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4th annual Winter Brewfest coming to Caras Park Friday, February 21

January 23, 2014 | Leland Buck

The Missoula Downtown Association and KettleHouse Brewing Co. will host the fourth annual Winter BrewFest on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 5-10 pm. Winter BrewFest will be held at Caras Park and will feature live entertainment, beer, wine, food and more. The public is invited to sample a variety of 36 winter brews in everyone’s favorite town square. Admission is $12 per person and includes one 7-ounce commemorative glass and two beer tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older and will be required to show identification at the entrance, located on the west side of the Caras Park Pavilion near the Carousel. Parking is free downtown on evenings and weekends, and attendees are encouraged to use alternative forms of transportation. Mountain Line bus service runs until 8pm, and the University of Montana UDASH shuttle runs 15-minute service late into the night.

“This will be the second year Winter BrewFest takes place in Caras Park,” said Winter BrewFest committee chair Ellen Buchanan. “We wanted to preserve the same fun outdoor atmosphere as last year, but give guests more room to move freely among the beer selection, food, and great music. We’ve designed a spacious layout this year and are bringing in even more winter brews to taste. It will be an exciting evening downtown and will just add to all the fun we have year-round in Downtown Missoula.”

In addition to hosting three dozen microbrews from around the region, Winter BrewFest will showcase the musical talent and tasty eats that make Downtown Missoula a vibrant place to connect – even in the winter. Entertainment will be provided by The Idle Ranch Hands and food will be provided by El Cazador and Burns Street Bistro. There will be lots of ways to stay warm throughout the event.

Winter BrewFest is sponsored by Kettlehouse Brewing Co. and Qdoba. More information can be found online at www.missouladowntown.com or by contacting the MDA staff via phone (543-4238) or email (mda@missouladowntown.com).

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2nd Annual Chain Reaction Fresh Hop Festival

September 3, 2013 | Leland Buck

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The good people at Draught Works Brewery in Missoula have announced the second annual Chain Reaction Relay Race to support Free Cycles.

The race is Sunday, September 8th at 12:00 Noon. The following guidelines have been provided for participants in the race:

  • All teams must check in at Fais Do-Do Farm by 11:00 a.m. at the very latest on Sunday, September 8th.
  • The hops will be pre-packaged in burlap bags and must remain unopened.
  • Teams must assign riders to specific legs of the race and disclose this information when they check in at the Fais Do-Do Farm.
  • The first mile involves gravel roads. All riders in the first leg will ride as a peleton until they have crossed HWY 93.
  • Teams are encouraged to wear costumes, color coordinate, and draw as much attention to their team as possible.
  • All teams are responsible for finding a way to transport the pre-packaged hops, approximately the size of a bed pillow.
  • Teams must use designated routes. If a team uses an alternative route, they will be automatically disqualified.
  • All riders must wear helmets while riding and are not allowed to listen to music while riding.
  • All race participants driving motor vehicles during the race must have a valid driver’s license and the designated vehicle must be properly insured.
  • All bike transfers must occur at designated checkpoints.
  • Riders must check in at Check Points prior to transfers (i.e. before one a rider starts a leg, they must already be checked in at the Check Point).
  • Once your team arrives at the Lolo Community Center Checkpoint, teams will have 20 minutes to shuttle to the Blue Mountain Road parking lot Checkpoint, check in and begin riding again. Volunteers and staff will time you once you arrive at the Lolo checkpoint.
  • Once your team arrives at the Walmart check point, teams will have 15 minutes to shuttle to the Stitches parking lot Checkpoint on Russell Street, check in and begin riding again. Volunteers and staff will time you once you arrive at the Walmart checkpoint.
  • No hitching rides between legs or at any time during the race (except for the mandatory shuttles from Lolo to Blue Mountain Road & Walmart to Stitches.
  • In the event of an emergency, call 911 and/or our on-call medical professional, Nicki at #720-670-7769.
  • There will be a sweep rider from Free Cycles clearing the course.

Friendly Suggestions:

  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Stay hydrated (preferably not with beer, that will come later).
  • Bring snacks (i.e. energy bars, fruit, etc.)
  • Riders should have access to cell phones, teammates and medical assistant staff.
  • Wear sunscreen!
  • HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!! (this is less of a suggestion and more of a requirement)

Racers will be delivering locally-grown hops via the relay, and volunteer will mill the grain using 100% pedal power. Draught Works will be producing a “fresh” hopped beer during the event. According to Draught Work’s Facebook page, they are still looking for volunteers to help pedal the mill.

