Bozeman craft beer

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

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! 

Why be involved with #BznBeerWeek? Our sponsors will tell you!

They say successful breweries are the mark of a thriving community and Bozeman is no different! Bozeman's first craft beer week wouldn't be possible if not for the outstanding community support and participation we've received since we hatched the idea for this 8-day beer bash a little over one year ago. A total of 28 different businesses and organizations (including our 9 local breweries) throughout Bozeman and Belgrade have signed on as sponsors at varying levels to support this event week and we couldn't be more honored to have their backing!

Talking with sponsors at our Launch Party event for Bozeman Craft Beer Week last fall

Talking with sponsors at our Launch Party event for Bozeman Craft Beer Week last fall

This week, we'd like to share with you what some of our top level sponsors had to say about why they became involved with #BznBeerWeek! We reached out to each of our Bison Level Sponsors and asked each of them three questions. 

  • If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have a single beer style, what would it be?
  • Why did you want to be involved with Bozeman Craft Beer Week?
  • What's new and interesting at your business?

After you've read their responses below, we hope you'll stop by our sponsor's businesses and tell them you appreciate their support of #BznBeerWeek!

Without them, this weeklong community craft beer celebration wouldn't be possible!

Eric Cade - Owner/General Manager, Bozeman Taproom

Desert Island Beer of Choice:  Saison

Why did you want to be involved with Bozeman Craft Beer Week?
I think with Bozeman being one of the main hubs of craft beer in the state of Montana, craft beer week is a great way for us to connect with local breweries, the community, and other people from around the state who come to Bozeman.

What's new and interesting at the Bozeman Taproom?
Stop by and check out what Bozeman Taproom is doing for lunch! Half & Half Combos daily $8 lunch specials!

Adam Paccione - Co-Owner/General Manager, Red Tractor Pizza

Desert Island Beer of Choice:  Lager

Why did you want to be involved with Bozeman Craft Beer Week?
Supporting the community and local businesses are really important, especially in smaller communities like Bozeman.  That’s really our mission here, and that’s why we select only Montana beers to have on tap.  Beer is such an important part of our society, it brings people together.  That’s exactly what Craft Beer Week is doing, and we’re excited to be a part of it.

What's new and interesting at Red Tractor Pizza?
 If you think Red Tractor makes some delicious pizza, vote for Red Tractor Pizza for Best of Bozeman - voting is happening all month! VOTE HERE!

Jason Trueblood - Marketing & Operations Manager, PintPass

Desert Island Beer of Choice:  Hefeweizen

Why did you want to be involved with Bozeman Craft Beer Week?
PintPass decided to be involved with Bozeman Craft Beer Week because it's going to be a great series of community-focused events that will support and bring together the Bozeman craft beer community.  The Bozeman beer community has traditionally only had a small number of events to attend or be a part of so when PintPass heard about a craft beer week in Bozeman we started to brainstorm how we could be involved.

What's new with the PintPass app?
The PintPass app is gaining traction, we now have 164 member breweries spread across 31 different states!  We recently wrapped up some development changes to the app to help app users navigate more efficiently.  PintPass also recently licensed our Text-A-Beer technology to be used in Major League baseball ballparks starting in April.  We are pumped to be a part of Bozeman Craft Beer Week and to continue supporting local craft beer.

Dash Rodman & Patrick "PK" Kainz - Owners, MAP Brewing Co.

Desert Island Beer of Choice: Pale Ale

Why did you want to be involved with Bozeman Craft Beer Week?
We chose to be a part of Bozeman Craft Beer Week because it helps to raise awareness about what great craft beer we have in the valley and celebrate it!

What's new and interesting at MAP Brewing?
We are getting ready for warmer weather and will have 14 beers on tap for the summer, live music twice a week, and community events frequently!

David Breck - Owner/General Manager, Bridger Brewing

Desert Island Beer of Choice:  IPA

Why did you want to be involved with Bozeman Craft Beer Week?
Our brewery got involved with craft beer week because we think it’s highly important for Bozeman. It helps continue to build momentum for Montana’s craft beer industry both across the state and here locally!

What's new and interesting at Bridger Brewing?
We’ve got some new beers coming out this week. The Roosevelt Red Ale is coming back for St. Patrick’s Day on Friday. We’ll also be releasing a new grapefruit-infused IPA soon called Citrusaurus. It’s an unfiltered East Coast-style IPA!

Josh & Holly Allen - Owners, Dee-O-Gee

Desert Island Beer of Choice:  IPA

Why did you want to be involved with Bozeman Craft Beer Week?
At Dee-O-Gee, we have a love for Montana, a love for dogs and a love for craft beer so, it was a natural fit to be involved with Bozeman's Craft Beer Week by hosting Yappy Hour at Dee-O-Gee.

What is new and interesting at Dee-O-Gee?
We recently added online shopping to www.dee-o-gee.com and launched our new subscription box service, DOG BOX, which sends monthly dog goodies to subscribers!

Brad Harris - General Manager, Montana Ale Works

Desert Island Beer of Choice:  IPA

Why did you want to be involved with Bozeman Craft Beer Week?
We love Montana Craft Beer and the opportunity to teach people about craft beer and the beer of Montana.  Community and regional beers are important to us here at Ale Works.

What's new and interesting at Montana Ale Works?
 
On St. Paddy's Day we're having Bayern Brewing here. They're bringing two wooden casks that we'll be tapping and we'll be having corned beef and cabbage with soda bread as a food special to celebrate!

Nicole Morgan - Business Manager, Red Chair Bar & Cafe

Desert Island Beer of Choice:  Pilsner

Why did you want to be involved with Bozeman Craft Beer Week?
Since we’re located in a more neighborhood-heavy area on the west side of Bozeman, we have a very local clientele and we know that eating and drinking local as much as possible is important to our guests.  We’ve built a big following with our craft beer program, with lots of rotating local taps and craft beer pint nights.  We’ve found that in Bozeman, beer is a great way to get more involved in and build up our local community!   

What's the latest buzz at Red Chair? 
Swing by for Happy Hour, from 2:00 - 5:30, 7 days a week, (all night on Sundays).  Come for cocktail, wine, and beer specials!