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Welcome to the 18th annual Garden City BrewFest On behalf of the Missoula Downtown Association, I welcome you to this year’s Garden City BrewFest. We are delighted to host you in the heart of our community and glad you’ve decided to join us for this annual rite of spring. If you dig into this wonderful Guide to BrewFest, developed by our friends at the Independent, you’ll see this event has a long history in the Garden City. Developed by the owners of Bayern Brewing Company, the Rhinoceros, the Iron Horse and Worden’s Market almost 20 years ago, this event was gifted to the Missoula Downtown Association in 2003. Today’s event is sponsored by Big Sky Brewing Company and Headwall magazine, and we are thankful for their support. This year’s entertainment will be provided by Missoula’s own Lil’ Smokies, Secret Powers and Wartime Blues. The Lil’ Smokies are a relatively new group in town and is comprised of Cameron Wilson on fiddle and mandolin, Matt Cornette on banjo, Aaron Anderson on guitar and mandolin, Ted Germansen on bass, Andy Dunnigan on dobro and Pete Barrett on guitar. Secret Powers just released their latest CD, called Lies & Fair Tales. Band members include John Fleming, Troy Warling, Ryan Farley, Dan Strachan and Schmed Maynes. Wartime Blues has been on the market since 2006 and includes guitarists Nate Hegyi and Jesse Netzloff, bassist Tyler Knapp, cellist Bethany Joyce and keyboardist Lisena Brown, as well as Ben Prez on mandolin, Sam Luikens on banjo and Martin McCain playing percussion. BrewFest is admission free, but beer drinkers can purchase a commemorative 7-ounce tasting glass, wristband and two wooden tokens for just $7. Additional tokens are $1 each. We have more than 60 different

come alive. I especially want to thank our long-time committee members Harry Watkins of Zip Beverage, Jim Seel of First Security Bank, Ryan Sutherland from All Souls Missoula, Ruth Williams from The University of Montana Business Services and Sarah Eastlund from Sterling Savings Bank. Others on this year’s committee include Lynne Foland of the Independent, Sheri Mueller-Wittlake of Missoula Aging Services, Tanya Chestnut of Advanced Litho Printing and Barb Severson from the Zoo City Zymurgists. We want you to drink responsibly. To that end, we will be checking every individual’s identification to ensure you are 21 years of age or older; make sure you bring it. We have arranged for Mountain Line to provide FREE bus service all day. We’ve added additional bike racks in Caras Park, and we’ll have the phone numbers available for Green Taxi and Yellow Cab. If you like this event, you’ll love some of the other things the Missoula Downtown Association is responsible for. We invite you to join us for the 25th season of Out to Lunch on Wednesdays this summer, the 10th season of Downtown ToNight on Thursdays, and the 5th River City Roots Festival August 28-29. Thanks for celebrating with us at BrewFest! We’re delighted to have you here. beers to taste, as well as a dozen different wines. Thanks to the Zoo City Zymurgists, Missoula’s local home-brew club, we have an outstanding beer judging & awards program, and several breweries will take home an award from this event. We want to thank our important volunteers who help us organize, produce and staff this event. It takes 150 volunteers to make BrewFest a reality, and we’re extremely proud of the individuals who make this event


Linda K. McCarthy Executive Director Missoula Downtown Association

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How to drink like a pro by Skylar Browning, Missoula Independent Matt Long holds down one of the most envious jobs in Missoula. As the brewmaster at Big Sky Brewing—he’s been with the company since 1996—Long’s charged with testing beer all day, every day. Yes, that means he tastes a lot of beer. But, no, it’s not as simple as just binging on Moose Drool and collecting a paycheck. Long works in what’s known as “The Lab” at Big Sky, and his job is as scientific as it is sudsy. He has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Montana, and he uses fancy sounding tools like a spectrophotometer and dissolved oxygen meter to monitor his beers’ oxidation (too much can ruin the taste) and diacetyl (a “movie theater popcorn butter” flavor that shouldn’t be in a beer). If you get into the nitty-gritty of Long’s responsibilities, making—and tasting—beer can get complicated. But for the casual drinker, or the type of person who, say, attends the Garden City BrewFest in search of his or her new favorite pour, Long offers five bits of advice to help look, sound and feel like a professional. 4

