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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Roundup for Montana Beer

Here's an admittedly hasty gathering of ghoulish Halloween specials at Montana's breweries, as they are known to exist today. If you know of something we've missed, please add them in the comments below!

Kettlehouse Southside Taproom - Meet a couple of tennis stars who are working behind the bar today. Tell them that Montana Beer Finder is a big fan!
Sharapova and Williams, left to right
Kettlehouse Northside - Kick off the Halloween party at Northside Kettlehouse with live music from Hardwood Heart, Caramel Apple Cold Smoke® Scotch Ale, and a costume contest. 6 PM

Imagine Nation Brewing Co. - Try your hand at pairing beer with Halloween candy. Snickers, Candy Corn, and Hot Tamales will be on hand to sample with their lineup of beers. Live music at 6 PM.

Draught Works - Come in costume and they will buy your first pint! Bring the kids for free candy and soda! Be there at 7 PM sharp for our costume contest! Categories: Scariest, Classic, Topical, Couple's, Best in Show - 1st 4 get glass growler+fill, Best in Show gets a 50/50 growler!

Missoula Brewing Co. - First beer $1 if your in costume. Great prizes for a costume contest. $1 Pumpkin beers ALL weekend. John Floridis TONIGHT!

Bitterroot Valley
Lolo Peak Brewing - They release the Flying Gourd Pumpkin Ale at 5:00 PM at the LPB Halloween Party.

Bitter Root Brewery - This Halloween KIDS EAT FREE! If you're looking to fuel up your little ghosts and goblins before you take them out trick-or-treating, then the Brewery is your place. Purchase an adult meal and get an item off of our kids menu for free from 4pm to close this Saturday! If you're sans children this Halloween, we've got you taken care of too. All growler fills are $1 off on Halloween and all beers will be $1 off from 4pm to 6pm.

Great Falls
Bowser Brewing Co. - Special beer release. The Nos was originally brewed by Dennis for Halloween 1990 in Cleveland OH while brewing at Great Lakes Brewing. We like to continue that tradition by serving a cask version for Halloween.

Muddy Creek Brewing - Come to Muddy Creek Brewery on Halloween for a fun-filled night of drink-specials, costume contests, trivia contests, games, prizes, creepy music and ghost stories featuring uptown Butte locales. Come try the award-winning Jack Smashed Pumpkin Ale and just see if you can survive the night at Muddy Creek Brewery.

Kalispell Brewing Co. - Happy Halloween! Celebrate the spooky and spectacular with us. Live music at 5:00pm with Moonshine Mountain, costume contest at 7:00pm, plus candy and fun times!
Courtesy Kalispell Brewing Co. Facebook page
Montana Brewing Co. (see below)

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, September 8, 2015

Wild and Sour Beer Dinner || Burns St. Bistro || Summer Sun Garden and Brew

Leave it to the folks at Burns St. Bistro and Summer Sun Garden and Brew to figure out the coolest way to mix beer and dinner. On Saturday September 12 there will be a single seating to a five-course meal, with each course paired with a different sour beer. Here are the details:









   Make reservations at Burns St. Bistro today!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2nd Whitewater Beer Tasting on Alberton Gorge

Montana Brewery Tours is hosting its 2nd annual Whitewater Beer Tasting this Saturday on the Alberton Gorge. Complete with Class III whitewater fun, transportation, and appetizers paired with Draught Works beers, it's sure the be a wild and wet time.

The event is $99 per person and already nearly sold out. Meeting time is noon, and the return is scheduled for 7 p.m. Book at MTBREWTOURS.COM or by calling 406.544.6864.

