Happiest Hour: Philipsburg Brewing's big weekend 

It’s Philipsburg Brewing’s world, and we’re all just living—and drinking?—in it.

The small-town brewery capped off a memorable weekend by sweeping the major awards at the May 7 Garden City BrewFest at Caras Park. After winning a silver medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup on Friday for its Haybag American Hefeweizen, the Zoo City Zymurgists handed P-burg’s Rope Swing Saison honors for Best of Montana and Best of Show at the 24th annual brew festival.

click to enlarge Philipsburg Brewing accepts a silver medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup - COURTESY OF PHILIPSBURG BREWING CO.
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  • Philipsburg Brewing accepts a silver medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup

Both the saison and the hefe are available in the Philipsburg taproom, and sales and marketing manager Maddy Mason adds they also serve a hoppy version of the Rope Swing called Sundress Saison. Missoula beer drinkers can find the hefe on draft locally at Finn & Porter, HuHut Mongolian Grill and the Desperado Sports Tavern.
While Philipsburg certainly had a big weekend, a few other breweries managed to take home their own hardware. Here’s the full list of BrewFest winners:

Best Light Lager: Upslope’s Craft Lager
Best Bock: Bayern’s Dump Truck
Best Wheat: Front Brewing’s Honey Weizen
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Best IPA:
Elysian Brewing’s Space Dust
Best Pale Ale: Ballast Point’s Grunion Pale
Best Stout/Porter: Missoula Brewing’s Fortress Rock Imp Stout
Best Fruit/Specialty: Missoula Brewing’s Mount Jumbo Grapefruit
Best Scottish/Irish Red: Bowser Brewing’s Chip off the ol’ Scotch
Best Saison/Belgian: Philipsburg Brewing’s Rope Swing Saison
Best of Show: Philipsburg Brewing’s Rope Swing Saison
Best of Montana: Philipsburg Brewing’s Rope Swing Saison

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