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Welcome to the 20 annual Garden City BrewFest The Missoula Downtown Association and its 450 members are delighted to welcome you and your friends to the 20th anniversary of the Garden City BrewFest, slated for this Saturday in Caras Park. The oldest and largest beer festival in the state of Montana, this event was created in 1993 by four downtown Missoula businesses—Bayern Brewing Company, the Rhinoceros, the Iron Horse and Worden’s Market. The owners of these businesses started the event to educate Missoulians on the up-and-coming microbrew industry. If the opportunity presents itself, please share your appreciation with Jüergen Knöller, Kevin Head, Brad Martens, Tim France and Tami Ursich for dreaming big and creating something that has had a long-standing positive impact on our community from both an entertainment and an economic perspective. We will honor the founders of the Garden City BrewFest with a weeklong celebration of beer and the craft beer industry in Missoula and in Montana, and we even have some local folks brewing up 20th Anniversary Ales to commemorate our founders. The first-ever Missoula Craft Beer Week has already begun, with BrewFest culminating a week’s worth of events focused on beer making in our community. Ryan Newhouse of and Alan McCormick of have taken this project on full steam ahead, and they’ve received a significant amount of support of all the Missoula-area breweries, brewers, restaurants, the Wilma Theatre and more. We tip our hats (or in this case our beers) to Alan and Ryan for their extra efforts to establish what we think will be another longstanding, positive, fun-filled tradition for the Garden City. Missoula is home to the oldest and almost the youngest brewery in the state: Bayern opened its doors in 1987, and Draught Works just opened in 2011. Higher Ground, a brand new brewery in Hamilton, is Montana’s newest brewery, and you’ll have a chance to sample its beer at the Garden City BrewFest. Before you come to BrewFest this year, please solidify your plans for getting yourself home. Mountain Line will operate FREE all day long, and if you live near the university, you can catch U-Dash home free of charge. We also have two cab companies here in town that


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are more than happy to take you home. The MDA offers free soda and water to all designated drivers at BrewFest, so please identify

and of course a variety of food to purchase, including brats, burgers and pizza from the Sentinel Kiwanis Club. One of the unique things about this event is the Beer Judging & Awards Program provided by the beverage connoisseurs from the Zoo City Zymurgists, Missoula’s local homebrewers’ club that has brewed up some pretty awesome beer in years past. They typically do a Community Brew Competition each year, where the winner gets to make a batch at Big Sky Brewing, and we sell the winner at BrewFest. Proceeds for that Community Brew typically go to a Missoula nonprofit organization selected by the club members. As you dig your way into this program— brought you by our friends at the Missoula Independent—you’ll learn more about what we’re serving at BrewFest this year and what activities are taking place during Craft Beer Week. More importantly, you’ll learn about a new and major green initiative taking place at our very own Bayern Brewing Company. Congratulations to Jüergen and his staff for setting a new standard for glass recycling in Montana. As Missoulians at heart, we are proud! We’re also proud to give a shout out to Pumpernickel Stewart, graphic artist at the Indy, who designed both the 20th anniversary logo and Photo by Chad Harder the first-ever Missoula Craft Beer Week logo. She is one fine artist! We look forward to seeing you all in Caras Park on May 5. Come early for the best selections. yourself upon arrival and you’ll get a DD wristband from one of our volunteers at the entry gate. Speaking of volunteers, would you believe it takes almost 150 people to staff this event? We sure appreciate all those folks who give up the day to spend four to eight hours to ensure we’re following the rules, keeping the beer and wine cold and flowing, circulating the tokens and keeping the garbage picked up. Linda K. McCarthy The beer starts flowing at high noon, and we have 60 different Executive Director flavors to sample. We’ll also have a dozen wines on tap for tasting, Missoula Downtown Association

Missoula’s first Craft Beer Week in full swing by Ryan Newhouse, May 1 to May 5 marks Missoula’s first annual Craft Beer Week, and though it’s already halfway over there are plenty of pintfilled events left to imbibe upon. Presented by the Missoula Downtown Association and two local beer blogs, Growler Fills and Montana Beer Finder, Missoula Craft Beer Week features an awardwinning documentary Thursday night at the Wilma Theatre. The film, The Love of Beer, chronicles and celebrates women in the craft beer industry. Set in the Pacific Northwest, The Love of Beer makes its Montana premiere at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Wilma box office. After the show, ticket holders can bring their stubs to the Flathead Lake Brewing Company of Missoula for a discount on their special “Beer and Dessert” pairing happening from 5:00 p.m. until close. On Friday, craft beer lovers can snag a seat on the “Garden City Brewery Tour,” leaving from Caras Park at 5:15 p.m. and traveling to three Missoula breweries for a pint. Tickets are $30 and include a light dinner plus snacks and a free beer at each stop. Reservations are required by emailing Jeff Smith at gardencity Another Friday evening event happening in honor of Missoula Craft Beer Week is Big

Sky Brewing’s special cask of Bitter being tapped at the Rhino at 5 p.m. (also part of the Rhino’s First Firkin Friday).

B i g S k y Brewing will keep the beer flowing at the Old Post on Saturday with a special brunch menu. The brunch will feature a tasty three-item menu artfully paired with two Big Sky beers. To cap off Missoula Craft Beer Week in true beer-loving style, the 20th annual Garden City BrewFest will take place at Caras Park on Saturday from noon to 8:00 p.m. With a great lineup of live music and 60 beers on tap, there is no better way to show appreciation for Photo by Michelle Gustafson good craft beer than sampling 7 oz. tasters with more than 3,500 of your closest “drinking buddies.” Tickets are $10 and include a souvenir tasting glass and three

drink tokens. Additional tokens are available for $1. To recognize the 20th year of the Garden City BrewFest and the city’s first Craft Beer Week, Missoula’s four breweries and two brewpubs all showcased their creativity to brew a one-time “anniversary” beer, which is being tapped at most of the week’s events and at Saturday’s festival. A full list of these beers and where they are being tapped can be found at All week at the Tamarack Brewing Company Alehouse and Grill, the chef is offering a three-course beer and food pairing menu, available for lunch or dinner, which expertly pairs beer-inspired dishes with Tamarack’s own ales. When there, grab a pint of Garden City Golden Ale, Tamarack’s special Craft Beer Week brew. Last but not least, all week participants can showcase their beer prowess via the beer-themed social media app Untappd. Free to sign up and use, anyone who “checks in” to a beer at one of this week’s event locations will earn the official Missoula Craft Beer Week badge. To find out more about these events and everything else that craft beer drinkers were doing this week in Missoula, check out




