Craft beer week is almost here. In preparation, we thought we'd share some survival tips to help you get through the week.
#1 PICK UP YOUR GUIDE
First off, head over to Sidewinders American Grill, Dee-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!
#2 GET A HANDLE ON THE WEEK
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!
#3 MAKE A PLAN
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.
#4 GET AROUND SAFELY
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!
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:
- Saturday, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo Beer Brunch @ Red Chair Cafe & Bar - No registration required.
- Sunday, May 6th, Mountains Walking Beer Pairing Dinner - Register by calling the brewery at 406-219-3480 or stopping by the brewery. Tickets are $50 and include dinner and beer.
- Monday, May 7th, Burger & Beer Pairing @ Copper Whiskey Bar - No registration required.
- Tuesday, May 8th, Beer Pairing Dinner to Benefit GVLT @ Montana Ale Works - There are two seatings - the first at 5:30pm and the second at 7:30pm. Tickets are $40/each and available for purchase here.
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.
#7 MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DAYS
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!