craft beer week

How the #BznBeerWeek Passport Works

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Passports are finally here (they arrived from Scout Books last week)!!! Since we’re quickly getting closer to Bozeman’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week, we wanted to take a moment to give you the rundown on why you should buy one (if you haven’t already).

#1 Your Personal Guide

Think of the #BznBeerWeek Passport as your exclusive personal guide to this very special 8-day beer bash. With over 25 events happening over the course of the week, your passport helps you to plan accordingly and keep track of the events you attend by collecting stamps as you go.

#2 Sweet Discounts

Save your hard-earned cash with discounts offered ONLY to passport holders by our sponsors. This year’s Passport perks include:

  • 2-for-1 Montana draft beers at Sidewinders ALL WEEK LONG

  • Happy hour prices on drinks at The Bay Bar & Grill ALL WEEK LONG

  • Show your Passport @ the Gate during the Spring Brewers Rendezvous and get into the VIP hour for General Admission prices ($10 savings)

#3 Chance to Win Awesome Prizes

Probably, the biggest benefit to having a Bozeman Craft Beer Week Passport is the opportunity to enter in the Official #BznBeerWeek Giveaway. ONLY passport holders are eligible to enter this giveaway which includes some epic prizes, such as:

  • A brand-spankin’ NEW 2-tap Kegerator complete with 1 year supply of CO2 and a 1/6 barrel of any local Montana beer of your choice

  • Pelican coolers (3 total)

  • Gift cards, schwag, and more!

In total, this year, we have nearly $3500 in prizes to give away! You can enter this giveaway by filling out and turning in the entry form of pg. 31 of your passport at any Craft Beer Week event happening during the week.

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Now that you know how it works…

Where can you buy one?

Where to buy

You’ve got three options! You can order online or stop by one of the 3 retail locations around Bozeman that are selling them shown below.

Second Annual Bozeman Craft Beer Week features over 20 beer-centric events, unique collaboration beer

Fermentana releases 2018 event schedule and passport, announces collaboration beer details

Bozeman, MT (April 10, 2018) - Bozeman Craft Beer Week is fast approaching and adventurous beer-cationers and locals alike must begin contemplating which events to attend during the Gallatin Valley’s biggest annual beer bash. A celebration of craft beer, open space, and trails in its second year, Bozeman Craft Beer Week will take place May 5-12, 2018.

To commemorate the week, 10 local breweries have worked together to create a special collaboration beer appropriately called Gallatin Valley Lager. Brewed with locally-grown malt from Bridger Malt House and hops from Crooked Yard Hops, the beer is a refreshing, crisp Montana Pale Lager bursting with citrusy hop aroma. Craft beer week attendees 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 events throughout the week, as well as 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.

Fermentana rolled out the 2018 craft beer week schedule the evening of Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 with their Official Schedule Release Party at co-presenting sponsor business, Sidewinders American Grill. The following 27 events are slated to take place during the community craft beer celebration over the course of the week:

Saturday, May 5th

  • Big Brew Day:  Learn to Homebrew hosted by Bridger Brew Crew at Planet Natural
  • Cinco De Mayo Beer Brunch at Red Chair Cafe & Bar
  • Craft Beer Trivia at Bozeman Taproom
  • Craft Beer Week Kickoff Party at Sidewinders American Grill

Sunday, May 6th

  • Kombucha Day at Dean's Zesty Booch
  • 2nd Annual Beer-lympics presented by Fermentana and Map Brewing Co.
  • Hop Hole Tournament at Outlaw Brewing Co.
  • Mountains Walking Beer Dinner at Mountains Walking Brewery & Pub

Monday, May 7th

  • Pint Night for GVLT at MAP Brewing Co.
  • Burger & Beer Pairing at Copper Whiskey Bar & Grill
  • Beer'd & Mash-tache Competition hosted by The Barborshop & Shaving Parlor at 406 Brewing Co.

Tuesday, May 8th

  • Stein Holding Competition at Bridger Brewing
  • Blazing Paddles Yeti-Style Tournament at MAP Brewing Co.
  • Pints from the Past hosted by The Extreme History Project at 406 Brewing Co.
  • Beer Pairing Dinner for Gallatin Valley Land Trust at Montana Ale Works

Wednesday, May 9th

  • Interactive Brew Day at Bunkhouse Brewery
  • Bozeman Beer Mile at Bozeman Brewing Co.
  • Pie & Beer Pairing at Vino Per Tutti
  • Dive Bar Burgers & Bozeman IPAs at The Haufbrau

Thursday, May 10th

  • Yappy Hour with Bunkhouse Brewery and Happy Dog Beer Co. at Dee-O-Gee
  • Burger & Beer Pairing with Great Burn Brewing at Fuddruckers
  • Beers & Bluegrass with Bozeman Brewing at Red Tractor Pizza
  • Cider House Tours & Tasting at Lockhorn Cider

Friday, May 11th

  • Spring Brewers' Rendezvous presented by Montana Brewers Association at Haynes Pavilion, Gallatin County Fairgrounds
  • Rendezvous After Party at Bozeman Taproom

Saturday, May 12th

  • Prana Buzz at White Dog Brewing
  • BCBW Awards & Wrap-Up Event hosted by Fermentana at Sidewinders American Grill

Along with the robust events list, Fermentana has also released the official Bozeman Craft Beer Week Passport for 2018 to assist beer lovers with their craft beer week journey. 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’ entry into the Bozeman Craft Beer Week Giveaway which consists of over $2000 worth of prizes from participating sponsors, including a brand-new kegerator and YETI Tundra 50 cooler each branded to celebrate Bozeman’s Second Annual Craft Beer Week.

Passports are immediately available for purchase in the BCBW online store and at select sponsor retail locations around Bozeman after April 16th, including Sidewinders American Grill, MAP Brewing Co., and Dee-O-Gee. Craft beer drinkers can acquire their official Bozeman Craft Beer Week Passport and merchandise, as well as view complete event listings and ticketing info for the 8-day beer bash at www.bozemancraftbeerweek.com

Craft Beer Week Survival Tips

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… 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!

#6 WATER!

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!

#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

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! 

Cheers,
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!