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April Newsletter: MBA Spring Festival, New Breweries & New Associate Members

Taste of What's Brewing

Montana Brewers Spring Festival

April 25th 2014 - MetraPark, Billings MT
Join 22 Montana Brewers Association craft breweries to enjoy 71 of their Montana-made beers! Live music from The Growlers & Cure for the Common. Your ticket price includes a 9oz commemorative glass with unlimited samples of Montana beer. Food from our friends at Fat Taco, Jimmy's Greece Pit, Cajun Phatty's and Taste of Asia.

Billings Spring Brewfest April 25th in Metra Park

Billings Spring Brewfest April 25th in Metra Park

VIP Tickets-4pm Entry & Meet the Brewers:
$30 in advance/$35 at the gate

General Admission 5pm:
$20 in advance/$25 at the gate

Get Your Tickets Now! 


Please Welcome  Our New Breweries

Ice Bridge Brewing
(Missoula, MT)
Muddy Creek Brewery
(Butte, MT)
Meadowlark Brewing Co.
(Sidney, MT)
One Nation Brewing
(Missoula, MT)


Thank You to our New Associate Members

K & N Electric

Montana Brewery Tours

Saxco International

Spokes Mobile Canning

Mark Your Calendars

American Craft Beer Week
May 12 - 18
Missoula Craft Beer Week
April 27 - May 3


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Cheers to our Newest Members

Beer Glass from Map

Raise Your Glasses in Thanks

Please Welcome Our New Members


March 2014

Please Welcome Our New Breweries


Beaverhead Brewing Co.
New Brewery Member
Opening Spring 2014
218 S. Montana St. Dillon, Montana
Beaverhead Brewing Co on Facebook

Cabinet Mountain Brewing
New Brewery Member
Opening Summer 2014
206 Mineral Ave Libby Montana
Cabinet Mountain Brewing on Facebook 

Katabatic Brewing Co
New Brewery Member
Opening Spring 2014
117 West Park Street Livingston, MT
Katabatic Brewing Co on Facebook

Triple Dog Brewing Co
New Brewery Member
Spring 2014
675 1st St. W Havre MT 59501
Triple Dog Brewing Co on Facebook

Raise Your Glass to our New Associate Members

Ennis Chamber of Commerce
Tap Into Ennis - Brew & Spirit Festival May 17th
Ennis Chamber of Commerce on Facebook

Sysco Montana
Your Local Hometown Team
Local People, Local Products

Ripley Stainless Ltd.
A Canadian Stainless Steel Tank Manufacturer
located in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

Madison Foods & Smokehouse
Local Ennis Grocery, Deli & Smokehouse

G & D Chillers
Eugene Oregon Company with
over 50 years of experience
in the refrigeration industry

Madhatter's Resturant, Bar & Casino
Glendive Montana's family friendly, sports bar, restaurant and casino
featuring the best selection of craft beers
in the region with 25 craft beers on tap!

Montana Brewers Billings Spring Brewfest
April 25th at MetraPark
VIP Entry at 4pm General Admission 5pm
Tickets Available Now on our Website

 More Information on our Facebook Event Page


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Billings Spring Festival Beer Lineup Announced

Tickets to The Montana Brewers Association Spring Festival in Billings Montana are now available for purchase!

Enjoy  71 Beers from 22 Montana Breweries

Save $5 when your purchase your tickets online & up front! Avoid the lines and catch first sip with our VIP status!

CLICK HERE To Purchase Your Tickets Now! 

Billings Spring Brewfest April 25th in Metra Park

Billings Spring Brewfest April 25th in Metra Park

4pm VIP Entry
$30 in advance – $35 at gate
Beat the Lines, get first chance and first sip at all the beers on tap + meet your favorite brewers!

5pm Entry

$20 in advance – $25 at gate.

Please bring your PayPal receipt to the ticket booth. Your name will be on our Will Call list.