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The 4th Annual Clips Beer & Film Tour returns to Missoula July 19th to benefit BWAM

July 1, 2013 | admin

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Twenty-one select cities earn the distinction of being host to this year’s tour. Food will be available from the Blue Bison Grill and the Empanada Lady and a vast selection of 16 beers from the New Belgium Brewery: Cascara Quad, Heavenly Feijoa Tripel- Dieu de Ciel! Collaboration, Biere be Mars, Biere de Gaarde- Brewery Vivant Collaboration, Rolle Bolle, Paardebloem, French Aramis IPA, Pluot Ale, Rampant, La Folie, Ranger, 1554, Fat Tire, Trippel, Abbey, Blue Paddle, Shift.

Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula, a nonprofit, member-driven organization created to improve the safety, health and enjoyment of the Five Valley area by promoting and enhancing bicycling and walking for everyday transportation and recreation are the non-profit benefitting from the event. They are asking for volunteers to help set up and make the event fantastic. If you’d like to volunteer, read this announcement on their website for details.

When:
Friday, July 19

Time:
8:30 p.m.

Where:
Caras Park

Cost:
Admission – free
3 oz. sample – $1.25
12 oz. beer – $5.00

Other tips:
Food is welcome; alcohol is not (leave that to us)
Bring low chairs or blankets to lounge on the grass
Entire families are welcome
Bring your I.D. if you plan to sample beers!

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Will the Kettle House release a special “Bomb” brew? Doesn’t look like it.

June 26, 2013 | Leland Buck

Recall that on June 20th, a suspicious package was found out front of the Kettle House and Missoula Police sent in the bomb squad to investigate? In the process, they evacuated the Kettle House and Le Petit Outre bakery. We heard talk in the last few days that the Kettle House was thinking of naming a beer in reference to the event, and some creative names were suggested. The brewery posted a statement this morning on their web site putting to rest any questions about a bomb scare inspired beer.

“While we have a culture that embraces good humor, we have no plans to name a beer after the incident,” the statement reads.

OK. Fair enough. But I’d love to see the label design for “Bomb Squad Lager” or “I.E.D.-I.P.A.” all the same.

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Big Medicine Brewing Company is going to change the world one beer at a time

June 21, 2013 | Leland Buck

You’ll get no argument from me: beer is good for the world. But the folks at Missoula’s Big Medicine Brewing Company really mean that beer can be a positive element of change.

There’s been considerable buzz about this project the last few months, including a post here on GrizzlyGrowler in November 2012. It’s a great idea that will hopefully blossom here in Missoula.

They will be hosting a fundraiser and giving a presentation of their vision on June 25th at the Wilma Theatre. Best of all, the presentation will be followed by a 30th anniversary screening of Strange Brew, the 1983 cult beer classic featuring SCTV’s Bob and Doug McKenzie.

The doors open at 6:30pm  and the presentation and raffle begin at 7:00. Cost $5 at the door.

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May 13-19 is American Craft Beer Week

May 15, 2013 | Leland Buck

American Craft Beer Week 2013This week (May 13-19) is once again American Craft Beer Week, according to the Brewers Association. As they describe the event, it is a week-long celebration of “the 2,400+ small and independent craft brewers who continue to make the U.S. the world’s most diverse brewing destination.” They’ve assembled a calendar with over 1,200 events around the country, but sadly, not one event on their calendar is in the State of Montana.

The Brewers Association list 48 Montana breweries on their site, 30 of which are listed as members of their organization.

Might we suggest you visit a tap room or two this week for a spontaneous celebration?

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Kettlehouse Brewing holds raffle to help employee fight cancer

February 1, 2013 | Matt Pritchard

On Feb. 6, Kettlehouse Brewing is holding a raffle and a Community UNite to help Tammy kick cancer’s ass. Tammy DuBois is an administrator and “the glue” at the Kettlehouse.

There are around 20 prizes up for grabs including a new Ariens lawn mower, Maker’s Mark bourbon basket, a night’s stay in the executive suite at Hawthorn Suites, Kindle Fire HD, various gift certificates, Kettlehouse merchandise, a priceless one day guided fly-fishing trip with Curtis and more.

The raffle will take place at the Northside Kettlehouse on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each or three for $20 and you don’t have to be in the house to win. However, if you do decide to make it down 50 cents from every beer sold that night will help Tammy fight cancer.

- Matt Pritchard

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Philipsburg Brewing offers good beer, unique brewery experience

January 24, 2013 | Matt Pritchard

I finally managed to work my way over to Philipsburg to check out the relatively new Philipsburg Brewing Co. and I’m a little ashamed it took so long. The brewery, which opened Aug. 25 and is located at 100 W. Broadway, reminds me of an old soda fountain shop. The only difference is that delicious beer pours from the tap handles rather than carbonated sugar.

The brewery is small, to be sure. There are only a few tables set up and a few seats by the front window in addition to the bar. The brewing equipment is the first thing that’s noticeable as you walk in and there’s hardly any separation between the tanks and the taproom. The building used to be an old bank and the vault in back is where all the merchandise is located. (more…)

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