Thursday, May 1, 2014

22nd Annual Garden City Brewfest

Missoula Downtown Association
Perhaps the greatest marker that the seasons are changing is the annual Garden City Brewfest in Caras Park. It comes each year on the first Saturday in May, which is also the date of the first Farmer's Market and the week before finals for students at the University of Montana-Missoula. And this week, it coincides with two-plus days of glorious sunshine and 70+ degree temps. What more could we ask for? Well, perhaps all the cool events that are happening and have happened as part of Missoula Craft Beer Week, which is generously sponsored by the Missoula Downtown Association and Draught Works. 

This year, the MDA has pulled together 68 craft beers from around the region. Not only are all Missoula breweries and most all the breweries west of Divide present, we are getting beers from surrounding states and and far east in Montana as Outlaw Brewing in Belgrade. 

The brewfest starts this Saturday, May 3, at noon and runs until 8:00 p.m. Admission is $12, which provides a glass and two drink tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each. Must be 21 to purchase alcohol. 

It wouldn't be a brewfest without music, so here's the day's lineup:

Miller Creek kicks off the event from 12-2:30 pm
Tom Catmull from 3:00-5:30 pm.

Shakewell will wrap up the event from 6-8 pm.

And for the beer, we have compiled a printable Beer List (PDF). Download it here

Shock Top Brewing Co.
Honeycrisp Apple Wheat
Lemon Shandy

Big Sky Brewing Co.
Summer Honey
Pack Train Double IPA

Widmer Brothers Brewing
Upheavel IPA
Citra Blonde

Redhook Brewing Co.
Audible Ale

Elysian Brewing Company
Superfuzz Orange Pale Ale
Men’s Room Red

New Belgium Brewing Company
Summer Helles Lager

Great Northern Brewing
Empire Builder Imperial Pilsner
Wild Huckleberry Lager

Harvest Moon Brewing Co.
Beltian White
Loche &Lode Scottish Ale

Kona Brewing Company
Castaway IPA

Ninkasi Brewing Co.
Wunderbier Kolsch
Maiden The Shade

Quarry Brewing
Mica Mai Bock
Open Cab Copper

Lewis & Clark Brewing
Back Country Scottish Ale
Yellowstone Golden Ale

Grand Teton Brewing
Splashdown Belgium Golden
Sweetgrass Pale Ale

Goose Island Brewing
312 Urban Pale Ale

Missoula Brewing Company

Iron Horse Brewery
High Five Hefe
Quilter’s Irish Death

Bayern Brewing
Dump Truck
Montana Lager

Dry-Hopped Double Haul IPA

Bitterroot Brewing Co.
Red Dread Imperial Red Ale
Huckleberry Honey Ale

Glacier Brewing
Flathead Cherry Ale

Blackfoot Brewing
Single Malt IPA
Missouri River Steamboat Lager

Flathead Brewing
Bufflehead Brown Ale
Swimmer’s Itch Saison

Tamarack Brewing
Yard Sale Amber Ale
Mandarin White IPA

Deschutes Brewery
Armory XPA
Fresh Squeezed IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Torpedo Extra IPA

Madison River Brewing
Salmon Fly Honey Rye
Elk Hair ESB

No-Li Brewhouse
Born & Raised IPA
Spin Cycle Red Ale

Samuel Adams
Rebel IPA
Summer Ale

Leinekugal’s Brewing Co.
Leinie’s Summer Shandy

Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
Undercover Shutdown Ale

Higherground Brewing Co.
Waist Deep Wheat
Dry Fly IPA

Angry Orchard Cider Co.
Crisp Apple

Outlaw Brewery
Gambler Amber
Dawn Patrol Dark Ale

Wildwood Brewing
Mystical Stout
Krumholz Dark Wheat

Philipsburg Brewing
Tramway RPA

Draught Works
Scepter Head IPA
Heart of Darkeness Black IPA

The Front Brewing Company
Mountain Man Strong Ale
Keep Cool Creek Blonde


  1. Ryan, could you post a list of winners here?


  2. Sure!
    Category Beer Brewery
    Pale Ale Sweetgrass Pale Ale Grand Teton Brewing Company
    Strong Ale Pack Train Double IPA Big Sky Brewing Company
    Wheat/Rye Salmon Fly Honey Rye Madison River Brewing Company
    Belgian Spring Saison Wildwood Brewing
    Bock Dump Truck Summer Bock Bayern Brewing
    Fruit Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Elysian Brewing Company
    IPA Single Malt IPA Blackfoot River Brewing Company
    Lager Schwarzbier Bayern Brewing
    Light Hybrid Ale Yellowstone Golden Ale Lewis and Clark Brewing Company
    Dark Ale Back Country Scottish Ale Lewis and Clark Brewing Company
    Best of Montana Back Country Scottish Ale Lewis and Clark Brewing Company
    Best of Show Back Country Scottish Ale Lewis and Clark Brewing Company

    1. Thanks, Ryan, I'll post this on the Aficionado page.


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