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…

Montana Breweries Compete Well at 2017 North American Beer Awards

Montana breweries again did well at the North American Beer Awards. 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 single blind sampling followed by rank ordering of the…

10 Years On, A Community Runs 3.2

We were supposed to form an arch. Just prior to the start of the 3.2 Run In Remembrance, one of the many events Virginia Tech conducts each year to commemorate the tragic shootings of April 16, 2007, participants line up on the massive green space known as the Drillfied to form a symbol photographed from…

Compromise in Hand, Senate Approves HB 541

HB 541 may soon be headed for the Governor’s signature after the Montana Brewers Association, Montana Tavern Association, and Montana Beer and Wine Distributors Association agreed to a compromise Thursday morning. As proposed, HB 541 was intended to raise beer production limits from 10,000 bbl to 60,000 bbl to allow for on-premise sales of beer…