Inaugural Missoula Craft Beer Week Set for May 1-5, 2012

By Ryan Newhouse

The inaugural Missoula Craft Beer Week, presented by the Missoula Downtown Association, Growler Fills – Craft Beer Enthusiasm and Montana Beer Finder, is set to kick off on May 1, 2012. The week-long celebration of craft beer will include over 20 events spread over a dozen different venues. In the spirit of craft beer festivals taking places in larger cities around the country, Missoula Craft Beer Week honors the fact that Montana is home to 34 breweries and receives beer from another 28 craft breweries from around the United States.

“Montana is an excellent place to explore craft beer,” says Alan McCormick, beer blogger for Growler Fills and co-planner for the Craft Beer Week, “and Montanans continue to show and grow their appreciation for it. It makes sense for Missoula to host the first Craft Beer Week in the state, given its four vibrant breweries, two new brewpubs, and many other great places for craft beer.”

The week’s events start at the Rhino with a “Taster Tuesday” special that includes a free tasting glass. Other key events included a “Beer and Cheese” pairing at Caffe Dolce, the Montana debut of “The Love of Beer,” a documentary about women in the craft beer industry showing at the Wilma Theater, a homebrewing demonstration at Summer Sun Brew Supply, a Garden City Brewery Bus Tour, a Big Sky Beer Brunch at the Old Post, the chance to earn a unique Missoula badge via Untappd, a beer-themed social app, and the crowning event of the week – the 20th Annual Garden City Brewfest at Caras Park.

As a signature show of support, all Missoula’s breweries and brewpubs have brewed special “Anniversary” beers to recognize the 20th Annual Garden City Brewfest, which caps off Craft Beer Week on Saturday May 5.

“The Garden City Brewfest is one of the most popular events held at Caras Park,” says Linda McCarthy, Executive Director for Missoula Downtown Association. “We’re now the oldest continual brewfest in the state and we appreciate the support we receive from our vibrant community of craft beer enthusiasts and the area breweries. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible.” 

A full list of events and supporters is available at Contact Ryan Newhouse at (406) 546-5280 or for interview requests or for more information.

About Missoula Craft Beer Week

Launched in conjunction with the 20th Annual Garden City Brewfest, Missoula Craft Beer Week showcases craft beer served and/or made in Montana at businesses and venues throughout Missoula. The variety of events is designed to grow appreciation for the art, science and social nature of craft beer, the people who make it and the fans who enjoy it. Missoula Craft Beer Week is presented by the Missoula Downtown Association, Growler Fills- Craft Beer Enthusiasm and Montana Beer Finder. Over 20 events are scheduled at over a dozen locations in 2012. 


Contact Info

Company: Montana Beer Finder
Contact: Ryan Newhouse