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!