Thursday, September 4, 2014

Roundup of Montana Beer Events (September 2014)

Just like the onslaught of pumpkin beers every year at this time (which I quite enjoy), so too come a fantastic line-up of beer events, dinners, and brewfests. Further posts will highlight select events, but for today we will post a roundup of what's "on tap" for the Montana craft beer world.

Friday September 5
16th Annual Maverick Brewfest - Missoula Montana
16th Annual Maverick Brewfest - Missoula 
At Caras Park downtown from 4-10 p.m., over 40 beers will be on tap for this fundraising brewfest for the Missoula Athletic Council. $10 gets you in with a commemorative beer glass and two drink tokens. Food is available for purchase.

End of Summer Block Party - Livingston - Neptune's Brewery
Featuring music from The Fossils (they're second-to-last performance), Neptune's is shutting down an alley, pouring beer, and roasting a pig. Running from 5-10 p.m., there will be something for everyone. Facebook event page.

Sunday September 7
Chain Reaction Fresh Hops Festival

3rd Chain Reaction Fresh Hops Festival - Missoula
See our full description.

Germanfest - Missoula
This annual Caras Park event honors Missoula's sister city in Germany, Neckargem√ľnd. As expected, Bayern Brewing is a key sponsor of the event and will be pouring beers. In fact, organizers from the Missoula Cultural Council say the event doesn't start until Jurgen Knoeller, Bayern's owner, taps a wooden barrel. Black Cat Bakery will be on hand selling pretzels and German pastries, and The Shack will be offering bratwursts. For $20 you can order your commemorative stein, which includes a free beer at the event. Runs from 2-6 p.m.

Thursday September 11
Maine Lobster Feast - Big Sky
Inside USA Today's "Top 10 Ski Resort Microbreweries," also known as Lone Peak Brewery, guests can enjoy ALL YOU CAN EAT LOBSTER paired with great beers. Reservations are required. The first seating is 6:00 p.m., and they will include a second 8:00 p.m. seating if needed. Tickets are $45 and include lobster, corn on the cob, and salad. Call the brewery to reserve your spot. 406.995.3939.

Friday September 12
Montana Beer and Wine Festival - Missoula
Called the "Social Event of the Year," Summit Beverage and the Grizzly Scholarship Association are presenting the annual fundraiser, the Montana Beer and Wine Festival, at the Adams Center. Proceeds from this event go toward scholarship assistance. Tickets are $50/person and you must be 21 or older. Tickets can be purchased at the Adams Center, Worden's Market, or at There will be a silent auction and local Montana artists selling their work. Food samples from Missoula's top chefs and restaurants are also a signature of the event.

Sunday September 14
Craft Beer Dinner - Bozeman - Bozeman Brewing Company
A collaborative dinner between Seasonal Montana and Bozeman Brewing Co., this beer dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $65/person. The menu for the three-course meal looks top-notch (prepared by Chef Melissa). 

Saturday September 20
Butte-toberfest - Butte

Back for the 6th year, the Butte-toberfest runs noon - 7 p.m. and will feature craft beers from 17 craft breweries (including the upcoming Muddy Creek Brewing Co. from Butte). Only 1250 glasses are sold for the festival, and it sells out! It is held at 139 W. Park St. in Uptown Butte. Tickets are $15 in advance (available at Quarry Brewing) or $18 day-of. A ticket gets you a glass and four tasting tokens (3 tokens = one full pint). Additional tokens are $1/each. 

P.S. If you come to this one, stop and say hello. I will be selling/signing copies of Montana Beer: A Guide to Breweries in Big Sky Country.

Carter's Brewery 7th Birthday Celebration - Billings
From 4-9 p.m. Carter's Brewery will be celebrating its 7th birthday at the brewery. To mark the event, Carter's will release a hand-bottled Lucky #7 Farmhouse Saison (bottled on 9/4/14). Other "rare" beers will be available, along with food from Lilac. Tickets will go on sale next week and include a tasting glass, food, and a bottle of Lucky #7. 
Courtesy Carter's Brewery Facebook
Lucky #7 Farmhouse Saison
P.S. If any Billings beer geeks want to send a bottle of #7 this way, you will be properly hooked up! ;-)

Thursday/Friday/Saturday September 25-27
The first of two weekends of this famed Oktoberfest kicks off in September. Held at Depot Park in Whitefish, this multi-weekend, three-days-each event will keep your lederhosen jumpin' and your bellies full of beers and food. For the full list of events, check their site
Friday September 26
Ales for Trails - Billings
Called "The Best Party in Billings," the 13th annual Ales for Trails kicks off Friday at 5:00 p.m. at Dehler Park in Billings. This brewfest and its sponsors have raised over $400,000 over the years for Billings area trail systems. More than 50 local and regional craft beers will be served up alongside wine, music, and a festive atmosphere. Tickets are $30 and include unlimited beer and wine tastings and a commemorative glass. They can be purchased here.
Ales for Trails - Billings Montana

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