Draught Works Begins T-Shirt Design Contest

Draught Works Brewery wants to see your handiwork.  And if you rise to the top, you could be looking at some pretty sweet swag and the glory of seeing your design on Draught Works’ latest t-shirt. The Missoula brewery is seeking t-shirt designs that are inspired by the Montana outdoors and incorporate the Draught Works…

KettleHouse Brewing Wins National Recognition From NBWA

As is plainly evident to those tuning in to Growler Fills, it has been difficult to find the time to keep the news flowing lately. I’d be remiss, however, if I didn’t pass along this news, albeit a few days late. KettleHouse Brewing Co., with three breweries in Missoula, is well known to Montanans (and…

Montana Brewers Solstice Rendezvous Comes to Billings on Friday

It is a big Friday for beer in Montana.  Big Sky Brewing Co. is throwing a 21st birthday party in Missoula and the Montana Brewers Association is holding its Solstice Rendezvous in Billings. Montana’s beer fans have two great opportunities this Friday, June 17. The Montana Brewers last held a brewfest in Billings three years…

Montana Posts Strong Showing at North American Beer Awards

Montana breweries posted another strong showing at the 2016 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…

Payette Brewing Co. Announces Distribution to Montana

Payette Brewing Company, Idaho’s largest brewery, recently announced it will soon begin distribution in Montana.  Payette has chosen four distributors in Montana, and will also be adding Wyoming and Oklahoma to its current distribution footprint of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Payette currently operates a 15-barrel brewing system, but is nearing completion of a…

Winning Beers at the 24th Annual Garden City Brewfest

The 24th annual Garden City Brewfest took place Saturday, May 8, as the 5th annual Missoula Craft Beer Week came to a close. The Zoo City Zymurgists homebrewing club handled judging duties for all beers served at the event. It was quite the weekend for Philipsburg Brewing Co. which won a silver medal at the…

Philipsburg Brewing Wins Medal at World Beer Cup

The Brewers Association announced the winners of the 2016 World Beer Cup today at the conclusion of the annual Craft Brewers Conference, held this year in Philadelphia, PA.  Montana’s Philipsburg Brewing Co. won the silver medal in the American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast category for its Haybag American Hefeweizen. Billed as the most prestigious beer…

Oskar Blues Comes “Full Circle,” Announces Distribution to Montana

Though not exactly a secret in these parts, Oskar Blues Brewery announced today it would begin distributing beer to Montana, completing nationwide distribution to all 50 states.  The brewery, based out of Longmont, CO and now with additional breweries in Brevard, NC, and Austin, TX, signed with Summit Beverage for the Missoula and Butte regions…

Missoula Craft Beer Week is Back and Better than Ever

The fun starts Saturday. If you’ve taken part in Missoula Craft Beer Week before, you know what that means.  Lots of opportunities to enjoy beer with friends in wonderfully creative ways. For 2016, MCBW begins Saturday, April 30 and continues through Saturday, May 7. It’s the 5th year for Missoula Craft Beer Week and the…