Weekend Reminder: Billings, Seeley Lake, Others Host Beer Events

It’s a busy weekend for beer events in Montana.  Here are some reminders of a few you might want to check out. Personally, I’ll be taking part in the American Heart Association’s  Heart Run 5k race in Missoula, which I committed to do before realizing how many great beer events are going on.

Seeley Lake Brew Fest and Tamarack Festival
The Seeley Lake Brew Fest and Tamarack Festival will be held Sept 28-30.  A “beer presentation and pub crawl” take place on Friday, September 28, followed by the Brew Fest on Saturday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  For more info, head here.

12th Annual Ales for Trails
The 12th Annual Ales for Trails brewfest in Billings takes place on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Dehler Park. Over 50 local and regional microbrews and 15 wine selections will be on hand at BikeNet.org’s annual fundraiser in support of new trail construction, existing trail maintenance, and community outreach. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Music, food, and a new Trailhead Ale Community Brew (collaboration between eight breweries in Laurel, Billings, Redlodge and Sheridan) are part of the fun.  Pay $5 more and get in an hour early to beat the crowds.  For more info, head here.

The Great Northwest Oktoberfest
The Whitefish Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Oktoberfest over two weekends, September 27-29 and October 4-6, 2012.  The event is held in Depot Park under the “Oktoberfest Bigtop” across from the Whitefish Train Depot in the heart of downtown Whitefish.  Admission is $3 per day for nonstop access to German food, music, souvenirs and beer (additional cost for everything but the music).  Beer selections include three from Whitefish’s Great Northern Brewery (Oktoberfest, Frog Hop and Black Star) and three from Warsteiner (Pilsner, Dunkel and Oktoberfest).  For more info, head here.

This annual celebration in the heart of Irish country takes place on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. which also happens to be Quarry Brewing’s 5th Anniversary. Beer from twelve Montana breweries will be available for sale.  For more info, head here.