If you want to see the good times had last year, check out these pics, courtesy Montana Brewery Tours' Facebook.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

2015 Beer Bloggers Conference in Asheville NC

July 18-20, 2015 | Asheville NC | Zephyr Adventures just wrapped up its 2015 Beer Bloggers Conference in the comforting Appalachian hills of western North Carolina and home to Beer City USA. If you haven't been, Asheville is certainly a beer-loving destination that likely impressed most of the sold-out beer blogging conference. Self included. With 22 breweries in the city, 42 in western North Carolina, and 250 independent restaurants (via

Of the many highlights was the opportunity to meet and converse with leaders in the craft beer industry. I met the head brewer for Oskar Blues NC, Ken Grossman and son of Sierra Nevada Brewing, New Belgium's CEO Kim Jordan, and Dick Cantwell, formerly of Elysian Brewing Co. Mr. Cantwell told me, "it was a very tough year," as we chatted about the buyout. And then we joked about the fact that Budweiser had just presented at the conference, and he said, "You mean they fussed over their own beer!?" 

Perhaps even more enriching was the time spent with old and new friends who get as excited for good beer as I do. Special shouts out go to Alan McCormick of Growler Fills, Megan Cleworth of Craft Central Beer, Nate and Ty of Brewrasa (go buy their backpack right now), Julia Herz from the Brewers Association (I will rematch you in table tennis any time and place!), Meghan Storey of, Oliver Gray from Literature and Libation, and Bryan Roth of This is Why I'm Drunk
BrewRasa, left, author center, Julia Herzes, right
There were many great takeaways from the conference, for which you can find the agenda here, but from my notes I leave you this synopsis. 

Why do people choose craft beer? The top two reasons are flavor and freshness, with 47% choosing it for the alcohol. And what about those date codes on the bottles and packaging? Just over 1/3 of beer drinkers rely on those codes to determine their purchase.

Are we there yet? Last year over 600 breweries opened and only 46 closed. Currently, 1.5 breweries open every day in the U.S. (Note: The Missoula Brewing Company just opened this week in Montana, as did White Dog Brewing in Bozeman!) The next time someone asks if we have enough breweries in town, I'll respond, "Do we have enough restaurants?" As long as each brewery is differentiating itself and striving to make a word-class product, there's plenty of room in the pool.

You talking about jobs? The brewing industry alone is responsible for 115,000 jobs in the U.S.

The first side trip during the conference was to the Oskar Blues Brewing facility in Brevard, NC. This facility opened in 2012, mashes in every 2 1/2 hours, and can can 300 beers a minute.

Next we toured the "Disney World" of craft beer, Sierra Nevada's new NC brewery, a state-of-the-art craft brewery that prides itself on its sustainability practices as much as its great beer. We were the first in the US to try Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest collaboration Brauhaus Riegele and its brewmaster from Augsburg, Germany.

The rest of the conference was filled with information that will ultimately make this blog better, along with the many of the other 1,000 citizen beer blogs in the U.S.

But there was also beer, and plenty of it. I had some great ones, and some bad ones. I'd like to call out a couple of my favorites, a beet beer from Innovation Brewing (yes, the one being sued by Bell's Brewing), and everything from Burial Brewing Co. (interestingly, one of their owners is a lawyer representing Innovation Brewing in the lawsuit).

I also tried many great beers during the Night of Many Bottles, an enormous bottle share where the 150 bloggers brought their hometown favorites. I brought a couple Crowler from Kettlehouse Brewing Co. (thanks Zeb and Ryan), as well as Bitter Root Brewing, Lewis and Clark, and The Front.
Next year the conference will take place in Tampa, Florida (near Cigar City Brewing). Please contact me if you'd like your Montana beer brought down and shared.

In closing, I am giving a "heads up" to my readers that I plan to broaden the reach of this blog, tackle things that stretch beyond Montana on occasion, give even more space to the great things Montana beer is doing, and go "off topic" on some things a bit more personal. I hope you stick with me for it all!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Montana Brewery You Might Not Know: Dunluce Brewing

Dunluce Brewing
I admit it, I just didn't know. I wrote a book about beer, and have printed and sold thousands of copies of the Montana Brewery Passport, but out in Superior, Montana, there has been a nano-brewery in operation since summer 2014, and I just didn't know until last week.

Dunluce Brewing ("done loose") is owned and operated by Adam Hauge, who lives in Liberty Lake, Washington, but travels over at least once a week to brew on his 1/2 barrel brew system, which is currently only sold at the Four Aces Bar in Superior.

