Human Foosball, Mini-golf, Irish traditional music, and Bacon. These are likely not the kinds of things that come to mind when you think “craft beer week,” But Missoula Craft Beer Week is no ordinary beer festival.
Sure, we’ve got tap takeovers and beer dinners, too – and they’re great – but Missoula Craft Beer Week’s beauty is finding different ways to connect people to people over a great craft beer.
The 4th Annual Missoula Craft Beer Week begins Saturday, April 25 with the Missoula Beer Open House. From 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. all six of Missoula’s breweries will have open houses, offering visitors a chance to peek behind the scenes and see how their favorite beers are made.
Draught Works Brewery kicks off the Sunday of beer week with its delicious Beer-n-Bacon Breakfast, featuring maple bacon bars from Baker’s Dozen, biscuits & gravy from Burns St. Bistro, scrambled eggs, fruit-bacon kabobs, all-you-can-eat bacon and sausage and great selection of beers. Wow.
You’ll be able to learn about Montana’s brewing history with an exhibit at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula and an always entertaining presentation by Steve Lozar, Montana’s foremost expert on brewing history, at Imagine Nation Brewing Co.
The crazy popular Craft Beer Cup, a mini-golf tournament throughout Downtown Missoula, returns this year and the proceeds will again be donated to the Missoula Food Bank. This year’s dress theme is steampunk cowboy/cowgirl. You’ll probably need to google that one.
Big Sky Brewing Co. is hosting a beer versus wine dinner at Caffe Dolce, Great Burn Brewing is teaming up with Riversong Gourmet for a beer and small plates event, and there’s even a Big Beer Festival outside at The Rhino the night before the 23rd Annual Garden City Brewfest.
You’ll have the chance to watch the world premier of Homebrewd: the story of homebrew and craft beer culture in Montana at the Top Hat Lounge. Word has it the creators of Missoula Craft Beer Week make an appearance or two.
To learn more about that Human Foosball hosted by Kettlehouse Brewing Co., Irish traditional music, a beer run, beer and cheese pairing, the “Chains and Grains” pedal pub races, and all the other events planned for the week, head to www.missoulabeerweek.com. Extra thanks are due our 2015 Title Sponsors, Draught Works Brewery and Downtown Missoula Partnership.