Follow your nose “The first thing you do is smell a beer,” says Long. “I can smell a beer and tell you if I even want to drink it or not.” The figures vary, but Long says as much as 90 percent of your perception of a beer comes from your olfactory epithelium—or, more simply, your nose. Garden City BrewFest offers beer drinkers a real glass to drink from, and Long says that’s actually pretty important. “Some brewfests give you a plastic cup, and then you’re smelling plastic, not the beer,” he says. “Here, you can actually get your nose in there and get a sense of what you’re drinking.”

Beware of off-flavors “Anybody can make a good beer, any recipe can be good,” says Long. “The battle is in making it good all the way through to presentation.” Pros like Long look for something called “off-flavors.” These “off-flavors”—look at the flavor wheel above for

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some examples, like “sour milk”—signal that somethingwent wrong in the brewing process. “If you’ve been doing it long enough, your palate and your olfactory senses have been trained to detect certain off-flavors that shouldn’t be present in the beer,” says Long. If a beer doesn’t have any off-flavors, it’s called “clean.” “Whether you like the taste or not, the most respect that comes from other brewers is that it’s a good, clean beer,” says Long. “That means you’ve done a nice job as a brewer.”

Seek balance Beer is made of four main ingredients: yeast, hops, malted barley and water. Long says anybody can toss a ton of hops into a beer and hide off-flavors, but it takes a real craftsman to brew a complex, balanced beer. “You can have a big, hoppy IPA, but the real good ones have a bit of a malt backbone,” he says. “On the other side, you can have a big, malty pilsner with no hops, and it’ll be sweet. It

might be clean, but it wouldn’t have balance.”

Be open minded Long cautions people not to narrow their focus to just one type of beer. “Some people get stuck—‘Well, I only like brown ales,’ or ‘I only like stouts,’” he says. “But when you mature enough into your beer connoisseur stages, you might have some styles that are your favorites, but you’re always open to any style that is made well, made clean and has a nice balance to it.”

Go back for more Long’s most important piece of advice should be the easiest for true beer aficionados to follow at BrewFest: If you like a beer, drink it again. “Get two or three samples of the same beer because you can really find different flavors and aromas that don’t always come out in the first taste,” he says. “You really need to have more to truly appreciate it.” Spoken like a true pro.

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The history of Garden City BrewFest by Linda K. McCarthy, Missoula Downtown Association One of Missoula’s most favorite festivals and an annual rite of spring, the Garden City BrewFest was created in 1993 by four downtown Missoula business owners who wanted to showcase new microbrews in the Missoula market. Owners of Bayern Brewing Company, the Rhinoceros, the Iron Horse and Worden’s Market (thus the BRIW ) developed a partnership and created BRIWFest with the goal of introducing Missoulians to new beverages that would then be available for purchase at any of the four establishments. BRIWFest was gifted to the Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) in 2003 by business owners Juergen Knoeller, Kevin Head, Brad Martens, Tami Ursich and Tim France with the hopes the festival would continue to grow, prosper and benefit the downtown economy with consistent and enthusiastic event planners at the helm. With a name change to Garden City BrewFest and a consistent committee comprised of MDA member volunteers, the event is now one of the most long-standing and successful festivals in Missoula. Today, this event draws nearly 6,000 beer connoisseurs to Caras Park the first Saturday of May to sample more than 60 distinct beers and over a dozen wines, consume food from a variety of local vendors, and listen to live music in the heart of downtown Missoula. The event is possible due to volunteer labor from more than 150 individuals and contributes financially to other programs directed by the MDA, such as flower

baskets and banners, advocacy and marketing, management of Caras Park and more. The Garden City BrewFest, which has earned numerous “Best Festival” awards, should not be confused with the Missoula Mavericks BrewFest, held in Caras Park each September to raise funds for community youth sports. One thing that sets the two events apart is the Garden City’s juried beer awards program, established and managed in partnership with the members of the Zoo City Zymurgists, Missoula’s local homebrew club. The MDA also partners with the Sentinel Kiwanis Club, whose members prepare and sell burgers, brats and pizza as a fundraiser for the club’s programs and projects. The Missoula Downtown Association will host the 18th annual Garden City BrewFest on Saturday, May 1 from 12-8 p.m. in Caras Park. Featured entertainment will be provided by three of Missoula’s most popular

