Big Sky Brewing Co. Reaches Drinking Age, Keeps Having Fun

This article first appeared in the June/July edition of the Rocky Mountain Brewing News.  Look for it at your favorite breweries and bars, or subscribe here. Big Sky Brewing Co. Reaches Drinking Age Twenty-one years after beginning their first brew, one thing remains clear: brewing Montana’s most recognizable beer remains as fun as it is…

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…

Missoula Marathon Beer Run and Missoula Area Beer Guide

Missoula Marathon Beer Run and Missoula Area Beer Guide (Updated for 2017) Missoula Marathon Beer Run:  Friday, July 7, 2017 Race Expo / Missoula 5K:  Saturday, July 8, 2017 Missoula Marathon / Half-Marathon: Sunday, July 9, 2017 Among the better pairings known to humankind – peanut butter and chocolate, bacon and . . . .…

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…

The Session No. 111: A Beer Midlife Crisis

This month’s Session is hosted by Oliver Gray of Literature and Libation.  To refresh your recollection, the Session is a long running project where beer bloggers and writers from around the world write about a common topic on the first Friday of each month. One writer serves as host, presents a topic, and prepares 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…