Thursday, April 25, 2013

Missoula Craft Beer Week (April 28 - May 3)

It's back! A week-long celebration of all things craft beer in the Garden City of Montana. The 2nd Annual Missoula Craft Beer Week promises to be awesome - and tasty! Presented by Montana Beer Finder and Growler Fills: Craft Beer Enthusiasm, and sponsored by Draught Works Brewery, Missoula Downtown Association, and Summer Sun Brew Supply, this year is full of unique beer events that will satisfy every palate.

Here's a full rundown of the events planned to date:

SUNDAY, APRIL 28
10:00 a.m.  ::SOLD OUT:: Draught Works Brewery: Bacon n' Beer Breakfast. Choose from 8 special beers, all-you-can-eat sausage and bacon, commemorative pint glass, Black Coffee Roasting Co. coffee and more.  Tickets (limited number) are $30 and are available at the brewery.  915 Toole Ave. ::MENU::

MONDAY, APRIL 29
5:00 p.m. to Close. Tamarack Brewing Co. Three Course Beer Dinner. Enjoy a three course meal paired and made with Tamarack Brewing Co. beers. Enjoy a "welcome beer" before dinner begins, comprised of a different beer release each day.  First course: Montana spring greens with roasted beets and an Apricot Ale vinaigrette (paired with White IPA). Second course: Kobe beef with seared foie gras, micro greens with a fig IPA vinaigrette (paired with Dry Hopped Amber Ale). Third course: Espresso infused marscapone stout lady fingers (paired with Hole Mole Stout).  Cost is $29 per person and may be ordered any time during dinner hours. 231 W. Front St. ::MENU::

5:30 p.m. Flathead Lake Brewing Co. of Missoula Beer Dinner. Three courses and three beers (along with a logo glass to take home) in FLBC of Missoula's fantastic new third-floor Galaxy Lounge.  Courses include Lamb Moussaka, Scallops topped with a mango jalapeno salad, and ginger angelfood cake with a lemongrass cream served with ginger caramel sauce. Beer pairings are Flathead Lake Brewing Co.'s Brown Ale, Galaxy Pale Ale, and Dirty Ginger Belgian-ish Ale. Tickets are $35 and are available at FLBC of Missoula. 424 N. Higgins.

7:00 p.m. Big Sky Brewery Movie Night at The Top Hat.  Head to the Top Hat for a screening of Strange Brew. Big Sky beers will be paired with select items off the new Top Hat tapas menu. 134 W. Front St. ::MENU:: (Show at 9 p.m.)

5:00 p.m. Tamarack Brewing Co. Monkey Barrel Series Beer Release:Tamarack has been "monkeying around" with crazy ideas and flavors and will relase a different keg of barrel aged beer each day during Missoula Craft Beer Week from Monday to Saturday.  Monday's release is: Single Barrel Palisade IPA. 231 W. Front St. 

TUESDAY, APRIL 30
3:00 p.m.  Learn to Homebrew with Summer Sun Brew Supply.  Want to learn how to make your own beer?  Here's a fantastic opportunity to learn from Missoula's top homebrewshop.  The class will show you all the basics to get you started in brewing your own beer.  Class size is not limited and plan for approx. 2 hours of instruction.  838 W. Spruce St.

5:15 & 7:30 p.m.  Modern Alchemy: A focus on pairing beer with extreme flavors.  Caffe Dolce hosts this incredible taste experience featuring a unique and interesting five course meal focusing on sweet, salty, umami, bitter and sour flavors in modern food and the beers that pair with them - and some that don't! Two seatings are available (5:15 and 7:30 p.m.) and each seating is limited to 24 seats.  Cost is $75 per person or $140 per couple.  Call Caffe Dolce at 830-3055 for reservations. Corner of Brooks and Beckwith Streets.

5:00 p.m. to Close. Tamarack Brewing Co. Three Course Beer Dinner.  See full description under Monday's events. 231 W. Front St. ::MENU::

5:00 p.m. Tamarack Brewing Co. Monkey Barrel Series Beer Release:Lavender Blonde. 231 W. Front St. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
6:00  p.m.  Run Wild Missoula Special Edition Beer Run. 5 mile run and beer social.  Meet at Draught Works Brewery. 915 Toole Ave.