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bands: Lil’ Smokies, Secret Powers and Wartime Blues. Admission is free, but beer tasters can purchase a 7ounce glass and two wooden tokens $7 with appropriate identification. Additional tokens can be purchased for $1 each. Mountain Line, Missoula’s municipal bus service, will offer free rides all day long this year until service ends around 7 p.m., so folks can get to and from the event without driving. Caras Park also has lots of bike parking as well. For more information on the Garden City BrewFest, contact the MDA via phone (543-4238) or email (

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Homebrewing in the 21 century by Ryne Mading, Zoo City Zymurgists You have heard the term, possibly tasted the end product and maybe now you have the desire to dive deeper into what it means to homebrew beer. What’s it all about? Let’s start with the basics. While enterprising brewers (or “zymurgists”) have been known to add all manner of herbs, fruits and spices to their concoctions, your essential ingredients are malted barley, hops, yeast and water. These four ingredients are the Maslow’s Hierarchy of homebrewing and without them, your home-brewed beer will be a beverage not fit for your pooch. Breweries large and small extract the sweet goodness from malted barley through a process called “mashing,” in which crushed grains are heated with water to create the “mash,” causing starches to be converted into sugars. These sugars will eventually be converted into alcohol during fermentation. Homebrewers also buy premade extracts derived from malted barley that allow the brewer to skip the mashing process, making for a quicker and simpler brewing process. After an hour or so, the sweet malt extract and mashing water (or “wort”) are boiled for between 45 and 90 minutes. Depending on when the hops (flowers that grow on tall vines) are added to the boil, they will add bitterness (to balance the sweetness of the malt), flavor or aroma. Then, the boiling wort is cooled down to room temperature and yeast is added.


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Yeast makes beer by converting the malt sugars into alcohol. There are two major yeast strains: lager yeast and ale yeast. The difference between the two yeast strains is in the way each yeast ferments. Ale yeast ferments at higher temperatures and is therefore most active on the surface of your beer. In contrast, lager yeast ferments at cooler temperatures and is most active toward the bottom of your beer. Each yeast strain adds its own distinct flavor to the beer; ales tend to be fruitier in flavor and aroma while lagers are often grainy or neutral in flavor and aroma. Water makes up roughly 95 percent of beer, so the water used for homebrewing can have a significant impact on the flavor and overall quality of your beer. Overly chlorinated water commonly found out of a tap can create an unwanted harshness in the beer. Mineral content and pH levels of the water can also affect the finished product. Luckily, Missoula tap water is pretty darn good and makes perfectly drinkable beer. However, to more closely resemble the qualities of water available in the vicinity of famous international breweries, some homebrewers use mineral additives or a portion of distilled water. With the basics covered, hopefully you’re now pining for a pint of your own homemade brew. Before you begin, you need to know that there is an organization in Missoula full of people who will be happy to help you take the plunge.