The Facts:

  • Located @ The Montana Pavilion in Metra Park
  • VIP Admission begins @ 4pm
  • General Admission: 5pm-10pm
  • 9oz Unlimited-Fill Commemorative Tasting Glasses
  • Live Music from The Growlers (Helena) & Cure for the Common (Bozeman)
  • Food Vendors

 For More Information & To Purchase Tickets Visit Our Event Listing

For updates on Featured Beers, Breweries & More Event Information,
Visit our Facebook Event and Our MBA Facebook Page


Flathead Lake Brewing
Centennial IPA                       [American IPA]   7.3%
Buffalo Head Brown           [American Brown Ale]   6.2%

Great Northern 
Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager          [American Wheat Lager with Fruit]   4.75%
Going to the Sun IPA                                 [American IPA ]   5.4%

Higher Ground
The Local      [Brown Ale]   5.5%
Basecamp     [Irish Red]   5.7%

Lewis and Clark
Tumbleweed                                   [American IPA]   6.4%
Back Country Scottish Ale      [Scotch Style Ale]   6.4%
Dark Side IPA                               [Black IPA]   6.8%
Yellowstone Golden Ale           [Golden Ale]   5.2%
Miners Gold Hefewezein        [American Style Wheat Beer]  5.6%

Madison River
Elk Hair ESB                           [Extra Special Bitter Pale Ale]    6.5%
Salmon Fly Honey Rye       [Honey Rye]   5.6%

Mighty Mo    
Rising Trout                             [Pale Ale]   5.4%
Dam Fog                                      [American Hefeweizen]   5%
Lip Ripper IPA                        [ IPA]   6.2%
Smoke Jumper                         [Scotch Ale]   7.3%

Neptune's Brewery
Dirty Bird APA                     [American Pale Ale]  7.5%
Tattle Tale Scottish Ale      [Scotch Ale]   8.6%

Passive Aggressive Pale Ale          [Heavy Pale Ale]    6.75%
The Dirk                                                  [Scotch Ale]   6.4%
Irish Cream Ale                                  [Cream Ale]   5%

Razzu                                     [Rasberry Wheat]   5.2%
Tramway                              [Rye IPA]    6.4%
Haybag                                   [American Hefeweizen]  5.5%

1806 Pale Stout (draught)             [SMaSH Olde Ale]    8%
Buck Snort Scotch Ale                     [Traditional Scotch Ale]   6.5%
Yard Sale Amber                                [Amber/Red Ale]     5.5%
Hat Trick Hop IPA                            [American IPA]    7%      

The Front
Mountain Man                                  [Strong Ale]    6.8%
River Water IPA                              [American IPA]    6.9%

Your Mom                             [American Strong Ale]  5.2%
Uberfly Rye                           [Spiced Rye Beer]     5.7%
Whitenoise                           [American Style Hefeweizen]    5.7%
Watermelon Kolsch           [Fruit Beer]    4.7%
Alpha Force IPA                 [American IPA]     7.7%

Organic Mystical Stout          [Irish Stout]    6%
April Fools Ale                         [Golden Ale]    5%

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2013 Brewers Recap

Taste of What's Brewing

2013 was a very active year for the Montana Brewers, to say the least. We have experienced remarkable growth once again as several new breweries hit the scene and joined the association.

In January the Montana Brewers Association published our first ever Montana Brewers Economic Study. Developed by the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Research, this study identified that our industry is growing with double digit numbers, and now is a $50 million dollar industry impacting over 450 Montana jobs. We will be commissioning a new study to be completed in 2014.

The year began with a big boom when the Montana Tavern Association introduced a bill that would have decimated the brewing industry, attempting to limit on-premise sales to just 10% of brewery production. We were successful in killing that bill, only to find another introduced which sought to limit on-premise sales to 40% and hinder entry into the Montana brewery industry. With the help of craft beer lovers throughout the state, and some hard work by several legislators, we defeated this bill as the session came towards its close. A veritable sigh of relief was heard all across Montana when HB616 took its last breath. Though our Joint Resolution, HJR 18, to study these issues in the interim and develop real and lasting solutions received a 19 to 0 vote in the House Business Committee, it died on the House Floor in a 50 to 50 vote.

Following the 2013 Legislature were several months of thrilling activities working with new breweries (now 35) and Associate Members (now 63), as well as hosting four great events for craft beer lovers and brewers in Montana:

The 2013 Spring Brewers Festival in Billings on May 31 at the Billings Depot- At our first Spring Festival, 1,200 people joined 23 brewers with 76 beers to make this the largest collection of Montana brewed beer to date, along with great music and food.

The Cruise With Charlie on Flathead Lake on August 10 - 125 lucky people cruised the lake with Charlie Papazian, president of the national Brewers Association and author of the bible of home brewing "The Complete Joy of Home Brewing".

