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Second Annual Bozeman Craft Beer Week features over 20 beer-centric events, unique collaboration beer

Fermentana releases 2018 event schedule and passport, announces collaboration beer details

Bozeman, MT (April 10, 2018) - Bozeman Craft Beer Week is fast approaching and adventurous beer-cationers and locals alike must begin contemplating which events to attend during the Gallatin Valley’s biggest annual beer bash. A celebration of craft beer, open space, and trails in its second year, Bozeman Craft Beer Week will take place May 5-12, 2018.

To commemorate the week, 10 local breweries have worked together to create a special collaboration beer appropriately called Gallatin Valley Lager. Brewed with locally-grown malt from Bridger Malt House and hops from Crooked Yard Hops, the beer is a refreshing, crisp Montana Pale Lager bursting with citrusy hop aroma. Craft beer week attendees can expect to find the collaboration lager available on tap and in cans at Bozeman Brewing Company, 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.

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, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, to support their mission of protecting open space and creating trails across the community.

Fermentana rolled out the 2018 craft beer week schedule the evening of Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 with their Official Schedule Release Party at co-presenting sponsor business, Sidewinders American Grill. The following 27 events are slated to take place during the community craft beer celebration over the course of the week:

Saturday, May 5th

  • Big Brew Day:  Learn to Homebrew hosted by Bridger Brew Crew at Planet Natural
  • Cinco De Mayo Beer Brunch at Red Chair Cafe & Bar
  • Craft Beer Trivia at Bozeman Taproom
  • Craft Beer Week Kickoff Party at Sidewinders American Grill

Sunday, May 6th

  • Kombucha Day at Dean's Zesty Booch
  • 2nd Annual Beer-lympics presented by Fermentana and Map Brewing Co.
  • Hop Hole Tournament at Outlaw Brewing Co.
  • Mountains Walking Beer Dinner at Mountains Walking Brewery & Pub

Monday, May 7th

  • Pint Night for GVLT at MAP Brewing Co.
  • Burger & Beer Pairing at Copper Whiskey Bar & Grill
  • Beer'd & Mash-tache Competition hosted by The Barborshop & Shaving Parlor at 406 Brewing Co.

Tuesday, May 8th

  • Stein Holding Competition at Bridger Brewing
  • Blazing Paddles Yeti-Style Tournament at MAP Brewing Co.
  • Pints from the Past hosted by The Extreme History Project at 406 Brewing Co.
  • Beer Pairing Dinner for Gallatin Valley Land Trust at Montana Ale Works

Wednesday, May 9th

  • Interactive Brew Day at Bunkhouse Brewery
  • Bozeman Beer Mile at Bozeman Brewing Co.
  • Pie & Beer Pairing at Vino Per Tutti
  • Dive Bar Burgers & Bozeman IPAs at The Haufbrau

Thursday, May 10th

  • Yappy Hour with Bunkhouse Brewery and Happy Dog Beer Co. at Dee-O-Gee
  • Burger & Beer Pairing with Great Burn Brewing at Fuddruckers
  • Beers & Bluegrass with Bozeman Brewing at Red Tractor Pizza
  • Cider House Tours & Tasting at Lockhorn Cider

Friday, May 11th

  • Spring Brewers' Rendezvous presented by Montana Brewers Association at Haynes Pavilion, Gallatin County Fairgrounds
  • Rendezvous After Party at Bozeman Taproom

Saturday, May 12th

  • Prana Buzz at White Dog Brewing
  • BCBW Awards & Wrap-Up Event hosted by Fermentana at Sidewinders American Grill

Along with the robust events list, Fermentana has also released the official Bozeman Craft Beer Week Passport for 2018 to assist beer lovers with their craft beer week journey. This pocket-sized guide features a full schedule of events and over $100 in special incentives and 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 $2000 worth of prizes from participating sponsors, including a brand-new kegerator and YETI Tundra 50 cooler each branded to celebrate Bozeman’s Second Annual Craft Beer Week.

