collaboration beer

County 6: The People's IPA hits taps, store shelves around Bozeman

The 2019 collaboration beer is here!

County 6: The People’s IPA is an India pale ale brewed for the people of the Gallatin Valley using a portion of locally-grown malt from Gallatin Valley Malt and hops from Crooked Yard Hops. Crafted by 12 local breweries this special collaboration beer was created to commemorate Bozeman’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week. It clocks in at 6.3% ABV and 55 IBU and features a six-hop blend of old and new school varieties including Magnum, Cascade, Centennial, Bravo, Citra, and Idaho 7. This hop combo works together in County 6 to create a refreshing, citrusy, flavorful IPA perfect for spring sipping.


Breweries involved with the collaboration include the following:

  • Outlaw Brewing

  • 406 Brewing Company

  • Bar 3 Brewing

  • Bozeman Brewing Co.

  • Bridger Brewing

  • Bunkhouse Brewery

  • Dean’s Zesty Booch

  • Madison River Brewing Co.

  • MAP Brewing Co.

  • Nordic Brew Works

  • Julius Lehrkinds Brewery

  • White Dog Brewing

Craft beer week attendees can expect to find the collaboration beer available on tap and in cans at Outlaw Brewing, the host brewery for the beer project, as well as at participating sponsor businesses and retailers starting May 1st through the end of craft beer week.

Proceeds from the sale of the collaboration beer will be donated to Fermentana's craft beer week nonprofit partner, Bozeman Area Community Foundation, to support their mission of connecting people who care to causes that matter to build a better community.

Where can you find the collaboration beer?

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Starting today, County 6: The People’s IPA will be on tap and on store shelves around Bozeman, just in time for the kickoff of Bozeman's 3nd Annual Craft Beer Week! 



2018 Collaboration Beer, Gallatin Valley Lager, coming to taps and store shelves near you!

Photo credit:  Single Six Media

Photo credit:  Single Six Media

Gallatin Valley Lager on tap, in cans around Bozeman

Last week, the Bozeman Craft Beer Week 2018 collaboration beer, the Gallatin Valley Lager, was kegged, canned, and sent on it's way to the distributor, bound for taps and retail shelves around Bozeman! This beer was brewed by 10 of our local breweries to commemorate Bozeman's 2nd Annual Craft Beer Week. Created using locally-grown malt from Bridger Malt House and hops from Crooked Yard Hops, the 2018 collaboration beer is a refreshing, crisp Montana Pale Lager bursting with citrusy hop aroma. 

Breweries involved with this collaboration include the following:

Craft beer week event-goers 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 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.


Photo credit:  Single Six Media

Photo credit:  Single Six Media

So where can you find the Gallatin Valley Lager?

Starting later this week, the Gallatin Valley Lager will be on tap and store shelves around Bozeman, just in time for the kickoff of Bozeman's 2nd Annual Craft Beer Week! 

Check out the following locations to find the 2018 collaboration beer on tap:

The beer will also be available IN CANS AT THE FOLLOWING RETAILERS:

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!


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.


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! 

#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

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