Get Buff for Bridger's Stein Holding Competition

Craft beer week is just around the corner and if you intend to win Bridger Brewing’s 3rd Annual Stein Holding Competition, now is the time to hit the gym.  We’ve prepared a few moves to help you get in shape no matter when or where you work out.


Stein holding requires you to hold a stein straight out in front of you with your arm parallel to the ground.  It may seem like a simple task and might even feel like it for the first minute. But this event is no joke! Once pain from the strain of holding up a stein full of liquid for minutes on end begins radiateing from your arm to the shoulder and down the back you realize this event is not for the faint of heart.  This competition will leave you shaking until your body just gives up on you. Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to show up completely unprepared. We’ve got some exercise tips to help you have the upper hand (pun intended) when it comes to your next stein holding escapade!

Drop and give us 20

Tricep Pushups

Place your hands directly below your shoulders in a plank position.

Place your hands directly below your shoulders in a plank position.

Tricep Dumbbell Kickback

Don’t have weights? Fill up that growler you have at home and kneel on the edge of the sofa.

Don’t have weights? Fill up that growler you have at home and kneel on the edge of the sofa.

Overhead Dumbbell Tricep Extension

A crowler works perfect for this exercise.

A crowler works perfect for this exercise.

Seated Dumbbell Overhead Press

Use a kitchen chair and 2 crowlers of beer for this press if a gym isn’t handy.

Use a kitchen chair and 2 crowlers of beer for this press if a gym isn’t handy.

Front Raise with Dumbbell

The reigning world champ practiced for the event by doing front raises with gallons of water.

The reigning world champ practiced for the event by doing front raises with gallons of water.

Now that you have a few tips, hit the gym or workout at home. we’ll see you Tuesday, May 7th at 5:30pm at Bridger Brewing!

Check out this event and more in our full schedule!

How the #BznBeerWeek Passport Works


Passports are finally here (they arrived from Scout Books last week)!!! Since we’re quickly getting closer to Bozeman’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week, we wanted to take a moment to give you the rundown on why you should buy one (if you haven’t already).

#1 Your Personal Guide

Think of the #BznBeerWeek Passport as your exclusive personal guide to this very special 8-day beer bash. With over 25 events happening over the course of the week, your passport helps you to plan accordingly and keep track of the events you attend by collecting stamps as you go.

#2 Sweet Discounts

Save your hard-earned cash with discounts offered ONLY to passport holders by our sponsors. This year’s Passport perks include:

  • 2-for-1 Montana draft beers at Sidewinders ALL WEEK LONG

  • Happy hour prices on drinks at The Bay Bar & Grill ALL WEEK LONG

  • Show your Passport @ the Gate during the Spring Brewers Rendezvous and get into the VIP hour for General Admission prices ($10 savings)

#3 Chance to Win Awesome Prizes

Probably, the biggest benefit to having a Bozeman Craft Beer Week Passport is the opportunity to enter in the Official #BznBeerWeek Giveaway. ONLY passport holders are eligible to enter this giveaway which includes some epic prizes, such as:

  • A brand-spankin’ NEW 2-tap Kegerator complete with 1 year supply of CO2 and a 1/6 barrel of any local Montana beer of your choice

  • Pelican coolers (3 total)

  • Gift cards, schwag, and more!

In total, this year, we have nearly $3500 in prizes to give away! You can enter this giveaway by filling out and turning in the entry form of pg. 31 of your passport at any Craft Beer Week event happening during the week.

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Now that you know how it works…

Where can you buy one?

Where to buy

You’ve got three options! You can order online or stop by one of the 3 retail locations around Bozeman that are selling them shown below.

Volunteering for Craft Beer Week is the Best Decision you'll make this Spring



Our Beloved “Beer Intern”

Don’t believe us? Keep reading to learn how #BznBeerWeek intern Kelsey’s interest in craft beer led her to a greater appreciation of community and some incredible beer adventures along the way.