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ABCs of Missoula craft brewing From All Souls Ale to Zoo City Zymurgists, an encyclopedic guide for local beer drinkers by Independent staff All Souls Ale

Nothing quite captures Missoula’s beerdrinking spirit like a specialty brew created to raise money for an altruistic nonprofit. This year’s version is a Dark Tripel that combines Belgian yeast with American hops to create what’s known as an Easter Ale. Big Sky Brewing creates this hefty pour (10.8% alcohol by volume) and proceeds benefit Imagine Missoula, a group that exists “to help create a community of friends that is there to help—to fix a window, to build a fence, to paint a house, to plant a garden.” Quantities are limited, so check out or visit Big Sky’s taproom.

Bayern Brewing

Missoula’s first craft brewery opened in 1987 and played a part in starting what’s now known as the Garden City BrewFest. The original event debuted in 1993 under the name BRIW Fest, with the initials standing for Bayern, the Rhino bar, Iron Horse Brew Pub and Worden’s Market.

Cold Smoke

Kettlehouse Brewing Company’s signature Scotch ale has won the Indy’s Best of Missoula readers poll as Best Local Brew every year since the category was created in 2008. The strong, smoky brew has also fared well in far less prestigious contests, earning a gold medal in the 2007 and 2009 North American Brewers Association brewfests, a bronze medal in 2009 at the Great American Beer Festival and a silver medal at the 2010 North American Brewers Association.

Dead Wood

Not just any dead wood, mind you: We’re talking about the salvaged larch logs that comprise the gorgeous bar at Missoula’s newest craft brewery, Draught Works on Toole Avenue. The logs sank to the bottom of Flathead Lake while en route to a Somers sawmill 100 years ago. Now, they’re more than adequate for supporting your Clothing Optional Pale Ale or Quill Pig.

Exit Strategy

Sampling 60 craft beers is all fun and games until someone makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel of a car. BrewFest organizers have arranged for Mountain Line to run free all day, as well as U-Dash. If you’ve planned ahead with a designated driver, great—let your DD know that free soda and water are available all day long with a special bracelet. Ask about it when you arrive at Caras Park.


As in the ounces of beer a Montana brewery can serve in its taproom to each customer. This adds up to three pint glasses or four 12-ounce glasses—and a stubbornly outdated law.

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Old ’Stache Whiskey Porter

This old-style porter constitutes Tamarack Brewing Co.’s first seasonal brew. It’s named in honor of Lanny McDonald, the famed pro hockey player and Canadian Sports Hall of Famer whose formidable cookie duster took the Calgary Flames to Stanley Cup victory in 1989. The McDonald family owns a summer home near Lakeside—the location of Tamarack’s original brewery—and credits Lanny and his mustache as the inspiration behind its brewing operation. The porter itself is made at high gravity to withstand the aging process inside bourbon barrels for over 100 days. You know what it doesn’t withstand? High demand; ye Old ’Stache runs out fast once it reaches Tamarack’s taps at the new Front Street alehouse in Missoula.

Party Pig

A self-pressurized, 2.25-gallon cylinder that, if properly decorated, could look like an actual pig. Fits snuggly into a refrigerator and keeps beer fresh for weeks. Find it at the Kettlehouse for $60.

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This Missoula staple is the most basic way to transport your favorite craft brew from the taproom to your next stop. The 64-ounce glass jugs are ubiquitous around town and a welcome addition to any potluck or party.


The signature brew made by Missoula’s old Garden City Brewery, which was established in the late 1800s and situated at the base of Waterworks Hill near Rattlesnake Creek. The brewery eventually changed its name to Missoula Brewing Co., but went out of business and stopped producing Highlander in 1964. The brand was revived and returned to local taps in 2008.


Next time you buy a pack of local craft beer at the market, take a second to admire the art on the label. Celebrated local artist Monte Dolack is responsible for Bayern’s Doppel Bock, Pilsener, Dancing Trout, Maibock and Oktoberfest labels. Local graphic designer Rick Sherman is the man behind Kettlehouse’s Cold Smoke, Double 6

Haul and Eddy Out cans. (You may recognize Kettlehouse owner Tim O’Leary as the angler on Double Haul or employee Cheyenne Rogers as the kayaker on Eddy Out.) At Big Sky, the art of co-founder Bjorn Nabozney’s mother actually inspired many of the brewery’s logos, including the famous Moose Drool name and image.


Let’s get serious for a second, because Montana craft breweries constitute big business. According to the Montana Brewers Association, the state’s 32 licensed breweries manufacture and package over 85,000 barrels—that’s 2,635,000 gallons— of beer. They use over 5.5 million pounds of malted grain, approximately half of which is grown in Montana, and utilize over 5,000 retailers to sell their products. In all, they employ more than 230 employees and generate and pay taxes on approximately $24 million of revenue. We can drink to that.

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Kids and beer don’t mix, except for the fact that Missoula craft breweries tend to be incredibly kidfriendly. One of the best examples is Tamarack’s

Monday special, where kids eat free with the purchase of a regular entrée.


This Bavarian-style beef jerky is served at the Bayern Brewery on Montana Street. Our recommendation would be to wash it down with the traditional German-style Pilsener or maybe a Dancing Trout wheat beer while sitting in the brewery’s outdoor beer garden.

