Bozeman Craft Beer Week Events

Day 2: #BznBeerWeek Sunday Funday

Bozeman's Inaugural Craft Beer Week is in full swing and we're hitting Day 2 with all cylinders firing! Get up to speed on Sunday's events in our latest daily event blog update below!

Tuesday Craft Beer Week Events

BEER-LYMPICS @ MAP BREWING STARTING AT 1PM

Get your friends together & prepare for an afternoon of fun, great beer, and the chance to watch some truly epic shenanigans during the inaugural BEERlympics, hosted by the Beerbarian!!! 

Grab your friends and join Fermentana, LLCCardinal Distributing, and MAP Brewing Company to come watch our 10 teams compete in 5 feats of athleticism, wit, and beer-chugging ability.

BEER AND APPETIZER PAIRINGS @ BAR 3 BBQ 4-8PM

Bar 3 BBQ & Brewing in Belgrade is busting out all the stops today for their beer-and-appetizer pairing event. Seriously, check out this menu!  Head brewer, Kelly Crawford, will also be on hand to answer craft beer enthusiasts' questions about their many beers on tap.  This is definitely an event not to be missed!  

BEER-D AND MASH-STACHE COMPETITION
@ 406 BREWING STARTS AT 6PM

Join 406 Brewing Company and The Barbershop and Shaving Parlor for a Craft Beer Week beard and mustache competition at the 406 Brewery!

Categories to be judged include:
- Full Beard Natural
- Partial Beard Natural
- Mustache
- Freestyle Beard


Prizes will be given to the winners!

OTHER HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN

  • Stop in at Red Chair Bar & Cafe for a chance to win prizes in their daily craft beer week raffle featuring super cool prizes.
  • Gear Belly pub bike tours are happening all week!  Book yours now!

  • Tour de Foam has a scavenger hunt happening all week - check it out!
  • There's still time to get your passport!  Stop by either of today's events, or visit Dee-O-Gee, the Bozeman Taproom, or MAP Brewing to pick yours up. 

  • Don't forget to visit each brewery in Bozeman and Belgrade throughout the week to try the collaboration beers and collect your collaboration beer stamps!  Many of the beers will be tapped TODAY!

Day 1: Bozeman Craft Beer Week 2017 Kicks Off!

Today's the day we've all been waiting for!  Bozeman's FIRST Craft Beer Week is here, and we're ready to rock and roll!  Today kicks off with some pretty amazing events - keep on reading for the lowdown on what to do this Saturday below!  

Official Craft Beer Week Events

BIG BREW DAY @ PLANET NATURAL from 10am-4pm

Have you ever wanted to try homebrewing, but it seems too intimidating and you're not sure where to start?  Well today is the day to learn!  

 The Gallatin Valley's local homebrew club, Bridger Brew Crew will host live homebrewing demos of all-grain and extract beer brewing, as well as mead brewing throughout the day at Bozeman's homebrew supply shop, Ubrew at Planet Natural

This event is happening from 10am-4pm with demonstrations happening all day. Stop by at any time to see what's going on and chat with experienced homebrewers.   

Plus, with your Bozeman Craft Beer Week Passport, you get a discount off of the purchase of your homebrew set up, so now is the PERFECT time to start!  

 

COLLABORATION BEER TAP TAKEOVER AND CRAFT BEER WEEK KICKOFF PARTY

@ RED CHAIR CAFE & BAR From 3-8pm

The week kicks off at Red Chair Cafe & Bar, where you can try many of the collaboration beers, chat with brewers about their beers, hang out on Red Chair's amazing patio, and raise a pint to the start of a great week ahead.  Passports will be on sale during this event too, so swing by to pick yours up if you haven't gotten it!  


Other happenings

  • Stop in at Red Chair Bar & Cafe for a chance to win prizes in their daily craft beer week raffle featuring super cool prizes.

  • Gear Belly pub bike tours are happening all week!  Book yours now!

  • Tour de Foam has a scavenger hunt happening all week - check it out!
  • There's still time to get your passport!  Stop by either of today's events, or visit Dee-O-Gee, the Bozeman Taproom, or MAP Brewing to pick yours up. 

  • Don't forget to visit each brewery in Bozeman and Belgrade throughout the week to try the collaboration beers and collect your collaboration beer stamps!  Many of the beers will be tapped TODAY!

AS YOU HEAD AROUND TOWN TODAY, MAKE SURE TO THANK OUR SPONSORS. HAVE FUN, BE SAFE, AND ENJOY THE DAY!  CHEERS!

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!

Collaboration Beers: Coming to a Tap Near You!

