MBA, MTA and Restaurant Association Join Forces for Buy Local Campaign

The Montana Brewers Association, Montana Tavern Association, and Montana Restaurant Association announced today they are teaming up to launch a “buy local beer” campaign in support of Montana craft beer and local businesses. The campaign was originally announced during the Montana Brewers Association’s annual conference in October where the campaign was described as a series…

Winning Beers at the 2015 Montana Brewers Fall Festival

The 2015 Montana Brewers Fall Festival featured more than 150 Montana-made beers from across the state on a perfect October evening in Missoula, MT. Missoula’s local homebrewing club, the Zoo City Zmurgists, judged the beers using the BJCP style guidelines in a blind-judging format. (Disclosure: I participated in the blind-judging round to select the best-of-show…

150+ Montana Beers At MBA Fall Festival Today

Two packed days of conference sessions and fun at the Montana Brewers Association’s annual conference wrapped up last night in Missoula, but the capstone of the week takes place this evening, October 16. The Montana Brewers Fall Festival has quickly become the state’s best brewfest (and there are a lot of good ones), always featuring…

Registration Open for 2015 Montana Brewers Conference

The Montana Brewers Association will again hold its annual conference in Missoula this October and the lineup of presentations looks to be the best yet.  Held at the downtown Holiday Inn Parkside, the conference takes place October 14 and 15. Registration is open to the public. Panel presentations include sessions on the state of raw…

Action Expected Tomorrow on Montana HB 326 and HB 336 Beer Bills

Rep. Tom Berry, Chair of the Montana House Business and Labor Committee, announced this morning the Committee would take action on House Bill 326 and House Bill 336 tomorrow morning, Wednesday, February 11. The Committee was expected to take action today, but reports indicate Rep. Ryan Lynch requested the delay while amendments are being processed.…

Montana Legislature Begins Debate on Beer Bills

It was standing room only in Room 172 of the Montana State Capital building today for the House of Representatives’ Business and Labor Committee hearing on three beer-related bills. After nearly four hours, only one thing remained clear: the tension and simmering anger that dominated the 2013 session has not dissipated, it has merely shifted…