Being a craft beer week volunteer has some obvious perks. You get a free passport for the week which includes some great discounts at select sponsor locations. Passport holders are also the lucky few who can enter to win our giveaway.

Not convinced to get a passport yet? The prizes so generously donated by our sponsors include a brand new kegerator, Pelican coolers, gift cards, craft beer week swag and more!

You’re might be thinking, “Well then I’ll just buy their awesome t-shirt for $20 and a passport for $10 because my money is going to a good place and I’m not motivated by a free t-shirt like I was in college.”

But volunteering for craft beer week is so much more than free stuff and helping us make craft beer week happen.


When I volunteered for craft beer week the first year, I was looking for opportunities to be more involved in my community. I think I actually found the sign up to volunteer by googling something lame like “fun volunteer opportunities Bozeman.”

I found the craft beer week website and was like, “Hell yeah, volunteering and drinking beer sounds like my kind of jam.”

I was only available to volunteer at the Brewed on the Fly event that year. Since I signed up too late to go to the volunteer info pick up party, Jesse (#BznBeerWeek co-founder) met me at the event and had a shirt and passport waiting for me. I expected to have more responsibility, but we just sold craft beer week swag, stamped passports, and answered basic questions from a FAQ sheet that was provided to us. I used my passport to get a discount on a beer and watched some awesome fly tying. It couldn’t have been an easier volunteer gig.


The next year I signed up for a few events that worked with my schedule. I met some incredible people, drank beer, and witnessed what can only be described as a true feat of beer athleticism when this man (pictured right) dominated the beer mile in jeans.

That week also led me to where I am now. For those of you who don’t know me, I am helping Jesse and Loy with craft beer week and my official title is, “Beer Intern.”

Yeah, it is as cool as it sounds.

I try new beers all the time, assist with craft beer week and I spend my time getting to know beer pals like you. And all of that is because I took 2 hours out of my day 3 years ago to stamp passports and wear a rad t-shirt.

Volunteer Pro Tips

If you’re shy, grab a pal and pick an event that you are both available to volunteer for.

It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up, drink beer, and watch some interesting events.

Sign up for events that you are interested in spectating.

Volunteering is not admission to an event, so make sure that you don’t volunteer for any event you want to participate in.

Bring a water bottle and eat beforehand.

Some of the events will not have water available, so make sure that you come prepared. If you intend to drink, do so responsibly and add water to your intake. And believe me, the food pairings will leave you drooling at the volunteer table, so make sure you eat before you show up.

Sign up for events that appeal to you.

I am deathly afraid of people throwing up. If you are like me, do not sign up for the beer mile. The event was a blast and absolutely hilarious, but one of the participants violently threw up for 30 minutes which left me totally useless. So take my advice and make sure you understand what the event is before you sign up.

Got questions?

Head over to our volunteer info page to learn more about how you can help your community and drink beer. Read all you need to know and are ready to sign up? Click the button below and get to volunteering!

3rd Annual Bozeman Craft Beer Week boasts 29 events, special collaboration beer

Fermentana releases 2019 event schedule and passport, announces County 6: The Peoples IPA

Bozeman, MT (April 8, 2018) - Bozeman Craft Beer Week is only a few weeks away and beer-loving Montanans and beer-cationers must start considering which of the 29 beer-centric events planned they should attend during the Gallatin Valley’s biggest annual beer bash. Taking place May 4th-11th, Bozeman Craft Beer Week is a celebration centered on building community in year three.

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In alignment with this spirit of fellowship, 12 local breweries worked together to create a special collaboration beer to commemorate Bozeman’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week. Aptly named, County 6: The People’s IPA is an ale brewed for the people of the Gallatin Valley using a portion of locally-grown malt from Gallatin Valley Malt and hops from Crooked Yard Hops. A six-hop blend of old and new school varieties work together in this beer to create a refreshing, flavorful IPA perfect for spring sipping. Craft beer week attendees can expect to find the collaboration beer available on tap and in cans at Outlaw Brewing, the host brewery for the beer project, as well as at participating sponsor businesses and retailers starting in late April through the end of craft beer week.

