Saturday, June 13, 2015

Inaugural Kalispell Beer and Wine Open

Today and tomorrow marks the first Kalispell Beer and Wine Open, part brewfest/winefest and part homebrew competition. Over 30 breweries, wineries, and distilleries will set up at the Kalispell Fairgrounds, starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday. (Full list of participants here)

From the website:
This festival will become a beacon for all those eager young brewers, wine makers as well as industry professionals to look forward to every year for the opportunity to display what they know, have learned and can teach to others.  We are confident that the Kalispell Beer and Wine Open will continue to gain both recognition and momentum each and every year with community support.

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

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vote Beer, and Vote Often - The Audience Awards

Montana homebrewer and videographer, Rob Truax, is in the running to win an Audience Award for his video on "The Best Beer in Montana." If you want to know which beer that is, WATCH THE VIDEO

Okay, spoiler alert! The best beer in Montana is often the beer you brew yourself. When we asked Rob about his video, he told us:

While filming, I realized how important homebrewing is to Montana, and just how deep its roots go. I saw the effect homebrewers had on beer, and how many professional brewers started on their kitchen stove.

Rob's other project, with Missoula resident Carl Spurgeon, is the documentary Homebrewd, set to debut during Missoula Craft Beer Week at The Top Hat on April 27. 

As for what inspires Rob to tackle projects like the one for the Audience Awards:

I'm inspired by the passion of people. I'm passionate about filmmaking, and I'm passionate about beer. So when I saw the opportunity to collaborate and meet and talk with people who were passionate about beer, well I just couldn't resist.

To support Rob's video, "The Best Beer in Montana," click on one of the links above to watch the video, then create a free account and vote. There are five days left for voting, and you can vote everyday! 
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