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…

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…

Philipsburg Brewing Releases Beer in Aluminum Bottles

Philipsburg Brewing Co. spent the better part of the last two years securing a second location, planning, purchasing and installing a new 50 bbl brewhouse, and getting everything up and running for a major expansion.  The brewery brewed its first beer at the new production facility five months ago while also working to get its…

Philipsburg Brewing Co. To Expand; Receives Growth Through Agriculture Grant

The continued rise of Montana’s craft beer industry is not just spawning new breweries. Many established breweries are embracing beer’s popularity with expansion projects, too. Philipsburg Brewing Company is one of the latest to take on a significant expansion, including a new building, additional equipment and a bottling line. Co-owners Cathy and Nolan Smith purchased…

Getting Lost in the Montana Beer Scene

[Note: A version of this story first appeared in the October/November Issue of the Rocky Mountain Brewing News. Look for the Rocky Mountain Brewing News in breweries, bottle shops and select bars throughout the Rocky Mountain region. If you have story ideas or news items for future issues, send them to me at alan@growlerfills.beer ]…

Three Montana Winter Brewfests Set for February

Think a little snow and cold temperatures get in the way of some outdoor brewfest action? If so, and you’re a Montana resident, you may be living in the wrong state. For the past three years, Bigfork, MT, has laughed in the face of old man winter while holding an outdoor brewfest on the town’s…

Philipsburg Brewing To Hold Grand Opening Weekend

Montana’s newest brewery, Philipsburg Brewing Co. is holding a grand opening weekend beginning tomorrow, Friday, October 12.  I had a chance to talk with Founder Rob Jarvis and Brewer Mike Elliott at the Montana Brewers Festival and they’re excited to show off the new place.  Open since late August, PBC is quickly adding new beers…