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More than 30 Montana Breweries coming to Bozeman

Posted On May 3, 2016

For Immediate Release

May 3rd, 2016

More than 30 Montana Breweries coming to Bozeman for the Montana Brewers Spring Rendezvous

BOZEMAN — The Montana Brewers Association will be hosting their annual Montana Brewers Spring Rendezvous on Thursday, May 5th at the Haynes Pavilion in Bozeman. Craft beer lovers will have the opportunity to sample brews from more than 30 Montana breweries including six that have opened in the past year.

“With the Montana craft beer scene rapidly growing, the Spring Rendezvous is a celebration of made-in-Montana craft beer,” said Matt Leow, executive director of the Montana Brewers Association. “And there’s no better place to celebrate craft beer culture than Bozeman, a town that is now home to seven breweries.”

With several breweries joining the scene in the past few years, Bozeman is now tied with Missoula for the most breweries of any town in Montana. Bozeman’s newest breweries include MAP Brewing Co., White Dog Brewing Co. and Bunkhouse Brewing.

The Montana Brewers Spring Rendezvous is unique event, serving beer only from Montana breweries with proceeds benefiting the work of the Montana Brewers Association. Craft beer enthusiasts are encouraged to come taste beer from the far reaches of the state along with Bozeman’s hometown favorites. Breweries from as far away as Sydney (Meadowlark Brewing) and Havre (Triple Dog Brewing) are making the trip.

The Montana Brewers Spring Rendezvous will take place on Thursday May 5th in the Haynes Pavilion at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. There will be a VIP hour from 4:00pm to 5:00pm with general admission going from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door at $40 for VIP and $30 for general admission. Attendees will be treated to live music by Solidarity Service and Shakewell, will receive a collectible glass and can enjoy unlimited samples of the finest Montana craft beer.

New breweries attending the MT Brewers Spring Rendezvous: Ten Mile Creek (Helena), Beehive Basin (Big Sky), Bunkhouse Brewery (Bozeman), MAP Brewing (Bozeman), White Dog Brewing Co. (Bozeman), Bridger Brewing (Bozeman)

For more information about the MT Brewers Spring Rendezvous or Montana Brewers Association, please visit www.montanabrewers.org

Montana Brewers Spring Rendezvous will feature beer from the following Montana breweries!

Big Sky Brewing Co. Madison River Brewing Company Quarry Brewing
Bitter Root Brewing MAP Brewing Company Red Lodge Ales
Black Eagle Brewery Meadowlark Brewing Tamarack Brewing Co.
Bozeman Brewing Co. Mighty Mo Brewing Company Ten Mile Creek Brewery
Bridger Brewing Muddy Creek Brewery The Front Brewing Co.
Bunkhouse Brewery Neptune’s Brewery Triple Dog Brewing
Butte Brewing Company Outlaw Brewing Company Überbrew
Canyon Creek Brewing Philipsburg Brewing Company White Dog Brewing Company
Wildwood Brewing

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Buy Local Beer Campaign launches today

Posted On February 9, 2016

For Immediate Release 

February 9, 2016

Montana Breweries, Taverns and Restaurants Team up for Buy Local Beer Campaign

Beer Lovers Encouraged to Support Local Businesses, Enjoy Montana Craft Beer

Signs reading “Buy Local Beer Here” are showing up on the store fronts of Montana breweries, taverns and restaurants as part of a new campaign to promote Montana craft beer.

“Montana brewers are excited to see more taverns and restaurants getting on board with Montana craft beer. On a basic level it’s about responding to consumer demand, but it’s also about supporting local businesses and keeping more dollars in the local economy,” said Josh Townsley, President of the Montana Brewers Association.

The Montana Brewers Association, Montana Restaurant Association and Montana Tavern Association teamed up for the “Buy Local Beer” campaign.

“Montana taverns are excited to partner with Montana brewers to provide consumers exciting new craft products,” said Jim Johnson, President of the Montana Tavern Association.

With breweries now in over thirty cities and towns across Montana and demand for craft beer on the rise, more bars and restaurants are putting beer from local breweries on tap. What was once a niche market has now expanded into nearly every eatery and watering hole in the State.

“Montana’s restaurant owners are in the business of responding to consumer demand and Montana’s craft brews are very popular.  That’s why we are pleased to help promote the drink local campaign,” said Brad Anderson, Owner of Buffalo Wild Wings in Montana.

The “Buy Local Beer” campaign is also engaging the public and encouraging people to get involved on social media. Craft beer lovers can show their support for Montana craft beer with stickers that are available at taverns, restaurants and breweries participating in the campaign. Craft beer lovers are encouraged to post pictures of their “Buy Local Beer” stickers with the hashtags #BuyLocalBeer and #MTbeer.

“Look out for the ‘Buy Local Beer Here’ sign on store fronts and slap a sticker on your car, bike, skis or boat to show support for Montana craft beer,” said Townsley.

For more information, go to www.montanabrewers.org/buylocalbeer

For PDF images please click here Buy Local Beer images

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Thirsty Street, Billings’ latest brewery, to open Feb. 18

Posted On February 9, 2016

Re-posted from Last Best News, by Ed Kemmick, January 31, 2016

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Shea and Jill Dawson are planning a Feb. 18 grand opening for their Thirsty Street Brewing Co. 

 

Shea and Jill Dawson had been talking about opening a brewery for years.

Shea, who works in finance and public affairs at the Phillips 66 refinery, worked in a handful of places for Phillips, mostly recently New Orleans, before they arrived in Billings a year and a half ago.

They really liked what Billings had to offer, and with twin girls who are now a year old, Shea said, they told each other, “we’ve got to really start thinking of putting our roots down.”