On April 2nd, 2019 our local brewers gathered at Outlaw Brewing Co. to brew this year’s collaboration beer.

On April 2nd, 2019 our local brewers gathered at Outlaw Brewing Co. to brew this year’s collaboration beer.

Proceeds from events throughout the week, as well as the sale of the collaboration beer, will be donated to Fermentana's craft beer week nonprofit partner, Bozeman Area Community Foundation, to support their mission of connecting people who care to causes that matter to build a better community.

Fermentana rolled out the 2019 craft beer week schedule online the morning of Monday, April 8th, 2019. The following events are slated to take place during the community craft beer celebration over the course of the week:

Saturday, May 4th

  • Big Brew Day: Learn to Homebrew hosted by Bridger Brew Crew at TreaT Cafe / Gallatin Home Brew Supplies

  • May the 4th Be With You: Beer Release Party at MAP Brewing Co.

  • Blending Beer with Barrel-Aged Kombucha at Dean’s Zesty Booch

  • Craft Beer Week Kickoff Party at The Market at Ferguson Farm

Sunday, May 5th

  • Goat Races! at Nordic Brew Works

  • Hop Hole Tournament at Outlaw Brewing

  • Pints from the Past with The Extreme History Project at Bunkhouse Brewery

  • Brewed on the Fly: Fly Tying Competition with Creek to Peak at 406 Brewing Co.

Monday, May 6th

  • Beers & Bites at Bar 3 BBQ & Brewing in Belgrade

  • Pizza & Bozeman IPAs Night at Fire Artisan Pizza

Tuesday, May 7th

  • Stein Holding Competition at Bridger Brewing

  • Tuesday Night Flights at Bozeman Taproom

  • Beer Themed Trivia Night at White Dog Brewing

  • Hops & History Trivia Brew Party with Museum of the Rockies at Montana Ale Works

Wednesday, May 8th

  • The Bozeman Beer Mile at Bozeman Brewing Co.

  • Beer Pairing Dinner with Bunkhouse Brewery at Blacksmith Italian

  • The Bay’s Master Class at The Bay Bar & Grille

  • Cider & Sausage Pairing at Lockhorn Hard Cider

Thursday, May 9th

  • Dee-O-Gee's Yappy Hour with Bridger Brewing at Dee-O-Gee

  • Beers & Bluegrass, Games & Goats with Bozeman Brewing at Red Tractor Pizza

Mead Tasting & Tours at Valhalla Meadery

Friday, May 10th

  • Happy Hour with Julius Lehrkind Brewery at Element Bozeman

  • Crossfit & Beer at True Spirit Crossfit and Yoga

  • Stone Glacier After Hours at the Ram’s Head Tavern at Stone Glacier

  • Sour Beer Symposium at Backcountry Burger Bar

Saturday, May 11th

  • The 3rd Annual Beer Olympics at True Spirit Crossfit and Yoga

  • Spring Brewers Rendezvous presented by Montana Brewers Association at Haynes Pavilion, Gallatin County Fairgrounds

    • Single Six IPA Challenge with Single Six Media (during Spring Brewers Rendezvous)

    • BCBW Awards & Wrap-Up Event hosted by Fermentana (during Spring Brewers Rendezvous)

  • Rendezvous After Party at Bozeman Taproom

Along with the jam-packed events list, Fermentana has also released the official Bozeman Craft Beer Week Passport for 2019 to assist beer lovers with their craft beer week journey. This pocket-sized guide features a full schedule of events and special discounts for passport holders at select sponsoring businesses throughout the week. Additionally, the Passport serves as event-goers’ entry into the Bozeman Craft Beer Week Giveaway which consists of over $3000 worth of prizes from participating sponsors, including a brand-new kegerator and multiple Pelican Coolers each branded to celebrate Bozeman’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week.

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Have you pre-ordered your passport yet?

