews Online Course

Through the UM School of Extended & Lifelong Learning (SELL) program, anyone can now learn about Montana's beer in a unique and digital way. On August 17, 2015, registration opened for the Montana Brews Online Course.

This five-part, self-paced online course offers a unique glimpse into the world of Montana craft beers. The course features interviews with the brewers who make the beer, as well as recipes for some of Montana's most famous beers. Thanks to Summer Sun Garden & Brew, there is a course on homebrewing.

There's even a cameo by yours truly, Ryan Newhouse, principal beer spotter for Montana Beer Finder.

Registration is only $50, and you do not have to be enrolled at UM to take the non-credit course. In fact, anyone in the world can sign up, so tell your friends and family.

If you want the clone recipes for these beers, it's worth the price of admission alone:
  • Big Sky Brewing's Moose Drool 
  • Draught Works' Clothing Optional Pale Ale
  • Kettlehouse's Cold Smoke
  • Tamarack's Sip and Go Naked Apricot Ale
  • Flathead Lake Brewing Company's Centennial IPA
For more information, check out the video below:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Craft Beer Dinner at The Top Hat

You will be sad if you miss this incredible beer dinner tomorrow night. Don't be sad. 

On Wednesday, May 20 at 7PM, the Top Hat will host a Craft Beer Dinner featuring California breweries Lagunitas Brewing Co , Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Green Flash Brewing Co.


The dinner will include seven courses from the soon-to-be-released Top Hat Spring Menu paired with beers from the three Breweries and live music by Dan Dubuque.

As part of the dinner, Erin Crobar, Top Hat Chef and the brewers will explain the beer, the food and the thoughts behind the pairing.

The seven-course dinner, seven beer tastings and the music will be a ticketed event with a ticket price of $40 per person. The dinner is intended to be a social event, with tables of 10 where attendees will enjoy dinner “family style” with other Missoulians.

Tickets are available at The Top Hat and The last two beer pairing at the Top Hat sold out, so we recommend you purchase tickets early.

Spring 2015 Craft Beer Dinner Pairing Menu
Plantain Chips w/spicy mango salsa w/ Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
Wisconsin Cheddar Burger Slider w/ Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Chicken & Waffle w/ Maple Rosemary Butter w/ Ovila Abbey Quad w/ Plums
Jamaican Jerk seasoned Pork Belly w/ warm pineapple salsa w/ Lagunitas Under Cover Shut-Down Ale
Bacon – wrapped Jalapenos w/ Smoked Tomato Cream Cheese w/ Green Flash West Coast IPA
Bacon – wrapped Dates w/ Stilton w/ Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale

Bernice’s Carrot Cake Cupcakes w/ Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA

Monday, April 27, 2015

4th Annual Missoula Craft Beer Week and Garden City Brewfest Beer List!

It's happening as we speak! Missoula Craft Beer Week kicked off on Saturday April 25 with a brewery open house, and then it carried on into Sunday with the sold-out Draught Works' Beer 'n Bacon Brunch, a presentation at Imagine Nation Brewing by Montana brewery historian Steve Lozar, and the inaugural Human Foosball Tournament (pics below) at Kettlehouse-Southside Taproom.

The week pushes ahead with many great events. See the full list here! Tonight is the world premiere of "Homebrewd," a documentary about home brewing in Montana, and the Beer Vs. Wine Dinner at Caffe Dolce, which is sponsored by Big Sky Brewing.

The winners!
Photo courtesy Kettlehouse.
Of course the week ends with the ever popular Garden City Brewfest, presented by the Missoula Downtown Association (and our sponsor, Downtown Missoula Partnership). Here's the full line up of beers that will be poured this weekend (grouped by distributor)!


Summit Beverage
-        Bayern Brewing, Inc.
o   Maibock
o   Dragon’s breath Dark Hefeweizen
o   Montana (Helles) Lager
o   Amber Lager
-        Angry Orchard
o   Hop N’ Mad Cider
-        Bitter Root Brewing
o   Bitterroot IPA
o   Huckleberry Honey Ale
-        Blackfoot River Brewing
o   Belgian Tripel
o   Equnox Single Malt/Single Hop IPA
-        Deschutes Brewery
o   Pinedrops IPA
o   India Red Ale
-        Draught Works
o   Little Richard Session IPA
o   Fumunda Southern Hemisphere
-        Flathead Lake Brewing
o   Dirty Ginger Belgian Strong Ale
o   Shouter Equinox Oatmeal Pale Ale
-        Glacier Brewing Co.
o   Flathead Cherry Ale
-        Green Flash Brewing Co.
o   West Coast IPA
o   Double Stout Black Ale
-        Higherground Brewery
o   Hurrah Scotch Ale
-        Kettlehouse Brewing
o   Double Double Haul
o   Lemon Drop Hefeweizen
-        Laguntias Brewing Co.
o   Little Sumpin Sumpin
o   Undercover Shut-Down Ale
-        Leinenkugel’s Brewing Co.
o   Summer Shandy
-        Madison River Brewing Co.
o   Salmon River Honey Rye
o   The Juice
-        No-Li Brewhouse
o   Mosh Pit Tart Cherry Ale
-        Sam Adams
o   Summer Ale
-        Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
o   Hop Hunter IPA
-        Tamarack Brewing
o   Headwall Double IPA
o   Yard Sale Amber
-        Traveller Beer Co.
o   The Illusive Traveller

