Montana Winners at the North American Beer Awards

Fifteen Montana breweries were awarded a combined twenty six medals at the North American Beer Awards on June 2, 2018. The competition is held in Idaho Falls each year in early June in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest.  Organized by the North American Brewers Association, this well regarded competition is conducted as a…

Missoula Marathon Beer Run and Missoula Area Beer Guide

Missoula Marathon Beer Run and Missoula Area Beer Guide (Updated for 2018) Missoula Marathon Beer Run:  6:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2018 Race Expo / Missoula 5K:  8:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018 Missoula Marathon / Half-Marathon: 6:00 a.m. Sunday, July 15, 2018 Among the better pairings known to humankind – peanut butter and chocolate,…

Montana Breweries Win Big at 2018 World Beer Cup

The Brewers Association announced the winners of the 2018 World Beer Cup Thursday at the conclusion of the Association’s annual Craft Brewers Conference, held this year in Nashville, TN.  It was the largest competition to date for the biennial event, with 8,234 beers entered in 101 beer style categories, a 25% increase over the 2016…

Billings, Montana: Montana’s Natural Beer Destination

[Note:  A version of this article first appeared in the 2017 August/September edition of the Rocky Mountain Brewing News.] Billings, Montana, bills itself as Montana’s Trailhead and standing on the edge of the City’s famed rimrocks give a perfect indication why. Seven mountain ranges dot the view, Pryor, Big Horn, Bull, Snowy, Crazy, Absaroka, and…

Überbrew and the Search for Kone Fu

[Note: A version of this story first appeared in the 2017 August/September edition of the Rocky Mountain Brewing News.] For a brewery racking up major hardware from some of the most prestigious beer competitions, Überbrew’s best feature might be its comfortable, unassuming, inviting nature that rewards patrons with top-notch beer. That unpretentious nature begins at…

Big Head’s Bottle Shop Holds Grand Opening Saturday Oct. 21

Missoula’s newest beer store, Big Head’s Bottle Shop, will hold it’s grand opening this Saturday, October 21, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00. p.m. Formerly a part of Summer Sun Garden and Brew, the bottle shop was spun off as a separate business when the stores relocated this summer to adjoining suites at 3106 W. Broadway…

Montana Winners at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival

I’m a little late in sharing the news, but Montana breweries picked up more medals at the beer competition held in conjunction with the Great American Beer Festival.  Winners were announced at a ceremony held in Denver, CO on October 7. Judges awarded 293 medals in 98 beer categories covering 161 different beer styles in…

Montana Brewers Conference and Festival This Week in Missoula

The Montana Brewers Conference takes place in Missoula this week, Sept. 28-29, with two days of conference content in advance of the annual Fall Rendezvous brewfest on Saturday, Sept. 30. Conference content includes a presentation on the Brewers Association Beer Servers Training Manual by Tim Brady of Whetstone Brewing from Battleboro, Vermont, a panel on…

Beer Bloggers/Writers to Explore Milwaukee at Annual Conference

Beer blogger and writers from around the country will gather in Milwaukee August 4-6 to explore the city’s beer scene and hone their skills at the 2017 Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference. Perhaps best known for its lengthy history with some of the most recognizable names in beer (Miller, Pabst), Milwaukee’s local craft brewing scene…