Passports are available for pre-order now on our online store. Starting April 15th, passports will also be available for purchase at retail locations including Sidewinders American Grill, MAP Brewing Co., and General Distributing in Bozeman. Now head on over to our events page to view the complete event listings and ticketing info for this epic 8-day beer bash!

4 Tips for a Great Bozeman Beercation

It’s hard to believe, but Bozeman’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week is just around the corner (1 month to go!). For those of you traveling from out of town, now is the time to finalize those travel plans so you can have the ultimate Bozeman beercation! We’ve planned all of the events and started brewing the beer, we just need you to be here to enjoy it all with us May 4-11! To help you get prepared, we’ve put together some travel tips for y’all. Read on to get the skinny on visiting the Gallatin Valley!

Book your room Early

Bozeman is a destination location, so finding a room last minute can be difficult. The best way to guarantee your spot is to book now.


We recommend The Element for your stay this year. Not only are they located just off Main Street, but they also have the best views of the Bridger Mountains. (Full disclosure: They’re also a longtime #BznBeerWeek supporter and hosting a rad event during this year’s beer week).

Some of the amazing features that make Element a great place to stay include their salt water pool - perfect place to cool off after long days on brewery patios - and a fitness area ( gotta stay fit for the Stein Holding Contest and Beer Olympics!). Did we mention that they are within walking distance of the free bus hub, as well as may amazing drink and food spots in downtown Bozeman?

#2 Catch a Ride

Whether you’re planning to trade off designated driver duties with your friends or hailing a cab, we suggest figuring that out before you get here. Picking straws after you’ve reach the 3 beer max at a brewery is not cool, so make a plan and stick to it. If you plan on catching an Uber or Lyft download the app today. If you like to support local businesses check out Greater Valley Taxi and save their number in your phone. And when all else fails, there’s also the Streamline bus service. Check out their routes to see if any of their bus lines pass by your place. It’s free and you can feel good about getting home safe!


#3 Take a Hike

Bozeman is a center for outdoor activity. Whether you hike, bike, or fish make sure that you plan time to get outside at some point during the week. For some refreshment in the great outdoors, stop by Outlaw Brewing to pick up some cans of this year’s collaboration beer for aprés-fun libations.

#4 Bring a Water Bottle

We can’t stress enough that water is your best friend during craft beer week. Not only does it prevent hangovers, but it keeps you from embarrassing yourself after a couple of big craft beers. We recommend that you buy a new water bottle and grab a sticker from all of the breweries you visit. Start with our sticker in the middle and fill in the gaps with all of the breweries. At the end you’ll have a totem to all of the beer you’ve had!

There you go, beer friends. 4 tips to get your craft beer week plans off to a great start. Now, we’ll leave you to pack your bags and while you’re at it, don’t forget to pre-order your craft beer week passport!

Pre-order your 2019 Passport!


Our 2019 #BznBeerWeek Passport
Pre-Sale is now open!

Save 20% on your passport by pre-ordering!

As of today, we’re officially 6 weeks out from Bozeman’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week! In preparation for the big event, we’re offering up 2019 #BznBeerWeek Passports on pre-order to you at a 20% discount for a limited time.

So how does the passport work?

This handy, pocket-sized guide is your passport to fun, special deals, and prizes during Bozeman Craft Beer Week. It helps you keep track of what events you attend letting you collect stamps as you go. Along with being your personal guide to events happening during Bozeman Craft Beer Week, some sponsors offer special discounts to passport holders during craft beer week. For example, this year, our Main Street Co-presenting Sponsor, Sidewinders American Grill, will be offering passport holders 2 for 1 draft beers all week long! Your passport will also get your into the VIP Hour of the MBA Spring Brewers Rendezvous on Saturday, May 11th for General Admission prices!

#BznBeerWeek Giveaway

Lastly, the passport is your ticket to win some sweet prizes in our annual #BznBeerWeek Giveaway. During craft beer week (May 4-11), turn in page 31 of the passport to any craft beer week volunteer stationed at an official craft beer week event. (Hint: They’ll be the ones stamping your passports!)