"My wife's family is from the area, so it's nice to be connected to the area," says Hauge. The brewery's motto is: Family, Farm, Fermented.

It was during a trip to Ireland and Italy in 2012 that the couple, Lauren and Adam, first thought about combining family farming and brewing. Adam's family farm grows barley in central Montana, and Lauren's family farm in Superior has hops and spices.

In addition to selling its beers through Four Aces Bar, Dunluce Brewing is available for special order kegs for weddings. Just this week Dunluce Brewing began offering branded growlers and growler fills through Four Aces, and the bar will also serve as the official Montana Brewery Passport stamping location since the brewery does not operate a tasting room.

Hauge brews six different core beers, plus some seasonals. Here are the mainstays:

Dun Deal
Porter brewed with chocolate and black patent malts. (Occasionally brewed with peppers or pumpkin.)

Dun Right
Inspired by classic style German Pilsners, brewed to be crisp, refreshing and spicy. (Occasionally brewed with smoked grain or ginger.)

Screw Luce
IPA brewed for hop enthusiasts with almost triple the amount of hops as our other beers and a malty base for balance.

Foot Luce
Dill Pale Ale brewed to incorporate Adam's favorite spice.

Dun 'n' Done
Amber brewed with beets and citrus hops for a malty, yet refreshing flavor.

Superior Suds

Single hop Pale Ale brewed with the patrons of the Four Aces bar in Superior, MT in mind.

Next time you're heading by Superior, stop in and say hi to Ronna at Four Aces Bar and ask for a pint or growler of Dunluce beer, and tell her that Montana Beer Finder sent you. 

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, May 11, 2015

Flathead Lake Brewing Co. Kicks Off American Craft Beer Week

Ringing in their new pubhouse for their first American Craft Beer Week, Flathead Lake Brewing Co. has a week of beer-themed events planned for May 11 - May 17. And they look incredible!

Monday May 11
We will kick off the week with a presentation from resident historian Steve Lozar on the history of brewing in Montana, 6-7:30pm. All attendees will get to take home a commemorative American Craft Beer Week t-shirt!

Tuesday May 12
Tuesday Toasts with AERO (Alternative Energy Resources Organization). From 5-8pm $1.00 of every beer poured will be donated.

Wednesday May 13
On Wednesday we will have a special Beer Trivia hosted by our Brewmaster, David Brendgard, from 6:30-8:30pm.

Thursday May 14
On Thursday, enjoy an amazing four course Brewer’s Dinner in the Imperial Room, $45 per person. Get your tickets in advance!

Friday May 15
On Friday we are featuring Kalispell Brewing Co.’s Two Ski Brewski Pilsner, on tap for a limited 
time only! Live music from Swiftcurrent, 7-10pm.

Saturday May 16
On Saturday our Beer Ambassador, Nate Willette, will be hosting a FLBC Pint Night! Live music from Mike Murray Duo, 6-9pm.

Sunday May 17
Sunday will be Brewery Tour Day! Get an inside look of our new state of the art brewing facility. Tours start on the hour from 12-5pm.

Brewer’s Dinner at FLBC
Thursday May 14
Join us at the FLBC Pubhouse for a weeklong celebration of American Craft Beer. On Thursday, enjoy an amazing four course Brewer’s Dinner in the Imperial Room, $45 per person. Get your tickets in advance!
First Course
Smoked Tri Tip wellington bites with a green peppercorn sauce and 369’ Stout marinated smoked oysters in the half shell.
Paired with 369’ Stout
Second Course
Grilled Romaine with fried capers, grape tomatoes, and a Parmesan wheel with our Saison Caesar dressing.
Paired with Swimmer’s Itch Saison
Third Course
Galaxy seared scallops and shrimp with Parmesan galaxy grits and zucchini swirls.
Paired with Galaxy Pale Ale
Fourth Course
Cherry cheesecake with a white chip almond cookie crust and a sour Flathead cherry sauce.

Paired with Sour Cherry Ale

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
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