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Craft Beer Week Survival Tips


… because making it through 8 days of craft beer events isn’t for the faint of heart (or liver)!

Bozeman is gearing up for its FIRST Craft Beer Week and now's the time to prepare! To help you get through these eight days of Bozeman beer awesomeness, we’ve compiled some tips so you can enjoy this inaugural event week responsibly, and, in all its glory.

#1 Pick up your guide

First off, head over to Dee-O-Gee, the Bozeman Taproom, or MAP Brewing to get your #BznBeerWeek Passport. Not only is there over $100 worth of discounts contained within it's pages for you to cash in on, but you also have a chance at winning over $2500 in prizes. Plus, the Passport is also your complete, pocket-sized, stamp-collecting guide to the week! If you can't make it to one of the brick-and-mortar sales locations, remember, you can also order online.

#2 Get a handle on the week

There’s a LOT going on during craft beer week, 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-stravaganza 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. There are still rooms available at Element in Downtown Bozeman too! Find out more about the special discount they’re offering craft beer week attendees here.

#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.  

We’ve got Uber in the valley now, so download the app now. 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 to enjoy the week!  Whatever you do, just remember to drink responsibly and stay safe!

#5 Eat.

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.

Bar 3 Brewing & BBQ in Belgrade will be offering beer appetizers paired with their delicious brews during their Happy Hour Beer & Appetizer Pairing event on Sunday, May 7th.

On Tuesday, May 9th, Montana Ale Works’ will be hosting their Collaboration Beer Pairing Dinner. This event will feature the Craft Beer Week collaboration beers each paired with some amazing small plates. Get your tickets for that event soon, as Ale Works’ beer dinners notoriously sell out!  

Finally, the end of craft beer week brings us MAP Brewing’s Beer + Bacon= Brunch! Sounds awesome, right? Tickets for this exclusive, four-course beer pairing brunch are available for purchase online.

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!

Good luck, have fun, and we’ll see you around town! 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!

The Story Behind Bozeman's 1st Craft Beer Week

Back in early January, we shared a little on the backstory of how Bozeman Craft Beer Week came to be in our press release. However, it didn't tell the whole story.

The idea didn't come as easy as it sounds in the newspaper stories, but instead got its start at a homebrew club meeting (how fitting, right?). Various members and beer-loving friends kept asking me the question from time to time, "Why do Livingston, Helena, and Missoula have a craft beer week and Bozeman doesn't?" 

It didn't make much sense to any of us, but being busy with life outside the club, we just left the idea alone. It wasn't until a couple months later, in early 2016, when I had an epiphany I wanted to dive deeper into community building and engagement work (a strong skill set of mine) that the idea would stick.

We're the women behind Bozeman Craft Beer Week!
Pictured: Loy Maierhauser (left), Jesse Bussard (right)

A week or two later, I'm at the Western in downtown Bozeman sitting at breakfast with Loy Maierhauser (my good friend and partner in organizing this community effort). I told her about my idea for Bozeman's first craft beer week and asked if she'd want to help me make this idea a reality. Being as passionate about beer as myself, she was up to the task. And so in this moment, the beginnings of Bozeman Craft Beer Week began to take shape.

Now here we are ... a ton of hard work and hustle later and with a tremendous outpouring of community support to show for it. We're only a little over two months out from the big event and I know a lot of Montana craft beer drinkers who couldn't be more excited!

Today, I want to give you a chance to dig a little deeper into our story and how this grassroots movement got its start. Over the course of the last few months, we've had the pleasure to sit down with reporters from some of Montana's staple newspapers including the Great Falls Tribune.  To learn more about #BznBeerWeek's origins, read their story at the link below! 

Fermentation + Montana = Fermentana (and happy beer drinkers), Great Falls Tribune

Who knows, maybe our story will inspire you to go out and start something big too!

To you, the craft beer drinkers, the brewers, and all the business owners involved in making this event possible we thank you from the bottom of our pint glasses. Loy and I couldn't do this without you! It's because of you that Bozeman Craft Beer Week is made possible.

So save the dates and we'll save you a beer! 

Jesse Bussard
#BznBeerWeek Cofounder

NOTE:  Bozeman Craft Beer Week 2018 is May 5th-12th!!!!

#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 or visit the website 

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 or visit our website at

Media Contact:
Jesse Bussard, Co-Founder