5:00 p.m. to Close.  Tamarack Brewing Co. Three Course Beer Dinner.  See full description under Monday's events. 231 W. Front St. ::MENU::

5:00 p.m. Tamarack Brewing Co. Monkey Barrel Series Beer Release:Chai Porter. 231 W. Front St. 

THURSDAY, MAY 2
7:00 p.m.  Ninkasi Brewing Iron Man at The Rhino. Ninkasi pint specials and iron-on patches applied while you wait to anything you bring.  158 Ryman Street.

5:00 p.m. to Close.  Tamarack Brewing Co. Three Course Beer Dinner.  See full description under Monday's events.  231 W. Front St. ::MENU::

5:00 p.m. Tamarack Brewing Co. Monkey Barrel Series Beer Release:Honey Rose Hip IPA. 231 W. Front St. 

FRIDAY, MAY 3
4:00 p.m.  Blackfoot River, Posh Chocolat, Barley's Angels Dessert/Beer PairingTry four Blackfoot River Brewing Co. beers paired with Posh Chocolat's hand made, artisan chocolates in this women's only event led by Blackfoot River brewer Becky Molm.  Find out just how great beer and dessert go together! The event takes place in the lobby of the Florence Building (by the entrance to the Red Bird Restaurant).  Cost is $15 and tickets are limited to 25 women.  RSVP by emailing becky@blackfootriverbrewing.com prior to the event. 111 N. Higgins. 

4:00 p.m.  Four Ways for Double Haul at the Rhino.  Try four different versions of Kettlehouse Brewing Company's Double Haul IPA...a firkin of Jalepeno Double Haul IPA; an unfiltered, dryhopped with Cascades hops Double Haul IPA; a Barrel-Aged (Dry Fly Distillery barrel) Double Haul IPA; and good ol' regular Double Haul IPA. 158 Ryman Street. 

5:00 p.m. Missoula Brewery Bus Tour.  Remember when drinking beer on the school bus was frowned upon? Get ready make up for all those years of boring bus rides when you join fifty of your closest friends on the best bus ride in town.  Meet at the Northside KettleHouse (North 1st Street) between 5:00 and 5:30 PM for a beer before hopping on the bus to visit Draughtworks, Bayern, and a food stop.  The tour ends around 8:30 after which the bus will drop you off downtown, at the Northside KettleHouse, or at your house within the City Limits.  Tickets cost $30 which includes a beer at each brewery plus transportation (food not included; tickets also available for $20 for non-drinkers).  Space is limited so get your name on the list ASAP by clicking here:Registration Form (include any questions on the form and organizers Jeff or Katie will get back to you). 

5:00 p.m. Bayern Brewing Taps Wooden Barrel of Dump Truck at Depot.Join the iconic wooden barrel tapping of Dump Truck at the Depot. 201 Railroad St. 

7:00 p.m. Big Sky Bull Riding at the Iron Horse. Get ready to ride Big Sky's mechanical bull in its Missoula debut! Plus great Big Sky beers will be available!

5:00 p.m. to Close.  Tamarack Brewing Co. Three Course Beer Dinner.  See full description under Monday's events.  231 W. Front St. ::MENU::

5:00 p.m. Tamarack Brewing Co. Monkey Barrel Series Beer Release:Rocky Mountain ImpeRyeAle Amber. 231 W. Front St.

SATURDAY, MAY 4
8:00 a.m.  Old Post Pub & Big Sky Brewery Brunch.  Enjoy Big Sky Brewing Co. beers paired with delicious brunch options at the Old Post Pub. 103 W. Spruce St. ::MENU::

12:00 p.m.  21st Garden City Brewfest. 68 beers, live music and food vendors.  Celebrate the end of Missoula Craft Beer Week in style at the longest running brewfest in Montana. Caras Park.

2:00 p.m. Craft "Beerd" Contest.  Think you'd got the best craft beard in Missoula? You could win a year's supply of growler fills from Big Sky Brewery. The competition takes place at the Garden City Brewfest at Caras Park.  Not only must you have awesome facial hair, you must bring a canned food donation for the Missoula Food Bank to compete. Guest judges from Hair Headquarters for Men will pick the winners!

5:00 p.m. to Close. Tamarack Brewing Co. Three Course Beer Dinner. See full description under Monday's events. ::MENU::

5:00 p.m. Tamarack Brewing Co. Monkey Barrel Series Beer Release:Fred's Bourbon Barrel Red.

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