The Zoo City Zymurgists (ZCZ) have been brewing, drinking and studying beer, wine and mead for years. Care to drink a pint with and pick the brain of the winner of the Big Sky “Community Brew” challenge? How about taking one night every two months to drink and discuss beer with like-minded laid-back folks? ZCZ meets on the third Saturday of every other month to discuss, brew and drink beers, wines and meads created by club members. The club also participates in several annual events: • In May, the club arranges for beer judging and prizes at the Garden City BrewFest. This involves the laborious task of tasting and scoring dozens of beers in the space of just a few hours. • In August, the club puts on a brewing demonstration at the Western Montana Fair. • Since 2006, the club has collaborated with Big Sky Brewing on the annual Community Brew. It goes like this: Club members brew many original versions of a certain type of beer (such as American Pale Ale, or Robust Porter). The pros at Big Sky judge the beers, and choose a winner. The victorious brewer then gets the opportunity to help brew a commercial-size batch of their recipe at the brewery! Net proceeds are divided between the club and a nonprofit. Club dues are a whopping $5 per year, and so if you are at all curious about brewing, or just love great beer, check out the Zoo City Zymurgists online at: www.montana

2010 Garden City BrewFest Beer Selections Beer


White Ale Alaskan Brewing Co. Juneau, Alaska

Summer Ale

Anheuser Busch St. Louis, Mo.

Maibock Dump Truck Summer

Bayern Brewing Missoula Mont.

Summer Honey Cowboy Coffee

Big Sky Brewing Co. Missoula, Mont.

CTZ Single Hop Ale Huckleberry Hefeweizen Single Malt IPA


(Alcohol by volume)

Alaskan White Ale has a soft, sweet base with the unique aroma of coriander and the crisp finish of orange peel. A light and effervescent body combined with the smooth palate creates a complex and delicate beer that is deliciously refreshing in any season.


Based on the traditional style of Kölsch beer brewed in Cologne, Germany, Alaskan Summer Ale balances a softly malted palate with the clean freshness of Hallertauer hops. In the tradition of the style, neither overpowers the other. Both hops and malt come together to refresh and renew the palate.


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

Bud Light Shock Top Belgian

Brew Facts

Bitterroot Brewing Hamilton, Mont.

Blackfoot Brewing Helena, Mont.

Tartanic Scottish Ale Oatmeal Stout

Brewed with orange, lemon and lime peels, the spice of coriander, two-row and wheat malts, as well as a blend of domestic Cascade and Willamette hops and imported Hallertau hops, this light golden-colored, Belgian style wheat beer is memorably aromatic and has a smooth complex taste.


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. We had a new yeast strain exclusively designed for us in Germany and are using Custom Pilsner and Spilz malt.


It’s a full-flavored, refreshing summer seasonal. This well-balanced brew has a unique blend of spices, which complement the European hops. The honey lightens up the body and helps to blend taste with aroma without making the beer too sweet.


Cowboy Coffee is a smooth, black porter that has cold infused coffee added to it. The coffee is our very own Trout Slayer and Caffe Moose Drool. Coffee flavor is evident in this beer but does not overpower the smooth, roasty flavors of the porter.


An unfiltered pale ale with huge grapefruit notes, a hint of caramel malts and a good bittering balance. Our Single Hop Ale is brewed and dry hopped exclusively using only CTZ hops. Medium bodied brew with a balanced bitterness to set the foundation for the CTZ hop aromas. The piney, citrusy and sweet grapefruit bouquet comes through, then lingers in a long, yet dry, hop finish.


Our summer wheat ale is 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.


Just like single malt scotch, our IPA is brewed from 100 percent Crisp Maris Otter floormalted (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.


This traditional Scottish-style strong ale is dark copper in color, very full-bodied, smooth and sweet. The finest Scottish grown barley and English Kent Goldings hops are used to create this Scottish classic. Tartanic Ale will surely warm your cockles with every sip. Scottish Ales originated in Scotland and are generally clean and malty with perhaps a faint touch of smoke and few fruity esters.


A smooth stout that lives up to its name.


This IPA uses a large amount of a new hop called Citra, which lives up to its name and delivers a strong citrus aroma.


Black Star is a double-hopped golden lager based on traditional European Pilsnerstyle beers. It is brewed with both Bavarian Mittelfrüh and Czech Saaz hops and two-row malting barley. By hopping it in the kettle, and then again before finishing, Black Star opens with a distinctive hop aroma and a rich, full bodied flavor, yet closes remarkably crisp, light and refreshing.


Blacksmith Brewing Stevensville, Mont.