Mushroom Swiss

Nah, it’s not a beer. But it is one of the area’s finest burgers, available at the Flathead Lake Brewing Co.’s Missoula location. This monster features 100-percent natural, grass-fed Montana beef, sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese and house-made amber mustard. Wash it down with a FLBC Amber Ale or the doubly strong IPA 2.


That’s how we like to soak at Jerry Johnson Hot Springs, where a “Clothing Optional” sign inspired the Clothing Optional Pale Ale at Draught Works on Toole Ave.

Quill Pig

This Czech-style pilsner is one of five options at Draught Works. It’s been described as having a nice hop bitterness with hints of caramel—and as being delicious.


All this beer drinking (and eating at beer establishments) means you need some exercise. Run Wild Missoula hosts a monthly run of roughly five miles that ends at a local tavern or brewery. This different sort of beer run occurs the last Wednesday of the month. Check for details of when and where to meet.


The Big Sky Brewing taproom doesn’t just boast some of the finest aleslingers in town (honest; they have a freakish memory when it comes to names) and some of the coolest merchandise around, but also free samples of beer. No, you’re not drunk—free samples. For just walking in the door you’re privy to four 6-ounce samples of whatever’s on tap, including some specialty brews only available on the premises. Just remember to bring your growler for something to go (you have to pay for those, of course) and to tip those ale-slingers.

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Tackle Box

This river- and campsitefriendly cube keeps 128 ounces of beer fresh for up to two weeks. The design couldn’t be simpler: it’s basically a cardboard box holding a plastic bladder, and the beer is dispensed through a plastic spigot. The little sucker can fit into a standard backpack. Find one at Flathead Lake Brewery for $36.


Missoula’s Kettlehouse Brewing Co. originally opened in 1995 as a UBrew location on Myrtle Street. For years, community members were invited to brew their own beer on the premises. Kettlehouse’s recipes became so popular that it started producing and marketing its own beers. It now operates two taprooms—one on Missoula’s Northside and the original, albeit remodeled, location on Myrtle.


According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Montana ranks second in the nation for highest beer sales per person at 30.5 gallons. To put that into perspective, that’s more than 330 12-ounce cans. New Hampshire ranks first at 32.7 gallons per person.

Whistling Pig Red Ale

The very first brew by Big Sky Brewing debuted in 1995 to what the cofounders admit was mixed reviews. Today, Big Sky is the largest producer of Montana beer, distributing roughly 38,000 barrels of beer

throughout the west and as far east as Michigan.


The statue situated at the north end of Higgins Avenue downtown is within a stone's throw of some of Missoula's best drinking establishments. The Iron Horse Brew Pub and The Rhino are two of the original founders of BrewFest, Al's & Vic's has always been recognized for its strong pours in the Indy's annual Best of Missoula readers poll, James Bar won for Best Bar overall last year and venerable favorites like Charlie B's, Old Post Pub, The Depot and The Ox help round out your options.


Let's take a moment to appreciate one of the key ingredients to all of these craft brews. The type of brewers yeast used by the brewer helps determine if they're creating an ale or a lager.

Zoo City Zymurgists

Missoula’s local homebrewing club is home to the area’s biggest beer fanatics. The group meets regularly to trade brewing secrets and talk shop, but its biggest event of the year is probably the Garden City BrewFest: Members help judge the event’s best submissions and unveil their annual Community Brew winner. The latter is a Zoo City Zymurgists contest in which members choose a certain style of beer, create their own recipes and then select one to represent the club. The winning brewer gets to collaborate with Big Sky Brewing to brew a batch on a commercial scale, which local drinkers then get to enjoy in the Big Sky taproom.

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Drink like a pro

Tips on judging beer from Missoula’s homebrew club by Dan Lee, Zoo City Zymurgists If you are one of those dedicated souls who enjoys being one of the first revelers at BrewFest, you may have noticed a select group that seems to hold a somewhat revered status at Missoula’s premier beer event. They have their own tables close to the pavilion, and they have their own servers who can cut right to the front of the line and retrieve their beer for them. Who are these lucky individuals and how does one join their group? They’re the beer judges, hand-selected from Missoula's own Zoo City Zymurgists, a group of beer connoisseurs that meets regularly throughout the year. How does one become a beer judge? For me, judging beer developed out of a need to critically evaluate my homebrew so I could better identify off flavors and figure out where in the brewing process I went wrong. For others, judging beer was just a natural part of their evolution into becoming a beer geek. Some judges aspire to become certified beer judges, a process I am eagerly exploring. The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) is a national organization that promotes beer literacy and the appreciation of real beer, and recognizes beer tasting and evaluation skills. The BJCP administers an online exam that consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. If you pass, then you have one year to schedule a tasting exam. The tasting exam consists of six beer samples that must be judged and evaluated accurately. A master beer judge administers the tasting exam and evaluates your judging sheet. If you score above 60%, you're considered a recognized judge. If you score a 70% or above, you will be considered a certified judge once you have earned 5 experience points from judging a BJCP sanctioned event. One can advance

further in the ranks to National, Master or Grand Master judge by taking an essay exam and earning experience points. Author Randy Mosher noted in Radical Brewing that tasting beer is different from drinking beer. The first thing you need to do is iden-

to describe what you smell: Is it a malty beer? If so, what type of malt flavors do you smell? Toasty, bready, grainy? One trick is to associate the scents with those you're familiar with. Does it smell like your grandmother's fresh baked bread? Or maybe it reminds you more

