Charlie Papazian is the founder of the Association of Brewers, the Great American Beer Festival (held annually in Denver, CO), the World Beer Cup, and Zymurgy and New Brewer magazines. By far his best-selling work is The Complete Joy of Home Brewing, which has been reprinted 25 times in three editions and has sold over 900,000 copies. He currently serves as president of the Brewers Association of America (which merged with his organization in 2005), representing over 2,000 brewers nationwide. He also founded National Pie Day.
In all, Papazian has written five books on beer and remains America’s most influential beer writer. The fact that he will be available to chat one-on-one makes this an incredible event.
The cruise itself will also be amazing. Provided by Far West Boat Tours, the three-hour cruise will take attendees around Flathead Lake while enjoying fine views, tasty appetizers, and delicious Montana craft beer.
The tour is already mostly sold out. The limited tickets that remain are $150 each with a limit of four tickets per purchase. The boat will leave promptly at 6:00 p.m. from Lakeside, Montana, and return around 9:00 p.m. For those wishing to stay nearby, the MBA has arranged some reserved rooms in nearby hotels and has arranged a shuttle service to and from Lakeside to those hotels:
• Best Western Flathead Lake Inn and Suites - 4824 Highway 93 South - 406-857-2400 – 10 rooms call by July 10 - $189.99/night – Closest to Lakeside – shuttle will be available.
• Kalispell Econo-Lodge - 1680 U.S. 93 Kalispell, Mt 59901 - 406-752-3467 – 30 rooms call by July 10 - $109.99/night – shuttle will be available.
• Kalispell Hilton Garden Inn - 1840 U.S. 93 Kalispell, Mt 59901 – 406-756-4500 – 20 rooms call by July 20 - $159.99/night – shuttle will be available