Passports are immediately available for purchase in the BCBW online store and at select sponsor retail locations around Bozeman after April 16th, including Sidewinders American Grill, MAP Brewing Co., and Dee-O-Gee. Craft beer drinkers can acquire their official Bozeman Craft Beer Week Passport and merchandise, as well as view complete event listings and ticketing info for the 8-day beer bash at www.bozemancraftbeerweek.com

Announcing #BznBeerWeek 2018 dates & Logo Design Contest

Last week, we announced the dates (May 5-12, 2018), as well as the new theme for Bozeman Craft Beer Week 2018 in a LIVE Facebook Video announcement. If you missed our hilarious broadcast, you can get caught up in the video below. (We should note, it starts off pretty ridiculously with a naughty stick llama falling over and knocking over Loy's beer right as we started filming! Totally unplanned!)

In line with our new 2018 theme, "Bold Beer. Big Sky. Beautiful Places," we also need a new logo for the event week which captures both the Gallatin Valley's rich brewery culture and our community's love of wild and open spaces.

So we're asking you, the Gallatin Valley beer-loving public, for your help in the form of a Logo Design Contest!!! If you're a craft beer drinker with a knack for graphic design, then listen up!

The chosen winner gets a small cash prize, some sweet Craft Beer Week schwag, and the glory and recognition of seeing your logo in breweries and restaurants all over town during #BznBeerWeek in 2018.

Click here for full details on contest guidelines.

DEADLINE TO ENTER YOUR LOGO DESIGN IS OCTOBER 31ST!!! So get to work! We can't wait to see the awesome designs you come up with!

Any questions? Shoot us a message.

VIDEO RELEASE: Bozeman Craft Beer Week 2017 is almost here!!!

We'd like to thank our friends at Single Six Media for pulling together this awesome short video on Bozeman Craft Beer Week for us! Check it out and hear about some of the awesome things in store for Bozeman's inaugural craft beer week!

#BznBeerWeek 2017 Travel Guide

For those of you planning to join us from afar - whether Manhattan, Montana; Manhattan, Kansas; or Manhattan, New York, we are excited to have you here for the Bozeman's inaugural Craft Beer Week.  As you begin to book your flight, reserve your lodging, and plan your week of adventures, we've got a few suggestions to help make your time in the Gallatin Valley as beer-tastic as possible.  So grab your favorite brew and keep on scrolling! Cheers!  

GETTING HERE VIA FLIGHTS: 

The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is the hub of travel for the Gallatin Valley.  There are direct flights to Bozeman from Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, and Chicago, among others.  Many of these flights are offered daily, some are offered weekly (and availability is also seasonal!), so check each airline's website to find out which flights are offered and when.  Alaska, Delta, United, and American Airlines are the most popular commercial airlines arriving daily in the Bozone.  

GETTING HERE VIA ROAD TRIP: 

Bozeman is right on I-90, making it an easy stop for any road trip. If you're coming from the east, make sure to stop and visit our friends in Livingston at Katabatic Brewing or Neptune's Brewery and pick up a growler to bring with you over to Bozeman.  It will be good to have a little craft beer in your hotel with you!  If you're coming from the west, stop by Wheat Montana for a cookie or a cinnamon roll (seriously), and then swing by Missouri Headwaters State Park with your treats for a perfect picnic on your way into town!

STAYING HERE: 

We're excited to announce that Element Bozeman, a newer downtown hotel, has teamed up with us to offer a special room rate for Bozeman Craft Beer Week attendees!  The special rate is available only if you book your room during the month of April, and limited spots are available.  If you need a place to stay in Bozeman while you're here for Craft Beer Week, Element is right in the heart of downtown - walkable to many of our event venues as well as the Fairgrounds, which is handy for Friday night's Spring Brewers Rendezvous! Rooms are available for the nights of May 7-13.  Call Element at (406) 582-4972 and let them know you're coming for Craft Beer Week!