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tify what you’re drinking. This sounds redundant but according to the BJCP guidelines there are 23 categories for 80 styles of beer. Knowing what a beer is supposed to taste like is helpful in evaluating it; after all, an IPA is supposed to taste different than an American lager. After you've identified your beer, pour it into a glass and make an effort to produce a generous head. Smell the beer as soon as it is poured, and try to identify the beer's scents. Try

of a newly opened box of crackers. Next, visually inspect the beer. Is it cloudy or clear? Is the color appropriate to the style? Does the head stick around or does it dissipate quickly? Now swirl the beer gently and smell it again. Do you notice any different aromas now that it has warmed up a little? Finally, take a mouthful of the beer, letting it coat your entire mouth, then swallow and exhale through your nose. Which hops are most prominent? What

flavors do they contribute, and are they floral or citrusy? Again, try to associate the taste with flavors you are familiar with. Now that you have tasted the beer and evaluated it, you can assign it a score. The BJCP uses a 50-point rating scale: 12 points for aroma, 3 for appearance, 20 for flavor, 5 for mouthfeel and 10 for overall impression. A score of 45-50 is for an outstanding, worldclass beer; 38-44 is considered excellent; 3037 is very good with minor flaws; 21-29 is good but with significant flaws; 14-20 is drinkable, meaning either the beer is completely out of style or has a serious flaw; and anything 13 or below is considered undrinkable. Now that you know how to judge a beer, you need to practice. One of the best ways to do this is to join the Zoo City Zymurgists. We hold monthly meetings where we either drink or drink and make the finest homebrewed beer available. We have several contests throughout the year, including our annual community brew. This is the ultimate contest for a brewer, in which we choose a style of beer and each member brews an example of that style. The entries are then taken to the experts at Big Sky Brewing Co. where a winner is selected to brew a full-sized batch of their recipe at the brewery. Their beer is then sold in the brewery’s taproom with half of the proceeds going to a charity of the club's choice and the other half going to the club. You can sample this year’s winning beer–a Belgian dark strong ale made by Rick Dahlen–at Big Sky's taproom or at BrewFest. And now you'll know how to judge it. Learn more about the Zoo City Zymurgists at

Beer is social (media) Local blogs and national apps to help quench your thirst by Alan McCormick, Beer is social. Step into any of Montana’s brewery taprooms and this becomes readily apparent. Whether in Wibaux, Stevensville or downtown Missoula, these taprooms have become one of our community social centers, where friends gather together, share a pint of locally made beer and catch up on all the news. All before 8 p.m., of course. Beer is social media, too. According to Montana-based Zephyr Adventures, organizers of the annual Beer Bloggers Conference, there are 957 “citizen beer blogs” in North America and another 459 in the rest of the world. That’s a lot of talk about beer by individuals who are passionate about craft beer and not beholden to any element of the industry. Want to find in-depth information on a brewery, style of beer or even the current state of beer-related legislative efforts? More than likely you’ll find that information on a blog, not in mainstream media. Two of those blogs, Missoula’s own Growler Fills and Montana Beer Finder, joined forces with the Missoula Downtown Association to create the inaugural Missoula Craft Beer Week. Why? Because beer is social. 8

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Growler Fills serves as a primary destination for Montana-specific craft beer news, events, education and discussion, but its topic, outreach and audience are far broader. It was born out of my passion for craft beer and my desire to try something new wherever I go. That drive to explore is reflected in Growler Fills, where I seek to make craft beer accessible by welcoming all beer tastes, preferences and levels of experience. Launched earlier this year by local freelance writer Ryan Newhouse, Montana Beer Finder helps beer lovers connect with great beer across the state. In a state like Montana, when cool new beer arrives on the shelves, or on the local taps, it often doesn’t last long. Montana Beer Finder and its team of “Beer Spotters” help make the quest easier. Unlike their favorite fishing holes, they readily share the best info on craft beer in Montana. Why? Beer is social and better shared with friends. Not surprisingly, beer has made a strong push into (smartphone) apps as well. Two of the better apps, available for both the iPhone and Android, are Untappd and Pintley. Untappd serves as an easy way to log the beers you’re

enjoying as well as to connect with your beer-loving friends. The database is extensive and includes nearly all the regular taps from Montana’s breweries and many seasonal ones as well. Users “check in” the beer they’re drinking and can add ratings, notes, pictures and location. Friends can see where you’re drinking, leave comments or come join you. It’s a great way to keep track of favorite beers, find new ones and connect with other craft beer lovers in the area. Pintley is a similar app, but is designed to recommend new beers based on personal preferences and ratings of other beers. The Montana beers in the database are limited, but Pintley still has thorough information on 21,000 beers (and counting) and delivers good recommendations, particularly for those craft beer fans just getting started in their journeys. Another great, social way to head out on a craft beer journey? Put down the smartphone and take advantage of all Missoula Craft Beer Week has to offer. With a variety of fun and often educational events, Missoula Craft Beer Week has something for every beer lover in the quest for craft beer goodness.

Greener glass

Behind the scenes with Bayern’s new recycling program by Alex Sakariassen • photos by Michelle Gustafson Bayern Brewing is no stranger to sustainability. For years now, Bayern’s German-born master brewer Jürgen Knöller has taken step after painstaking step to ensure his operation strikes a balance between good beer and environmental consciousness. He’s teamed up with Montana Trout Unlimited to fund conservation efforts. He’s donated tons of spent grain as feed for a Frenchtown ranch. He’s even offset Bayern’s water usage through work with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s water restoration program. But for Bayern, the glass can always be greener. That’s the gist behind Bayern’s latest foray into sustainable brewing: the ecopack. Bayern’s been recycling its packaging materials for years. What the effort lacked was a marketing gimmick, a way to spread the word beyond taproom word-ofmouth. The ecopack—a foldable, waxedcardboard box that fits four six-packs—is Bayern’s answer. “I think we’re the only brewery, in the Northwest at least, that recycles 100 percent of our packaging,” says brewer Justin Lee. “We even recycle bottle caps.” Bayern launched its ecopack campaign this spring, placing boxes at various grocery stores around Missoula and asking for a modest $3 deposit from users. On one