Then, on Saturday, May 11th, we will draw and announce the winners of the giveaway on stage at the Spring Brewers Rendezvous at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds! Can’t attend the Rendezvous? No worries, you don’t have to be present to win!

This year we’re excited to offer over $3000 in prizes! Grand prize is a brand-new kegerator that includes a year’s worth of CO2 and a keg of the beer of your choice! We’ve also got multiple Pelican Coolers up for grabs and a heap of schwag and gift cards from sponsors like Creek to Peak Wear, Element Bozeman, Dee-O-Gee, The Bay Bar & Grille, Red Tractor Pizza, and more.


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2019 #BznBeerWeek Passport



Our Sponsors Make Craft Beer Week Possible


Bozeman Craft Beer Week wouldn’t exist if not for the community support we receive! This event is a product of not only Gallatin County’s burgeoning beer scene but the many local businesses that support it. In 2019, we are grateful to have the backing of 46 area businesses and organizations (including 12 local operating breweries). Read on below to learn a little more about the amazing partners helping to make our 3rd Annual Bozeman Craft Beer Week possible once again!

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We are thrilled to partner with General Distributing for a second time. They provide mixed gas systems for beer and wine dispensers as well as engineered systems for micro-breweries and brewpubs. And if you win any of our major prizes, you’ll likely be thanking GD for your prize!

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Pintpass is the go-to beer app for finding new breweries and a great way to save money on beer. By just answering a few questions about your beer experience, pint pass will send you credit towards your beer.

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Dee-O-Gee is a local pet supply and services boutique with multiple locations across the state. They pride themselves on their service to their customers both human and canine. They’ve also been one of our longest-running craft beer week supporters!


The Tap Room is appropriately named as they feature 75 beers on tap from local and international breweries. Its a great place to stop for a good beer and burger and occasionally you can catch some great live music!


The Bay Bar and Grille has been serving Bozeman since 1988 which is quite the accomplishment in our constantly growing and changing community. Their dedication to excellent customer service is what they believe sets them apart; and keeps their regulars happy.

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We are so excited to partner with Single Six Media again for all of our photo and video needs at Craft Beer Week events. Be on the lookout for our release video for this year’s collaboration beer and our recap video of the BCBW 2019 in the weeks ahead!


Creek to Peak is a local business that focuses on creating the most comfortable clothing for adventures and lounging. Although they have their own foundation, they choose to support local causes and events.


Gallatin Valley Malt Co. takes locally grown grains and converts them into malts for breweries and distilleries in the region. They are passionate about crafting malts to give local breweries quality ingredients to make the beers you know and love. In addition, some of their malts will be featured in our 2019 collaboration beer!

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The Element is a Marriott hotel located downtown near Main Street. They are within walking distance from many of our events and an excellent location for a craft beer week stay!

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Red Tractor Pizza is a local pizza joint that focuses on a movement towards local, organic, and sustainable consumption. You can taste the difference in their pizza, so we encourage you to grab a slice to help fuel you for Craft Beer Week.


Bozeman Brewing Company is a family owned brewery with an appreciation for Montana beer history. Their amber ale is a favorite throughout the Bozeman beer community.


This year Outlaw Brewing has the honors of being our host brewery for the 2019 Craft Beer Week Collaboration Beer. Outlaw came from the passion project of a renaissance man and we couldn’t be more excited to have their participation and sponsorship.


Cardinal Distributing is a family owned wholesale distributor of beer and wine in 4 counties as well as Yellowstone National Park. They take pride in representing the many brands in their distribution and their excellence does not go unnoticed.


Bridger Brewing is joining us again as a local participating brewery and sponsor. Last year they took home the BoZone award for best pizza, so we recommend that you pace your beer consumption with their pizza.

