The Missoula Craft Beer week is a celebration of craft beer in Missoula. Montana is serious about their local brew. We have over 39 breweries and counting in the state making Montana the state with the second highest number of breweries per capita. The event kicks off on Sunday, April 27th with a Bacon n’Beer Brunch at Draught Works followed by a Brews on the Block Party. The week is jam-packed with fun events all centered around beer: beer tastings, beer dinner pairings, a beer run and more. The week is rounded off with the 22nd Annual Garden City Brewfest in Caras Park from 12-8pm.
2014 Schedule of Events
Sunday, April 27th
Bacon n’Beer Brunch
10am-12:00pm at Draught Works Brewery
This special event takes 150 attendees (space is limited) and includes four beers, all-you-can-eat bacon and breakfast served up by the Burns St. Bistro. Enjoy bottomless coffee from Black Coffee Roasting and delicious maple bacon donuts.
Brews on the Block Party
12:30 – 6:00pm Toole Ave between Draught Works and Summer Sun Brew Supply
A big block party with games, beer, films, beer demonstrations and more. The Thirst Gear pedal pub will be there along with Tamarack’s “Ambrewlance” and Tap Room Tours.
Kettlhouse Special Beer Releases
12-9:00pm at both Kettlehouse Locations
Kettlehouse is going to be releasing multiple beer specials. The Northside Kettlehouse will have Brick and Mortar 2012 & 2013, “Noble Hopped” Double Haul with Hallartae hops and Whiskey Barrel Aged Cold Smoke. At the Southside Kettlehouse there will bee Whiskey Barrel Aged Cherry Soute, Chinook Dry Hopped Eddy Out, Maibock.
“Know Your Hops” Tour
“Hop” on Missoula’s newest and coolest bike, Thirst Gear, a 15-seater “pedal pub” for a tour to three different Missoula watering holes and learn all about hops. This tour is led by local hops expert, Jared Robinson of Summer Sun Garden & Brew.
Flathead Lake Brewing Company Brewer’s Dinner
Flathead Lake Brewing company 6:00pm
Happy Hour from 6pm-7pm followed by a Four Course Dinner paired with Four of our Hand Crafted Beers. Tickets are $55 per person. You can purchase them at FLBC of Missoula or E-mail Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Beer Hunter” Movie Night with Bitter Root Brewing
8:00pm at the Top Hat Lounge
A Free Screening of “The Beer Hunter” , a documentary about the beer world’s most influential personalities. Bitter Root Brewery is going to be doing a take over of the beers on tap and plenty of food available from the Top Hat tapas menu if you get hungry.
Tuesday, April 29th
Kettlehouse Female Cream Ale Firkin Tapping
2:00pm at the Ketthouse Northside
Join in for a special release of Ketthouse’s Female Cream Ale, straight from the Firkin.
“How Beer is Made” Tour
Every wonder how beer is made in a professional brewery? Get a unique behind-the-scenes look at how beer is made, from grain selection and milling, to mashing, fermentation, and bottling. Stops at Missoula breweries (with beer!). Led by a local home brewer. Hop on Missoula’s newest bike, Thirst Gear, a 15-seater “pedal pub” for the tour.
Sweet and Sour Dinner
6:00pm at Caffe Dolce
In this unique event, sweet dishes will be paired with sour beers and sour dishes will be paired with sweet beers. Plus, you will hear from one of the masters of American sours, David Brendgard, the new lead brewer forFlathead Lake Brewing Company, who spearheaded the sour beer and cellaring program for Deschutes Brewery in Oregon.
Free Mini Brew Demonstration
7:00pm at Chapman Home Brew
Join us for a demonstration of very small scale beer brewing (~1 gallon batches). Brewing small batches is also a great way to test recipes before committing to bigger batches. The class is free, but there will be limited space available.
Wednesday, April 30th
“How to Taste Beer”
Take your beer tasting skills to the next level with a multi-stop tour with a Certified Cicerone (the beer world’s version of a wine Sommelier). Each stop includes beer and instruction to get the most out of each glass. The tour is on Missoula’s newest bike, Thirst Gear, a 15-seater “pedal pub” for a tour
5-8:00pm Bayern Brewery
Audra from The Vespiary Book Restoration & Bindery will teach you how to bind your own home-brew or beer tasting journal. Using the leather Longstitch method: an ancient, multi-signature book structure that lays flat when opened and makes for an awesome journal. Pages are sewn directly into the leather and make a decorative pattern on the spine. Materials will be provided. No previous bookbinding experience necessary. Tickets are available for $50 . The first beer is free!
Tamarack Beer Dinner
5:00pm at Tamarack Brewing Co.
A three-course dinner with special beer pairings for each course. On the menu: rattlesnake sausage, flat iron steak, and Trio Mousse.
Beer and Cheese Pairing
5:30pm & 7:00pm at Draught Works
Come and explore the marriage of complex beers and cheeses. Draught Works has hand selected 8 specialty (many unreleased to the public) beers to accompany an array of cheeses sure to lift the palate. Draught Works brewers and the Good Food Store cheese expert will be present to walk you through the tasting and educate you about both. Two seatings. Each seating limited to 25 participants. Cost is $20 per person.
Run Wild Missoula Beer Run “5 Miles to Beer Thirty”
6:00pm Laughing Grizzly
A five mile run followed by a beverage or two afterwords at the Laughing Grizzly.
8:00pm at the Press Box
Big Sky Beer Dinner
7:00pm at the Stone of Accord
Thursday, May 1st
Kettlhouse Special Beer Tapping
5:00pm at the Rhino
Join Kettlehouse for a tapping of Whiskey Barrel Cold Smoke.
8:00pm at the Lucky Strike
Friday, May 2nd
Big Sky Firkin Tapping
4:00pm at the Rhino
Big Sky Brewing will be tapping their Train Double IPA.
Iron On Patch Night with Ninkasi Brewing
4-6:00pm at the Rhino
Join Ninkasi Brewing as they come in “hot” (with an iron) and are ready to iron on a brewery patch to whatever you bring them (that will accept a patch, mind you). Then enjoy the lineup of Ninkasi beers available. This is a popular event!
A Beer + Coffee Tasting
4:00pm at Kettlehouse Southside
Black Coffee Roasting Co. and Kettlehouse Brewing Co. have teamed up for a coffee and beer tasting. This ticketed, limited event offers up two coffee beers and several coffee tastings, plus a little impromptu coffee/beer mixings. $20/person.
Iron Horse Beer Dinner
5:00pm & 7:30pm at Burns Street Bistro
Iron Horse Brewing (Washington) is joining forces with Missoula favorite, Burns St. Bistro, for a four-course beer dinner. Guests will go home with an Iron Horse Brewing glass and be entered to win a tour of the brewery and one night stay in Ellensburg, WA. $45. By reservation only. Two seatings available.
Wooden Barrel Tapping by Bayern
5:30pm at The Depot
The Bayern crew is tapping a wooden barrel of their latest seasonal, Dump Truck.
Brews and Blades
7-11:00pm at Glacier Ice Rink
Saturday, May 3rd
Big Sky Beer Brunch
10:00am at the Old Post
22nd Garden City Brewfest
Beers, live music and food vendors. Celebrate the end of Missoula Craft Beer Week in style at the longest running brewfest in Montana.