Thursday afternoon in mid-April, three full ecopacks were already sitting near the door of the taproom. A half-gallon Ziplock baggie of bottle caps rested on the counter nearby. Bayern’s recycling push does come with a few stipulations. Bottles can’t be filled with cigarette butts or other garbage. They can’t have chips or cracks. Only the brown, unembossed bottles standard among microbreweries in the Pacific Northwest are

accepted. In other words, no big beer labels or twist-off tops. And they need to be returned to the taproom, Lee stresses. Otherwise ecopack users won’t get paid. The stipulations are there because, as early as this summer, Bayern won’t be recycling bottles. It will be reusing them. Knöller recently purchased a bottle washing machine from a German manufacturer for $400,000 and expects it to be running by the first week

of June. He estimates he’ll need roughly 50,000 bottles returned each week. “They could run, theoretically, eight to 10 times,” Knöller says. The brewery hopes its reuse initiative will cut down on the roughly 2.5 million Bayern bottles that wind up in Missoula’s landfill each year and potentially provide enough used glass to fill distribution demands. “If we can get back enough glass,” Lee says, “we may not have to buy glass again.” There’s more in it for drinkers than a fuzzy eco-friendly feeling. Bayern’s offering refunds for full ecopacks—5 cents per bottle and 10 cents per carrier, provided the materials are in good shape. That makes each ecopack worth as much as $1.60, money you won’t be getting back by simply chucking used bottles in the trash. Bayern already has 12,000 bottles sitting in a shed out back, bottles accumulated before the ecopack was widely advertised. Lee hopes that collection numbers will spike soon. Reusing versus recycling is certainly a smart business move, but Bayern’s equally interested because, as Lee says, “it’s the right thing to do.” “In Europe, that’s how people buy their beer. They bring in a carton full of empties and they give you full bottles ... We’re just trying to bring that to America.”

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2012 Garden City BrewFest Wine Selections White Wine Selections Getaway Ten Spoon Missoula, Mont. Bicycle Viognier Cono Sur Santiago, Chile A French grape, grown in Chile. Light and floral, with layers of pear and citrus. Generous fruit with balanced acidity makes this a lovely match for Asian flavors and spicy food.

A unique blend of Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, Getaway is the perfect escape. Honey, rose petals, kiwi and a touch of spice shows the best of these Alsatian varieties.

Portrait of a Mutt Zinfandel Mutt Lynch Healdsburg, Calif. A California grape, thought to be of Croatian origin, grown in California. This wine shows that real Zinfandel is not pink. A zesty red with overtones of blackberry and spice, it pairs perfectly with pizza, spaghetti, salami and ribs.

Flathead Cherry Dry Ten Spoon Missoula, Mont.

Pinot Grigio Graffingna Wines Tulum Valley, Argentina An Italian grape, grown in Argentina. Hints of jasmine and notes of white fruits like peach and apricot provide a refined finish. Great with summer salads, picnics and lighter pasta dishes.

2009 Chardonnay Missoula Winery Missoula, Mont. This un-oaked Chardonnay has luscious flavors of yellow core fruits, apple and white flowers, followed by a great minerality.

Red Wine Selections

Chenin Blanc Man Vintners Stellenbosch, South Africa A French grape, grown in South Africa. Dangerously delicious, this delicate and smooth white wine has just enough fruit with balanced acidity to be a great match for chicken, pork, or Asian flavors.

Paradise Pear Ten Spoon Missoula, Mont. Made with organic Bartletts from Washington state’s Wenatchee Valley, this Paradise offers a refreshing, delicate pear flavor that will lighten even the heaviest heart. 10

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Smooth Red Blend Bear Flag Modesto, Calif. A conglomeration of international varietals grown in California. Blended to be nothing more than a fun, drinkable party wine that goes with everything from barbeque to pizza!

The Show Malbec Three Thieves Mendoza, Argentina An Argentine grape, originally from France, grown in Argentina, and marketed by some thieving Californians. Rich and spicy with deep fruit and mellow tannins, this wine goes great with grilled meats and cheese.

Made from organic cherries grown a Fat Robin Orchard and Farm on Flathead Lake’s Finley Point, this superb, dry dinner wine starts with a caramel nose and is lively up front with a smooth, lightly oaked finish. It’s big enough for rib-eye, and smooth enough to drink all by itself.

Range Rider Red Ten Spoon Missoula, Mont. Made from 100% Montanagrown grapes, this Beaujoulaisstyle wine is full of smooth cherry and strawberry flavors. A perfect summer-time red wine, great with pizza, Spanikopita or a plate of Bologenese.

Soul Red Missoula Winery Missoula, Mont. This wine captures the spirit of the eclectic music and art community of Western Montana. Missoula Soul Red Wine is a premium red blend that offers the pallet a broad spectrum of taste and texture.

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2012 Garden City BrewFest Beer Selections

Anheuser-Busch St. Louis, Mo.

Angry Orchard Cider Co. Ohio

Alaskan Brewing Co. Juneau, Alaska


Black IPA Crisp Apple Cider

Bud Light Shock Top Lemon Shandy

Brew Facts


(Alcohol by volume)

Alaskan’s spring seasonal features the hop-forward profile of an IPA with the dark black color and flavors of a fuller-bodied porter. A burst of fresh, citrus notes from Cascade and Centennial hops balance the hints of coffee and bitter chocolate with a subtle toasted sweetness and dark fruit highlights leading to a pleasantly dry finish.


This crisp and refreshing cider offers sweet apple notes upfront with a subtle dryness at the finish for a balanced cider taste. The addition of Fuji apples adds a layer of complexity and brings out a fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor


Golden in color with delicate aromas of malt and hops. Subtle fruity and citrus taste notes with a fast clean finish.


A unique interpretation of a classic style—a refreshing and smooth wheat beer perfectly complemented by spices and natural lemonade flavor.


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Bayern Brewing Missoula, Mont.


Brew Facts

Maibock (wooden barrel)

Dump Truck

Big Sky Brewing Co. Missoula, Mont.

Summer Bock

Double IPA Anniversary Dortmunder

Bitter Root Brewing Co. Hamilton, Mont. Blackfoot Brewing Helena, Mont. Blue Moon Brewing Golden, Colo. Bowser Brewing Company Great Falls, Mont.