The 5th Annual Montana Brewers Fall Festival in Missoula on September 28 - 2,400 people joined us at Caras Park along the Clark Fork River and included 25 Montana brewers hosting 87 beers including 21 Festival Special Release Beers! With 87 beers, we hosted the largest ever collection of Montana made beer on display! Next year (mark your calendars -Oct 11, 2014) we hope to go over 100!

The 2nd Annual Montana Brewers Conference in Missoula on September 29 and 30- This 2-day technical conference was a big success for our industry where we assembled to strategize and discuss brewing techniques and policies. Over 110 brewers and staff attended with 21 sponsoring companies.


In the midst of this busy summer and fall we also coordinated a Montana Craft Brewers Industry Review at the Baucus Economic Summit in Butte in mid-September. This panel was moderated by Charlie Papazian (that's twice visiting Montana within a month), and included a panel of 3 breweries (Big Sky, Lewis and Clark, and Beaver Creek), Cardinal Distributing, and a Malteurop representative regarding the economic impact of the craft brewing industry in the state.

The Montana Brewers Association also engaged in its first ever strategic planning effort. This process identified key areas of focus for the association for 2014 and 2015 to support its members.

2014 looks to be another active year.

Here's a sneak preview:

We have called together industry partners in an effort to proactively use the legislative interim on brewery-related policy issues. This historic gathering of 15 representatives from Montana Brewers, Montana Taverns, Montana Distributors, Montana Gaming, and the state, are meeting in hopes of developing a bill to address brewery issues within the liquor control statutes. We have high hopes that this group, who has never assembled before, can assist us in making much needed improvements and provide insight throughout this process.

The Montana Brewers Association will once again commission an economic development study. This year's study will measure 2012 and 2013 growth and be available in the late spring/early summer.

 We are intending to host 4 events once again this year so mark your calendars:

2nd Annual Spring Festival in Billings - Our second Spring Fest is coming and we are hoping to top last year's attendance and fun. We are still working on details but we are aiming for April or May at the Metra Park.

Helena's 150 Birthday Brew Fest - August 16, Centennial Park - Helena is 150 years old this year having struck gold in 1864. The city has asked us to host an event and we are excited to be working with them to make this one of the marquee events for the city for this coming summer.

6th Annual Montana Brewers Fall Festival - Oct. 11, Caras Park - Our third year in Missoula, the Montana brewers are coming back with their Festival Release Beers and hoping to have over 100 beers available to sample.

3rd Montana Brewers Conference - Oct. 12, and 13, Downtown Holiday Inn, Missoula - Our annual technical conference for brewers and staff to meet and engage one another on brewing techniques and policy.

The Montana Brewers Association wants to thank our passionate patrons throughout the state for their support in 2013. Please follow our progress at, and let us know any ideas for improvement.

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Read an article about Montana brewing written by the President of the Brewers Association

Many of us had the distinct pleasure of meeting Charlie Papazian in his travels through Montana this summer. We wanted to share this article with you, written by Charlie, from the most recent New Brewer Magazine. It's a great read. Charlie is the President of the Brewers Association which represents American breweries on a national level.

We can't thank Charlie enough for his focus on Montana.
Good things ahead!

MBA Executive Director Tony Herbert alongside Charlie Papazian on our MBA 2013 Cruise

MBA Executive Director Tony Herbert alongside Charlie Papazian on our MBA 2013 Cruise

Flathead Lake, Summer 2013. Photo credit: Alan McCormick of Growler Fills


Click here to read: The Big Picture of Small Brewers

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See the list of an unprecedented 83 Montana-made beers for September 28 MBA Festival in Missoula.

Last time we were in touch, we thought we'd have about 60 Montana-made beers at our festival. We're proud to say our brewers are bringing an unprecedented 83 selections to the festival, including 20 festival releases.

Poster Fall Festival 2013

Planning on using social media to share your thoughts and experiences from our 5th Annual Festival?
Link them with others by including "#mtbrewfest" in your posts.



Stay updated on festival news:
Montana Brewers Assoc. Facebook Page


Purchase tickets in advance to shorten your entry wait time. Have your valid ID ready!

RSVP to our Facebook event and invite others!


Are you ready for this? Festival Releases are underlined.