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MAP Brewing focuses on cultivating a unique beer experience through their beautiful building, incredible views, friendly staff and excellent beer. They release a Star Wars themed beer each year around May the 4th and we think the timing is perfect for the beginning of Craft Beer Week.

2019 Craft Beer Week Supports the Bozeman Area Community Foundation

Bozeman Craft Beer Week is a chance for our local beer community to come together to not only celebrate Montana craft beer, but also to show how much we care for the community we call home. You may remember, in 2018, we made the decision to add an official beneficiary to craft beer week. For Bozeman Craft Beer Week 2019, we continue this tradition and have chosen the Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) as our benefiting nonprofit for this year. BACF’s mission is to connect people who care to causes that matter to build a better community in the Bozeman area. This is a mission we feel fits well with our vision for craft beer week and will work together with their organization to “build community one beer at a time” with craft beer week in 2019!


We know not everyone may be familiar with BACF, however, they are an organization which has been doing great work behind the scenes in Bozeman and beyond for the over 20 years. Founded in 1998, they have been instrumental in connecting many locals with vital causes that need funding support through grants, special projects, and events. Additionally, nonprofits in the area can count on the BACF for grants and opportunities to engage in collaborative learning.

The most notable program BACF champions is Give Big Gallatin Valley happening May 2-3 this year leading up to Bozeman’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week celebration. With the help of BACF our community bands together during Give Big Gallatin Valley for 24 hours in order to raise funds for all participating nonprofits. Last year alone, the BACF helped 194 nonprofits raise $1,283,000. That’s a big deal!

In 2019, we are honored to partner the Bozeman Area Community Foundation as our benefiting nonprofit and ride the momentum of philanthropy they have created with Give Big into Craft Beer Week (May 4-11)!

Learn more about Bozeman Area Community Foundation and Give Big on their websites.

Announcing our 2019 Co-Presenting Sponsor

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Sidewinders American Grill again as our co-presenting sponsor of Bozeman’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week. Their passion for the local community and for beer makes them the perfect fit for our 8-day beer bash.


Sidewinders is an ideal hub for people who share their love of good beer and food. They proudly boast 76 draft beers on tap and many of them are local favorites. At Sidewinders, they go above and beyond with their world class service to provide the beers you know and love as well as many across the state that you haven’t tried. But don’t take our word for it, go check the place out for yourself! Keep an eye out for more information about the event they will be hosting on May 4th to kickoff Bozeman Craft Beer Week 2019.

A full menu and more info on Sidewinders is available on their website.

Building Community One Beer at a Time

Third Annual Bozeman Craft Beer Week returns May 4-11

Eight-day, multi-venue event week build community one beer at a time in the Gallatin Valley

Bozeman, MT (February 4, 2018) - In 2019, the Gallatin Valley craft beer community will once again come together to celebrate Bozeman Craft Beer Week May 4-11, 2019. Now entering its third year, the eight-day, multi-venue celebration organized by Fermentana will feature 20-plus beer-centric events happening across Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana.

For the third annual event, Fermentana and participating sponsors will donate a portion of the proceeds from select events during the event week to local nonprofit Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF). Through this joint venture, the organizers will celebrate the Bozeman area’s robust and growing craft beer scene while also using this local fermented beverage as a tool to give back to the community.


“Beer isn't just beer,” says event co-founder, Jesse Bussard. “Beer brings us closer together. It helps us build community. The establishments where beer is born are focal points of the communities they serve. By partnering with BACF and incorporating their mission into our event’s theme, we're not only able to celebrate local craft beer and our breweries, we’re able to use beer as a tool to connect people with the causes they champion and build a stronger community in the process.”

BACF’s mission to connect people who care to causes that matter to build a better community plays a key part in the 2019 craft beer week theme, “Building community one beer at a time.” Additionally, 12 participating local breweries will work together to brew a single collaboration beer for the week. This beer will be brewed by host brewery, Outlaw Brewing, and available on draft and cans around Bozeman in early May with proceeds from its sale donated to BACF.