TRAVELING ONCE YOU'RE HERE

The Gallatin Valley is a pretty big place so there's a pretty good chance you'll need a car to explore.  If you're thinking of taking day trips to Big Sky or Yellowstone National Park, there are multiple car rental companies based at the airport.  Bozeman also now has Uber (so download the app if you haven't already), as well as a great local cab company, Greater Valley Taxi. Between the two, they'll get your where you need to go if you're only traveling around town. Finally, there's also an amazing system of trails (find an online map here!) in town that get you to virtually every event venue, so if you can bring or rent a bike, that's a great way to get around too!

WHAT ELSE TO DO BESIDES ENJOY CRAFT BEER

If this is your first time to the area (or even if it's not!) there are also many things that are worth sticking around an extra few days to visit and enjoy.  Museum of the Rockies, situated near Montana State University's campus will have a crocodile exhibit with LIVE crocodiles on display!  There's also tons of great hiking less than 30 minutes from Bozeman, including the famous M Trail (offering great views of the valley), Sourdough Canyon, and Lava Lake Trail in Gallatin Canyon, just to name a few.  Plus, the Bozeman area is home to some wonderful hot springs, great shopping, and of COURSE there's Yellowstone National Park, just an hour and a half drive through Paradise Valley.  

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable shoes - After enjoying some incredible craft beer, you might need to walk!
  • A coat and a hat - In early May in Bozeman, it could be 75 degrees or it could be snowing... and it could be both of those in one day!  Come prepared for everything!
  • A valid ID - Bozeman is a stickler for having your ID, so make sure it's on you all the time! Legally, you're supposed to anyways!
  • Your favorite brewery T-shirt from your hometown - Spread the Craft Beer Love!!!! 
  • Download Untapped or or Instagram so you're ready to show off your Craft Beer love on social media... and so all your friends back home can be ultra jealous. :) 

So, make your plans and pack your bags... Bozeman Craft Beer Week will be here before you know it!  You save the date, and we'll save you a beer.  

Cheers,
Loy

#BznBeerWeek Update: Collaboration and increasing community support

Brewers collaborate to make special #BznBeerWeek beers 

We are excited to announce that all nine breweries participating in Bozeman Craft Beer Week will be brewing collaboration beers for the inaugural Bozeman Craft Beer Week. These special beers will be released during Bozeman Craft Beer Week and on tap at special events throughout the week. 

Each brewery pairing (or trio) is working together to create a beer recipe which will be brewed in time to be on tap for #BznBeerWeek events in early May. This is the first time collaboration beers have been a part of a Craft Beer Week in Montana. We can’t wait to see what kinds of unique, exciting beers these talented brewers come up with.  Stay tuned for more information on the collaboration beers coming later this spring! 

Representatives from every brewery in Bozeman and Belgrade gathered at MAP Brewing to plan their collaboration beers. 

Representatives from every brewery in Bozeman and Belgrade gathered at MAP Brewing to plan their collaboration beers. 

Bison Level Sponsor Spots Fill Up

Some of you may know our mascot, Weissen the Bison, was named last fall in a “Name the Bison” contest. Because Weissen is making an appearance on much of our marketing this year, we’ve named our highest level of event sponsorship "Bison Level" to reflect this. 

We are happy to say all eight of our Bison Level Sponsor openings have been filled by some incredible local businesses. Three cheers to Bridger BrewingMAP BrewingDee-O-GeeRed Tractor PizzaMontana Ale WorksBozeman TaproomPintPass, and Red Chair Cafe & Bar for their enthusiasm and support of #BznBeerWeek2017. We are thrilled to have them on board! 

If you or your business is interested in supporting craft beer week or hosting an event, there are still plenty of opportunities!  We have many Gold and Silver level sponsorships available.  Click here to learn what each of these levels entails and how you can get involved.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support!  #BznBeerWeek is shaping up to be an amazing eight days of craft beer and community events, so spread the word!  Share this blog with your friends, check out our website, and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

You save the date, we’ll save you a beer!