Those roots are now planted at 3008 First Ave. N., home of the new Thirsty Street Brewing Co., which will have its grand opening on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The Dawsons had been prepared to build a brewery from scratch, but they couldn’t resist when their real estate agent, Chuck Platt, told them last summer that Himmelberger Brewing was up for sale. Brewing pioneer Dennis Himmelberger had worked long and hard to renovate the old brick building on First Avenue North, meaning the Dawsons wouldn’t have to do much to get their brewery going.

Himmelberger, who opened his brewery early in 2012, closed at the end of last November, shortly after which Shea started brewing beer to prepare for the opening of Thirsty Street.

“I’ve got 95 kegs back there ready to go,” he said, gesturing to the brewing equipment behind the bar.

The biggest change is that the Dawsons have converted what used to be a coffee shop on the east end of the brewery space into a game room with two dart boards, a shuffleboard table and a pool table. The game room wasn’t something they’d planned on from the start.

“But we’re both pretty into bar games, and that room is just perfect for it,” Shea said. They’re also into sports, so they installed two big-screen TVs, one in the tap room and another in the game room.

They also brought in new tables and stools and covered the long bar with a sheet of copper, topped with a layer of clear glaze. They’ve got a sizable sheet of copper left over. “So,” Jill said, “if you know anyone who needs 800 pounds of copper…”

Jill came up with the brewery’s name, based on its proximity to First Avenue and 30th Street. “If you combine 30th and First, you get ‘thirsty,’ kind of,” she said.

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Thirsty Street Brewing also has a game room, with pool, darts and shuffleboard. 

 

 

 

Originally from New Mexico, both Dawsons have some experience working in bars, Shea as a bartender and Jill as a server. Shea also took a “brewing science” class in college and has been a home brewer for 10 years.

His favorite recipe is for a Belgian Dubbel-style ale that he’ll be serving under the name Dubbel Trubbel. Other beers he’s already got ready are Winterization Pale Ale, made with fresh spruce tips; Staycation IPA, “with tropical undertones”; Goud Times Belgian Blonde; Big Bison American Stout; and Rimrock’d Amber Ale.

He will rotate other beers in from time to time. Thirsty Street will charge $4 for a pint or $3 for a 12-ounce glass of beer, with a dollar off both sizes during a happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The brewery will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday. They will be serving hot dogs and sausages from Pioneer Meats in Big Timber, with buns from Grains of Montana.

There is a fenced-off patio in the brewery’s parking lot, which will be open as weather conditions (and some space heaters) allow. Thirsty Street is right next door to Angry Hank’s, one of Billings’ seven breweries.

The Dawsons said they’ve frequented all of the other establishments and enjoy the camaraderie in the brewing community, the sense of shared passion and the idea that lots of options is less about competition than building a bigger audience of people who like good beer.

They’ve already hired three bartenders and will be serving their beer for the first time next weekend during the Taste of Billings at the Billings Depot.

During the grand opening on Feb. 18, they will have happy-hour prices and will be raffling off five “Mug Club” memberships. The memberships, which normally will cost $30, give regulars a fancy mug that can be used every Wednesday for a $2 fill.

Details: For more information on Thirsty Street Brewing, checkout its Facebook page and website.

 

 

 

New Helena brewery picks downtown

Posted On January 20, 2016

Re-posted from the Great Falls Tribune, January 15, 2016.

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The Rye Ale and Red Ale at Ten Mile Creek Brewery on Wednesday. (Photo: TRIBUNE PHOTO/JULIA MOSS)

“We’re working with as many local businesses as we can,” Kohoutek said. “Everyone wins like that. It’s part of building downtown. This walking mall has tons of potential.”

A downtown with two breweries (Blackfoot River Brewing is about four blocks away), bars, restaurants and shops, the scene offers a draw for everyone, he said.

“We want down to be the place Helenians go,” he said. “Between Blackfoot and here, we have seven or eight things to do every night, and that’s great for everyone.”

Blackfoot and Lewis and Clark Brewing Co. were a big help as the young brewers started their venture.

“When the tides rise, all ships go up,” Kohoutek said.

The seasonal beers go fast, Kohoutek said. Besides the coffee porter, this winter the brewery has 16K Winter IPA (9.94 miles or close enough to 10 to fit the theme). The winter IPA is brewed with Montana barley and a three-hop combo.

Always in the rotation are Tree Knocker IPA, 2nd Degree Rye Ale, You Got My Goat Oatmeal Stout and Reginald’s Red Ale. The red ale is Kohoutek’s favorite, though he’s also particularly partial to the oatmeal stout.

“I like them all,” he said. “It’s fun.”

The guys remodeled a historic building downtown on the walking mall. They used beetle-killed trees from MacDonald Pass. The bar and community table are each made from a single tree.

“We recycled five dead trees,” Kohoutek said. “And it looks really cool.”

The brewery’s look is western-industrial, with hardwood floors from the 1920s and correlated metal with a rust patina, the organic lines of the living edge of the bar meets concrete, plus a dose of Montana-cana with an old “Welcome to Montana” highway sign, ski signs and scenic photos.

“We learned woodworking on the fly,” Kohoutek said.

Reach Tribune Staff Writer Kristen Inbody at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @GFTrib_KInbody.

If you go

BREWERY: Ten Mile Creek Brewery

SINCE: 2015

LOCATION: 48 N. Last Chance Gulch, Helena

HOURS: Noon to 8 p.m. daily

TOP BEER: Reginald’s Red Ale

ONLINE: facebook.com/TenMileCreekBrewery

NOTE: Budget enough time to enjoy the neighborhood of downtown Helena. Within a few steps of the brewery is a candy shop, wine bar, ice cream parlor and fancy Italian restaurant.

Montana Brewers Association

Montana Brewers Association

P.O. Box 763

Helena, MT 59624

406-948-BREW (2739)