Bozeman Craft Beer Week

5 Steps to Survive Craft Beer Week

Craft beer week is finally here!

To help you get the most out of the week, we’ve put together our very own #BznBeerWeek survival guide. Read on to get some pro tips on making this this 8-day beer bash!

#1 Drink Water

Alright, we know this dude isn’t drinking “water” but you get the point!

Alright, we know this dude isn’t drinking “water” but you get the point!

We cannot tell you this enough - drinking water should be your #1 priority during craft beer week! Want to survive the week? Drink water! Want to have less hangovers? Drink water! Not only does water help with processing all of the alcohol you’ll be consuming, but it helps with weight loss and prevents hangovers.

#2 Keep your Passport handy

Haven’t picked up your passport yet? We can help with that!

Haven’t picked up your passport yet? We can help with that!

The Craft Beer Week Passport is full of great info about all of the events and discounts at some of the locations. So make sure that you have it with you as you go to our events and spend time around town. Volunteers will be on hand at all the events to stamp your passport, so keep it handy and use it to track all of the fun you’ll be having. Then, don’t forget to turn in page 31 so you don’t miss out on your chance to win one of the amazing prize packages in this year’s #BznBeerWeek Giveaway!

#3 Try Something New

The 2019 Collaboration Beer is a good place to start!

The 2019 Collaboration Beer is a good place to start!

Craft Beer Week is the perfect time to discover what our local beer scene has to offer. We all have a favorite brewery with a favorite beer, but this week is a great chance to get out there and be spontaneous.

Here’s a suggestion: Start by visiting Outlaw Brewing to taste the 2019 collaboration beer!

This week is also a great opportunity to try participating in new events (think Beer Olympics or The Bozeman Beer Mile). The last couple of years, you might have been a watcher, but be brave and participate!

#4 Try the Buddy System

Everything is more fun with friends!

Everything is more fun with friends!

Whether you are participating in an event, volunteering, or going to a brewery - grab a pal! The reason craft beer week exists is to grow our community! So, get out there and drag your friends to the brewery. Take advantage of the amazing places you visit and interesting people you meet.

#5 Meet Someone New

Beer people are some of the best people you’ll meet.

Beer people are some of the best people you’ll meet.

Our local brewery owners, brewers, taproom managers and their teams are some of the raddest people in Bozeman. So take the time to say, “thank you,” and learn their names. You might learn more about the breweries you love and get some insider secrets.

We wish you a safe, fun, and happy 3rd Annual Bozeman Craft Beer Week!

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

2nd Annual Bozeman Craft Beer Week is a celebration of craft beer, open space, and trails

After a successful first year, the Gallatin Valley craft beer community will once again come together to celebrate Bozeman Craft Beer Week May 5-12, 2018. Organized by Fermentana, a local events promotions company, the eight-day, multi-venue celebration will feature over 20 beer-centric events happening across Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana.

In its second year, Bozeman Craft Beer Week incorporates new features including the addition of an official beneficiary. For 2018, Fermentana will donate a portion of the proceeds from the event week to local nonprofit Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT). Through this partnership, the organizers aim to not only celebrate the Bozeman area’s robust and growing craft beer scene but harness the enthusiasm for this local fermented beverage as a tool to give back to the community.

“Bozeman Craft Beer Week is about more than just craft beer,” says event co-founder, Jesse Bussard. “It’s also about community and we felt it was important to incorporate that more deeply into the week going forward. By partnering with GVLT and making their mission part of our event’s theme, we not only celebrate local craft beer, but we’re able to use beer as a tool to support GVLT’s important work to preserve our quality of life, water quality and open lands for future generations.”

GVLT’s mission of protecting open space and creating trails will play a key part in the 2018 craft beer week theme, “Bold Beer. Big Sky. Beautiful Places.” Additionally, 10 participating local breweries will work together to brew a single collaboration beer for the week. This beer will be available on draft and cans around Bozeman in early May with proceeds from its sale donated to GVLT.

Brewers from 10 craft breweries across the Gallatin Valley convened at Bozeman Brewing Company on January 9th, 2018 to design a recipe for what will become Bozeman Craft Beer Week's official collaboration beer. More details coming in the months ahead!

Currently, more than 30 businesses are slated to participate in the second annual event. Moreover, Fermentana welcomes Sidewinders American Grill as the 2018 Co-Presenting Sponsor. A recent addition to the Bozeman community, Sidewinders features classic American dishes with an international flare and over 75 different beers on tap, as well as wines and spirits. Additional sponsorship opportunities for businesses will remain open until February 28th.

While many events are still in the planning stages, craft beer enthusiasts can expect more of the fun and interactive events they experienced in Bozeman Craft Beer Week’s first year, as well as the addition of several new festivities. Once again, 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 at a special event at Sidewinders. 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 info@bozemancraftbeerweek.com