Double IPA DoubleHopped Lager

Black Star Whitefish, Mont.


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Belgian White Bozone Select Amber

Hopzone IPA


Brew Facts

Blue Moon Brewing Golden, Colo.

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.


Bozone Select is the flagship offering of Bozeman Brewing Co. A light amber ale with a medium body comprising Pale, Crystal and Vienna malts. It is gently balanced by a hint of hops for a clean, refreshing finish, as well as dry hopped with Cascade and Columbus for a pleasant aroma.


Holding true to the tradition of old, we have produced a bold, strong and fruity IPA that hop-heads long for. It starts out with five different malts to create a sturdy foundation for the hop assault. This batch is bittered with Galena, Columbus, Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial hops, then dry hopped with a blend of Centennial and Cascade for a lively citrus aroma.


Like its name suggests, Inversion IPA defies the ordinary, with layers of soft caramel notes and generous amounts of our favorite Northwest hops, for a bright, sunny citrus finish. Inversion IPA’s trio of American hops delivers an over-the-top nose with hints of orange and grapefruit. Inversion is then dry-hopped for seven days resulting in an added hoppy kick.


There is something magical about the time of day that falls between light and dark, the high-desert 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. Twilight is best enjoyed when chilled and consumed outdoors.


Bozeman Brewing Co. Bozeman, Mont.

Inversion IPA Deschutes Brewery Bend, Ore.

Twilight Ale

(Alcohol by volume)

Dick Danger Ale

Dick’s Brewing Co. Centralia, Wash.

Our flagship beer. A large percentage of black malt gives this distinctive ale its dark brown/black color and that slightly roasted flavor. Magnum hops provide a backbone of bitterness and large additions of Mt. Hood hops later in the boil come right through in the finish. The result is a highly drinkable dark ale which bridges the gap between pale and porter.


Organic Amber Ale

Eel River Brewing Fortuna, Calif.

Eel River Brewing Company, brewers of California’s first Certified Organic Ale, proudly brings you our Organic Amber Ale. Unique in flavor and purity, this medium-bodied beer has a hoppy bouquet and a distinctive rich taste with a caramel-like sweetness that is balanced with a liberal dose of certified organic Pacific Gems and Hallertau hops, imported from New Zealand.


Our Imperial India Pale Ale is an intensely hoppy and malty beer with a big kick. A very strong pale ale, it’s fully loaded with Cascade hops for explosive citrus aromas and flavors while also having a slow, smooth finish.


A robust porter, full-bodied and malty with a complex and flavorful roasty, chocolatey character and aroma. Our porter is dark in color yet soft on the palate. Adding an aroma of espresso blend to this beer makes it out of this world good and drinkable.


A crisp, orange blonde extra pale ale with a medium malt body that’s chased by a ton of hop flavor and zing of bitterness. It was brewed with the less aggressive, old-school craft brewing hops—Cascade, Willamette and Mt. Hood—to celebrate more of the hop flavor and less of the hop bitterness.


Our perennial favorite is back and it looks like it’s here to stay! Due to overwhelming public outcry, we are pouring this beer year-round and it’s available in sixpacks. The Flathead Cherry Ale is a refreshing blend of a light-colored beer and a cherry flavor.


The Slurry Bomber Stout, brewed in the style of sweet stouts, has a distinct roastedchocolate, creamy flavor, nicely accented with the mild aroma hop nose characteristic of premium hops. This stout is fairly dry, moderately bodied, and very dark.


A delightfully unique fruit beer, this pale brew combines the crisp dry refreshment of light lager with a tart hint of wild huckleberries.


This beer was brewed as the official beer of Glacier National Park’s 100th anniversary. The beer is a true pale ale with a great hop aroma.


This award-winning ale is a mild version of a Belgian classic. Brewed with equal amounts 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.


Imperial India Pale Rising Sun Espresso Hop Pursuit Extra Pale Flathead Cherry Ale Slurry Bomber Wild Huckleberry Glacier Centennial Beltian White 10


Flathead Lake Brewing Co. Bigfork, Mont.