406: Imperial Red Hop, German Hefewiezen

Bitter Root: Citra IPA, Single Hop Ale, Last Cast IPA

Blackfoot River: Festival Release Stout, Festival Release Barley Wine, Citra Single Malt IPA, Single Malt IPA, Tartanic Scottish Ale

Blacksmith: Crazy Train Double IPA, Brickhouse Blonde, Fresh Hop Harvest IPA, Schwarzbier Lager

Bowser: Jalapeno Hefewiezen, Double IPA, Abby's UrBock, Harvest Howl Oktoberfest, Kendall Gold

Bozone: Bozone Smoked Dunkel Weizen, Co-Op Kolsch, Hefe Weizen, Plum St. Porter, Harvest Lager Fest, Bozone Select, Hopzone IPA

Bridger: Climb Every Mountain Hefeweisen, Lee Metcalf Summer Ale

Draught Works: Chain Reaction, DW Oktoberfest, Clothing Optional Pale Ale, Scepter Head IPA

Flathead: Two Rivers Pale, Bufflehead Brown, The Centennial IPA, The Imperial IPA

The Front: Vodoo Ridge, Mountain Man Strong Ale

Glacier: Raspberry-Infused Hibernation Stout, Silver Lining Session Ale, Wildhorse Island Pale Ale

Great Northern: Frog Hop Pale Ale, Going to the Sun IPA, Wheatfish Wheat Lager

Higher Ground: Fall Fur Cream Ale, Balance Beam Red Ale, Flash Flood Milk Stout

Homestead: Grave Creek IPA, Big Creek Porter

Lewis and Clark: Fresh Hop Neighborhood IPA, Tumbleweed IPA, Miners Gold Hefeweizen, Unforgettable Red, Back Country Scottish, Big Belt Weizenbock

Madison River: Frostbite Barley Wine, October Caddis Oktoberfest, Dropper IPA

Neptune's: Dirty Bird APA, Chocolate Cream Porter

Outlaw: Outlaw Alt-Oktoberfest, Passive Agressive Pale, Hefeweizen

Phillipsburg: Czech One Two Pilsner, Tramway Rye IPA

Quarry: Opal Oktoberfest Vienna Style, Shale Pale, Open Pit Porter, Ironstone IPA

Tamarack: Band Wagon IPA, Tamarack Oktoberfest, Live Strong Pils, Bine Hopper Harvest Ale, 1805 Pale Stout, Hat Trick IPA, Yard Sale Amber

Uberbrew: Pseudo Steam California Uncommon Ale, White Noise Hefeweizen, Wampa White IPA, Split Window Amber, Black Hops Tactical IPA

Wildwood: Organic White Bark Wheat, Organic Bodacious Stout



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Missoula to host 5th Annual Montana Brewers Festival Saturday, September 28, 2013

Montana Brewers Return to Missoula

Saturday, September 28th on the Clark Fork River in Caras Park

VIP entry at noon
General Entry 1:00 p.m.
Over 60 Montana-Made Beers
Four Bands
Local Food Vendors



Stay updated on Festival Release beers from participating breweries on our Facebook page:
Montana Brewers Assoc. Facebook Page

Purchase tickets in advance to shorten your entry wait time. Have your valid ID ready!

RSVP to our Facebook event and invite others!



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29 tickets left for Charlie Papazian fundraising MT Craft Beer Cruise on Flathead Lake!

Hello Montana beer lovers!

Our August 10th craft beer cruise on Flathead Lake with Charlie Papazian is drawing near, and as of this time, we have fewer than 30 passenger spots available on the boat out of the original 150. We'd love to have you on board for this fundraising event.

All proceeds benefit the work of the Montana Brewers Association, and as you know we've had a heavy work load in 2013. Things will start to heat up again soon, and the MBA intends to work hard with industry partners and our patrons (you) to develop legislation that will fix the void that currently exists in the law to recognize unique needs of manufacturers, and how those can coexist with retailer needs. We are developing proper strategy to do just this, and will work to meet our brewery industry needs at large, and to develop solutions that make sense. Fundraisers, and fun ones like the Cruise with Charlie, are events that help us achieve our goals.

