By Sheila Chapman
Big Sky Resort PR Manager
BIG SKY – Beers, brats, brisket and bands are on tap Saturday, July 12 for the ninth annual Big Sky Brewfest.
Lone Peak is the backdrop for Montana’s largest beer festival, with 35 breweries showcasing more than 70 beers. Local food and artisans, live outdoor music and kids’ activities round out the festivities.
“Last year we became the largest brewfest in Montana with over 20 brewers and 40 different beers,” said Brandon Bang, Sales and Marketing Director for the resort. “This [year’s] Brewfest has almost doubled that. It’s going to be a fantastic day for tasting some amazing beers.”
Nineteen national brewing companies are confirmed this year, including newcomers Anchor Brewing Co. from California, Washington’s Iron Horse and Red Hook breweries, Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Co., Widmer Brewing and Rogue Brewing Co. from Oregon, and the United Kingdom’s Samuel Smith Brewery.
There will be 16 Montana breweries participating with local representation from Lone Peak Brewery, Bozeman Brewing Co., Big Hole Brewing Co., Outlaw Brewing, Dog Tag Brewing and Madison River Brewing Co., as well as breweries from Missoula, Bigfork, Helena, Red Lodge, Stevensville, Hamilton, Whitefish and Belt.
Big Sky’s Bottom of the Barrel and Hollow Wood will precede headliners from Florida, Roadkill Ghost Choir, which performs “powerful American rock, Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy,” according to the band’s website.
Food offerings at the Big Sky Brewfest will include barbecued bratwurst, a burger bar, and Montana Wagyu Cattle Company brisket.
The Brewfest will take place rain or shine and is open to all ages, with kids’ activities as well as crafted root beer floats. Guests must be 21 or older to enter the beer garden pavilion area. Admission includes 10 tasting tokens and a souvenir tasting glass, with additional tasting tokens available for purchase.
Tickets to the ninth annual Big Sky Brewfest are available online at bigskyresort.com/events