Full Sail Brewing Hood River, Ore.

Glacier Brewing Polson, Mont.

Great Northern Brewery Whitefish, Mont.

Harvest Moon Brewing Co. Belt, Mont.

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Brew Facts

Harvest Moon Brewing Co. Belt, Mont.

Because the water in Belt is almost identical to the classic Burton water in England, we have brewed a beer very similar to an ale from that region. Two-row pale ale malt combined with hops of a soft, flowery character but not overly aromatic or bitter, combine for an ale to be enjoyed year-round. This ale is red in color and has malt character like an amber ale but with the hoppiness of a pale ale.


This beer is a crisp Belgian-style white beer made with Sorghum extract, a dash of honey and dried yeast. Coriander and dried orange peel add a citrus element to this light ale. Unfiltered, so the yeast tends to create a white looking beer. No gluten-containing ingredients were used in the making of this beer; however, it may have some gluten picked up in the brewing process.


Cold Smoke Scotch Ale

Cold Smoke Scotch Ale earned a gold medal in the 2007 and 2009 North American Brewers brewfests, respectively, and a bronze medal in 2009 at the Great American Beer Festival. Formulated with Montana-grown two-row barley, northwest Goldings hops, and lotsa love, this hearty ale drinks very smooth. Not bitter at all and not too sweet either. A hint of roasted barley lends a slight coffee-like smoky finish.


Fire Rock Pale Ale

A crisp, refreshing “Hawaiian-style” pale ale. Its signature copper color results from the unique blend of specialty roasted malts. The pronounced citrus-floral hop aroma comes from the liberal amounts of Galena, Cascade and Mt. Hood hops added to each brew.


The plunging cascade of clear water known as Wailua Falls is the inspiration for this limited release brew. 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, a style as old as the ocean trade routes of the last centuries’ Great Ships. Think about it. Now stop. But we digress. Made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts, this redolent ale will likely float your boat, whatever planet you’re on.


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


Charlie Russell Red Seeley Axe White

Kettlehouse Brewing Missoula, Mont.

Kona Brewing Co. Honolulu, Hawaii

Wailua Wheat IPA Hippy Highway

Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma, Calif.

Lone Peak Brewery Big Sky, Mont.

Imperial IPA Salmon Fly Honey Rye Irresistible Amber Ale

Madison River Brewing Belgrade, Mont.


(Alcohol by volume)

Imperial IPA is only brewed with massive amounts of hops and paired with a rich blend of malts. The result is a perfect balance of heady hop flavor, sweetness and oh yes…alcohol.

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 complemented 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.


Celebrate your catch with Madison River Brewing Company’s Irresistible Amber Ale. Our brewers have paired choice hops with specialty malts to produce a rich amber ale that goes down smooth after a long day on the water.

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Red Tail Ale

Mendocino Brewing Co. Hopland, Calif.

“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 Beer

Missoula Brewing Co. Missoula, Mont.

In the tradition of a fine Scottish red ale, Highlander Beer has a rich, complex, malt flavor, but isn’t too heavy. It’s a great session ale and fantastic with food.

Mighty Arrow Pale

New Belgium Brewing Co. Fort Collins, Colo.

Ranger IPA Audacious Apricot Ale

Pyramid Brewing Co. Seattle, Wash.



Mighty Arrow Pale Ale provides lots of pleasurable sniffs from Amarillo and Cascade hops with a fetching honey malt base. This is our brewed tribute to Arrow, Kim’s Aussie/Border Collie mix who ran (literally) New Belgium for 12 years. When she wasn’t patrolling the brewery grounds, she was famous for her office visits: She never met a tummy rub she didn’t like.


So, here it finally is—New Belgium’s foray into the true American India Pale Ales. Bring out the hops! This clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus) and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish.


Boldly going where no fruit has gone before. Our flavorful Apricot Ale combines the taste and aroma of fresh apricot with the smooth finish of wheat malt. Its refreshingly unfiltered character and fruit flavor make it an ale worth savoring.