Tickets are $150 per person, and include a three-hour cruise on The Far West boat which will depart from Lakeside promptly at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 10 (please arrive with plenty of time, we want everyone to make departure!). We'll be entertained with live music by the talented John Floridis, who has made it his goal to play at each and every brewery in Montana. He's a part of the family around here, and we love his music. We'll also have delicious food provided by MBA member Tamarack Brewing Company, which is located in beautiful Lakeside.

Please see our special event page for more information on the event, including participating hotels, and Charlie:
MBA site- Cruise with Charlie Info/Tickets Page

While you're in the Flathead area, you'll want to take advantage of the fact that the Jos. Lozar Montana Brewery Museum in Polson will be open for this special weekend on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th. They're adding a new group of items under the name of the Ole and Annabelle Olson Memorial Collection just before our cruise! Ole was a long time Montana Brewerianna collector who recently passed away. His family has allowed the museum to display a portion of the collection, which is immense.

Museum address: 40735 MT Hwy 35, Polson, Above the Shirt Shoppe on the left, just after turning north on HWY 35 to go to Bigfork. Take the outside stairs to the second story.
Hours: 12:00-4:00 Saturday, and 10:00-4:00 Sunday
Phone: (406-314-2767)

To snag one of the few remaining spots on the boat, please visit this site and we'll see you there!

Purchase tickets here!

Check out some neat facts about beautiful Flathead Lake: Flathead Lake Biological Station Website 

Who is Charlie Papazian?
Charlie Papazian is the author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival, the American Homebrewers Association and the Association of Brewers. He is also the president of the Brewers Association. He works, lives and still enjoys making homebrewed beer in Colorado.



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Montana Brewers Association Hosts Flathead Cruise with Charlie Papazian- Early Tickets Available!

Dear MBA Friends,

We're just about to pop the top and make tickets available for the Flathead Lake Cruise with Charlie Papazian cruise on August 10, 2013!

Before we open the gates, however, we'd like to give you the chance to purchase tickets early as a thank you for all of your continued support. The event is shaping up to be a great party with one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, a beautiful boat, a great crowd, Montana brews, and the beer guru of our age.

Charlie is the ultimate celebrity in the brewing world. He happens to be a nuclear engineer but founded the Brewers Association and the Great American Beer Festival. He also authored the definitive text, The Complete Joy of Home Brewing.

Charlie P

He is the current president of the Brewers Association which represents over 2000 breweries nationwide.

The cruise will depart from Lakeside, MT on Saturday, August 10 at 6 PM and will return around 9 PM. Appetizers will be served as well as Montana-made beer from MBA membership breweries. John Floridis will provide music and gorgeous Flathead Lake will provide a stunning natural backdrop.

We want to thank you for being a supporter of Montana Beer by offering you first crack at these tickets, and we hope that you'll join us on Flathead Lake for this special cruise!

MBA Hosts Cruise with Charlie Papazian on Flathead Lake

MBA Hosts Cruise with Charlie Papazian on Flathead Lake

You can purchase your early tickets here! You should feel free to forward this email to friends you think would be interested. The general public will have access to the remainder of the tickets after July 1st. As of now we only have about 70 tickets available- get yours now and we hope to see you on the lake!

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Get Ready for the Montana Brewers Spring Festival Tonight!

Get ready for some ice-cold Montana brews, rockin' live tunes, and some delicious eats at the very first annual Montana Brewers Association Spring Festival!

2013 MBA Billings Spring Brewfest

2013 MBA Billings Spring Brewfest


We will have 20 Montana Brewers boasting 70 Craft Brews in many unique styles for your judgement and enjoyment!

Where: The Depot Downtown, Billings Montana
When: May 31st

VIP Brewer Hour: 4pm-5pm
General Admission: 5pm-10pm

Cost includes your 9oz bottomless (no really is bottomless) glass!

 Music Lineup:
John Floridis (Missoula, MT) - 4:00 to 5:00
Downtime (Billings, MT) - 5:30 to 7:30
Keegan Smith and the Fam (Portland, OR) - 8:00 to 10:00



Forgot To Purchase Tickets? No Worries!

We are no longer selling tickets on our website, but you can still pick up tickets at Uberbrew in Billings. If you dropped the ball on procuring yourself or your crew some tickets to tonight's festivities, hightail it over to 2305 Montana Ave and get yourself some tickets!


Wondering What's on Tap?
Check out the 70 beers you can enjoy tonight from 20 different Montana Brewers!



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