Tap into Montana Partners with Montana Brewer’s Association for 5th Annual Brew Fest

Wednesday Mar. 20th, 2019

Tap into Montana and the Montana Brewer’s Association have teamed up for the 5th Annual Tap into Montana Brew Fest happening April 13th in Livingston. Twenty-nine Montana breweries will gather at Miles Park along the Yellowstone River to serve up samples of their brews to beer lovers from around the state. The celebration of Montana craft beer kicks off with a week of craft beer related events throughout Livingston happening April 7th-13th and culminates with the brew fest taking place from 3-7pm on Saturday the 13th with a VIP hour from 2-3pm.

“This partnership just made sense for us,” said Tap into Montana Co-Founder and Producer, Rachel Anderson. The Montana Brewer’s Association is a statewide association of breweries organized for the purpose of promoting the production and sales of the freshest and highest quality Montana made beers. The MBA currently hosts three Rendezvous Beer Festivals throughout the year. “We couldn’t think of a more natural partner to help us continue to grow this already established event.” A portion of the proceeds from this year’s brew fest will benefit both the MBA and local community organization Montana Matriarch.

“Tap into Montana has proven to be a well-organized, successful event that our brewery members love being part of. We are thrilled to be partnering with them for this year’s brew fest.“ said Matt Leow, Executive Director of the Montana Brewer’s Association.

Breweries attending this year include: 2 Basset Brewery (White Sulphur Springs), Bayern Brewing (Missoula), Beaverhead Brewing Company (Dillon), Bitter Root Brewery (Hamilton), Black Eagle Brewery (Black Eagle), Blackfoot River Brewing (Helena), Bozeman Brewing Co. (Bozeman), Bridger Brewing (Bozeman), Bunkhouse Brewing (Bozeman), Dean’s Zesty Booch (Bozeman), Butte Brewing Co. (Butte), Flathead Lake Brewing Co. (Bigfork), Gally’s Brewing Co. (Harlowton), Kalispell Brewing Co (Kalispell), Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Co. (Great Falls), Katabatic Brewing Co. (Livingston), Kettlehouse Brewing Co. (Missoula), Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. (Helena), Lockhorn Hard Cider (Bozeman), Map Brewing (Bozeman), Might Mo Brew Co. (Great Falls), Muddy Creek Brewery (Butte), Neptune’s Brewery (Livingston), Outlaw Brewing (Bozeman), Philipsburg Brewing Company (Philipsburg), Ten Mile Creek Brewery (Helena), Triple Dog Brewing Co. (Havre), Western Cider Co. (Missoula), and White Dog Brewing Company (Bozeman)

Live music performances by Chad Okrusch and Friends with local favorites, The Fossils headlining the stage. Local food will be available for purchase from Zac’s Montana BBQ, Farmgirl Pizzeria, and The Office. New this year will be the Ale-Lympics featuring feats of strength and competitions by brewery industry professionals.

Entrance into the brew fest includes a sampler glass and unlimited samples (no tokens or tickets required). Regular admission tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the gate. VIP tickets are $100 and include entry into the brew fest an hour early as well as entry into the VIP/Brewer’s Dinner event the night before brew fest at the new Neptune’s Taphouse and Eatery with free beer from Neptune’s and Katabatic, a catered dinner and a chance to hang out with brewers from around the state. A limited number of VIP tickets are available. Tickets are on sale now at www.tapintomt.com or can be purchased locally in Livingston at Markouture, Katabatic Brewing, Neptune’s Brewery, and The Office Liquor Store.

WindRider Shuttle will be providing a free shuttle service to the brew fest from several locations around town between 1:30 and 7:30pm. Stops at The Buckhorn, Neptune’s Brewery, and The Office Lounge will run on a loop all afternoon. In addition, special room rates are available for those traveling from out of town at the Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge. YPL will also provide shuttle transportation to and from the brew fest.

Craft Beer Week Events occurring throughout Livingston during the week leading up to the brew fest include:

Special Beer and Food Pairings at The Murray Bar all week long.

Monday, April 8th:
Stein Holding Contest at Katabatic
Beer and Darts at The Office Lounge

Tuesday, April 9th:
Beer Trivia at Office Lounge
Beer Move at Neptune’s Brewery

Wednesday, April 10th
Beer and Cheese Pairing at UnCorked
Beer and Bingo at The Office Lounge
Beer Maven Beer 101 Class at Katabatic Brewing

Thursday, April 11th:
Beer Mile (begins at Neptune’s, ends at Katabatic)
Blind Beer Tasting at the Office Liquor Store
Darts and Beer Cocktails at The Whiskey Creek Saloon

Friday, April 12th:
Creek to Peak Soapbox Pre-Derby Show & Calcutta at The Buckhorn
Tap into Montana VIP & Brewer’s Dinner at Neptune’s Taphouse and Eatery
Live Music from the Dusty Pockets and Firestone Walker Tap Takeover at The Attic

Saturday, April 13th:
3rd Annual Creek to Peak Adult Soapbox Derby at Myers Lane
Feel the Draft at United in Light Draft Horse Sanctuary
Tap into Montana Brew Fest at Miles Park

Sponsors of this year’s event include: Opportunity Bank, Montana Press, Markouture, Golden Entertainment, Neptune’s Brewery, The Office Lounge an Liquor Store, Katabatic Brewing, Livingston Home Outfitters, Montana Brewery Shop, Woods Rose Market, Granite Sports Medicine, Berkshire Hathaway, The Spur Line, Midway Rental, and Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge.

Tap into Montana will be hosting a kick off event at Katabatic Brewing on March 22nd with live music from Shelly Besler Kersbergen.