Back in late January, we announced the nine breweries participating in Bozeman's inaugural craft beer week would be working together to brew collaboration beers, especially for our maiden event week. Since that first planning meeting for our #BznBeerWeek Collaboration Beer Project, our local brewers have been hard at work crafting recipes, brewing their collaborative creations, and putting the final touches on these unique beers to ensure they're ready for the big week!

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Where the magic happened...

Brewers met at MAP Brewing in mid-January to plan out their collaboration brews.

So what makes these beers so special, you ask?

Well, for one, this is the first time collaboration beers have been brewed as part of a craft beer week event in Montana. Secondly, doing a project like this allows one of the core values of the craft beer community - collaboration - to shine. Our local breweries work together in a lot of ways behind-the-scenes. Through this project, we're able to bring this foundational value to the forefront. Celebrate it. And a plus, you get to taste some truly distinctive beers you may not have otherwise ever had the chance to find on tap!

Our 2017 Collaboration Beer Line-Up

From this joint effort, our brewers have produced 8 very unique and interesting beers for you to enjoy! Keep on reading for a rundown of the exclusive line-up coming to a tap near you soon!

Bridger Brewing & Bozeman Brewing Company
Beer:  Coffee IPA

This India Pale Ale blended with cold-pressed coffee from Ghosttown Coffee Roasters takes a distinct twist on a classic and favored style for many Montanans. A select coffee variety was chosen and head brewers from both Bozeman Brewing and Bridger Brewing worked together to brew the beer in Bridger's brewhouse. Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen issues, Bozeman Brewing was unable to brew their version of this beer, so it will ONLY be available at Bridger Brewing's tasting room during craft beer week.

MAP Brewing & White Dog Brewing
Beer:  Gose

A traditional Gose ale with a fruity twist was chosen for this collaboration. Brewed with salt and coriander, this tart and slightly salty sour beer will be available both at MAP Brewing and White Dog Brewing throughout craft beer week. In White Dog's version, passionfruit lends hints of tropical fruitiness. MAP Brewing will be featuring a variety of fruit-infused versions of their Gose with a new flavor released daily, as well as the base beer on tap all week long! Hear MAP Brewing's head brewer Doug Child talk about this collaboration beer on a recent video we posted on Facebook!

Bar 3 Brewing & Bunkhouse Brewery
Beer:  Lemongrass White IPA

Bar 3 Brewing and Bunkhouse Brewery will be switching things up with their Lemongrass White IPA, a beer which combines the intense hop character of an IPA with the crisp, spicy wheat character of a Belgian-style white ale. Featuring lemongrass, this beer will provide an interesting mix of hop-character and lemony-herbal notes. Try it on nitro at Bar 3 in Belgrade during craft beer week and then head over to the Bunkhouse to compare how the beer differs in flavor, body, and mouthfeel on CO2!

The Trio: 406 Brewing Company, Outlaw Brewing, & Madison River Brewing Company
Beers: Scotch Ale, Single Malt Pale Ale, & Kolsch

For this last trifecta collaboration of breweries, an alternative approach was taken based on the brewers desire to all use a specialty 2-row malt from Skagit Valley Malting. While different yeasts and hops were used for each, the three beers produced share the same malt bill. 406 Brewing Company took an interesting approach to create a non-traditional light Scotch Ale. They imparted smoke into the beer by burning peat in the kettle during the boil. Head on over to our Facebook page to check out the videos we did with 406's owner and brewer, Matt Muth, about their beer!

Two additional beers resulted from this trio collaboration. Outlaw Brewing describes their Single Malt Pale Ale brewed from the specialty malt as a slighty sweet, malty pale ale with lemony citrus hop character.  The Kolsch from Madison River Brewing will be available in both traditional and pepper-infused versions. MRB's brewer Doug Frey plans to infuse several kegs of their Kolsch with peppers to create four varieties of varying heat levels containing poblano peppers. Those most potent versions will also include Habaneros. Beer lovers can find each of these beers on tap at their respective breweries throughout craft beer week.

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Do you have a #BznBeerWeek Passport?

Collect stamps for each of the collaboration beers you taste during craft beer week, as well as events you go to. Plus, get sweet discounts and a chance at winning over $2000 in prizes in the Official Craft Beer Week Giveaway!

Tasting opportunities

These special-edition beers will be available together at four different events throughout the Bozeman Craft Beer Week, as well as each on tap at their the breweries mentioned earlier. 

Bozeman residents and visitors will kick off craft beer week with a Collaboration Beer Tap Takeover and Kickoff Party at Red Chair Bar and Cafe on Saturday, May 6th. In addition, craft beer lovers will have the opportunity to experience the collaboration beers paired with small-plated culinary creations during Montana Ale WorksCollaboration Beer Pairing Dinner on the evening of Tuesday, May 9th. Tickets for the event are $40 each and available for purchase online.