Zip Beverage
-        Anheuser-Busch
o   Shock Top Lemon
-        Beaverhead Brewing Co.
o   Beaverslide IPA
o   Whitetail Whit
-        Big Sky Brewing Co.
o   Big Sky Heavy Horse
o   Big Sky Pygmy Owl Session IPA
-        Elysian Brewing Co.
o   Elysian Super Fuzz Orange Pale Ale
o   Elysian Loser Pale Ale
-        Goose Island Beer Co.
o   312 Urban Pale Ale
o   Goose Summer Ale
-        Grand Teton Brewing Co.
o   5 O’Clock Shadow Black Lager
o   Old Faithful Golden Ale
-        Great Northern Brewing Co.
o   Wild Huckleberry Lager
o   Guy on a Buffalo
-        Harvest Moon Brewery
o   Belgian White
o   Pigs Ass Porter
-        Iron Horse Brewery
o   Farmlandia Seison Ale
o   Iron Horse Irish Death
-        Lewis & Clark Brewing Co.
o   Tumbleweed IPA
o   Prickly Pear Pale Ale
-        New Belgium Brewing Co.
o   New Belgium Skinny Dip Summer
o   New Belgium Slow Ride IPA
-        Quarry Brewing
o   Gneiss IPA
o   American Amber
-        Red Hook Brewing Co.
o   Red Hook Seedy Blonde Apple
-        The Front Brewing Co.
o   Soul Shine Citra IPA
o   High Country Hefeweizen
-        Widmer Brothers Brewing
o   Widmer Alchemy Ale
o   Widmer Hefeweizen Shandy

George’s Distributing
-        Cabinet Mountain Brewing Co.
o   Bullbucker ESP
-        Carters Brewing Co.
o   Ghost Train Double IPA
-        Laughing Dog Brewing
o   The Dogfather Imperial Stout
-        Lone Peak Brewing Co.
o   Raspberry Wheat
-        Neptune Brewing Co.
o   River Nymph
-        Selkirk Abbey Brewing
o   St. Thomas Black Saison

-        Blacksmith Brewing Co.
o   White IPA
o   Citra Pale Lager
-        Great Burn Brewing
o   Back Burn Black IPA
o   Montana Creamsicle
-        Lolo Peak Brewing Co.
o   Belgian Strong Ale
o   Double Eagle Scotch Ale
-        Phillipsburg Brewing Co.
o   Razzu Raspberry Wheat
o   Rope Swing Saison
-        Wildwood Brewing
o   Organic Ambitious Lager
o   Organic Bodacious Bock

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Dram Shop: Missoula's Beer Bar

Now open at 229 E. Front St. The Dram Shop - Growler Fill Station features Missoula's newest lineup of craft beer taps and bottles. Owners Zach and Sarah Millar were excited to open their doors to the public on Friday, and Missoula, in turn, was excited to show up. With 32 beers on tap, plus a few extra taps for sodas and ciders, The Dram Shop is a representation of the "big city" beer bars one might find in Oregon, Washington, California, and other beer-friendly states.

The Dram Shop showcases its up-to-date tap list digitally on the wall, as well as in print. They sell and fill multiple sizes of growlers, from wide-mouth pint sizes to the traditional 64 oz. If it's on tap, it can be filled in a growler.

"The most macro beer we have on tap is probably Modelo or Rainier," says owner Zach Millar. "We've designated only one tap for the [big name] beers, and we'll probably have things like Olympia or PBR." Just don't expect things like Bud Light or anything MillerCoors.

In addition to beer, soda, and cider, The Dram Shop also offer wines by the bottle and by the glass. They also sell bottles of beer to-go or for onsite consumption. Due to licensing, customers must order the bottle they want from the display or case; one cannot just pick it up and pay for it. 

The Dram Shop has a different character than some of Missoula's other "watering holes." Its modern decor, white-tiled backdrop and stainless steel tap station fits well with today's modern craft beer drinker. Another difference is its family-friendliness. Montana's breweries have long been noted for their welcoming atmosphere for families and kids, and The Dram Shop has embraced that too. With a corner play area (and being across the street from SpectrUM Discovery Area), it won't be uncommon to find a similar crowd as one finds at Draught Works.

The Millars noted as much back in October 2014 in a Missoula Independent interview: "We have two daughters, so we want it to be a family friendly place,” Zach says. “We’re going to have a play area for kids in here, and we want the atmosphere to be laid back, like a taproom atmosphere. That’s our goal. A place where people are comfortable bringing their kids, having a snack, filling a growler and going home—or staying for longer, if they want to."

When we checked out The Dram Shop yesterday (I was hanging out with Alan from Growler Fills), Zach Millar was the first to tell us that his draft list isn't nearly as polished as he aims it to be. "Honestly, there's not one special order beer on the list. We were so focused on getting the place ready to be opened we just picked the best beers that were fresh and immediately available."

Still, their goal is to offer choices other bars in Missoula don't. (For instance, they have a Carter's beer on tap). Of course there are local beers available too, such as Great Burn's Comet IPA and Big Sky's Pygmy Owl. Interesting to note: during the shop's soft opening on Thursday night, Pygmy Owl was the "most poured" beer of the evening. 

The Dram Shop is off and running. If you're in Missoula, stop by and check it out.

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