Inaugural Bozeman Craft Beer Week showcases Gallatin Valley's burgeoning beer scene

Local homebrewers organize eight-day, multi-venue craft beer celebration in southwest Montana

Bozeman, MT (January 10, 2017) - Fermentana is excited to announce Bozeman Craft Beer Week, happening May 6th thru May 13th, 2017. Organized by two avid Bozeman homebrewers, the eight-day beer bash is a grassroots collaboration designed to spotlight the Gallatin Valley's vibrant craft beer community. The week will feature a variety of beer-centric events at local breweries, restaurants, and more across Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana.

Jesse Bussard, a local homebrewer and writer, first formed the idea for the event week after noticing the popularity of craft beer weeks in other towns across the state. With 67 craft breweries in operation to date, Montana currently ranks 4th for breweries per capita in the nation. Feeling the Bozeman-area was long overdue for such an event week with its existing nine craft breweries and more in planning, she sought out the help of fellow homebrewer, Loy Maierhauser, to make the thought a reality.

The duo founded Fermentana, an events promotions company, in May 2016 to oversee the organization of Bozeman Craft Beer Week. From day one, Bussard and Maierhauser had no trouble finding enthusiastic fellow beer lovers and brewery owners who jumped at the idea.

The current list of participants includes Bozeman and Belgrade's nine craft breweries:

  • 406 Brewing Company
  • Bar 3 Brewing
  • Bozeman Brewing Company
  • Bridger Brewing
  • Bunkhouse Brewery
  • Madison River Brewing Company
  • MAP Brewing
  • Outlaw Brewing
  • White Dog Brewing

In addition, local cider maker, Lockhorn Hard Cider, the Montana Brewers Association, developers of the craft beer app, PintPass, and Bozeman's local homebrew club, Bridger Brew Crew, as well as an array of Montana craft beer-supporting restaurants like Montana Ale Works and Red Tractor Pizza, and even a local pet store, Dee-O-Gee, have also signed up to be involved.

“We want to get a diverse range of organizations within the community to have a wide range of things to do,” Bussard says.

“There are so many ways for businesses to participate even if they’re not directly related to the beer industry,” Maierhauser added.

The hallmark of Bozeman Craft Beer Week is the focus on craft, community, and collaboration prevalent throughout the craft beer industry and shared by the venues hosting craft beer-related events during the week. The organizers plan to also publish a passport for the event to offer craft beer enthusiasts special discounts and incentives at participating businesses during the eight-day gala.

So far, events scheduled for the week consist of a collaboration beer project between local breweries, brewery tours, beer and cider tastings, beer dinners, beer releases, and a host of other events with more to come. The Montana Brewers Association's Brewers Spring Rendezvous, as well as a beer brunch the following day, will culminate the eight days of events at week's end.

Fermentana invites all to join in celebrating the best Gallatin Valley's craft beer scene has to offer. For more information regarding participation, events, sponsorship, and other details please contact Bozeman Craft Beer Week at info@bozemancraftbeerweek.com or visit the website http://www.bozemancraftbeerweek.com/. 


About Bozeman Craft Beer Week:  Bozeman Craft Beer Week is a grassroots collaboration organized by two avid Bozeman homebrewers. The goal:  spotlight the Gallatin Valley's vibrant craft beer community and all its facets. This 8-day, multi-venue beer bash includes a variety of exciting craft beer-centric events happening throughout the community at local breweries, restaurants, and more. With a focus on craft, community, and collaboration, Bozeman Craft Beer Week embodies the best southwest Montana's craft beer scene has to offer.

About the Organizers:  Fermentana is a fermentation-focused events promotions company whose mission is to develop and grow Montana's local communities through events which intrigue, engage, and excite fermentation enthusiasts. For more information about Fermentana, please email fermentana@gmail.com or visit our website at http://www.fermentana.com/.

Media Contact:
Jesse Bussard, Co-Founder
814-599-5854; info@bozemancraftbeerweek.com

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