Mid-week brewers will share the stories behind the collaboration brews during the Brewers Present: Collaborative Beer Pint Night at Bozeman Taproom on Wednesday, May 10th at 6pm. Finally, event-goers will have a last chance to taste all these unique beers at the MBA Brewers Spring Rendezvous happening during the end of the week on Friday, May 12th at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. Purchase your Rendezvous tickets online or stop in at 406 Brewing, Bozeman Brewing Company, Bridger Brewing, MAP Brewing Co., or White Dog Brewing to pick up your in-person!

We bet you can't wait to taste these beers. We know we can't! 

Fermentana releases Bozeman Craft Beer Week 2017 Event Schedule and Official Passport

Inaugural craft beer week schedule packed with over 20 beer-centric events sure to please beer lovers

Bozeman, MT (April 12, 2017) - As the inaugural Bozeman Craft Beer Week approaches, adventurous beer-cationers and locals alike must choose the events that fit their palate best in the Gallatin Valley. For its first year, Bozeman Craft Beer Week will take place May 6th through May 13th, 2017.

Collaboration beers from Bozeman and Belgrade’s nine local breweries will be poured at four different events throughout the week, as well as available on tap at their respective breweries. Styles to be brewed for this maiden event week include a Coffee IPA, fruit-infused Gose, Lemongrass White IPA, Scotch Ale, Single Malt Pale Ale, and a Kolsch. Bozeman residents and visitors will also have the opportunity to experience these collaboration beers paired with small-plated culinary creations during Montana Ale Works’ beer pairing dinner.

Fermentana rolled out Bozeman’s inaugural craft beer week schedule with a Release Party at the Bozeman Taproom the evening of Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 from 5pm-8pm. The following events are slated for this first-of-its-kind event series in the Gallatin Valley:

Saturday, May 6th

  • Big Brew Day - Learn to Homebrew hosted by Bridger Brew Crew at Planet Natural
  • Kickoff Party with Collaboration Beer Tap Takeover at Red Chair Cafe & Bar

Sunday, May 7th

  • Fermentana Presents: Beerlympics at MAP Brewing
  • Happy Hour Apps and Beer Pairing at Bar 3 Brewing & BBQ
  • Beard & Mash-tache Competition Winners Announcement with The Barborshop & Shaving Parlor at 406 Brewing Company

Monday, May 8th

  • Brews on the Fly Tying Competition with Montana Troutfitters at White Dog Brewing
  • Growler Painting with Kay Potter Fine Art at Bunkhouse Brewery
  • Beer Movie Screening of “Strange Brew” at Bozeman Brewing Company
  • Burger & Beer Pairing at Copper Whiskey Bar & Grill

Tuesday, May 9th

  • Stein Holding Competition at Bridger Brewing
  • Collaboration Beer Pairing Dinner at Montana Ale Works
  • Ping-Pong Tournament with Blazing Paddles at MAP Brewing

Wednesday, May 10th

  • Brewery 5k with Bozeman Running Co. at Madison River Brewing Co.
  • Cider Tasting & Tours at Lockhorn Cider House
  • Brewers Present: Collaborative Beer Pint Night at Bozeman Taproom
  • Live Music with Dan Dubuque at Outlaw Brewing

Thursday, May 11th

  • Yappy Hour with MAP Brewing and Happy Dog Beer Co. at Dee-O-Gee
  • Bluegrass & Beer with Bozeman Brewing at Red Tractor Pizza
  • Sour Beer Seminar at Midtown Tavern

Friday, May 12th

  • MBA Spring Brewers Rendezvous at Haynes Pavilion, Gallatin County Fairgrounds
  • Rendezvous After Party at Bozeman Taproom

Saturday, May 13th

  • Beers + Bacon = Brunch at MAP Brewing

Additionally, two local beer tour companies will be running week-long activities. Craft beer enthusiasts can enjoy Beer Trivia as you cruise the town on Gear Belly’s pub bike or drink their way through a Scavenger Hunt on a tasting tour with Tour de Foam.

To assist beer lovers on their craft beer week journey, Fermentana has also released the official Bozeman Craft Beer Week Passport. 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' ticket for entry into the Bozeman Craft Beer Week Giveaway which consists of over $2000 worth of prizes from participating sponsors, including a Siberian Coolers Alpha Series 45-quart cooler branded to commemorate Bozeman’s first craft beer week.

Passports are available for purchase on here on the website and at select sponsor retail locations around Bozeman, including MAP Brewing (510 Manley Road), Dee-O-Gee (both locations, 2051 Oak Street, #4 or 424 E Main, #103), and the Bozeman Taproom (101 N Rouse Ave.). Once craft beer drinkers acquire their official Bozeman Craft Beer Week Passport, they can view complete event listings for the 8-day beer bash on the 2017 Event Schedule posting at 7pm MST.