(Alcohol by volume)

Bayern Maibock is the typical Bavarian spring-opener with lots of body and more. The color is golden brown and if you like malt flavor, this is it. Bayern Maibock is very malty and very easy to drink! This beer is brewed with two-row Harrington and Munich malt, and has a moderate amount of Hallertauer and Saaz hops.


An unfiltered, unpasteurized light lager bock beer brewed as a traditional old-fashioned German Decoction beer. This beer is incredibly light in color, yet has the full body of a hearty bock beer and is balanced with three hoppings of Germany’s finest Hallertauer Perle and the rare Tettnang Aroma hops. Bayern had a new yeast strain exclusively designed in Germany and are using Custom Pilsener and “Spilz” malt.


An extravaganza of hops and malts. Well balanced with lots of citrus, pine and floral notes.


This special reserve is brewed in the traditional style and dry-hopped with the finest Hallertau Tradition hops.


Brewed with 8 malts, 5 hop varieties and dry hopped with a half-pound of Citra hops and half-pound of CTZ hops. Big fruity, hoppy nose with broad malt aromas. Hop fruitiness, complex citrus notes and multi-layer malt base are perfectly balanced in this Imperial Red Ale.


Huckleberry Hefeweizen

A summer wheat ale infused with just the right amounts of Fireweed honey and huckleberry to perfectly balance this summertime treat. Light honey and huckleberry aromas mix with the wheaty malt backbone to entice and set the stage for the thirst quenching flavors that follow.


Single Malt IPA

Just like single malt scotch, our IPA is brewed from 100% Crisp Maris Otter floor-malted (made by hand!) barley—no specialty malts, no blending. This ale is an American variation of the classic India Pale Ale style. Single Malt IPA is heavily hopped with both Simcoe and Cascade hops grown in the Pacific Northwest. Golden in color, refreshing to drink and full of hops, this is our best-selling and most-beloved beer.


Bavarian Pils

The Bavarian Pils is made from a Bavarian lager yeast strain, German Pilsner malt, and noble German hops. It has a gentle aroma of floral hops, malts and the subtleness of lager yeast. The flavor is crisp and with a pleasing bitterness that comes off slightly spicy. A grainy maltiness is present but the beer finishes dry. Bavarian Pils is crisp, dry, and crazy refreshing.


Belgian White

A refreshing, medium-bodied, unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale spiced with fresh coriander and orange peel for a uniquely complex taste and an uncommonly smooth finish. The name "Belgian White" is a reference to the cloudy white, opaque appearance of the beer. Blue Moon is traditionally served with a slice of orange to complement the orange peel used in the brewing process.


Nosferatu Resurrected

An ale created by our brewmaster in 1990 as a Halloween Ale for Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, Ohio. This immortally hopped Double Red ale has risen again.


Electric City IPA

An American style India Pale Ale with a variety of hops, and enough body to back them up.


Export Lager



Red Dread Imperial Red

Garden City BrewFest 2012 • Missoula Independent

2012 Garden City BrewFest Beer Selections

Big Fork, Mont.

Flathead Lake Brewing

Draught Works Missoula, Mont.

Deschutes Brewery Bend, Ore.

Bozeman Brewing Company Bozeman, Mont.


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(Alcohol by volume)

A light amber ale that has a medium malt body gently balanced by a hint of hops for a clean, refreshing finish. Made with Montana grown and malted Pale barley, as well as Crystal and Vienna malts. Hopped with a blend of Magnum, Columbus, Santiam and a late kettle addition of Cascade hops for a pleasant aroma.


Here we’ve produced a strong, bold and fruity India Pale Ale in the tradition of the fine West Coast breweries, sure to please the hoppiest of hop heads. We start with five different malts to create a sturdy foundation for the hop assault. Then we build on this foundation with Columbus, Cascade and Centennial for bitterness and flavor. The pièce de résistance is the generous addition of Cascade and Simcoe dry hop for a huge citrus/apricot aroma.


Chainbreaker White IPA

A hop-forward, citrus-packed beer with an unmistakably smooth character, this beer challenges the palate to expand with a fusion of wheat and spice low notes alongside significant hop highs. Sweet orange peel and coriander round out the flavor profile for a refreshing ride. All come together to make a very drinkable, complex White IPA.


Twilight Ale

There is something magical about the time of day that falls between light and dark, the highdesert summer day fading into a warm evening with brilliant skies. Twilight Ale is a lighter, but full flavored ale with a balanced malt profile and a harmonious blend of four hops. A final dry hopping of bold Amarillos creates the distinctive finishing touch.


Medium-bodied pale ale with pale color featuring seven different additions of hops.


Light-bodied and refreshing with citrus and spicey hop notes.


Select Amber Hopzone IPA

Scepter Head Indian Pale Ale Paradise Found Aniv. English Summer Ale

Centennial IPA

This India Pale Ale is entirely hopped with the Centennial variety in honor of the 100-year anniversary of Glacier National Park. A lovely floral and citrusy hop profile.


Garden City BrewFest 2012 • Missoula Independent


2012 Garden City BrewFest Beer Selections Big Fork, Mont.

Kettlehouse Brewing Missoula, Mont.

Higher Ground Brewing Hamilton, Mont.

Harvest Moon Belt, Mont.

Great Northern Brewing Whitefish, Mont.

Glacier Brewing Polson, Mont.

Flathead Lake Brewing


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Dirty Ginger Ale

Kona Brewing Co. Kona, Hawaii

(Alcohol by volume)

Take one Belgian Golden Strong Ale, add color and a subtle smooth flavor from de-bittered black malt, fresh ginger, and lemongrass. Whattaya get? Dirty Ginger! The aroma and flavor run complex: ginger and alcohol warming, lemongrass tartness, fruity and fun.


Flathead Cherry Ale

A perennial favorite that looks back to stay. Due to overwhelming public outcry, Glacier Brewing is pouring this beer year-round and it’s now available in six-packs. The Flathead Cherry Ale is a refreshing blend of a light-colored beer and a cherry flavor.