More than 40 businesses have pledged their support as sponsors of the third annual event. Furthermore, Fermentana is joined again by Sidewinders American Grill as the Co-Presenting Sponsor. Located on the rapidly growing west side of Bozeman, Sidewinders features classic American dishes with an international flare and over 75 different beers on tap, as well as wines and spirits. In addition, local beverage and welding gas supplier, General Distributing, and beer smart phone app, PintPass, are supporters of the event.


While many events are still in the planning stages, craft beer drinkers should expect more of the fun and interactive events they experienced in Bozeman Craft Beer Week’s past years, as well as the addition of several new festivities. Similar to past years, the Montana Brewers Association's Brewers Spring Rendezvous will culminate the eight days of events at week's end.

Fermentana plans to release the official event schedule in early April. More details on the schedule release and collaboration beer will be made available in the coming months.

Local craft beer fans and tourists alike are invited to join the Bozeman area community in celebrating the best the region’s craft beer scene has to offer. For more information regarding events, sponsorship, or general participation, please contact Bozeman Craft Beer Week at or visit the website,


About Bozeman Craft Beer Week:  Bozeman Craft Beer Week is a grassroots collaboration organized by Fermentana. Now in its third year, this 8-day, multi-venue beer bash celebrates the diverse and thriving craft beer culture in southwest Montana's scenic Gallatin Valley through beer-centric events at local breweries, bars, restaurants, and more. With a focus on craft, community, and collaboration, Bozeman Craft Beer Week embodies the best our region’s craft beer scene has to offer.

About the Bozeman Area Community Foundation:

Established in 1998, the Bozeman Area Community Foundation is connecting people who care to causes that matter most to them. The Bozeman Area Community Foundation serves the areas of Bozeman, Big Sky, Belgrade, Manhattan, Churchill, Three Forks, and the rural areas in between. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $2.6 million dollars to 194+ local nonprofit organizations. Learn more at

About the Organizers:

Fermentana is events promotions company focused on using fermented craft beverages to create positive change in communities. Featuring Montana-made beers, spirits, ciders, and more, Fermentana’s events not only entertain but raise awareness and funds for important social and conservation causes across Montana. Learn more at

2018 Best of Craft Beer Week Awards & Giveaway Winners Announced

Wow, Bozeman! What a whirlwind of a beer week it was!

Photo credit: Single Six Media

Photo credit: Single Six Media

Yesterday, we wrapped up craft beer week with our Best of Craft Beer Week Awards and a prize drawing at Sidewinders American Grill! Chosen by the people (that's you, beer lovers), these awards honor the favorite events, beer, breweries, and more craft beer week event-goers enjoyed most! The award winners are as follows:

  • Favorite Event:  MBA Brewers Spring Rendezvous

  • Favorite Beer & Food Pairing Event:  Pie & Beer Pairing at Vino Per Tutti

  • Favorite Brewery:  MAP Brewing

  • Favorite Bar or Restaurant for Beer:  Sidewinders American Grill

  • Favorite Beer:  Gallatin Valley Lager (2018 BCBW collaboration beer)

  • Favorite GVLT Trail:  Drinking Horse

  • Favorite Craft Beer Week Volunteer:  Niki McCormick


2018 #BznBeerWeek Giveaway Winners

Along with the awards ceremony, we also held the drawing for the winners of the 2018 #BznBeerWeek Giveaway at yesterday's wrap-up event. Below are the winners listed in order from Grand Prize through 8th Prize.

  • Grand Prize - Nicole Molloy

  • 2nd Prize - Mary Stone

  • 3rd Prize - Bekah Shields

  • 4th Prize - Patrick Donovan

  • 5th Prize - Riley Slaughter

  • 6th Prize - Lindzee Hahne

  • 7th Prize - Kathy Holte

  • 8th Prize - Niki McCormick

A full list of prize packages, including the sweet kegerator we gave away, is available here.