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2010 Garden City BrewFest Beer Selections Beer

Curve Ball Shale Pale Ale Mica Mailbock Mudslinger Rope Swing

Brew Facts

Pyramid Brewing Co.

Inspired by the traditional Kölsch-style summer beers of Cologne, Germany, Curve Ball boasts a clean, crisp, slightly herbal taste and a lighter body. Our deceptively drinkable golden summer seasonal is a perfect accompaniment to summer adventures. A well-balanced, hoppy ale with aroma, flavor and bitterness working together. The crispness of the hops is accentuated by the local water and use of a unique variety of hops that are sure to please even the most refined palate.

This German-style Helles Bock has a nice malt character that exemplifies the bock style. This style beer will bring illusions of Lederhosen and Oompa bands.

Redhook Ale Brewery Seattle, Wash.

Rogue Ales Newport, Ore

Summer Ale

Samuel Adams Boston, Mass.

Southern Hemisphere Harvest

Arrogant Bastard Stone India Pale Ale Yard Sale Ale Wakeboard Wit Pitch Black IPA Drop Top Wee Bit of Mischief


(Alcohol by volume)

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Quarry Brewing Butte, Mont.

Mocha Porter




Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, Calif

Stone Brewing Co. San Diego, Calif.

Tamarack Brewing Company Lakeside, Mont.

Widmer Brothers Portland, Ore.

Zoo City Zymurgists Missoula, Mont.

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Mudslinger is a nut brown ale with a medium body and a fresh aroma. Its malty flavor is layered with light chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. Six barley malts and two hop varieties result in a surprisingly smooth, well-balanced dark beer. As a style, pilsners are typically the go-to beer for warm weather sessions. Rope Swing’s maltiness is offset by a medium dose of hops and finishes with a clean, bright, thrist-quenching quality.

Ruddy brown in color, with a bittersweet balance of malt and hops for a light cream finish.

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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 first used as a brewing spice in the 13th century, to create a crisp and spicy flavor and body.


A refreshing, pilsner-style lager. Its incredible smoothness comes from an extra-long lagering period. Lighter in body than our ales but just as complex in character, Summerfest quenches your thirst with big aroma and a tangy hop bite.


Our newest addition to our Harvest family is Southern Hemisphere Harvest. It features fresh Pacific Hallertau, Motueka and Southern Cross hops, all from New Zealand. The fresh hops in this beer are dried right after being picked, then shipped immediately so we can brew with them.


This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory—maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign.


An India Pale Ale by definition is highly hopped and high in alcohol—you’ll find our Stone India Pale Ale to be 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.


This robust amber-style ale is marked by its bold malt flavor and smooth drinkability. Brewed with chocolate, caramel and toasted malts, the dark amber color brings rich flavor and sweet caramel-like aroma. Medium-bodied and a perfect complement to any meal, Yard Sale Ale is sure to impress even the fizzy yellow beer drinkers.


Wit bier is a traditional Belgian beer brewed with up to 50 percent wheat malt. Spiced with orange peel and fresh ground coriander, our Wit is the perfect lawn mower ale with subtle pepper and fresh citrus aromas. Brewed fresh and local for your enjoyment this summer.


Our Brewmasters’ Release is a Pacific Northwest twisted tribute to an IPA style of beer. It is almost a traditional IPA but it is instead brewed to the emerging style of Cascadian Dark. We add a modest amount of a specially made debittered black malt to give this IPA a very dark color but without the characteristic dark malt flavors.


A rich, flavorful amber that’s smooth and easy to drink. Drop Top is fermented by American ale yeast to produce beer with a clean flavor and fruity aroma. The velvet texture is from using honey malt and a touch of milk sugar. The Alchemy bittering hops provide soft bitterness. Simcoe adds unique hop flavor and aroma.


For five years now the Zoo City Zyrmugists has partnered with Big Sky Brewing Co. to brew great beer and help community organizations through the Community Brew. This year’s winner, Mike Hoffer, brewed an India Brown Ale. With three different types of hops, a Whole Lot Of Mischief awaits anyone willing to down a pint... or two.


