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Brews and the Big Sky pairs Montana beers, industries

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By Amanda Eggert
EBS Staff Writer

BOZEMAN – A Museum of the Rockies program that matches a Montana brewery with a Montana business is bringing another evening of beers and economic discussion to Bozeman on Tuesday, March 29.

This installation of Brews and the Big Sky: Montana Made, Montana Brewed will feature libations from Helena-based Lewis and Clark Brewing Company and conversational fodder from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and Summit Aviation. MOR’s Curator of History Michael Fox will give a presentation on the history of aviation in Montana.

Brews and the Big Sky was developed as a wintertime sister program to Hops and History, a monthly summer event that celebrates the history of agriculture in Montana and the brewing industry’s contribution to it.

Still in its first season, Brews and the Big Sky has emerged as one of MOR’s more popular offerings. “We’ve got a good crowd of folks that attend these events regularly, but we also see new faces every time,” said Angie Weikert, education and public programs director at MOR. “Obviously it’s a crowd that really loves beer.”

With their ticket, attendees may sample multiple beers and grab a pint of their favorite. Weikert said those who partake appreciate the opportunity to connect with breweries and businesses influential in the state.

“It’s this really great, diverse mix of business and breweries that folks that live in Gallatin Valley might not have exposure to on a regular basis,” she said. “Part of the beauty of this program and what draws people in is the ability to make that personal connection with the business sponsoring the event and the brewer.” Approximately 150 people turn out for each event held the last Tuesday of the month, according to Weikert.

In April, Bozeman-based fly-fishing gear manufacturer Simms will appear alongside Bitter Root Brewery out of Hamilton for the season’s final offering before the Hops and History series begins in May.

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