Congrats to all the winners! And a big thank you to our sponsors, event hosts, and craft beer week lovers who made this amazing beer week possible! We couldn't have done it without you!

Tips to enjoy Bozeman Craft Beer Week

Photo credit:  Single Six Media

Photo credit:  Single Six Media

Craft beer week is almost here. In preparation, we thought we'd share some survival tips to help you get through the week.


First off, head over to Sidewinders American GrillDee-O-Gee, or MAP Brewing to get your #BznBeerWeek Passport. Not only is there over $100 worth of discounts contained within its pages for you to cash in on, but you also have a chance at winning over $2000 in prizes. Plus, the Passport is also your complete, pocket-sized, stamp-collecting guide to the week!

Remember, you'll also be able to pick up your Passport at our Craft Beer Week Kickoff Party at Sidewinders American Grill on Saturday, May 5th!


There’s a TON of events going on during craft beer week (27 to be exact!), so take some time to take it all in. Peruse the events in your Passport or the online event schedule to carefully construct your Google calendar for the 8-day beer extravaganza that’s about to descend upon our wonderful little mountain town!  


After you’ve planned out which events you’ll be attending, create a schedule of who’s driving on what days, what time you’re heading out, and where you’re going to have dinner.  If you’re from out of town, make sure you’ve got a solid place to stay, so you can recuperate each evening.

Our friends at Element Hotel in Downtown Bozeman offer great rooms and service! Visit the Only in Bozeman blog to learn more about Element and other great hotels in downtown Bozeman.


While craft beer is important to us here at Fermentana, our other two core values are community and collaboration. We care about keeping our community and everyone in it safe, so make plans to get a safe ride home.  

You can download the Uber app. Set it up with your card information right away, then you’ll be ready to call an Uber after enjoying a night full of craft beer events.  

The Greater Valley Taxi also has the schedule for the week and will be extra prepared to give rides throughout Craft Beer Week.  You can call them in Belgrade at (406) 388-9999 or in Bozeman at (406) 587-6303. You can also reserve online.

Of course, if you’ve got a friend that’s an absolute saint, they can always be your sober driver, too. There’s also the option of gathering a group of your friends and taking turns driving each day. That way everyone gets a chance to enjoy the week!  Whatever you do, just remember to drink responsibly and stay safe!

#5 EAT.

It seems obvious, but when you’re in the middle of eight days of craft beer celebration, sometimes the details (like eating) can slip by.  

One way to fully enjoy Bozeman's craft beer scene and ALSO make sure you eat is to head to an event that features both! Go figure! We’ve got a few beer and food pairing events happening during the week, so consider attending one.

Check out these beer and food pairing events happening during the week:

And remember, many of our other event hosts also offer amazing food you can enjoy while you’re getting your craft beer fix, so take some time to check out all the great food available throughout our community.

Another great way to prepare:  Take the time to head to the store this week to stock up on some healthy snacks and hearty breakfast items. Your morning-after self will thank you!


If you’re coming from out of town, the elevation can sneak up on you!  And even for us high-altitude beer drinkers, the Double IPAs and Imperial Stouts can catch us off guard from time to time. The trick to avoiding this is to STAY HYDRATED!  

Now is the time to treat yourself to that nice S’well or Hydroflask water bottle you’ve been eyeing. Fill it up on your way out the door and it will keep you hydrated all evening.  

At events, don’t be shy about asking for water in between your beers, too.  Remember, that water will also keep your palate nice and fresh for tasting so many new beers!  And many of our event hosts offer half-pint options as well, which is a great way to pace yourself.  

Photo credit:  Single Six Media

Photo credit:  Single Six Media


It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful week, so take advantage of the nice weather and breathtaking scenery the Gallatin Valley has to offer!  Treat yourself to a hearty breakfast, make a cup of coffee, go for a little afternoon stroll after work. Or, if you’re visiting, take that hike or spend the morning fishing one of our local trout streams. Then, head back into town and get ready to raise a pint with your friends at your favorite craft beer events!