Golden Grizzly Ale

Brewed within the style of a German Kolsch, it is a light bodied, moderately hopped ale, with a rich light golden color. This golden ale is a style of beer designed to be light and thirst quenching. It’s intended to appeal to experienced ale drinkers, as well as novice beer drinkers who have not yet experienced the ale revolution.


Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager is a delightfully unique fruit beer. This pale brew combines the crisp dry refreshment of light lager with a tart hint of wild huckleberries.


Combining the best aspects of three major types of beer, Wheatfish is brewed like a German wheat beer, cold-fermented, aged like a lager, and hopped (three separate additions of Cascade hops) like an American Ale. The wheat contributes a full body and light spiciness, the hops give citrus hints and the finish is crisp and smooth. Wheatfish is low in bitterness and extremely drinkable.


Another award-winning ale, which is a mild version of a Belgian classic. Brewed with equal amounts of northwestern malted wheat and malted barley, hopped with Czechoslovakian Saaz hops and finished with a touch of coriander and orange peel. This is an ale for every season with a hint of fruit in the nose, subdued malty flavor and a slightly citric finish.


Our fall seasonal, which is deep amber to brown in color, is brewed with pale, crystal and specialty malts and has a toasted nut nose and a warm nutty finish. The soft, rounded, slightly sweet body, touch of hoppiness and strong nutty overtones provide for a complex ale that is enjoyable after a fall weather outing or as an after dinner treat.


Dark, rich roastiness with a milk chocolate sweetness.


Light, crisp and refreshing, Clear Water is our sessionable, easy drinking ale.


What do you get when you age Double Haul IPA in a Dry Fly Distillery whiskey barrel? I’ll give you a hint: It’s a bit like having a pint of IPA with a whiskey back. Imagine the goodness that you know and love as Double Haul plus all sorts of oak barrel imparted notes. Perfectly balanced with layers of complexity that make your taste buds stand up and cheer.


We don’t recommend working in the woods after sunset…but there is nothing wrong with enjoying our take on this popular new category of Lagers any time of day or night. Dark in the glass, yet light on the lounge, Midnight Sawyer makes drinking easy.


Longboard Island Lager is a smooth, refreshing lager fermented and aged for five weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor. A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of this beer.


Wild Huckleberry Lager Wheatfish Hefeweizen Beltian White Nut Brown Flashflood Milk Stout Clear Water Crystal Ale Barrel-Aged Double Haul Midnight Sawyer Black Lager



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Garden City BrewFest 2012 • Missoula Independent


2012 Garden City BrewFest Beer Selections

Lone Peak Brewery Big Sky, Mont.

Leinenkugal’s Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma, Calif.

Kona Brewing Co. Kona, Hawaii


Brew Facts


(Alcohol by volume)

Wailua Wheat

Swimming in a fresh water pool at the base of a cascading waterfall is what we all imagine we would find in paradise. On Maui, follow the old Hana Highway and you will find such a place—Wailua Falls. This plunging cascade of clear water is the inspiration for our Limited Release Wailua Wheat. This golden, sun colored ale has a bright, citrusy flavor that comes from the tropical passion fruit we brew into each batch.



This is our unique version of an ancient style. It’s a style as old as the ocean trade routes of the last centuries Great Ships. Not as old as the equator they had to cross twice en route, nor as old as the 10,000 or so miles of Di-Hydrogen Oxide and Sodium upon which they sailed, but older than the Circulithium-4 Lentloid that binds the Lupulin Quartnate onto your taste buds. Weird. Think about it. Now stop. OK, go again, now stop. Think again, and stop. But we digress. Made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts.


Lucky 13 Alt

Summer Shandy

Our 13th anniversary beer was a staff favorite, so we make it each year. Big on the Amarillo hops and rich dark malts for a round, huge, smoky flavor.


A Shandy is a lemonade-flavored beer, a European favorite during the warmer months. The light, crisp flavor makes it a great summer refresher. Each batch is carefully brewed using the finest wheat, malted barley, and just a hint of real Wisconsin honey. Then the brewmasters mix in fresh lemonade and citrus flavors to create an adventurous taste that’s perfect for those lazy days of summer.


Our pale ale has a beautiful light copper color, yet maintains a full bodied, complex character. It has a malty profile and just enough lightly floral hops for balancing, making it a great session beer to sample again and again…and again.


Our Oatmeal Stout is …well…black! It’s chock full of six different imported English malts and 10% flaked oats that give it a thick, rich mouth feel. The Chinook and Northern Brewer hops defiantly take second seat to the roasted and toasty malt profile.


Salmon Fly Honey Rye

The annual salmon fly hatch occurs in early summer on the Madison River. In recognition, Madison River Brewing Company presents Salmon Fly Honey Rye. The malted barley used in this unique brew is complimented by the subtle spiciness of rye. Bittering and flavor hop additions balance the sweetness from the hint of pure Montana honey to complete a delightful drinking experience.


Hop Juice (Double) IPA

This Double India Pale Ale, or IPA, is an extremely hopped American-style ale that gets its hop bitterness and character from Amarillo and Simcoe hops. A generous amount of hops and malt—3.5 pounds of hops per barrel and 2800 pounds of malt—were used to give this beer a rich malt character with a distinctive hop flavor and aroma. This unfiltered beer is amber colored, thick bodied, highly bitter, and finishes off with a sweet grapefruit after taste.


The Legend is our flagship brand. It is brewed in the traditional "old world" manner, using premium two-row malted barley, hops and our own special proprietary yeast strain. It is an amber ale with a rich complex refreshing flavor and a crisp dry finish.


Highlander is a full-flavored American craft beer brewed in the tradition of a Scottish red ale. The emphasis is on the malt with just enough hops to balance the sweetness.


Head Plant Pale Ale Hippy Highway

Mendocino Brewing Co. Hopland, Calif.

