MDA Winter Brewfest is Friday February 21, 2014

Cabin fever fighters rejoice! The Missoula Downtown Association’s winter brew fest takes place this Friday, February 21, at Caras Park in Missoula. It’s the fourth such event and the second to take place outside. Forty-two beers, ten wines, live music and food vendors are expected. The fun gets going at 5:00 p.m and continues until…

Georgia Suggests Allowing Doggie Bag for Beer

We like to complain about our brewery laws here in Montana (often for good reason), but it is easy to forget Montana does have it better that some. Montana breweries have long been allowed to fill growlers of any size and type for off-premise consumption.  Even the sale of beer for on-premise consumption has been…

Great Northern Brewing Co’s Beer Barter Cancelled

The good news and joyous celebrations that followed permit approval by the Whitefish City Council on Monday were short lived.  Great Northern Brewing Co. has announced the cancellation of their popular Beer Barter, a major talent show of sorts during the annual Whitefish Winter Carnival.  The City initially denied the permit after the police chief…

The Session No. 84: Alternative Beer Reviews

This month’s Session* topic is hosted by Oliver Gray, creator and author of the award winning blog Literature and Libation. For the 84th Session, he asks us to branch out.  As Oliver notes, many beer bloggers (and I’ll add beer lovers in general) tend to get caught up in the cataloging of beer via incessant…

Great Northern Beer Barter to Go On After Initial Permit Denial

Since being revived in 2011, Great Northern Brewing Co.’s Beer Barter has been a highlight of the popular Whitefish Winter Carnival. Fellow blogger Ryan attended the 2012 event and received the VIP-behind-the-scenes treatment. This annual event asks “What would you do or trade for a year’s supply of beer?” Contestants display their creativity by offering…

“So Let Germany Brew Your Beer”

Did you catch that one?  Among the many good and not so good commercials during yesterday’s Super Bowl telecast was a rather odd one from Chrysler featuring Bob Dylan. Dylan starts it off by asking, “Is there anything more American than America?” If that one stumps you, Bob follows it up with a series of…