Friday, April 27, 2012

Happiest Hour: Craft Beer Week

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM

We’re salivating at the thought of celebrating as many of Missoula’s homegrown brews as our little liver will allow during the Garden City’s first ever Craft Beer Week, a five-day celebration of all things ale. The week kicks off May 1 and culminates in a beer-soaked eight-hour party: the Garden City BrewFest in Caras Park, Saturday, May 5.

What you’re drinking: For starters, Tamarack Brewing Co.’s “Garden City Golden Ale.” The brewery rolls it out May 1 in honor of Craft Brew Week. It’s a light-bodied Belgian-style brew with rich malt and subtle spice flavors and a fruity aroma. Many local watering holes are offering specials throughout the week.

What you’re doing: On May 3, “Bike to Missoula Brew.” Meet Missoula’s Bike Walk Bus Alliance at the south end of the pedestrian bridge near Jacob’s Island at 4:30 p.m. and cruise en masse along the Riverfront and Milwaukee Trails to Bayern Brewery.

After filling up at Bayern, we’re going to see “The Love of Beer,” a film about female brewmasters in Bend, Ore. The Wilma screens the documentary May 3 at 8 p.m. The Wilma, to our perennial delight, also serves local microbrews.

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There is no slacking during Craft Beer Week. (You’ve got to pace yourself). On Friday night, we’re going on the “Garden City Brewery Bus Tour.” During the tour, a sober bus driver will haul beer connoisseurs to Bayern, Draught Works and the Kettlehouse. The tour costs $30 and comes with a light dinner to soak up the booze. Reserve a seat in advance via email: gardencitybrewerytour@gmail.com.

For a comprehensive list of Craft Brew Week events check out: http://missoulabeerweek.com/schedule

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