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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

#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