Red Tail Ale

Missoula Brewing Co. Missoula, Mont.

Madison River Brewing Belgrade, Mont.

Oatmeal Stout

Highlander Beer


Garden City BrewFest 2012 • Missoula Independent

2012 Garden City BrewFest Beer Selections

Quarry Brewing Butte, Mont.

Ninkasi Brewing Company Eugene, Ore.

New Belgium Brewing Co. Ft. Collins, Colo.


Brew Facts

Somersault Dig Pale Ale Spring Reign Oatis Oatmeal Stout

Shale Pale Ale


(Alcohol by volume)

Somersault Ale was designed to be a fun roll around on the tongue while requiring only the minimum of palate gymnastics. In other words, this perfect summer lounge around beer is ridiculously fun and easy to drink. Even though the second Somersault goes down as effortlessly the first, our brewer Grady actually has quite a few remarkable notes at play in the nose, flavor and mouthfeel. There is an opening brace of citrus aroma from Centennial hops, a soft apricot fruitiness tucked into the flavor, a fresh snap from a sliver of ginger root, finished with oats in a long cool mash. Color is blonde with a suggestion of cloudiness.


Sorachi Ace hops provides a fresh Spring zing with incredible lemon aroma. Nelson Sauvin is next in line with bursts of passion fruit, mango and peach. American favorites, Cascade and Centennial round out this crisp, clean Pale Ale.


Like many of Ninkasi beers this is an ale more than a specific style though we put it in the Northwest Pale category. A light toasted malt flavor is more reminiscent of a British Pale but the hops are bright and very Northwest.


Oatis is bigger than the traditional oatmeal stout style with more alcohol, body and a touch more bitterness to keep it balanced.


This well hopped Pale Ale is not for the faint of heart. It appeals to those who want a well balanced hoppy ale with aroma, flavor and bitterness working together. To showcase a beer that has been a staple for hundreds of years the crispness of the hops is accentuated by the local water and the use of a unique variety of hops that are new to the market.


Garden City BrewFest 2012 • Missoula Independent


2012 Garden City BrewFest Beer Selections

Woodinville, Wash.

Samuel Adams Boston, Mass.

Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.

Red Hook Brewing Co.

Quarry Brewing Butte, Mont



Brew Facts

Mica Maibock


(Alcohol by volume)

This German-style Helles Bock is brewed and conditioned according to the German purity law, right down to the self-carbonating so that only four ingredients are used—malts, hops, yeast and water. The particular yeast strain used for this beer is said to be the best yeast strain for Bock style beers and really shows why this yeast leaves a nice malt character that exemplifies the bock style.


Redhook’s twist on the Belgian-style ale is the addition of fresh ginger, which adds a refreshing snappiness to this lighter-bodied wheat beer. Redhook Wit is perfect for the warm summer months of outdoor barbecuing, sitting by the pool, or just taking a break by hanging inside enjoying the AC and watching old re-runs of “Gilligan’s Island.”


OREgasmic Ale is a Pale Ale brewed with all First Growth Oregon hops and malt grown on Rogue’s own micro hopyard and barley farm. Orange-amber in color, malty aroma, spicy fruity hop flavor with solid malt background and lingering finish. Brewed using 100% Oregon ingredients.


Summer Ale

Bright and citrusy, brewed with the mysterious grains of paradise. Samuel Adams Summer Ale is an American wheat ale. This summer seasonal uses malted wheat as well as lemon zest and grains of paradise, a rare pepper from Africa. The ale fermentation imparts a background tropical fruit note reminiscent of mangos and peaches. All of these come together to create a quenching, clean finishing beer perfect for those warm summer days.


Norse Legend

Legend has it that barrels of this ancient brew were found on sunken Viking ships. Sahti took root in Finland becoming one of the oldest continuously brewed styles. Deep amber in color, this rugged ale’s distinctive aroma and flavor comes from aging on a bed of juniper berries. The herbal, woodsy, and ripe citrus character of the juniper enlivens a sturdy and smooth malt backbone for a fresh and flavorful brew.


Wit Chateau Rogue OREgasmic

Garden City BrewFest 2012 • Missoula Independent

2012 Garden City BrewFest Beer Selections

San Diego, Calif. Stevensville, Mont.

Wildwood Brewing Co.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. Portland, Ore.

Stone Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, Calif.


Brew Facts



(Alcohol by volume)

One of the only American hefeweizens made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation. This difficult and labor-intensive technique adds uncommon depth and flavor complexity. Our hazy-golden hefeweizen is deeply flavorful, refreshing and perfect for a sunny day.


Torpedo Extra IPA

Sierra Nevada Torpedo is a big American IPA—bold, assertive, and full of flavor highlighting the complex citrus, pine and herbal character of whole-cone American hops. Our persistence has paid off. Our obsession with harnessing huge hop flavor led to the development of what we call the hop torpedo, a revolutionary method of dry-hopping designed, built, and debuted here at the brewery.


Our India Pale Ale is true to style with a huge hop aroma, flavor and bitterness throughout. Medium malt character with a heavy dose of over the top hops. Generous “dry hopping” gives this beer its abundant hop aroma and crisp hop flavor.


Drifter Pale Ale

With its unique citrus character, smooth drinkability, and distinctive combo of hops and malts, Drifter Pale Ale is truly an original. This beer features Alchemy, Summit, Nelson Sauvin hops, and caramel malts.


Citra Blonde

Citra Blonde Summer Brew is a very smooth, refreshing, sessionable ale. Citra Blonde is light in color, body, and bitterness, but by no means light in flavor. Citra Blonde’s point of differentiation is that it delivers an abundance of flavor via the new hop called Citra. Citra is aptly named for its thirst quenching citrus flavor and aroma. Citra Blonde Summer Brew is lighter in alcohol, full in flavor with a crisp finish making this a great beer for any summer afternoon.

Bodacious Bock Discerning Pilsner


3.8% 7.5% 5.5%

A German-style spring bock. An authentic Czech-style pilsner.

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