BrewFest white wine selections Ten Spoon Winery • Missoula, Mont.

Getaway A rare blend of Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, Getaway is the perfect escape. Delicate floral fragrance mixed with Richard Hugo’s “manic perfume of buffalo willow” opens to a rich, rolling finish.

Villa Maria • Marlborough, New Zealand

Sauvignon Blanc Aromas of ripe gooseberry, melon and passionfruit with hints of grapefruit, lime and nettles. Mouth-filling with vibrant fruit, lengthy, crisp finish. Pairs well with salmon, tomato, green bean and potato salad.

Hidden Legend Winery • Victor, Mont.

Cono Sur • Casablanca Valley, Chile

Hidden Legend Mead


Our meads (honey wines) are easy to love but hard to describe. Every sip starts with a honeyinduced smile—and finishes with layers of flavor that can’t be put into words.

Zesty, citric aromas, with notes of oak. A fruity, mineral, fresh and creamy chardonnay. Pairs well with duck and salmon, creamy pastas, seafood and assorted cheeses.

Pacific Rim • Columbia Valley, Wash.

Blue Mountain • Milton-Freewater, Ore.

Organic Riesling

Dry Creek Hard Cider

Aromas of jasmine and citrus. Subtly sweet, balanced by bright and refreshing acidity. Beautifully complements all manner of Asian cuisines, spicy fare and flavorful, fresh, local foods.

Lightly carbonated with tartness, acidity and a sparkling dry finish, a sure delight to your taste buds. Pairs perfectly with salmon, poultry, spicy foods, blue cheese or a gourmet pizza.

Duck Pond • Willamette Valley, Ore.

Pinot Grigio Aromas of peach, vanilla and lime. Tropical fruit, such as mango and star fruit on the tongue. A light-bodied wine with refreshing acidity. Excellent with shellfish, oysters, cheeses or cold chicken.

BrewFest red wine selections Hahn Estates • Monterey, Calif.

Colores Del Sol • Menoza, Argentina

Pinot Noir


Zesty aromas of white and black pepper. Tangy spiced fruit, backed by cool-climate acidity at the front of the palate, rich finish. Serve with pecan-crusted mahi-mahi or try with Pad Thai.

Deep ruby, with bright purple hues. Aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and hints of smoke, brown spice and mocha notes. Full-bodied mouthfeel and round, supple tannins. Enjoy alone or with steak, lamb, pork ethnic foods and pasta.

Parducci • Mendocino, Calif.

Sustainable Red This Sustainable Red screams of berry fruit flavors and spicy complexities. Enjoy this robust dry red wine with pasta, pizza, grilled meats, and flavorful cheeses.

Las Rocas • San Alejandro, Spain

Garnacha Aromas of kirsch, raspberries, pepper and damp earth. This is followed by a broad, fullflavored wine with a supple texture and no hard edges. Pairs best with meat dishes.

De Canal • Abruzzi, Italy


Cycles Falcon • Soledad, Calif..

Zinfandel Ripe plum and chocolate on the nose. Red raspberries and tart cherries in the mouth. Hints of cracked black pepper and a fine acidity with a sustained finish. Well-suited for rich meat and seafood or a juicy beef burger.

Root 1 • Colchagua Valley, Chile

Cabernet Rich ruby color with aromas of ripe berries and plum. Tastes of black cherry, soft vanilla and dark chocolate. Silky tannins, strong balance and long finish. Artfully accompanies grilled meats, cheeses and chocolate.

Deep plum color. Intense spice and cherry aromas. A luscious, fruity, medium-bodied palate and smooth tannic finish. Serve at room temperature with pasta, pizza, red meat, wild game or assorted cheeses.

Garden City BrewFest 2010 • Missoula Independent


Garden City Brew Fest 2010  

Complete guide to the 2010 Garden City BrewFest.

Garden City Brew Fest 2010  

Complete guide to the 2010 Garden City BrewFest.