Montana Brewers Association Brewfest [9/23/2010]

With 21 participating breweries, and 73 different selections, we had a terrific time at the 2010 Montana Brewers Festival. It was an outstanding way to end our time in Montana and end our pretty much un-planned but totally awesome Montana brewery tour.

Needless to say, we were unable to try everything (not even half of the options). Our ratings below are based on a 1-10 scale. Personally, I may have become more forgiving towards the later part of the evening, so, the marks are probably a bit biased.

BayernSt. WilburHefeweizen7
BayernDump Truck Summer BochSmooth Boch9
BayernBayern OctoberfestDark Marzen8
BayernBayern PilsnerPilsner6
Beaver CreekCherry WheatWheat5
Beaver CreekBeaver Creek Pale AlePale Ale5
Blackfoot RiverBlackfoot MaibockMaibock6
BlacksmithImperial Red AleImperial IPA5
BlacksmithCutthroat IPAIPA6
BozemanBozone SelectAmber Ale6
BozemanPlum Street PorterPorter6
Carter'sSaison de CarterBelgian-French Saison6
Flathead LakeRising Sun Espresso PorterCoffee Porter5
GlacierGolden Grizzly AleKolsch Golden Ale7
GlacierGlacier Select OktoberfestMarzen7
Great NorthernHighlander Premium BeerScottish Red Ale7
Great NorthernWild Huckleberry Wheat LagerFiltered Wheat w/Fruit6
Harvest MoonPigs Ass PorterPorter6
Harvest MoonBeltian WhiteBelgian style vitbier7
Harvest MoonNut BrownBrown6
KettlehouseEddy OutPale Ale5
KettlehouseCold Smoke Scotch AleScotch Ale5
Lewis and ClarkMiner's GoldHefeweisen6
Lewis and ClarkPortage PorterPorter8
Lone PeakHippy Highway Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout7
Lone PeakHellroaring ESBEnglish Style Extra Special Bitter5
MontanaWhitetail WheatAmerican Hefeweisen7.5
Neptune'sWheatAmerican Wheat6
QuarryOpen Pit PorterPorter8
TamarackRye Sally Rye PARye Pale Ale5
TamarackWakeboard WheatBelgium Style Wit7

We did not sample any of the Bitter Root beers because we had already had them all with a flight at their brewery. Unfortunately, we missed out on trying anything from Angry Hank's, Madison River, and Red Lodge Ales.

The musical headliner was a group called Keegan Smih & The Fam and they were a lot of fun. : )

If you are traveling to Montana and like micro-brews, you should definitely check out: